Renewing the spirit

For two days the 19 leaders of Air France – KLM Cargo located in Germany and Austria gathered together to reflect on their cooperation and leadership issues. The workshop was initiated by Koen Bolster, who began one year ago as the new director, and co-facilitated by...

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’Arte di Cambiare

In the centre of Milano my book l’Arte di Cambiare was presented to a nice crowd of 50 people in a bookshop/meeting place. That day we had 25 participants in a workshop in the same place about the theme of leadership, sharing new perspectives and...

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New IMO Approach: intelligent health and security

Horizontal leadership for health and security in working places: an innovative proposal by IMO Italia Health and safety in workplaces is a legal obligation that too often is tackled with a procedural approach  focused on technical and bureaucratic aspects...

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A new syndicate culture

After two year of work in Italy to renew Union culture around 80 future syndicalist learnt to became development agents and no more conflict manager. We worked with horizontal leadership to help them to observe the quality of their services with the "eyes"...

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What is going on in the world? (9)

Dear Adriaan, Your focus is on open and closed communities and the leadership challenge we face to find or create bridges to relate to different people and cultures. I feel very much the same urgency. Looking back to my life experiences I am also convinced...

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Whitsun Conference

Over 1200 participants from 38 countries visited the International Whitsun Conference of the Christian Community 2nd to 6th of June 2017 in the Netherlands. In the afternoon on Saturday, Sunday and Monday I took care of a workshop called “Presence”. For...

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What is going on in the world? (8)

Questions of our time  Dear Klaas. I start with two images: macro and micro. I am sure you have noticed that there is a strong wind blowing in the political arena. In our beloved little country 4 parties try to form a new government and the key issue they...

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Three new IMO Videos

Three new IMO videos In the last few months IMO has been very productive in taking, editing and producing videos about working with our clients on horizontal organizing. On this page you can view them all to get inspired and informed about the IMO impulse! The IMO...

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Making steps in Brazilian disruptive times

While Brazil is facing an economic crisis caused by moral misbehavior of politicians and managers of many reputable companies the first IMO CEO Workshop started in Holambra. The 5 x 2 days program was organized by Josefina Lepri, Marcello Schoenmaker, Hermanus...

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IMO Israel, next steps

The seventh week of Hans and Adriaan coming to IMO Israel. Unfortunately the El-al flight Amsterdam – Tel Aviv was cancelled and Adriaan could only arrive two days later then planned. Hans and Ronen visited the Jatt Gallilee School in Jatt Village, a Drusian school in...

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The Spitex Region Brugg successfully on the road

The Spitex Region Brugg is in its five-year existence. They are a model for public management, strategy and health care at home in the canton of Aargau. In order to be a fair, secure, progressive and valued employer, a common understanding of leadership is required....

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A week in Brazil

I spent a week with my Brazilian colleagues (see them here) in Holambra. On April, 24th Josefina, Hermanus and Marcelo organized a workshop for the participants of Master programs to deepen their horizontal leadership skills. The second module of the Leadership Master...

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Start of the third Masterclass in Switzerland

Hans Ruijs and Adriaan Bekman started 10.04.2017 the new masterclass horizontal leadership in Switzerland. There are eight participants. In the first round 'getting to know each other' it became very clear that all participants were looking for a new step in their...

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The IMO yearly Conference in Rummelsberg, Germany

In Rummelsberg, close to Nuremberg in Germany, 42 IMO colleagues coming from 8 countries shared during 4 days their client based experiences and insights. It was an inspiring meeting in a very dynamic process. Our German colleagues prepared the meeting and welcomed us...

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What is going on in the world (7)

Dear Klaas You described in your last blog, in this series about what is going on in the world, in a very clear way how we fail to connect to the other person and how our judgement-building is not based on a good dialogue between people with different views and...

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Conscious movement in Novosibirsk

On the 10th of March I was invited to PIR Siberia in Novosibirsk, the festival of development praxis, for giving two masterclasses, the topics:   The horizontal organization‘   ’Conscious movement for self leadership and community building‘. I was surprised how many...

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Kick-off IMO master class Russia

Finally, the first module of our six module IMO program ‘methodology and instruments of horizontal leadership’ in Moscow took place. We started the one-and-a-half-year program with seven persons (on the photo one person who had already left is missing), another two...

