VUvereniging awarded SERVUS ‘We Shall Overcome’ project
VUvereniging, the VU Association founded in 1879, awarded SERVUS a 2-years project ‘We Shall Overcome’. The project aims to strengthen the VU historical identity through 4 valorization actions. The actions originate and build on the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King jr. On October 20th 1965 MLK received an honorary doctorate degree for his courageous non-violent fight for social justice and civil rights. The first ‘We Shall Overcome’ action involves interviews with VU alumni who have met with dr. Martin Luther King jr. at VU in 1965. These interviews come on top of an earlier MLK interview series with VU Alumni. Subsequently, a MLK Masterclass will be organized for VU researchers and lecturers. The purpose of this Masterclass is to implement MLK's legacy in current research and educational curricula to serve 21st C generations to come. Research and educational issues such as cultural diversity, underprivileged societal groups e.g. newcomers, poor and elderly people, freedom of speech, and bullying in the (online) workplace will be aligned with MLK legacy. During an international symposium the major project findings will be highlighted. Web visibility will support knowledge sharing and sustainability of project findings. We are grateful for this generous empowerment of SERVUS by VUvereniging.
VU Alumni MLK interviews
Over the last few years SERVUS interviewed in total 7 VU alumni. During Dr. Martin Luther King jr. VU visit in 1965 these alumni attended the ceremony with MLK 20 October 1965 and/or 21 October 1965. In the MLK interviews the alumni tell their personal story about meeting MLK, and also elaborate on their memories of being VU student in the 1960s. See their personal stories: https://www.geheugenvandevu.nl/hoofdmenu/dossiers/martin-luther-king-jr-eredoctor-1965
Thursday 28th November 2019 a few VU alumni interviewees attended the Martin Luther King Lecture ‘Game-Changers’. Beforehand, SERVUS invited the alumni for a joint dinner, see picture.
VU Pre-University College Masterclass ‘I Have a Dream’
The Autumn Masterclass series of 4 lectures ‘I Have a Dream’ was completed December 12th 2019 with a great lecture ‘Diversity and Social Justice’ by Kathleen Ferrier, SERVUS Associate. Next, student team-presentations covered societal issues such as modern slavery in prostitution, women in politics, reconciliation newcomers and local citizens, influence parents on school choice children. Followed by a PUC certificate ceremony. In this Masterclass, students explored how successful leaders are committed to both their organization and the sustainable society at large. In this Masterclass secondary school students examine social justice issues in dialogue with VU scientists and practitioners. Students discover their own power as a leader, their moral compass, and experience the inspiration of visionary leaders. Practice in a speech lab and workshops bring the learning to life. In 2020 we hope to serve the secondary school community with another 2 Masterclasses in Spring and Autumn 2020.
dr. Martin Luther King Lecture ‘Game-Changers’, 28 November 2019
What a special evening, the 2019 Martin Luther King Lecture ‘ Game-Changers’ at the VU with inspirational speakers such as European parliamentarian Samira Rafaela, and poet Babs Franklin Gons. Delighted to experience how young game-changers take action to contribute in their own unique way to society. MLK was a game-changer too in his non-violent struggle for social justice. It was amazing to meet again with SERVUS relations Kathleen Ferrier and Sebastiaan van der Zwaan. Thank you for this wonderful evening. Click here for more information about the lecture.
Mentoring in Cross Cultural Communities
Thursday 28th November 2019 the 2nd Masterclass ‘Mentoring in Cross Cultural Communities’ was organized. In tital 17 representatives of industry, NGO and academia gathered together to experience this 1-day journey. The participants all had one common characteristic, namely they serve a few hours per week being voluntary mentor for secondary school students in underpriviledged circumstances. The mentors are part of community projects in the region of Amsterdam, see earlier newsitem re SERVUS Platform of Communities. Guided by topspeakers Meindert Flikkema, Britt Bakker and Fons Trompenaars the mentors were inspired to bring their mentees to the next level in their study and furrther life. Thanks to the generous support of SBE and the Cloverleaf Foundation SERVUS could realize this Masterclass. In 2020 we will develop a next Masterclass ‘Advanced Mentoring’. Following a strong demand from the mentor-participants in our earlier Mentoring Masterclasses, this Advanced Mentoring Masterclass will offer Masterclass alumni an opportunity to make a next step in their professional and personal development. Goal is to make the learnings from their first Masterclasses more sustainable.
