We write 1971, Monaco, Monte Carlo
I was invited by my godmother to stay for a 2-weeks holiday at her lovely big appartement overlooking the bay of Monaco. But instead of returning, I opened the Nice Matin newspaper and looked for a job, sixteen, and finished my first year in the hotel school in Brussels. I already spoke 3 languages and presented myself at the reception of Hotel La Reserve Suisse at avenue Princess Grace. I asked the friendly receptionist if I could speak to the manager. He answered: “I´m”. We spoke for 1 hour and he engaged me as an apprentice for his hotel-restaurant, earning 20 box a day, working from 6 am till 10 pm. I didn’t care, I wanted to learn.
We write 2023, 52 years later
Thousands of onions cutting later, I’m still in the hospitality business. After I finished my restaurant and hotel studies, I got my Masters in labor sociology and it was, after years in the industry, the beginning of my career as an international coach-consultant, working for Accor, Hilton-Conrad, Holiday Inn, and so many more hotel & restaurant businesses next to banks, insurance companies, heavy industries, etc.
Living in Peru-Lima since 2014, I organize 5-days culinary top-trend tours for chefs in Lima´s world top restaurants (Central, Kjolle, Merito, La Picanteria, Limana, Fiesta, Isolina,.... food markets, workshops…. Etc.)
The combination of the hospitality industry and my academic work as sociologist inspired me of using my onion as the metaphor of the human being: outside hard, but once you start peeling it, all the layers represent your life: your ancestors, your family, your kids, your dearest friends, your ups and downs…. And the most, soft inner layers represent your values in life.
Over the last decade I was an international keynote speaker on Leadership, my topic. There is this expression: “shit always runs downs”. If the top of a company, big or small, represents bad leadership, it will go down to your customer! So, over these years I concentrated my work on creating leadership happiness, to create a feeling of belonging, to create inspiring values and enthusiastic people who WANT to work with you instead of MUST work for you. No happiness on the work floor, no happiness for your customers. It´s as simple as that. During my keynotes and workshops, I open the box of pandora and fill it with leadership happiness.