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Clients meet clients

In Brazil they say that the year starts after January (some people say “after Carnival!”). For IMO-brazil this is also true: Between the end of December and the end of January there is less work at the client and it is time for holidays, preparation and...

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What is going on in the world? (6)

Dear Adriaan, In your blog Connect and Disconnect you pointed at a topic which we can observe everywhere and on different levels in the world around us. You addressed the problem of disconnection that all readers can recognize. As a response to your writing I like to...

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A Healthy Social Life

This summer (2016) I was again invited to the International Postgraduate Medical Training, IPMT, in Kuala Lumpur and in Beijing. In my course about A Healthy Social Life mainly business people attended, but also teachers from Waldorf Schools and individuals. The...

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What is going on in the world? (5)

Connect and Disconnect Every day we find examples of political disengagement in our news media. The political elite seems to be disconnected from "the people". Trump in the USA, Samson and Asscher in the Netherlands, Brexit in the UK, they are striking examples of...

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Italy

Last week (21-25 of Nov.) I worked in Italy. First I was three days active in Ecor Naturasi. With the Board of 8 people we dialogued on 10 strategic points like The Future Shop, Cost Saving, People Development. For each strategic point one Board Member took...

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Kindred Spirits in Doorn

Personal report by Aart Helder on the IMO International Network Conference Since a few years, the IMO days have become a yearly encounter to research inspiring leadership as a process in the organized community. It’s a platform to share on-going research and...

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The IMO Way

The first week of October was very special for IMO-Brasil and its clients: we count on the contribution of our IMO colleague, Christian Lucke from Germany, for three programs that take place throughout this year: The PGLi, program in Management and Horizontal...

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Initiative: Saving Our Soul

Adriaan Bekman and I started a new initiative today: an online community of people who share a concern for the soul. The human soul, the soul of the society and the soul of our organizations is at stake. Because it's well-being totally depends on our efforts to take...

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Social integration of immigrants in Finland

The young immigrant on the social integration path Open workshop in Tampere 15.9.2016 Social integration of immigrants is a hot topic in Finland and all of Europe. Last year, hundreds of thousands of people arrived in Europe: most of them escaping war in the Middle...

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IMO Switzerland Day 2016

On the 3rd of October 2016 we had our second annual IMO Switzerland Day in Zürich. The event was organised by Patrizia Luise and hosted by the Swiss IMO group. Around 45 leaders and HR managers - representing different kind of organisations, like governmental...

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What is going on in the world? (4)

Dear Klaas I had an interesting dialogue in Tel Aviv with a documentary filmmaker that published three one-hour films on you-tube (first, second, third) about the social economic situation in Israel. He wanted to show the public that the real issue today is...

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What is going on in the world? (3)

Photo of Joseph Beuys, Dear Adriaan, In our dialogue on this website I asked you some time ago about the Bernard Lievegoed vision on violence as a possible help to understand what is going on nowadays. We hear about war and terrorism in the Middle East and around the...

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IMO Israel Full of Impulses

IMO Israel full of new impulses The start of a project to explore images of the future of Waldorf schools and Waldorf Movement in Israel has started. Six issues are going to be explored in six processes and for each process three process owners have been invited by...

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Training and Development Festival

IMO-Russia took part in the Training and Development Festival   On the 6th of September IMO-Russia, represented by Joachim Heinz in partnership with Oxana Alechina  (Academy for Social Art) took part in the famous Russian T&D Festival – Practices of...

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IMO Youth Day

On Saturday the 20th of august IMO Switzerland organized and implemented the First IMO Youth day. It took place in the Business Center Trafo in Baden. At the same time the IMO international Youth Center started with this event. Fifteen young people, at the age between...

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A healthy bank

More than seven years Klaas IJkema and Adriaan Bekman have been consulting Sparkasse Mittelmosel (a community bank in Germany) in an on-going organization development process. The first years there were seven strategic processes defined and executed that should bring...

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What is going on in the world? (2)

Dear Klaas In our first dialogue on issues in society that we would like to understand a bit better your touch on a crucial question that is not easy to be answered. I can share my view on it that is of course still developing. When I look at the phenomena I see first...

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What is going on in the world? (1)

Portrait of Bernard Lievegoed Dear Adriaan, Let’s have a good and serious dialogue! Most people nowadays feel they live in very turbulent times. All types of crisis occur everywhere in the world and we often don’t know what to say and what to do. Sometimes we even...

