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THINGS I DO

I HATE IDEAS, BUT I LOVE INNOVATION
Ideas are a dime a dozen; true innovation requires process and grit. Whether it’s implementing a global innovation process for Nike IT, using Design Thinking to access consumer markets for a wall plaster producer, or creating a multi-year approach to foster technological innovation in mining governance, I’ve worked on change from multiple angles, with various tools, and in numerous team settings.

Toolkit: Design Thinking / Lean Startup / Incubation processes / Acceleration processes / Business Model Canvassing / Creative facilitation methods and various creativity tools / Creative workshop design, including place-setting, and complete journey design

FACILITATING AND HOSTING YOU IS MY PASSION
I’ve extensively worked with groups, from humble beginnings as a high school remedial teacher during university up to corporate facilitation. I’ve designed and led intimate, two-day strategy meetings, five-day conflict resolution retreats, team-building weekends for up to 200 people and much more. Oh, and I love hosting discussion panels, events, conferences, and weddings!

Toolkit: Art of Hosting as an approach and all its tools / Liberating Structures / Various other coaching, facilitation, and hosting tools

I GET IT DONE
The fundament of my career: delivering big chunks of work well. I’ve executed multi-million dollar global projects for Nike and more recently created two global accelerators for corporate clients with Impact Hub. I’m trained in process mapping and delivery techniques, I’m experienced in applying these in real life, and I know how to transfer these skills to others.

Toolkit: Prince 2 / Cadence / Agile/scrum basics / Lean process mapping

WHAT MAKES ME UNIQUE

CONNECTING THROUGH AUTHENTICITY
When working together, you’ll always get ‘me’. I’m not afraid to have personal quirks, which helps me create space for your group’s uniqueness to surface. I listen carefully, take myself as much out of the equation as possible, and allow your group’s intelligence to do the work; perhaps with a nudge here and there. I’m a highly sensitive person, I pick up on underlying group dynamics quickly, and I’m not afraid to address them respectfully.
BRIDGING WILDLY DIFFERING PEOPLE AND PERSPECTIVES
It’s at crossroads where the synergies we need arise. I’ve constantly bridged various cultures in my private and professional life: between geographies, between personality types, between management styles, between profit and non-profit, and between artists and business people. I understand their differences and similarities, and how to get the best out of them. I can handle high levels of discomfort for long periods of time: I like the challenge. I’ll help elevate your team based on diversity and understanding. I’ll take you past irritation, to synergy, via understanding.
BIG PICTURE BENEFITS WITH FOCUS ON ABSOLUTE DETAIL
I easily alternate between big brush strokes and the nitty-gritty. Especially for the latter, I bring something extra: planning to make the output work. And that’s important as change comes to life at the intersection of human realities and good supporting processes. I help you navigate that post-workshop dip, creating implementation and learning plans together to ensure that what’s been designed also works in reality, gets utilized, and delivers value.

Dedicated and passionate professional

Damjan was a pleasure to work with, and I'd recommend working with him again. His dedication, passion and professionalism shine through in all the work he does.

Nike, John Doe

Hard working creative individual

We were so happy to have Damjan as part of our team. He's a hard worker, very creative and knows how to get things done. We're always happy to have him back.

AXA, John Doe