About Denise


About Denise

I was four years old and had just started preschool. It was so exciting! We were here to “work”.

On the desk in front of me was some thick card onto which a toadstool had been drawn, including dots and stylised blades of grass at the bottom.

I decided that I’d do my very best. The idea was for us to punch holes. I punched out a chimney on the toadstool and created a little door that – please note – could actually open. Finally, I drew some gnomes in the grass.

Once finished, I proudly showed my handiwork to the teacher. But she wasn’t impressed at all. I’d done everything wrong. I shouldn’t have drawn and I definitely wasn’t supposed to punch outside the lines.

This incident sums up my whole life. I’m an autonomous, creative thinker and doer, who finds it easy to step into the space beyond the boundaries. I am visionary in my creativity and – by practical means – draw the future closer towards me.

I’ve developed a love for processes. Change among people and in organisations does not happen spontaneously. Bare earth is never going to yield crops. Instead, the ground has to be tilled and the plants tended before any harvest is possible.

Developing processes and setting up quality systems can result in useful resources, but should never be the sole objective.

On this site you will find a kingfisher as a striking picture. I am a nature lover. I like to watch birds, but also plants and insects. Actually, I always get some of my inspiration from small incidents in nature. In recent years I have seen a kingfisher in the most unexpected places. I recognize their call, often followed by a bright blue flash at the speed of lightning. The kingfisher and its appearance has become a metaphor for how insight can come to me. He suddenly appears in unexpected places and every time it is as if I experience a small miracle. I know where I can find this bird, but I don't always see them. Sometimes I long for an insight that I could possibly obtain from meditation and education, but I cannot force the insight. I also cannot force sighting a kingfisher. But the bird's unexpected appearance resembles the unexpected of an “incident” insight. The kingfisher has therefore become one of my favorite birds. Hence the image on my website.