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Desvendar (“Unveil”)

From June 23-25 we had the launching of a new program of IMO-Brazil, the Desvendar (“Unveil”), with 10 company owners from different sectors. They all share the steering conviction that the company does not exist just for the purpose of making profit (although this is...

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Next steps in the IMO Israel process

Next steps in the IMO Israel process Hans Ruijs and Adriaan Bekman visited Israel for the fourth time for a week from Friday to Friday. Basically we have the same pattern during these weeks. On Saturday we make a trip with Ronen. On Sunday we prepare and visit...

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A week in Brazil

After the very inspiring week with almost all IMO colleagues in Holambra Brazil (a local magazine published a nice impression), I spent time with my Brazilian colleagues during the next week. The Monday we spent in Hibero Preto at the University of Sao Paulo economic...

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Sport for a peace culture

In our international IMO meeting, the first week of April this year, my Swiss colleagues Hans Ruijs and Patrizia Luise proposed an exercise about decision-making. In this exercise, we collected a sum of money to make the decision to direct it for a real project. Play...

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IMO days, Holambra Brazil 2016

IMO days in Holambra Brazil Out of 8 countries 35 IMO colleagues travelled to Holambra in Brazil to work together on the IMO methodology, the IMO Impulse, the IMO community. Seven colleagues could not come because of sickness or specific personal reasons. Once a year...

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Master classes in Switzerland

Monday/Tuesday 21/22 of March 2016 we started the new master class with eight participants. Four men, four women, four of them are managers and four consultants between the age of 26 and 66. We started with some of the core exercises of our IMO methodology. The...

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Next IMO Italy steps in Rome

An intense week in Rome enabled us to make next steps in IMO Italy. Antonio, our new IMO colleague, had organized together with Erica a one-day conference on corruption – anti corruption. This is the theme Antonio decided to concentrate on in his professional IMO...

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IMO in Dornach

Invited by the Section for Social Sciences at the Goetheanum in Dornach Hilmar Dahlem did a workshop on Leadership as self-management. More than 15 executives from companies and non-profit organizations participated. The goal was to connect approaches for the daily...

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IMO Israel

Yes, IMO Israel is there. Ronen, Nizan, Daphne, Adriaan and Hans celebrated the start of the IMO Israel team in Cafe Buono. After a week of client activities like visiting a medical surgery hospital, a Waldorfschool, the Master Class Consultancy two-day workshop, the...

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Brazil – About Money

Last November I was invited to contribute to the IMO Brazil Masterclass and a gathering of IMO Consultants. The theme was “finance” and the question for the masterclass students was: How do we read financial information and how do we include this in our...

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Israel

This is the third week in one year that Ronen, Hans and Adriaan work a week with clients in Israel. We will do workshops for school leaders and for consultants. We will dialogue with clients of Ronen and we will meet the two new colleagues in the IMO Israel group on...

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IMO Finland

IMO Suomi rounded off the first Finnish masterclass for consultants in February 2016. Enthusiastic participants felt themselves more dedicated to the IMO way of working and are inspired to work with horizontal leadership. There was a nice ceremony in wich everyone...

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IMO Russia New Impulse

It was a very special moment in Moscow that evening when the IMO Russia colleagues together with Teresa of IMO Italy and Adriaan of IMO international agreed with Oksana and Dina that they would start the process of becoming members of IMO Russia. Oksana and Dina even...

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IMO in Chile

The first step toward realization was four years ago during a meeting of the IMO with the Department of Political Science at the Jesuit University Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile. Adriaan Bekman and Jaime presented the Horizontal Leadership approach to the director...

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Fear and Courage

In Istanbul 10 German tourists become the deadly victim of a fanatic self-suicidal person. In Tunis English tourists are killed at the seaside. In Paris innocent people are shot down. In the USA teachers and children are surprised by deadly attacks of other students....

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IMO and Steel

Hans Ruijs and IMO colleagues have worked intense this year on the two master-classes leadership and consultancy. These amazing processes created real innovative steps of participating leaders and consultants. Hans and Adriaan Bekman spend the first week in December...

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Message from Israel

Hans Ruijs and Adriaan Bekman came to Israel to join me and we have participated in several activities. In this week there were two days of Master class for consultants and one day of horizontal leadership for school managers. We have started the Israel master classes...

