Running a business with purpose
We want to develop organizations where energy and power are used for the benefit of purpose. We believe that these purpose-driven organizations can change the world. We believe they can make a significant contribution to a meaningful life.
In our experience, Holacracy is the most complete form of doing business in a way that enables us to do things profoundly differently; better, in our eyes. It is a system in which everyone can always convert tensions into a positive change for the benefit of the purpose. It is really a set of rules for how you run your organization, where everything is organized around the purpose and the work, instead of around the people and the politics.
We are Energized
During his studies in International Business Administration in Maastricht, Energized.org co-founder Diederick Janse took all the steps he was “supposed” to take. But – his heart was not in it. For a long time, he told himself to “grow up” and “get over it”. But things turned out different.
During his third year he got two new roommates. They became friends and got into deep discussions about spirituality and new developments in working with awareness and about being able to really be yourself at work, instead of ‘you can be yourself in your own time’. As soon as they graduated in 2006, they started the company Realize! together: an organizational consultation firm that helps companies to organize themselves during times of rapid growth.
He invited Brian Robertson, Holacracy inventor and co-founder of HolacracyOne, for a workshop in the Netherlands. He took the five-day course and started to work with it more and more. After seven years of Realize!, a new phase was starting for Diederick. Out of all the different methods he checked out, he opted for Holacracy. Next, he met Ruben Timmerman, founder of Springest. Ruben already had faith in this new management system and in January of 2013, his company was the first one in the Netherlands to go all-in. Diederick guided Springest in the implementation of Holacracy. It was a great success. Other companies followed.
Around the same time, he met Energized.org co-founder Koen Bunders. Koen had happily been working as a project manager and business consultant for ten years. One day he realized that efficiency is neutral. “What do I make more efficient?” From that moment on, he could no longer motive himself in the same way.
It started with a brave decision: “I’m quitting that job”. A leap into the unknown. Empowering and wonderful, but also scary. It created space for him to look inward and figure out what he really needed to do. Holacracy appeared on his path and the fire inside him was lit. He knew what he really wanted to do: help companies to work together with a purpose. It has been giving him meaning and focus. On January 1, 2015, Koen and Diederick founded Energized.org together.
Where do we stand now
We are a team of seven certified coaches who are joined by the same vision of the business world. But Energized.org is bigger than us. It is a living community, inviting people who believe in meaningful work. We inspire, challenge and enrich each other in our further development. We believe that there is a credible alternative to the way the majority of organizations and teams arrange their everyday work. Freeing energy, installing collaborative power of individual minds and making sure each action serves a common purpose – this is what we cherish.