Manon Dahler

What gets her excited?

Contributing to making the world/ workplace/ team a better place. So that the people involved can improve their results and feel that their time spent working is more meaningful and rewarding.

What motto does she live by?

Everything is a choice between fear and love.

How did she end up at Reconsulting?

She has worked with Pim Bouwman since 1997 when she started as change enablement consultant at Arthur Andersen and afterwards as trainer, actor, and intervention designer at Het Consulaat. Pim asked her to join Reconsulting and she is looking forward to working with the Reconsulting team and the international scope of the assignments.

Where has she been on the way?

In her personal life, she has had to deal with challenges that have helped her grow mentally and spiritually. This has made her a more compassionate trainer and she likes to inspire other people to investigate their own choices and to let go of their limiting beliefs about themselves.

Favourite activities

Spending time with my kids and my friends, dancing, going to concerts, singing, travelling, meditating, taking online classes and reading.

Manon has always been interested in why people behave the way they do and how to influence that. At university, she found Organizational Behaviour by far the most interesting subject of Business Economics. Peter Senge inspired her to write her thesis about the Learning Organization. Organizational culture and how to make it a competitive advantage has been a central theme in her work. At Arthur Andersen she was given the opportunity to deepen her knowledge and skills as a trainer and consultant. The work of Senge, Schein, Belbin and Argyris was the basis of the change enablement approach and it still is very useful in analysing organisational patterns and designing effective change interventions. Manon is a certified Belbin trainer and uses the knowledge of character differences to help teams cooperate and perform better. At het Consulaat, Manon discovered that she appreciated the added value of actors that played out organizational patterns in theatrical scenes so much, that she wanted to be able to do that herself as well. She has finished an education as “actor in business” and now combines consulting, training and team coaching with acting. She has specialized in writing and playing scenes that pinpoint organizational dysfunctional patterns. When there is awareness in a team or organization on how each participant / department / management layer contributes to the unwanted outcomes, the willingness and ability to change is very energizing.

Engagements Manon is proud of:

  • Facilitating an emotional strategic dialogue between the chairman of the board of TNO and 25 researchers in the upstream space department that he wanted to close down. This 3,5 hour conversation led to the decision to continue the department, which is now one of the most profitable departments of the organization.
  • Facilitating an event for the Island Councils and government officials of the three Dutch Caribbean islands that became Dutch municipalities. The islands were very distrustful towards the Dutch Ministries. We were able to shift their focus from everything they felt the Dutch Government did wrong towards them, to what they could change in their own collaboration skills thus professionalizing their government. They signed a letter of intent to work closely together and individual participants were much more successful in their influencing skills.
  • Writing scenes and delivering 12 parallel workshops for a congress for policy officials who were responsible for the decentralisation of government tasks involving youth care and care for the elderly and handicapped. Through our workshops we raised awareness. The participants realized what a huge responsibility this was and that their organizations were not yet ready to implement the policies and that they had to intensify their efforts to make it work.
  • Energizing a whole accountancy firm to adopt their new strategy and identity and make it into a “movement” that everybody who was involved still reminisces about ten years later.