Kessels & Smit is organised as a network of independent consultants. We are not free-lancers: we are fully committed to Kessels & Smit. But each professional has his or her personal consultancy practice within the broader Kessels & Smit network. We dont have job descriptions, vacancies or an HR department. When we grow, it is always in an organic way: we meet new network partners through our work and personal connections.
We base our cooperation on the following principles:
- Mutual attractiveness: partners choose to work together and each invests in the working relationship;
- Personal responsibility and entrepeneurship: everyone cares not only for their personal wellbeing, but also for the welfare of the whole and we make room for everyones growth;
- Personal passion is the basis for work: people are at their best when doing what they really feel is important;
- Learning and innovation are part of ones work: experimenting in daily practice is a powerful way of creating effective interventions and to continu growing as a professional at the same time.
Because we value the power of entrepeneurship and we want to provide opportunities for new initiatives to grow, new companies-in-the-network emerge: groups of colleagues who join around a specific focus. Currently you find:
The Research Practice is a group of K&S professionals that use (action) research as a tool or intervention for enhancing development of individuals, groups or organisations. They involve respondents in the research, in a participatory manner, because doing the research is the best way of learning. Appreciative Inquiry principles are a main inspiration for the methodology. (website in Dutch only) www.onderzoekspraktijk.net
The Development Center is a tried and proven chain of powerful interventions for promoting learning of individuals and therefore fostering the development of the organisation as a whole. In a Development Center learners work and learn in realisting work settings, over the course of an entire day. Personal experience, hands on feedback and learning by experimenting are powerful elements of a Development Center. This K&S company specializes in this type of intervention. (website in Dutch only) www.development-centers.nl
Something is going to happen
Learning does not happen only by listening and reading. And though learning by doing is a very important strategy, it is not the only way. Sometimes ‘playing’ is a very effective learning strategy. This new K&S company focuses solely on the design and realisation of all types of playful learning interventions. (website under construction) www.fueledbysomething.com