Kathleen Ferrier will chair the Dutch Unesco Commission
SERVUS Associate Kathleen Ferrier MSc is appointed chairwoman of the Dutch Unesco Commission as per 1 September 2019. Kathleen is SERVUS lecturer Diversity and Social Justice in our Masterclass ‘I Have a Dream’ and she is honorary visiting professor Human Rights at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Kathleen’s mission stands in the human rights tradition of her father, the first President of Suriname Johan Ferrier and her sister Joan Ferrier. See Joan's speech ‘Servant-Leadership’ at SERVUS symposium 2012.
2-DAY MASTERCLASS 'CHINA TRADE; DILEMMAS AND SOLUTIONS’, 7 AND 8 OCTOBER 2019
The aim of this Masterclass is to understand Chinese and more Western organizational cultures. In interactive sessions with renowned motivational speakers you will focus on cross-cultural trade issues, sharing insights crucial for business people working with Chinese counterparts. Book yourself in this Masterclass; don’t miss that train!
Winter Conference Amsterdam
The Winter Conference Amsterdam is a unique leadership course, co-organized by FOM University and SERVUS. This 1-week course will provide meaningful tools for personal growth and organizational development. Community learning and working with dilemmas will be a vital part of your international Workshop adventure. Location Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 25th - 29th November 2019. We welcome Master students, postgraduates and executives. SERVUS is at your disposal for information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration by 15 August 2019. Click here for more information.
This is a call for servant-leadership
To achieve your professional and personal leadership goals in today’s world, your ability and empathy to work in a multireligious and multicultural context is required. A unique leadership program called Emoena will start October 28 2019. This program is designed for religious leaders and professionals who deal with religious diversity. Dedicated lecturers will coach you to become a better leader within your company or your community. You will increase your knowledge about rituals, traditions and scriptures. You will learn how to deal with religious pluralism, radicalization and de-escalation. Meanwhile you will build friendships across traditions. Explore and register on www.emoena.nl. Note that this program will be in Dutch. Britt Bakker, SERVUS research assistant is member of the Emoena organizing team.
Fons Trompenaars at the Gartner CIO Leadership Forum 2019
Fons Trompenaars, was keynote speaker at the Gartner CIO Leadership Forum 2019, 4-6 March 2019 in London UK. Through his 7-Dimensions of Cultures model he demonstrated how managing complexity in a heterogeneous environment is a major challenge for today's leaders. Reconciling cultural differences is a critical component of sustainable success. Following his keynote, Fons was interviewed on how to make your company really agile and innovative.
Autum 2019 - Masterclass 'Cultural Sustainability'
The Masterclass 'Culturele Duurzaamheid: van statushouder naar talent' will address good practice cases to nurture career development of refugees and includes a workshop cross-cultural awareness. Delegates: This Masterclass is dedicated to couples of local job consultants and one of their refugee clients. Due to the interactive character of this Masterclass a limited number of 8 couples (total of 16 delegates) can apply via email@example.com This Masterclass is in Dutch. Date t.b.a.
Launch Servus Platform of Community Projects
Friday 9th November 2018 the Platform of Community Projects was launched at the VU. This Platform is an initiative of Servus and subsequently developed in close cooperation with Giving Back, empowered by the Cloverleaf Foundation and the VU School of Business and Economics. The new Platform will connect the Community projects in the region of Amsterdam and beyond, to strengthen capacity building, and intensify network and knowledge sharing. In the Platform mission cross-fertilization is considered more feasible once you know each other in person and pool resources. The Platform aims for joint fundraising, and organize joint events to spread the word in society. In sum, coordination is needed to connect the Community projects affiliated with Giving Back and SERVUS.
