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 don’t 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 one’s 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:

Research Practice

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)

Development Centers

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)

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)