Ella's Table Talks on Spotify & youtube

Podcast on many aspects of Personal and Business growth in the turbulent times and complex world we live in. Ella always welcomes a new interesting and inspiring guest to her kitchen table to engage in dialogue on topics such as: Team Development, Leadership, Sustainability, Efficient Operations and Awareness.

S2E4: Casper Jones on his Personal and Business Transformation

Ella Taal in conversation with Casper Jones - Ondrepreneur, Notary Public, Writer, Passionate Speaker and Intrinsic Motivator

Specialist in change processes for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to self-organizing and "steward-owned" organizations.

In this episode, among other things: The way of organizing his organization (notary's office), where he was on the board of directors some years ago, with the main driving force and steering mechanism: the intrinsic motivation of every employee. Doing what you like and what you are good at so that you can use your talents to the fullest. We talked further about his book "Leading with an empty head" in which he describes 7 levels of awareness of his own quest. Finally, we talked about his new mission and his focus to transform SMEs to a new way of working, to a culture where the human touch is paramount! As well as introducing 'steward ownership' as the final step in the transformation for sustainable business operations in the broadest sense.


Much listening and/or viewing pleasure!

S2E3: Jitze Koops - Viral Change, Sustainable and Viral Culture Change in the Organization

Ella Taal in conversation with Jitze Koops - Director 'consultative' engineering firm EversPartners, Entrepreneur, driven engineer who in his spare time uses his passion for cycling for good causes. 

This episode includes: the power of Viral Change, 5 pillars of change, sustainable and viral culture change in an organization, internal influencers, collaboration and creating real connection between employees. Also this podcast episode again tips for entrepreneurs.

Much listening and/or viewing pleasure!

S2E2: Jochem Uytdehaage On Boosting Your Happiness, Health and Performance

Ella Taal in conversation with Jochem Uytdehaaghe, former Top Athlete and Olympic medalist, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author and Founder of 'The Uytdhaaging' about his book 'Charged' and his mission to help people live a richer life.


This episode includes: Jochem's motivations, life lessons and insights described in his book published last year, "Recharged', boost your happiness, health and performance." About Energy Management; the 4 "energy batteries" essential for a healthy and balanced life. About vitality, intrinsic motivation and optimal performance. And, of course, his tips for Entrepreneurs.


Much listening and/or viewing pleasure!
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S2E1: Marieke Jacobs on Finding Meaning and Fulfillment in Work

Ella Taal in conversation with Marieke Jacobs, Co-founder of Betekenisbaan.nl, with a passion for making a positive impact for people & the environment.
In this episode: the current sustainable and social challenges that make more and more people look for meaning and realize that a real change of direction is needed. About ´Bullshit jobs´ and how a ´coincidental´ collaboration with co-founder Pleuni de Kind resulted in a company that matters; Betekenisbaan.nl. Where professionals are guided in 3 steps in their search for more meaning and fulfillment in their working life for a positive impact on the world. About our obsessive pursuit of unbridled growth. Tips for entrepreneurs.

Much listening and/or viewing pleasure!

S1E6: Pieter Schoe on Team Development and Pure Necessity for a Healthy & Vital Team in a Tight Labor Market

Ella Taal in conversation with Pieter Schoe - Founder of Team4Teams - Team coach, organizational consultant and entrepreneur. Developer of 'Scale of cooperation' a roadmap for team development Pieter Schoe was a farmer, grew tulips, worked with young people who committed serious crimes, then became a lifelong fascination with the road to good cooperation and its meaning for you as a person, the company and the sustainability of the world. Started his own company Team4Teams, which supports collaboration in and between teams, horizontally and vertically. Created a Roadmap for Team Development: 'The Scale of Collaboration'.

This episode includes: Survival - Evasion - Collaboration. Working with criminal youth, his passion and fascination for actual Collaboration and all the conditions needed to make that possible, the development of his own Roadmap ' The Scale of Collaboration'.

Much listening and/or viewing pleasure!

S1E5: Siets Bakker on Better Insight by Asking 'Rake Questions'

Ella Taal in conversation with Siets Bakker - entrepreneur, author, speaker, coach and organizational consultant. She calls herself a true "organization nerd

Siets Bakker is fascinated especially by the dynamics that take place between individuals, teams and organizations. Especially the unspoken or unconscious feelings and motives that guide our perception and actions. Besides being a speaker and coach, she is also the author of several books on systemic work aimed at both individuals and organizations.

This episode includes: the effect of asking "Rake Questions," the analytical and systemic brain, Standstill vs movement; why standing still costs more energy than moving.

Much listening and/or viewing pleasure!

S1E4: Maurits Groen on a Sustainable World, the Nitrogen Crisis, and Other Initiatives

Ella Taal in conversation with: Maurits Groen - serial entrepeneur, investor, writer, speaker, inspired green entrepreneur, CEO.

Current Position(s): (Co)Founder: MGMC.co.uk, Wholy Greens , Kipster, Wakawaka

In this 4th episode: including: from rag farmer to egg farmer, Personal motivation, The Nitrogen Crisis: "we just need more farmers paying attention to the environment". And further; the Kipster and CaringFarmers initiative, DutchDryer, Drawdown Top 100 climate solutions and much more....

Much listening and/or viewing pleasure!


S1E3: Margot Cooijmans on Pioneering and Curiosity as a Driving Force

Ella Taal in conversation with: Margot Cooijmans: Lawyer, writer, entrepreneur at heart, CEO.

Current position: Director at Philips Foundation Impact Investments BV and Philips Foundation

In this first part of the 2-part series: on Pioneering, Being Curious, the Value of Being Seen, Sustainable Real Estate, but also Leadership focused on Sustainable Results. Working at the intersection of Business, Technology and Society.

Click here if you prefer to see images with the audio as well! YouTube Video Episode #3

S1E2: Arthur Hol on Man over System, the Courage Level and Psychological Security

Interesting links: 

Conscious contracting | Appreciative inquiry | Amy Edmondson | Frederick Laloux | LinkedIn Arthur Hol | Philosophy, publications & more at Arthurhol.nl

This time our guest is Arthur Hol, Lawyer and Occupational and Organizational Psychologist. Arthur has worked as an HR manager and organizational consultant for Shell, KLM and KPMG, among others, and is active as a "lawyer plus" program director at Governance University and as an educator with his own company HRM College.  

Arthur works from the motto 'man above system', on the guidance towards new leadership and new forms of organizing. Especially around the question of how the world of rules and regulations affect management, supervision and co-determination, labour law and HRM. Topics he regularly speaks about at conferences and symposia. 

His vision of leadership and the contemporary role of management and HR. The importance of 'crucial conversations' Practical tips for each of the three 'degrees of courage' for 'grasping' the new leadership paradigm How to use a 'Talking Stick' as an (ancient) instrument to connect people and organizations in organization-wide dialogues, in addition to dialogue software.

Have fun listening!

S1E1: Thijs Linthorst on Challenges of the DGA

In this episode guest; Thijs Linthorst, founder and managing partner of StratScan. He has over 25 years of experience in strategy development and implementation at large corporates and SMEs.

"Every DGA should set aside at least 2 days a month to work on his business instead of in his business."

In episode 1, the following topics, among others, are covered:

The challenges of the DGA in general in the different phases of his or her company. The importance of a supported and solid strategy for your company and what does it deliver? How to include your people as the most important "capital" of your company when implementing the strategy. Working on the business vs. working in the business; in other words, regularly working on the right course instead of always being busy with daily business.

Interesting links:

StratScan | LinkedIn Thijs Linthorst

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