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Interview with Richard de Hoop

Richard de Hoop explains effective teamwork through a orchestra metaphor. In his interview he reveals why he is passionate about his work. Read more below.

In your [email protected] keynote you say it is important for employees to be passionate about their job. How are you passionate about your job as a public speaker?

First of all it is a privilege to speak to so many people on so many occasions and it gives me the opportunity to share my ideas. In my job as a speaker I can combine my talents, experiences and knowledge on stage. I get a lot of direct feedback from the audiences and most of my clients say that they get inspired to work together more effectively, be [email protected] and improve their social innovation. So because I can use my talents, inspire clients and get positive feedback, I can say that I am passionate about my job.


How is any business team comparable to an orchestra?

Music is a universal language, an unlimited source of inspiration and a great metaphor. The piece of music you want to play decides what kind of instruments you need, just as a business goal decides what kind of team you need. The more complex the piece is the more virtuoso the musicians need to be, just as a complex business challenge asks for brilliant teamplayers. I use the Belbin Teamroles and compare them with musical instruments. People can relate very easy to the different instruments I present and everybody understands that instruments sound differently, get tuned differently and are played differently. Music is all about making these differences work by listening to each other, tune in to each other and play together. So the way orchestras play together successfully is very helpful for business teams to harmonise their strengths.


Can you provide 3 tips for successful teamwork?

– Set your goals together, communicate them and check them over and over again.

– Look for the people with the right talents, characters and skillsets to successfully          reach for the goals (make sure they have a can do/will do mentality).

– Work on inclusion (make the differences work!).


What does your audience gain from your speeches?

My clients say that they get serious content on teamwork, [email protected] and social innovation brought to them in a unique way (my musical metaphor) so the inspiration and the practical tips sustain over a long period of time. I also provide my clients follow-up with my books, workshops or an account on my e-learning platform www.teamtalenttraining.com


Do you have a favorite experience from your speaking career?

I really find it hard to pick or name just one. But if I have to choose I’d pick a recent workshop we did for a group of young people (age 16 to 20) with a gap between their education (or the lack of education they had because of their circumstances) and the job market. My music metaphor gave them a whole new perspective on their talents. After this workshop I’ve got multiple email messages from them saying which steps they where making in the right direction. That was really rewarding.


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