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The only way is up

How to improve the agility and resilience of people in a changing world.

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Does your organization struggle with significant changes? Do you meet resistance? Does your transformation feel like an avalanche that is tumbling down the mountain at high speed? In his keynote “The only way is up” Wim explains how you can sharpen the agility and resilience of yourself and your organization so you too can be on the front row to reap the benefits of the digital, global world.   

The digital society forces organizations to change. But a thorough transformation is not a walk in the park. It is an extreme challenge on a path covered with avalanches of unexpected events and mountains of resistance.  

There are many similarities between transformations and mountaineering expeditions. Both require skills that you can only learn with experience. The chances of success highly depend on preparation and inspiration. Ability to execute requires hard work and flexibility. Solid teamwork is a necessity but also increases your dependency on others. And both challenges come with high risk.  

Wim provides a unique combination of real life management and extreme adventure experience to take your audience on a captivating journey to the top of the world.  

Duration: between 20 min. and 1,5 hours depending on your requirements

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Wim is an ambitious man who thrives on challenges. As a freelance transformation executive, he travels the globe, guiding companies, multinationals, and government institutions through complex digital and business change programs. His expertise spans various industries and sectors, making him a sought-after advisor in navigating intricate transformations.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Wim seeks challenges at extreme altitudes. He has conquered the highest mountain on each of the seven continents and reached the summit of five 8000-meter peaks. Drawing from his experiences in the death zone, Wim applies the lessons learned to his everyday professional challenges, demonstrating resilience, adaptability, and strategic thinking.

In his speaking engagements, Wim leaves a lasting impression on audiences with his modest yet captivating style. While not everyone in the audience may have climbed an 8000-meter peak, he engages them with relatable stories about overcoming challenges, fostering teamwork, adapting to change, and problem-solving. Regardless of the audience's background or level within an organization, Wim's presentations resonate deeply, inspiring individuals to embrace challenges and pursue excellence.

Wim Smets

Digital business transformation executive, record holding mountaineer and adventurer, columnist and author

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