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Lizanne Jakobs is an authority when it comes to entrepreneurship, business growth, globalisation, leadership and behaviour. Enterprise Nation named her one of the top 50 business consultants in the UK, where she lived for 13 years. She makes you think how you can turn your aspirations for your work or organization into clear actions. Her unique take on organisations, combining hard business (strategy, processes, finance) with soft skills (motivation, behaviour, communication) combines into a comprehensive approach that gets great results.
Her mission: get as many people as possible working in a more engaging, fun and effective way !
Lizanne holds a Master's degree in International Business Communications and a B.A. in English, both from the Radboud University in Nijmegen. She is an Ology certified business coach, DiSC certified trainer and a partner in the OBD Academy, a UK training company focused on management and leadership courses. She has been accredited by the Dutch and British government as well as several Dutch provinces to help businesses function better, grow and export and she was the first adviser in the Holland to help a Dutch business deal with Brexit under a government subsidised scheme. She has received a Green Apple Award for best environmental business at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
She is an expert at the Dutch Institute for Knowledge Transfer (INVK) where she trains entrepreneurs and directors on topics such as change management, innovation in organisations and how to bring new products to market. Lizanne is the founder and owner of Brilliant Work, a coaching, training and consultancy company with a broad team of experts. Lizanne excels at combining opposites, an academic who believes in being pragmatic, someone who seamlessly knows how to combine theory and best practice in her line of work with her own experience and that of the members of the audience. Where others only see problems between people with different backgrounds or departments with different goals, she sees how we can combine efforts and achieve more together.
Lizanne has over 20 years in business experience, both as an employee, manager, entrepreneur as well as an adviser, coach and trainer in a variety of sectors. She has held various roles in international sales and marketing management where she worked with all types of people and nationalities, from small Spanish fork lift truck dealerships to Shell and Volvo. This has shown her the best and worst examples of how people and organisations work. Her examples are often recognisable or make you laugh. She is full of energy, conviction and passion! Her years of theatre experience show in how well she connects with the audience. She is a Dutch national who is fluent in English (with a British accent), Dutch, Spanish and German.
Why do people drive you mad at work?
We all know a colleague, boss, customer or boss who drive us nuts at work. Or perhaps lots of people who do so. Why is that and what can you do about it?
Innovation in your organisation
Only organisations that constantly improve, innovate and our customer focussed will survive. How can everyone contribute to this? What should you no longer do to enable this? Lizanne shows you how can become or remain more Netflix than Blockbuster, more Apple than Kodak.
Help, they are different!
Our society is more international now than ever. Whether you do business with different countries or have foreign employees here. What are the differences and how can you best deal with them? Lizanne takes you on an international discovery from the comfort of your own seat and shows you the best possible and most effective way to work together.
How to motivate people?
Many managers don’t know how to get the best out of their team. Lizanne shows you through entertaining anecdotes what goes wrong in the world of management. Most of all though she shows you how to avoid such mistakes and get the best out of your team.
Wat does Brexit mean for my company or sector?
We all know that Brexit will have a serious impact on Holland. Why did the Brits ever go down this path? What does it mean for your company, organisation or sector? And what can or should you do now to make the consequences come out as positively as possible for your company? As a UK expert and first subsidised Brexit coach in the Netherlands Lizanne discusses all possible consequences in this area.
Karen Williams, Regional Operations Manager at The Boutique Workplace Company:
Lizanne kindly spoke at our Networking Hub in July and was inspiring and provoking in her speech. She made a lot of people, including myself, think about how easily it is the double results with just a little extra effort.
Sandra Teijgeler, Koenders Building Enterprise:
Lizanne led a workshop for all of our staff recently, she managed to tell the story of our business beautifully with our employees. She spoke with lots of passion and power and knew how to keep every engaged from beginning to end. What was also important, is that during the interactive part, she knew how to give everyone space and then take control of the workshop again. The presentation stayed exactly within the agreed time limit and was well prepared.
Andreas Giese, Dexport
My people rated your session highly. Lizanne gave us important tools to apply the DISC method within our organisation to improve our communication both internally and with our clients. She did so with a practical approach that was interesting for both experienced as well as new employees.