Who is? – Carola

I am Carola Smits, entrepreneur and owner of Windkracht-11

Refreshing and powerful were the words that formed the foundation of my company. As a manager and owner of my own company, I’ve encountered the same problems you have. And I have found my way through. Reflecting is a good thing, doing could logically be the next step, but that’s not always straight forward in organisations. There are so many people and so many different interests, how do you bring all these together into one goal: a successful organisation, regardless of its size. That is where my strength lies. I’d like to work with you to turn hassle into a job well done and enable you to successfully execute your strategy throughout your company. 

My point of view

The Dutch appreciate collectivity and togetherness. But collectivity can cause passivity, and teamwork is so much more complex today that it was. Whether you like it or not, modern times are more about the individual. Help get the best out of yourself and out of your individual employees. I can show you that individual differences can work together, as long as your expectations and goals are clear. Then together we can bring this to life in your organisation by using a fresh and powerful plan of action suitable to today.

My approach

My approach is powerful, clear and gets things moving. People are important assets, but in the context of work it’s also about the organisations goals. Profit is not a dirty word and successful companies often have happy and proud employees. Today’s customer knows his facts and figures, but is looking for added value. Therefore companies need a different way of working, thinking and managing. On the way to success you need a clear strategy and agreement on what is every parties input. These agreements can be flexible and leave room for discussion, or develop according to the individual or the company, as long as there is agreement.  And every party knows what’s expected on his side of the agreement. The key to success: Leadership!

My mission

My mission is to offer leaders of organisations a fresh and powerful approach so that they can execute their strategic plan and ambition successfully and learn something along the way.

My background

After studying law, followed by further studies in human resources, I strengthened my business administration approach by completing an MBA (a master’s degree in Business Administration). My dissertation is the basis of a publication on a strength training tool for personal leadership.
My training- and coaching methods are based on this and I’ve been able to help many professionals to increase their personal impact. The strength of the method has been proved in commercial training sessions and development paths. The central thread in my career is leading changes in culture and structure for diverse international companies in business and financial services, FMCG/luxury goods and the automotive industry.

My focus is especially on management teams, regardless of level in the organisation.

If you would like to know more about me, please also have a look at my LinkedIn profile! You can use the social media buttons on the home page to get there.

Our professionals

Depending on which program you’re following, you may meet one of the following professionals:

Martine Hage, Leonie Hage, Cees Harten, Janine Pormes, Bob Houter 

Are you a specialist of your area of expertise and would you like to be a part of Windkracht-11? Please click here.