That’s the big question intriguing the Belgian IT community right now. Starting today, any Belgian ICT or digital team can nominate their team coach to become ‘ICT & Digital Coach of the Year’. In October this brand-new but coveted award will be presented in the Ghelamco Arena at the industry’s annual gala event: This is IT.
Amon has pulled off several stunts in the past with out-of-the-box events and is now launching this new election of the best ‘ICT & Digital Coach of the Year’. According to Amon’s Managing Director Christophe VanDriessche, good leadership is a precondition to successful team performance: “Strictly speaking Amon is a recruiter but our main mission is to help people and companies grow. We want to give talent the opportunity to develop. That is why this edition of This is IT is focusing on good coaches. They create room and growth opportunities for talented people, often in the shadows. That is why they deserve their turn in the spotlight.”
For decades behavioural scientists have been mapping employee behaviour to determine which characteristics decide whether someone’s performance is up to par. More and more, the results emphasise the importance of a good team. Teamwork is essential, especially in the IT sector.
One of the aspects that features prominently in well-functioning teams is the fact that the members feel free to speak their mind and are given the space to put their own ideas to the test. Empathic coaches who steer well clear of micromanagement and go to bat for their team are well on their way to boosting their team’s performance.
Do you work in an IT or digital team and do you recognise your own team leader in this description? Then you’d do well to nominate this leading figure. After all, the team as a whole also wins.
Whereas the ‘ICT & Digital Coach of the Year’ award gets pride of place on the winning coach’s desk, the accompanying team is given a €7,500 cheque to be spent on a group activity of their choice. After all, what is a coach without an amazing team to back him up?
Even at this early stage of this new election Amon has received the backing of some major players: KPMG, DELA, UCB, Carrefour, Intuo, AE and Telenet. DataNews editor-in-chief Kristof Van der Stadt not only supports this initiative but has also agreed to take a seat in the jury.
The actual award ceremony on 10 October promises to be a can’t miss event. Winners or not, it is still a privilege to learn from bestselling author and behavioural psychologist Dr. Ben Tiggelaar and Marc Lammers, the coach behind the success of our national Belgian hockey team. The evening is hosted by Rani De Coninck and comedian Arnout Van den Bossche will provide comic relief.