Mid-nineties organizational transformation was driven by technological innovations. Complex transformation projects were started, in which external business consultants were hired to bring their knowledge on content and process.
KPMG Consulting – our employer at the time – explored what was necessary for teams and team members to complete these projects successfully, with confidence and energy. To provide these teams with a good start a kick-off was designed that went beyond the traditional ‘rational’ kick-off. In this kick-off all involved worked, sticking to their roles, on the project goals, planning and way of working, whilst developing themselves as a team towards a first experience of high performance. This implied that the team went through the storming phase. This ‘emotional’ experience established the team members’ confidence in their collaboration; unease and disagreement were recognized and discussed, and all team members got the taste of a team in flow.
To prepare all employees for these kick-offs, KPMG organized the so-called Core Skills training. Each group of participants reflected the diversity of a project team: from director to junior consultant – they participated simultaneously and jointly experienced the team development stages.
After completing the program a vast majority of participants expressed their trust in their fellow team members: “If we were to start a project next Monday, I’m completely confident we would make it a success.”
Marieke acted as project leader for KPMG Consulting Netherlands; Hans was a partner and participated in the first pilot.
We both left KPMG but the approach and philosophy of the Core Skills training remained at the core of our work and being.
So when after a few years working as independents, a client asked us to join forces, we easily collaborated.
After five years of working together as independents we expressed the desire to jointly work under one label. In our quest for this label, we met Stijn: first as a client, then as team coach in a Teaming program and now as co-founder of Teaming Company.
We’ve done some calculations, which resulted in some 4,000 people, who have participated in the core training program delivered by us, or by former KPMG colleagues. When we meet ex-participants and ask them about the training, most of them refer to it as ‘the best training ever’. As a consequence our ex-participants today still ask us to contribute to the development of their colleagues, team(s) and organizations. A number of these ex-participants have voiced their experience in an audio message earlier on this page.