What was my dream when I was little?
I have to admit I do not remember whether I really had a specific dream about what to become. I do know that already in primary school, class friends and younger children entrusted me with their dreams, worries and issues, and I valued being a sounding board to them, helping where I could. Maybe the early start of the career and developmental coaching I’m currently providing at Vlerick?
What am I doing when I am not working on my PhD?
Caring for and playing with our children most of the time! Furthermore, I love to cook and spend home dinner evenings with friends and family. I also very much enjoy the occasional dinner at a restaurant with my husband.
What is my PhD about?
Job crafting is currently a hot topic in both academic and popular press. However, it is often considered in isolation, although it doesn’t take place in quarantine. Therefore, I’m considering job crafting in its context and focus on team crafting. My PhD aims to advance our understanding of team crafting and the boundary conditions for a maximal positive effect, and tries to identify an optimal methodology to engage in team crafting in organisations.
How do I like to be remembered after my PhD?
A lot more than being remembered as a scholar, I hope to be remembered as someone who cares for people and strives to make a difference in the lives of others. As such, the practical significance of the insights in my PhD is key. I hope my findings and the evidence-based methodology for team crafting may help organisations, teams and individuals to attain jobs and contexts that make them happier, more energetic, more balanced.
How do I see my future?
I very much hope to continue the path of teaching and coaching of the past years, to support people and teams in growing and developing personally and professionally.