"When coming back from my first Innovation Tour, I felt the need to share my impressions and thoughts with my leadership team, and realized that going through the Silicon Valley experience together was key to build-up the momentum it created for me. That’s why I returned with my leadership and top 150 of Proximus to Silicon Valley or other European innovation hubs like Berlin, London and Dublin. I believe these trips have been game-changers in the way we look at innovation at Proximus and how we can accelerate the transformation of our company towards providing digital services."
CEO & member of the Board
"For me, the innovation tour was a truly riveting and eye-opening WOW-experience, where I met many entrepreneurs with great ambitions and dreams. Above all, it opened my eyes to the new technologies that will have a tremendous impact on how we will manage our companies and treat our customers. I learned that you need to let go of the past to let the future - and all its opportunities - in."
"Our goal was to adapt our services to a world dominated by digitization, glocalization and disintermediation. The presentation of Nancy Rademaker was a fun wake-up call and the workshops with Annick Vandezande challenged us to look at our business model in a critical manner so we could come up with new answers. The drawings of Axelle Vanquaillie will permanently remind us of this two-day off-site meeting, allowing the impact of the nexxworks effort to act as a constant source of inspiration."
General Manager DigiChambers
@ Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Belgium
"No art book can create the exact experience you have when seeing a work of art. The same applies for the Innovation Tours of Steven Van Belleghem and Peter Hinssen. Nothing compares with hearing and feeling Silicon Valley right in the heart of it. These guys can get you in to places you never could have imagined visiting. Afterwards, depending on your mindset, you can feel more daring, more eager to innovate or more rational about the changes you face."
"I’ve participated in two nexxworks Innovation tours and I can still feel their impact until this day, even though the first one dated from about 2 years ago. Most of all, it’s the passionate drive and high-speed mentality of the companies we visited that stays with me. Even now, they keep inspiring me. "
"During the 2013 Innovation Tour, I travelled to Silicon Valley with a group of entrepreneurs. It was an inspiring journey, motivating as well. The most important lesson for me was this one: let go of your “Yes, But” mentality and always strive for “Yes, And” instead. Stop looking for excuses to not do things but find opportunities to actually do them and get results.
"Today, in the best interest of our organizations, we need to invest in our own thinking so we can provide new perspectives. nexxworks brings together many essential elements: a great group of diverse personalities and backgrounds, a balanced program, a gifted moderator and last but not least excellent logistics. It’s true that ‘we don't know what we don’t know'. During the nexxworks trips, however, some of that space is converted into active knowledge. "
"'Customer First without Compromise' has become a central theme in our strategy. To be able to see, feel and hear the great examples in Silicon Valley during the nexxworks Innovation Tours has inspired us to go the extra mile. "
"nexxworks is a company that makes sure we bring the future trends closer to Europe so we can embed them into our thinking and business models."
"Steven Van Belleghem is a regular keynote speaker at our events & every time his performance is an absolute highlight. He has a very unique & authentic style: leveraging a combination of academic depth and well-reasoned cases, he spices up his presentations with a great sense of humor."
"Steven Van Belleghem’s presentation had our dealers spellbound. He gave our organization a digital wake-up call with great humor and now a new world with exciting perspectives is waiting to be discovered."
Manager Marketing & Communication Vans
"Steven Van Belleghem is a frequent speaker at Rabobank. We really like the energy and humor he brings to the presentation of meaningful content. His view on customer centricity in a digital world is truly innovative and his presentations pack one hell of a punch."
"My participation in the nexxworks Innovation Tour really confronted me with the ever increasing speed of change. I loved the “fail fast and start over” mentality of the start-ups we visited over there and I took back their pioneering and passionate spirit with me to my company. It has been a great help to help us innovate in our industry, which is quite a traditional one."
"Rik Vera was the keynote speaker at “De Dag van de Makelaar”, one of the biggest events in the Belgian insurance sector, organized by FVF. He outlined in a brilliant way the changes we all face in consumer behavior. His presentation was focused on relevant interesting examples that are applicable in our insurance sector. In short he was one of the highlights of our event!”"
@ Federatie voor Verzekerings- en Financiële tussenpersonen
"Peter is a regular speaker at Google's flagship events for our most senior and valued customers from the world's top brands and agencies. He consistently delivers talks that challenge conventional thinking and provide a rare clarity on the ever-changing world we live in and the interplay between tech, people and business. Fast-paced, charismatic, funny and above all inspiring, Peter is always our top rated speaker by both Googlers and our clients."