The Community projects represented in this SERVUS Platform are:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- GreenOffice VU
- A Broader Mind
- Community Service Learning VU
- Giving Back
- Enactus VU
- IMC Weekend School
- NL Cares
In the near future the following SERVUS platform actions are foreseen, based on common needs:
- Identify funding to support common needs and actions. Industrial partners in CSR .
- Community building. Strengthening and sharing common responsibilities e.g. by giving volunteers a sense of belonging in their Community Project.
- Improve (online) communication with and among mentors and mentees. Explore innovative (online) mentoring styles and tools.
Sherazade Thesis Award 2018 for SERVUS colleague Britt Bakker
The Sherazade Thesis Award is a prize for the best Bachelor or Master thesis in the field of interculturalization, diversity and the multicultural society. Britt Bakker received this prize 26 September 2018 at Utrecht University for her VU Master thesis ‘One Bed Two Beliefs’ – Societal Influences in Everyday life of Muslim-(post)Christian couples in the Netherlands. She wrote her MA thesis in Theology and Religious Studies, within the VU specific Peace Trauma and Religion track. After her VU graduation, she was offered a Scholarship for Professional Doctorate in Interfaith Studies, and currently undertakes follow-up doctorate research at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in the UK. Britt has been working with SERVUS for the last 2,5 years. She is a regular speaker at SERVUS events.
“My SERVUS work made me more aware of the need to study lived religion of interfaith couples. As microcosms of society, these interfaith couples deserve more scholarly attention. Couples who live ‘the interfaith life’ every day, can give us more insights in how to deal with today’s societal challenges of interfaith and intercultural co-existence. The academic experience of doing my current Doctorate research is a next stepping stone in continuing my SERVUS work, a research centre where cross-cultural dilemma reconciliation by Fons Trompenaars is key. SERVUS therefore is a fruitful interfaith and intercultural hub in a very practical sense!” (Britt Bakker)
Kalin Anev Janse EU reconciliation expert in Greece crisis
Early August 2018 the financial crisis resolution with Greece was successfully completed. The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) disbursed € 15 billion of ESM financial assistance for Greece on 6 August 2018. This is the final loan tranche after eight years of Greece financing needs through the ESM and the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) of in total € 204 billion.
SERVUS graduate Kalin Anev Janse happened to become a servant-leader in the crisis resolution process of Greece in his capacity of member of the Management Board and Secretary General of the ESM and EFSF, responsible for Funding, Asset Liability Management and Lending. During the last eight years, Kalin and his ESM team in Luxembourg have supported the Greek people in their reforms in the field of tax policy, public revenue reforms. The ESM was able to reconcile not only a severe financial crisis in Greece, but also reached sustainable inclusiveness of one of the suffering EU member states. Greece is an EU member state since 1981. Greece’s rich cultural and philosophical history impacted European societies greatly over the last millenium. After an intense period of negotiations and empowerment by ESM, Greece is committed to become a robust economy and job market.
Kalin Anev Janse previously worked for the European Investment Bank, where one of his tasks was to coordinate setting up the EFSF. Prior to this, he worked as a Corporate Finance and Strategy Consultant for McKinsey & Company in the Netherlands. He has also worked in Investment Banking at JPMorgan in London, and in corporate governance and project finance for Honeywell Spain in Madrid. Kalin Anev Janse did his MSc in Business Administration in Strategic Management at the Rotterdam School of Management and Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. For his undergraduate degree, he studied Business Administration in Finance, Banking and Insurance at the Vrije University Amsterdam, supervised by SERVUS co-director Sylvia van de Bunt. During his career, he attended executive education programmes at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. He is a young global leader of the World Economic Forum. During his studies at VU Amsterdam, Kalin published on the issue of culture and technology, highly relevant for servant-leaders. He is co-author of the book Word Wide Work, filtering of online content in a globalized world, 2006, van de Bunt-Kokhuis (editor), VU University Press Amsterdam, and co-authored in Stanford’s Tomorrow’s Professor (2005).
