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    Communication patterns are one of the most important predictors of team success. Just as important as IQ, personality, skills and content/ substance of discussions together. ‘The best way to build a great team is not to select individuals for their smarts or accomplishments, but to learn how they communicate and guide the team so that it follows successful communication patterns,’ says Alex Pentland, Professor at MIT. ‘And we do both with Team Brunel,’ says an enthusiastic Anje-Marijcke. ‘We have a crew with a huge amount of talent and thousands of training hours in the pocket, and we are getting down to work with effective communication patterns. This revolves around three things: energy,engagement and exploration.

    Energy is about being expressive in your gestures, your tone of voice, eyecontact, being concise and to the point and listening as much – or even more – than you talk. It is amazing how substantial differences exist here too. If you talk in figures and only if you are explicitly asked something, and don’t make eye contact, something weird happens to team development. Certainly if the team member is important and seems to prefer to withdraw. As if everything unintentionally comes to a stop and does not grow on. It turned out that this person actually values contact and pleasure in the group. Surprising how important energy then is. And if you know this, you can learn it.



    Engagement concerns connecting with each other. Not just talking to the skipper or your mate, but also having side conversations within the whole team and socialising together. That is why doing things together like kite surfing, mountain biking, go karting or going out when they get time off now and again is very functional.

    Exploration concerns the importance of occasionally gaining new ideas and perspectives outside of the team. Part of the crew races every now and again in the Caribbean on a J boat. Outsiders sometimes find that strange. Why would you want to do anything else other than train on the Volvo 65? But it increases your creativity. Also, after the month of promotion in the Netherlands the shore crew came back to Lanzarote with new ideas about the optimisation of processes.’

    Read the whole interview with Anje-Marijcke van Boxtel about
    "Behavioural styles and communication

    Source "Improving Teams"
    by Uitgeverij Thema. 


    Leg 6 Itajai - Newport


    Independent research confirms that only a limited number of critical skills differentiate those best able to perform in the new work environment. We call them keystone behaviors, because they support the core structure of the organization.

    Surprisingly, only 5% of the current workforce shows a strong combination of these essential leadership skills in practice. That makes investment in these leadership skills more essential than ever before. Just imagine what your organization could achieve by improving your staff's performance by 5% or 10% or even more.

    The greater the trust, the better the coloboration

    Anje-Marijcke van Boxtel, Schouten Global, coach Team Brunel

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    You will explore different communication styles and how you can adapt these to the person and the situation whilst remaining authentic and reaching a positive outcome for you and the organisation.

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    You can have excellent ideas but if nobody ‘buys’ them, you will not make progress. You will develop tools and techniques that will help you to present ideas with confidence and make it attractive for stakeholders to collaborate with you.

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    Our approach to good negotiation skills isn’t about winning and losing. It is about enlarging the field and learning to ‘play the game’ more effectively.

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    The Volvo Ocean Race consists of 9 legs that are relevant for tying into Schouten’s communication. Each leg goes to a different country. .

    We will focus on a content theme in each leg, based on Schouten Global’s services. In fact, we select the ‘gauges’ among our products to highlight the similarities between daily practice in businesses and the developments of Bouwe and his team. And of course to clarify Schouten Global’s role in this process. 

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    Communicating & Influencing
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