Activate People and Business
Marja van Soest has been working as a director, trainer, consultant and coach in international Sales, Service and Leadership for over 25 years for a diversity of companies and audiences. Parallel to her business career Marja is a sports trainer specializing in In and Outdoor Cycling. Combining her passion for sports, groups, individual and organizational performance Marja developed a highly effective model on Motivation and Engagement to Activate People and Business: Engage, Empower, Perform, Enjoy. Using this model to empower leaders to build a culture of trust is her inspiration for both business and sports practices.
Activating Your Team from Behind Your Desk... How does that work?
Over the years many leadership gurus have eloquently told us about the latest trends and best practices differentiating managers from leaders and coaches from mentors.
Don’t be afraid of STEEP
Unlike some other trainers I like to be trained myself. My personality profile allows me to practice what I preach albeit with questionable results depending on the art and mastery level required.
"One of the best training sessions. Thank you very much! Looking forward for the next one under your lead."
"In hindsight you can look a cow in the ass."
"There are two things in life that you cannot influence - first is where you are born and second is where you end up."
Ever needed to look a Cow in the Ass?
The Dutch are famous for a couple of things like tulips, windmills, directness and liberal Amsterdam. I would like to add to this the Dutch talent for making up expressions nobody understands - but nevertheless seem to make sense - coupled with the urge to speak up and give our uninvited opinion.
First costs earned are costs not made
A good friend of mine uses to make a joke saying: “Today I saved 200 euros..” He presents this as a cliff hanger and you are supposed to ask as a follow up: “Ok...interesting...what did you do?” Then he says: “I did not buy that 200 euro’s shirt I saw in the shop, I just walked by..” and then he laughs because you bought into his trick.
Turning a Dull Corporate Initiative into an Energizing Event: 3 golden rules
CEO’s are struggling to create buy in for new corporate initiatives. As new strategies are launched constantly from Headquarters local operations react with a certain reluctance and skepticism towards initiatives targeting to deal with future challenges.
When I was traveling in Denmark for work I got involved in an interesting discussion with one of my taxi drivers. Normally I am not necessarily talkative when driving from hotel to training location, so it was quite special that this discussion happened. Especially because of the turn it took.