Other relevant links
Kalin Anev Janse - European Stability Mechanism
Kalin was featured in the NOS Dutch public news programme of Monday 6 August 2018
SERVUS Masterclass for Giving Back Mentors
The community organization Giving Back (www.givingback.nl) supports underprivileged pupils to unlock their talents. In Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Eindhoven and Rotterdam secondary school pupils are assigned to a professional Mentor from industry. Through personal coaching by volunteer Mentors the pupils are enabled to cope with major dilemmas regarding life, school choice and future career. Supported by their Mentor the pupils get a first introduction into the business world to enrich their social and educational horizon.
Giving Back and SERVUS launched a series of SERVUS Masterclasses ‘The Gentle Art of Helping”, designed especially for these Mentors, since October 2018.
Giving Back Mentors learn how to help secondary school pupils through humble inquiry, building trust and cross-cultural awareness. Besides theoretical insights, exercises are embedded in the program, where participants learn to deal with dilemmas in their mentoring workplace.
Giving Back and SERVUS are sustainable partners for more than a decade. This initiative is empowered by the Cloverleaf Foundation.
Eliasson Global Leadership Price
The Tällberg Foundation (www.tallbergfoundation.org), launched in 1981, exists to provoke action-based thinking about the issues that are challenging the evolution of humanity and liberal democracies.
Their actions focus on three processes:
• re-injecting ethics into leadership
• managing, instead of being managed, by disruptive technologies, climate change and other exogenous forces
• re-establishing the legitimacy of governance
SERVUS associate Tom Cummings is member of the Board of Directors of the Tällberg Foundation. The nomination process for the annual Eliasson Global Leadership Prize of the Tällberg Foundation is now open. Would you like to nominate someone for 2018? Have a look at each of the separate videos to hear the voices of the laureates over the last several years.
SERVUS associate mrs. Wenjia Chang promotes Sino-Dutch HR integration solutions at Netherlands Economic Mission to China
The Handelsmissies met Ministers (RVO) have received fruitful outcome 8-13 April 2018 in China with 3 Ministers, State Secretaries, 165 companies and institutions.
MAX HRM have joined the mission, with the strong promotion of H.E.Mr.Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands. MAX HRM started her new chapter in cross-board HR integration solutions between Netherlands and China.
The general manager of MAX HRM, Wenjia Chang, graduated from the MSc. Business administration (MSc thesis SERVUS) and currently following the PhD program of Amsterdam business research institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on the research topic of cross - culture HR integration after M&As.” Mid 2018 a chapter will be published in a Springer book on Sino-Dutch HR integration, by Wenjia Chang and Sylvia van de Bunt.
How Young Professionals can develop themselves into the Servant-Leaders of the future
In January 2018 Rainier Kruisheer of Skyscrapers (www.skyscrapers.co), a talent incubator for young professionals, organized a double-interview with the SERVUS coordinators Sylvia van de Bunt and Fons Trompenaars. See Rainier’s blog:
The interview is in Dutch. The English translation you find here.
Fons Trompenaars inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame
Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers, has announced its 2017 list and Fons Trompenaars, co-author with Charles Hampden-Turner of recently published Nine Visions of Capitalism (Infinite Ideas, 2015), has been elevated to the pantheon of management thinkers who have made a contribution over an extended period of time to the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame.
The Thinkers50 ranking, often described as the Oscars of management thinking, is a “celebration of the very best new management thinking as well as those ideas which stand the test of time,” according to Des Dearlove, who created Thinkers50 with Stuart Crainer in 2001. “We are looking for ideas with a potential impact that extends beyond the business world to address issues ranging from reducing poverty to building a sustainable model of capitalism.”
Fons Trompenaars, a permanent fixture in the prestigious global ranking since its inception in 2001, said “It’s an enormous honour to be included in the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame means a great deal to me and my team – I could not have done this without Charles Hampden-Turner and Peter Woolliams, my esteemed colleagues and my network – a big thank you to them. Thinkers50 makes a real difference in the world of consulting. I am expecting that business thinkers will increasingly digitize their ideas as games, apps and e-learning and we will be at the forefront of that movement. It will be interesting to see what impact digitization has on Thinkers50 2019. It always has been one of the highlights in my two year schedules thanks to Des and Stuart. To be now part of the Hall of Fame is such a honorable distinction for me that I will use with pride. You cannot imagine how happy I am with that accolade”
Thinkers50 scans, ranks and shares the very best in management ideas. Its definitive global ranking of management thinkers is published every two years.
