Name: Henk Veldink
Programme/year: OneMBA 2018
Job title: Site Manager
1. How is the OneMBA experience affecting your work?
“When I became site manager, my role had more connection to the business side, strategic decisions and the company’s vision and direction. I wanted to broaden my skills and believe the OneMBA could help me with the development of that skillset. It gives a lot of different perspectives to my technical background and I have lots of references to include. There are many benefits.”
2. What is the return on investment you expect from the OneMBA?
“The OneMBA makes me better equipped for this job and future jobs. I have a better understanding of business drivers on top of technical knowledge. I can be of more value in various fields in the company. For career development, I have a better understanding of business which is needed for senior and global management.”
3. Do you notice different cultural approaches to working within global teams?
“During the global residency in the USA we all stayed together in one hotel. But when everyone went back to Brazil, Europe, China and wherever, you notice that everyone goes back to ‘who they are’ when in their companies. These difference fascinate me. You can’t learn this on paper; experiencing this is a really valuable part of the OneMBA.”
4. With your busy schedule, how do you manage the cross-continental projects?
“My team holds weekly phone calls, we email a lot, and we’ve divided the work. Adding 10-20 hours a week on top of your job is hard to accommodate. Sometimes there are hiccups but I’ve adjusted my schedule. You have to make choices. You know this up front but it still hits you. We all structure life around our schedules and are coping with it.”
5. How are you experiencing the Global Residencies?
“Being on top of a rooftop bar overlooking the White House with people from all over the world and hearing their stories made me ‘on top of the world’. To experience these new networks and global stories is amazing. It was really a vibrant and energetic atmosphere.”
6. What has been the best part of OneMBA for you so far?
“My classmates! The OneMBA has people from aviation, banks and so many other sectors. I know what we do in chemicals, but now I hear different techniques and strategies I can apply into my own job. It’s really valuable to hear stories and perspectives from industries I’m not familiar with, even apart from the great discussions with professors.”
7. How do you plan to be a force for positive change?
“Thanks to the OneMBA I now know people all over the world and I better understand cultural differences, background and preferences. This helps become a better leader and better communicator. This makes a great impact on my work environment and social life.”
8. After the OneMBA, what does the future hold?
“What I learned in the OneMBA is that you just don’t know what happens in the end. My big wish is to move abroad and become a global manager. I want to keep in touch with all the people I know through the OneMBA, and keep helping each other and learn from one another.”