Team Talks

by TeamPitfalls®

We believe in the power of teams. That is why we focus on building a community of people who have dedicated their time and effort to build and support great teams.

We know how hard it can be. What if in a few areas, we could spare you the pain?

That’s our goal with this brand new series of TeamTalks! 

In every session, a speaker will share his hands-on experience to guide you through common pitfalls regarding different topics ranging from organizational to technical issues.

Team Talks 01

Promoting: What if you were doing it wrong?

Getting promoted is often seen as the ultimate goal in one’s career, the more often the better.
However, succeeding at being trusted for that people management role for the first time is often only the beginning of the journey.
Without proper grounding, intention, qualification and most importantly support, the newly appointed leader may very much fail in this role which initially felt so right for her/him.

There is a clear role to play for the leader responsible for this appointment. A role of coach, a role of mentor and many more.

Maxime Castéra, Director at Entervals, will share the Dos and the Don’ts in appointing team members or outsiders to such coveted roles.

Team Talks 02

Change in organizations

Julia went through a re-organization as an employee, she has driven change at team/department level.
She ended up engineering a complete and successful re-organization of her whole company.

It was not perfect and it was certainly not easy.

We were glad to welcome Julia Dubois, currently Chief Operating Officer at Tenforce to tell us her story of people and change.


Team Talks 03

Maintaining a startup culture after an acquisition

Gaëtan is both a seasoned technology and people leader.

With a wide and early experience in the fintech world, he was part of a successful startup venture as the first employee. He led twice the technical integration of his team within a larger established organization.

These integrations were certainly not easy to handle and the successful startup venture had to adapt a lot while trying to preserve its strengths.

We were glad to welcome Gaëtan Denaisse, currently Head of IT at Ingenico Financial Solutions to tell us how he led his team to bridge the cultural gap between startup and corporate worlds.


Team Talks 04

Construction Paradox: Building teams and trust

Jan is Director Engineering at the Besix Group, one of the most innovative companies in the construction industry.

This industry is one of the most challenging: construction projects of 100mio€ and more are not an exception, schedules are very ambitious and new teams must constantly be up and running in no time.

You need trust and transparency to be guiding principles for team development.

We were glad to welcome Jan Van Steirteghem, currently Director Engineering at Besix to address ways to build trust and shape the best teams.


Team Talks 05

Responding to a rapidly changing environment: How to adapt our strategy and embark our teams

Jean is engineering an ambitious and exciting reorganization of Enabel, the Belgian Development Agency, to make it more dynamic, resilient and to give more power and autonomy to his teams around the world.

His testimony is a unique perspective on how a 1,500 staff members organization is currently reshaping itself from the bottom up.

We were glad to welcome Jean Van Wetter, currently Managing Director at Enabel to tell us his story of collective change and major global challenges.