Programmatic Marketing Lead APAC
"As a Global Director Digital Innovation, I am used to focus upon developments in technology. I pride myself in knowing a lot about that, so I was not expecting to hear many new things at the nexxworks Ignition Bootcamp. But I did. It changed my perspective. Digital is becoming human. It is not about digital transformation, but about human transformation. THAT is the actual innovation. THAT is what is changing the world. But above all, THAT is what our customers are expecting and what I am going to focus on from now on. My first step will be to check all our running projects for the human touch: are they actually making the lives of our employees better and are they giving them more time to focus on the customer?"
Global Director Digital Innovation
"What I will remember most about the nexxworks Ignition Bootcamp is that innovation is about so much more than just technology. It’s about making your colleagues and employees passionate about new possibilities in serving the customer. It’s about people connecting with each other and learning from each other. It’s about getting out of the building and into the field. It’s about testing and trying out new projects. After the bootcamp, I really felt ‘infected’ with the nexxworks innovation virus."
Innovation Engagement Manager
"After 5 days of Bootcamp, I felt as if my brain has been rewired; reprogrammed even. It was a unique and intense experience that was not “just” about great insights into technology, innovation and the changed customer behaviour: I also had the pleasure to learn and grow together with a wonderful group of fellow ‘bootcampers’ who provided me with fresh perspectives into other industries."
Deputy Operations Officer
@ Dredging International (member of the DEME Group)
"The nexxworks Ingnition Bootcamp was a really great experience. I was impressed and excited by all the keynote speeches and the insights they gave me. It made me feel invigorated and I’m ready to go out there and spread the message inside our company, so we can fire up the change even further."
Business Center Director Bruges
"nexxworks’ Ignition Bootcamp helped me to look beyond today and have a glimpse of what’s ahead of us. I enjoyed learning more about exciting concepts like machine learning, artificial intelligence, block chain and extreme customer centricity and how these could impact my company. The bootcamp helped me develop a new set of glasses so that I can look at the world in a different way."
General Manager Nordic
"I felt really submerged in innovation after this intense one week Ignition Bootcamp. It gave me so many insights and ideas that I can’t wait to get out there and look further into all the opportunities that are lying out there."
"I was truly inspired by nexxworks’ Ignition Bootcamp: as much by the passion of the speakers and the content they provided as by the real-life examples they provided us. What opened my eyes the most is realizing how the speed of change has accelerated and how many opportunities come along with that. Above all, this gave me a lot of energy. I can’t wait to be part of that change."
Process improvement manager
@ Vanderlande Industries
"The Ignition Bootcamp was an amazing experience. It opens your eyes to the world of today and tomorrow and you'll hear fascinating case studies and interesting guest speakers! With a backpack full of inspiration, I returned to UNILIN."
Marketing Manager Western-Europe
"The nexxworks Ignition Bootcamp was a beautiful once in a lifetime experience. Next to all the insights I received, what I enjoyed most of all was the open spirit, the transparency and the passion of all my fellow “bootcampers” and the nexxworks team. This was something very different from traditional business trainings, and I felt it in the energy it gave me."
Independent Management Consultant
@ Niko Lecluyse bvba
"nexxworks helped Microsoft Netherlands to position the Customer Engagement solutions towards the ‘new’ business decision makers. The nexxworks change agents and thought leaders offered us valuable insights into the most disruptive trends in 7 different markets and assisted us with the creation of pragmatic conversation starters. Our collaboration was as inspiring as it was professional and felt like a real partnership. "
Business Development and Marketing Lead Business Solutions
"As a privately held, family-owned company for over 70 years, GOJO understands and has achieved success as a neural networked organization. We selected Peter Hinssen for a keynote speaker at GOJO to continue to excite the team about the present and future impact of networked organizations, digital technology, and societal change on our business and lives. Peter certainly met and exceeded our expectations with his powerful content and visually-arresting examples. He validated the significance of our unique networked organization by vividly explaining that networked organizations are essential in today’s digital economy to achieve both internal employee engagement and external customer value."
"Rik Vera delivered a high energy and entertaining keynote at our senior management forum in Tallinn. He managed to unnerve the group, showing what customer centricity really is about – in a way challenging the very essence of retail banking. He successfully created urgency for our management teams to act on the future, and at the same provided the tools to do it as well as the assurance that it is doable."
