Karen de Mos

What do you do?
I help self-employed entrepreneurs develop a clear direction.

And in your work: what are you most proud of? 
The steps my clients take.

 
 

What do you think about pineapple on pizza?
Truly disgusting.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? 
More empathy for eachother. 

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Who was your childhood idol? Are you (almost) there?
I don’t actually know.

My parents or grandparents maybe? But they weren’t really like idols to me.

 
 
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It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I need some inspiration. What is your idea of an ideal or most romantic date? 
Walking on the beach, and then warming up over a nice cup of coffee. I’d say Corsica but I’d be just as happy on the beach here. It’s about nature, the surprising, the astonishing, the being together and coming to good conversations. And yeah, good food and nice drinks.

 
 

Bart van der Ven

What do you do?
I help companies to change and to acquire the ability to change.

And in your work: what are you most proud of? 
That I support things that will have a sustainable business impact.

 
 
 

What do you think about pineapple on pizza?
Possible but bad combination.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? 
No more poverty.

 
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Who was your childhood idol? Are you (almost) there?
Bernard Hinault. Won the Tour de France five times. He was nicknamed The Badger because he was so cunning. He was offensively aggressive and always surprising. A truly beautiful cyclist.

No, I’m not much like him but I’ve never aspired to be either.

 
 

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I need some inspiration. What is your idea of an ideal or most romantic date? 
In winter, roughing it with a bonfire, a nice beer and roasted sausages. Then curling up under a sheepskin blanket. Somewhere in the Netherlands. Not too complicated.

 
 

Nanda Idink

In about two sentences, what do you do?
I’m a marketing / communication architect and I help companies with their strategy and execution in that department. A very important part of this is how to bring out what you feel internally (doing what you say you do). What’s very important is that people feel at home. That it’s truly sincere and it feels like coming home or being at home somewhere. So that aligns with the metaphor of the house I build with the right building blocks and the right foundation.

And in your work: what are you most proud of? 
A change in the mentality of the people I work with and a positive feeling: the beautiful things that are going on at a company, so you honestly bring them out. 

 
 
 

What do you think about pineapple on pizza?
I don’t like it, but it’s my husband’s favourite pizza. I think people that want to eat a pizza on their own order pineapple. If you want to share, you choose something everybody likes.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? 
Jeez. That we - in the Western world - realise how well off we are, and that we take the time to think about things we can do it improve other people’s lives. So that’s in terms of health, food, anything that comes with it.  

 
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Who was your childhood idol? Are you (almost) there?
David Bowie, as a singer but also as a person, really. What he stood for. He created a movement in a world where everybody was more or less treading on the beaten path. Somebody who dared going his own way, resulting in people appreciating him for that.

I like straying from the beaten path a little myself, but I’m not someone who stands out in terms of eccentricity too much. A little, but not at the level where Bowie did. Nor do I aspire that. 

 
 

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I need some inspiration. What is your idea of an ideal or most romantic date? 
Somebody who really listens and asks questions that matter. That you immediately enter a conversation at a different level. Interest, humour, all of those things, but truly a good conversation. And a twinkle in their eyes. It’s also to do with a feeling. Where you feel at home, the atmosphere.

 
 

Janis van der Linden

In about two sentences, what do you do?
Designer in the widest sense of the word. From creating a company, co-designing a concept and name and target group, all the way to the finalisation of a business card and a website: from scratch to finish.

And in your work: what are you most proud of? 
We truly are translators. We gain inspiration from the assignment and from the vague ideas and questions from clients. And we turn that into the visual appearance they had in mind. It’s deeper than just the logo.

 
 
 

What do you think about pineapple on pizza?
Absolutely disgusting.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? 
Less judgement. 

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Who was your childhood idol? Are you (almost) there?
Dolly Parton. Her music was very cool. Long live country! 

Yeah, I’m as close as I’d want to be. The fact that there’s a huge difference between us is exactly the way I’d want it to be! 

 
 

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I need some inspiration. What is your idea of an ideal or most romantic date? 
Something without pineapple pizza.

It’s more about the person you’re with and the type of conversation you have. Let’s say a bottle of rosé and some fish, a living room with a fireplace and a good conversation. 

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Carmen Phillips

So, we know you’ve even recently picked up teaching our seasonal schools. In about two sentences, what else do you do?
I coach, train and advise managers and their teams and I help them create a culture of purpose. That means that they are more able to focus on what really matters, have more fun and feel a sense of pride which in turn results in a healthy profit - profit alone is not a purpose. The way I do that is through purpose discovery, management coaching, customer journey mapping to help them find their purpose and put it to work using different techniques. 

And in your work: what are you most proud of? 
It makes me happy when I see people’s eyes light up. Because they are able to see their shared purpose and put it into action. I help them find out specifically their why and also actually put it into action what they want to be.  

 
 
 

What do you think about pineapple on pizza?
I love pineapple on pizza. Who doesn’t like pineapple on pizza. 

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? 
More of what I’m already doing. Seeing more, feeling more of the happiness or the fulfilment. Meaning, something that matters. That people see that it matters and see how they can contribute more. 

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Who was your childhood idol? Are you (almost) there?
Maya Angelou. I read her book one afternoon, back to back. 

Yes, I think so. She’s often quoted saying “people might not remember what you said but they’ll remember how you make them feel” and that’s actually something that people actually say to me

 
 

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I need some inspiration. What is your idea of an ideal or most romantic date? 
Some kind of a show or theatre. Something cultural, dinner and definitely drinks and definitely a hotel somewhere other than here (Amsterdam).

What I actually did a few times was: find the thing I want to see somewhere else, and build something around it and make it even better by combining it with a full monte experience. 

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