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A New Leadership Perspective

(Article published in the Management site in the Netherlands) Introduction Leadership is a fascinating theme full of secrets. There are numerous publications on this subject with so many interesting approaches and yet it remains in my opinion a secret, a mystery. In...

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Teaching at a Priest Seminary

It is hard working in the education institute for priests, the Seminary of the Christian Community in Hamburg, Germany. Although it is not clearly visible, but some of the participants of the two day module tell they are tired at the end of the day. I am being asked...

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Centre for horizontal Leadership in Switzerland

On the 30th of September 2015 the first horizontal leadership centre activity took place in Zürich, organized and hosted by the Swiss IMO group. Around 45 interested general leaders and HR responsible leaders came into contact with IMO and their horizontal leadership...

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Master Classes Consultancy

In September I was contributing to the master classes consultancy in Finland and Italy. In these master classes we work with IMO colleagues and other consultants on issues concerning horizontal leadership and organization development. On the basis of the seven...

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Rajkumar about refugees in Finland

Almost every country in Europe is nowadays involved in the question how to receive those massive streams of refugees, who want to find a save live. Traumatized and with a soul full of anxious images they look where to find a better place. Rajkumar, as a member of the...

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Warmth in Brazil

Tower Blocks of São Paulo In Holland - Europe it is the end of the summer. I visited my colleagues one and a half week long in Brazil. There it was winter: 20 to 25 °C. The warmth of the people and this country impressed me. Meeting a lot of people that feel...

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Malaysia Conference

End of May I had the opportunity to take part in the 2015 Kolisko Conference Malaysia (http://ahcm.org.my/index.php) with the theme to Achieve Individual Health and Community Well-being. During this three days conference, 940 participants...

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Save our Soils

Inspiring speakers on stage: Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq (Shaman and Elder, Greenland), Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp (Earth Charter Commissioner), Rev. Thabo C. Makgoba (Archbishop RSA Anglican Church), Ibrahim Abouleish (Founder Sekhem), Volkert Engelsman (CEO Eosta / Nature...

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IMO in the UN in Geneva

Some time ago I did an exercise in which I had to design three scenarios for my future. One scenario is about how it would look like in three years when things go on like they do today. The second scenario is about my dream has come true and I realise my next...

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Online Learning

What vision do we have in common? That was the question when we were sitting at the table and talked about the need for change. What is the added value of online learning for the development of the education of this school for pupils with learning disabilities? Sacha,...

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Blog Brazil

Three weeks working together with the IMO colleagues in Brazil. Jos waited for me at the airport when I arrived and also he brought me back to the plain when I left. As old companions we shared our passions on work and life. What did we do? We had an inspiring day,...

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Israel

February 2015, we - Hans Ruijs and Adriaan Bekman - left Zurich with the El-Al flight to Tel-Aviv. Ronen Hahn waited for us to come and we spent a week together. Three IMO workshops and some visits to historic places followed. Monday we visited Jerusalem. A good...

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Schloß Freudenberg

Like last year this time (January 2015) we created a 'soul - space' in Schloß Freudenberg, Wiesbaden Germany. Matthias Schenk, Adriaan and Michaela Bekman explored with visitors their life questions. From Tuesday till Saturday between 09.00 and 18.30 hour people...

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Energy

After three weeks Ayurveda cure together with Jutta and her family in Sri Lanka, fully embedded in the Buddhist culture of this beautiful land, I returned full of energy to Europe.                   First I went to...

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Leadership vision

During the two weeks of my stay in Brazil in October, I worked with my colleagues on the methodology of leadership in organizations connected to the themes of sense making and community building. We also had the last two-day workshop of the master leadership in which...

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Bisk

When I arrive in Barnaul at 5 o’clock in the morning it is minus 15 degrees Celsius. We fluently drive with the car to Bisk in 2 hours. After a few hours break we meet 60 leaders of the supermarket chain Anix and work together on the theme of ‘trust’. How is trust...

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Horizontal Leadership in the Ural region

In the last september week, on the border of Asia and Europe in Jekatherinburg a group of trainers, consultants and managers came into contact with the IMO principles of horizontal leadership.The three days event was organized by Dina Ushakova, Director of “Aprait”...

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