Guest blogger Els Oosthoek
Els Oosthoek is (interim) HRD manager and researcher. In her work she facilitates companies and professionals who want to make change and innovation really work. Her work is often situated on the tripoint of learning, organizational change and technology.
Spring is bursting its way into Huize Voordaan, an 18th century villa near Utrecht that houses four L&D organizations. In the sunny conservatory I meet Brian Finley, who like me has arrived early for an upcoming meeting. We grab a cappuccino. Brian introduces himself as the EMEA sales director forPalo Alto Networks, an American security technology firm. Within minutes, we exchange goals of our upcoming meetings, the working culture at American technology firms and our favorite hotspots in Amsterdam. Brian Finley originates from Oklahoma (US), and has been living in the Netherlands for twelve years. He can master the right pronunciation of ‘Geesje’ and ‘Gijs’ (his first Dutch friends) but it ends there. In a lovely southern accent Brian tells me that his meeting is part of the selection process for the Multiplier of the Year. Two Dutch L&D consultancy firms sponsor this nomination: VDS Consultants and Gooiconsult. The decision is due in a month.