Sanne Netten


Talents are more important than the system

In the period that I worked in education, my love for learning originated. It is wonderful to see children grow and flourish. I have a lot of respect for the expert care with which teachers surround them on a daily basis. However, the education system is becoming more and more wriggling, teachers need much more professional space. Talents and opportunities are more important than the system! The many innovation initiatives that are going on affect me, they are so much needed.

In the HRM higher professional education programme, my attention has shifted to the learning of adults in their work context, and I have deepened my knowledge of this through the academic personnel sciences programme. I have personally experienced how the organisation of education and the way in which it is tested are at odds with the intention of learning and development.

It is so unusual to pay attention to talent, to what you are good at. You achieve much more with an appreciative approach, than with an emphasis on mistakes and limitations. Traditional images of organizations live on persistently. It may come as a surprise to me how many people automatically join systems, including those of their own generation. "You can dream that things can be done differently", they say, "but that's not realistic". Security and income count heavily. I understand that, because without an income you don't start much. But security is an illusion - so go and investigate, see what is possible within your work, have a conversation. Don't wait for it to rub off, for the pressure of work to take your breath away, for you to notice that you are lived by rules and are judged on criteria that are not yours.
Why shouldn't it be up to you to do work that suits you, in which you can express your ambitions and interests? It can be done! In my role as advisor, process supervisor or coach, I am happy to contribute to this. I see more and more people discover how they experience much more job satisfaction, for example through job cuts, by making small changes in their work. The organisation also benefits from this, because happy people are more productive.


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