Reinforcement of homes in Groningen: a task with special dynamics
'A collaboration between public and private parties has its own dynamics. This means looking carefully at what binds those parties together and carefully discussing each other's interests. A recognizable challenge for Boer & Croon: How do you make sure you get the right people at the table, that they keep talking to each other and try to understand each other?'
'This assignment lasted nine months. I was still a Young Executive at the time and worked together with two managers from Boer & Croon. All three of us lived in the Randstad. During the week we were together in Groningen. That was a special time.'
Implementing plans in the public sector
'I learned a lot here about stakeholder management in a complex environment, where both political and public pressure were complicating factors. Everyone had a common goal, which was to keep speed in the process. Because of the multitude of stakeholders, it is important to be well aware of all interests, which can sometimes conflict, and to look for ways to bring these interests together. There is another element: in such a transition, you want to steer with 100% information. But if that is not there yet, you have to make do with 80%. That is not a bad thing, but you have to make it known and name the risks. And, given the time pressure, together make the choice to go for it.
'Looking back on the assignments, I am happy to have been able to contribute to the reinforcement operation'