About Fons Trompenaars
Fons Trompenaars is an organizational theorist, management consultant and bestselling author known globally for the development of the Trompenaars’ model of national culture differences. He was awarded the International Professional Practice Area Research Award by the American Society for Training and Development and Business magazine ranked him as one of the world’s top five management consultants. He is the author and co-author of numerous books including Riding the Waves of Culture now in its third edition, 100+ Management Models and Nine Visions of Capitalism: Unlocking the Meanings of Wealth Creation. He has also launched the Culture for Business app amongst others. Fons Trompenaars is Professor Cross-Cultural Management at the School of Business and Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and Co-director of the Servant-Leadership Centre for Research and Education SERVUS at VU.
SERVUS Masterclass ‘I have a dream’
One of the SERVUS initiatives this academic year is the Masterclass ‘I have a dream’ for secondary school students. The SERVUS Masterclass is part of the VU Pre-University College, a consortium of 23 secondary schools in the greater Amsterdam region.
This Masterclass curriculum is designed for secondary school students in their final school year (4 and 5 VWO). Students acquire knowledge and experience in different forms of visionary leadership. Issues such as cross cultural human rights and social justice are being addressed. The curriculum will nurture students’ personal leadership skills and moral compass, to finally apply knowledge in teamwork and field research. The theme ‘I have a dream’ originated from VU history and its corporate culture. The Masterclass is named after Dr. Martin Luther King jr. Because, King received an honorary doctorate degree at the VU in Amsterdam on 20 October 1965 for his courageous non-violent fight for racial equality and civil rights.
Which leaders make a difference, and inspire people to positive change? In this Masterclass, students explore how successful leaders are committed to both their organization and the sustainable society at large. Michelle Obama is such a contemporary role model. She launched the campaign Let’s Move: a campaign against childhood obesity in the USA. With this initiative Michelle Obama initiated measures to change the food industry (e.g. listing the amount of calories on the packages of food and drinks) and to encourage providing healthier school meals. How can a leader give hope, motivate people, and nurture a sense of belonging to community? What do you do in a crisis situation, what is the role of empathy and respect, and how to reconcile dilemmas? What does that imply for the leader him/herself? In this Masterclass secondary school students examine these issues in dialogue with VU scientists and practitioners. Students discover their own power as a leader, their moral compass, and experience the inspiration of visionary leaders such as Angela Merkel, Nelson Mandela, Michelle Obama and Martin Luther King. Leadership exercises, a speech lab and workshops bring the learning to life.
Various societal partners are loyal supporters of this Masterclass, such as:
- Martin Luther King Lecture Foundation, in partnership with:
- Justice and Peace Netherlands, committed to a just and sustainable world. Justice and Peace supports human rights defenders who work at the local level worldwide, and are dedicated to an equitable treatment and protection of refugees
- Nieuwwij, for a better world, connecting cultural and religious differences
- Cross Cultural Human Rights Centre
- De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, Autumn 2017 exhibition on visionary leadership
- THTConsulting, experts in cross cultural awareness and dilemma reconciliation
More information, please contact us.
David Weir appointed Professor of Intercultural Management
Professor David Weir is appointed Professor of Intercultural Management at York St John Business School. He is Professor Emeritus of Northumbria University, Partner at Fourth Paradigm Consulting and chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board of Cambridge Scholars. His inaugural lecture is Thursday 1 December 2016, Title: A New agenda for Management: The role of professional managers for community growth and enrichment
This Inaugural lecture will ask questions about where 'management' has come from, what is its impact on society and why we need a new role for professional managers in global society as well as for York and therefore there is a need for new expectations of how business schools and universities can respond to these demands.
Award for SLRP Alumnus Ronald Hoenen
Ronald Hoenen is winner of the Plant Manager of the Year 2015 Award.