Head of Strategic Analysis and M&A
"Peter Hinssen, again, surprised and delighted us with his interpretation of ‘digital in the age of now’ and the value of ‘networked intelligence’. His perspectives and observations serve as a catalyst to IT Leaders around the globe and always leave us wanting more insights from this brilliant visionary. He provides the audience with more to think about than when they arrived and I’ve heard from many how attending one of his talks has spurred innovation for their organizations in both IT and the business they are in. "
Sr. Director Marketing
@ CA Technologies
"We were looking for strategic and front running advice and coaching for our customer centricity ambitions and sales approach. Most of the time we end up teaching our consultants, but this was a direct hit. A human interface with a bright view on the future. Rik Vera grasped our roots and took us to the "nexxt" level in a few weeks."
"Rik Vera held the opening keynote at Telia's annual CIO-event for our largest B2B customers in Sweden. Rik’s focus on how networks will be the enabler for taking business to the next level and the way he highlighted how customer-centricity will define companies’ future success really captivated the audience."
@ Telia Sverige
"Rik Vera knows how to connect the ‘new’ world with your company using great metaphors to make it stick. He cannot only tell you the story but has led organizations into successful changes. I have also seen Rik connecting the dots for organizations and bringing the leadership teams together on this topic in different workshops all over the world. This makes Rik an amazing all-round disruption accelerator with a solid "getting things done" mentality."
Business Development and Marketing Lead Business Solutions
@ Microsoft Netherlands
"Rik Vera gave an inspiring and energetic presentation on our annual members' meeting. He took us on a rollercoaster ride and confronted us with the new customers: who they are and what they want. As a company you'll better be ready, because they know what they want. His presentation was an eye-opener and he sent us home with several things to reflect upon."
Business Development Manager
"Rik Vera’s keynote was an overall success. Both our Private and Business bankers where confronted with a future that has all ready started yesterday. The way we will have to adapt to a new customer centricity was an eye-opener for many of us and surely made us realise it’s time to act. The best way to make your point is in an entertaining way with great metaphors and lots of humour and I can assure you that’s what Rik Vera stands for."
Senior Private Banking Expert
@ Belfius Bank
"As our Industry is facing a huge disruption in the next coming years, we had a strong need for reinvention which was the central theme of an off-site event where Rik Vera gave the Keynote speech. He showed us to embrace this disruption ‘hey, we are not alone!’ and next gave many examples on how consistent and continued customer focus are key to overcome the huge challenges. The interaction during the talk was a refreshing experience, leaving us all thrilled and eager to start. This was wat I aimed at when I asked Rik as a guest speaker. He really did a great job.”"
@ KLA-Tencor ICOS Division
"Rik Vera is an inspiring speaker with an entertaining story to reflect on. The perfect speaker for our Adfiz New Year Meeting 2016. Rik showed us that there is still an overwhelming digitalization wave coming at us. That power is shifting from companies to online networks of consumers. He outlined how an entrepreneur can combine the power of digital technology with real insight
into the needs of your customer. How digital is so human again.”"
Account & Event Manager
"Never before have I had such a positive and overwhelming reaction to a keynote speaker. Peter Hinssen spoke at our recent company kick off and gave a wonderful insight to how business, technology and behaviors are changing in a rapidly evolving environment. An excellent speaker, funny, informative and very insightful. We’re going to find it hard to replicate the buzz and impact that Peter created, a true testament to his wonderful style and approach. Fantastic! "
Chief Operating Officer
@ Exclusive Networks
"Thank you Rik Vera for an eye-opening and entertaining keynote speech at our customer and partner conference in Copenhagen. Everybody is talking about customer centricity, but you really reset the perspective on why it is crucial in order to survive in the digital age, what the key obstacles in reaching true customer centricity are, and how to move past those. We were thrilled and so were the participants."
Head of Marketing & Communications
@ Nets Merchant Services
"Peter spoke at our Global Public Affairs Summit and took us on a rollercoaster ride, which shook us all up and got us focusing firmly on The Day After Tomorrow. His presentation style is compelling, funny, surprising and slick. But more importantly, his grasp of the issues business and government face as technology speeds up the S curve of innovation is second to none."
Group Practice Director
"Digital is becoming human! That is the exciting future of our world and what I remember most when I think back about the inspirational session of Rik Vera. My eyes starts to twinkle and I can’t wait to start using the insights given to us. Thank you, Rik for the many ideas that popped up in my head while listening to you."
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