Optimising for the whole – or how to enable your company to rise up to the challenge of the digital era.
In this interview, Michele Stone asks Michaela Broeckx a series of curious questions about her chapter on the principle of ‘Optimising for the whole’. If you are keen to know a bit more about merging cultures, becoming a learning organization, and creating business ecosystems, then sit back and listen in to this great conversation between two like-minded friends.
Using a strong metaphor is key to powerful communication and creating a good working culture. This chapter offers you an example of a wonderful metaphor for ‘Optimising for the whole’.
Michaela is a mom, a sister, a daughter, a wife…
… and she’s also a spirited Agile/Lean coach and Agile trainer, gifted with a natural flair for interpersonal & intercultural communication, and with an extensive track record in a great variety of industries. She’s an AgilePeople HR facilitator as well as an enterprise transformation coach, working for various customers for Ordina Belgium. Throughout her career, she took on various other roles, like HR Project Lead, corporate trainer, team performance coach, practice manager, Scrum Master, Product owner, and consultant. Apart from that, she leads a not for profit initiative that supports schooling and health projects in Bihar, India (Anandvzw)…
So far, Michaela has gained her expertise with projects in learning and development, telecom, utilities, public health, software development, and HR services – and she has worked from places as far apart as Hammerfest (Norway) and Muscat (Oman).
Michaela has a zest for enthusiastic Agile|Scrum transformation tracks, HR Projects & Organizational change programs, outstanding L&D trajectories, solid cooperative learning facilitation and people, and performance-driven leadership with a smile.
She gets energy from anything or anyone showing progress and growth. Not in a “biggering” sort of way, but in a grounded, steady, and connected way. It fuels her to see people gain insights and get moving, making steps forward, either in their minds or in their work – as individuals and as part of the organizational ecosystem.
“What I love about Agile is that it focuses on the human connection. To tackle challenges and cleverly respond to change, we must combine our collective brains and join our efforts to optimize for the whole.”