The annual election of the Plant Manager of the Year is organised since 2008 and is an initiative of the Petrochem Platform and the Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI), in collaboration with Deltalinqs and the Port of Rotterdam, and since last year also Votob (tank storage). Not only candidates of chemistry and storage, but also other industrial sectors are involved in the election such as the refining, the oil and gas, and paper and food sectors. The election contributes to a positive image of the Dutch process industry through honoring the great performance of plant managers. Key performance indicators are safety, health, environment, productivity, efficiency and sustainability. To highlight this, interviews with the nominees and the Award winner are published in Petrochem and Chemie Magazine. A professional jury assess the candidates on their social commitment, leadership and communication skills.
Ronald ran a Masterclass on Servant-Leadership during the next DeltaVisie conference for the Petrochemical industry in Rotterdam on Thursday June 16th 2016.
Ronald Hoenen argues that employees need direction, not just to have a common goal, but also to sharpen their own contribution to this common goal. Guidance and nurturing by a servant-leader enables employees to excel, provided that they have sufficient space for personal and professional development. With space Ronald means: taking responsibility, freedom of action to be empowered. Though some control is necessary, most people will not be to happy with it. However, a workplace becomes more fun when some control is combined with creating enough space. Trust and confidence of their servant-leader is key, actually already before the employee deserves it. It’s great to see people’s growth when they get confidence of their leader. Subsequently employees dare and have courage to show ownership and entrepreneurship. Employees deserve openness of information. Transparency is essential for employees to give insight and context. This enables them to make the right decisions.
Ronald Hoenen is Alumnus of the Servant-Leadership Research Programme 2014-2015. He is a true role model for future Servant-Leaders.
Capacity building in Oman: Exploring a possible partnership between the A’Sharqiyah University and VU Amsterdam
In February 2016, Emiel Eijdenberg took the initiating role to represent a joint-project of the departments SERVUS, VU International Office, and ACE @ VU to explore the partnership possibilities between VU Amsterdam and A’Sharqiyah University (ASU) in Ibra, Oman. This initiative originated from the collaborative work of Prof. Nabil Sultan, Visiting Professor at SERVUS, and Dean of the Faculty of Economics at ASU. Emiel is an ACE researcher in the final stage of his PhD, and he has extensive experience in non-Western, ‘non-traditional’ countries (such as Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania) in terms of research, teaching and capacity building. Emiel will defend his PhD thesis in Spring 2016. During this ‘fact-finding mission’ to Oman, Emiel explored the possibilities for joint-research projects on logistics and entrepreneurship, for example co-authoring and the opportunity to collect data; the possibilities for exchanging and recruiting students from Oman, and the wider Middle East region, and the Netherlands; and the possibilities to expand the presence of the VU in, and beyond, Oman. Till date, the Middle East region, while having an increasingly large research and education potential, has remained relatively beyond the radar of the VU. During Emiel’s visit in Oman, he organized research seminars, and he run an entrepreneurship course to students and staff from the ASU.
For more information, please contact Emiel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or SERVUS.
Older updates from the Network
SLRP Core School member dr Milton Sousa
As of July 2015 dr Milton Sousa has been appointed Associate Professor at Nova SBE, School of Business & Economics in Portugal. He will continue working with Rotterdam School of Management and SLRP, but will now be based in Lisbon.
VU Visiting Professorship – Prof. dr Nabil Sultan
From 2013 onwards Prof. dr. Nabil Sultan is Visiting Professor at SERVUS. He is recently appointed Dean of the College of Business Administration, A’Sharqiyah University, Ibra in Oman, and is former Head of Suffolk Business School in UK. He is a regular speaker at SERVUS symposia, and his most recent keynote was at the SL symposium 4 May 2015 entitled “Beating the odds: A story of pain and success from the land of Sheba”.
Dr Dirk van Dierendonck appointed endowed Professor of Human Resource Management
Dr Dirk van Dierendonck, has been appointed endowed Professor of Human Resource Management, a new academic chair created on 1 March 2015 at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). The chair is endowed by the Erasmus Trust Fund.
Professor Dirk van Dierendonck is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Servant Leadership.