At ConsultingKids we are convinced of two things: Children can help adults solve complex issues AND benefit from the lessons learned for the rest of their lives.
A child’s world view is different from that of adults. He or she views the world with an open mind, asks questions that adults no longer dare to ask and come up with ideas that no longer occur to us. ConsultingKids harnesses children’s way of thinking and lack of inhibition. Inspired by their refreshing ideas we uncover inspirationally innovative solutions that help your organization and our society overcome challenges and keep it moving forward.
Issues range from:
By no means typical children’s topics!
For more examples of projects, check out the following impression of questions and clients we’ve worked for on our website.
The benefits of working on your project with ConsultingKids:
We do this using methods and techniques developed by leading consultancy firms and described in acclaimed management books, specially adapted by us for working this children. We teach them:
This way we teach children the problem solving skills we as adults all develop throughout our working careers but all wished we had learned much sooner in life…
A project with ConsultingKids offers kids to:
Depending on the question, together with our clienten we determine the best approach that meets the goals and ambitions. Our knowledge and professional experience, together with insights from previous projects of ConsultingKids, are essential elements to ensure the most successful approach. Whether it involves inspiring ideas. new insights of surprising solutions, we aways strive to generate the biggest impact with our projects, programs or change trajectories. We always base this on refreshing ideas of children that we try to utilise as much as possible and helping organisations by doing so.
on which we have worked together in the organisation
where we have unleashed the creative thinking power of kids
that we have teached problem solving skills and promoted them to Junior Consultant
and interventions that made and impact and we offered to our clients
with clients because of the refreshing ideas, inspiration and fun we had while working together
Our team consists of professional consultant and project managers, each with a unique background; we have years of experience as organisational and policy advisors, project managers at private organisations and governments, creative industries, media, IT and education. Additionally, together we share some crucial characteristics; the enthusiasm and analytical ability to handle complex organisational challenges, creativity that is needed to find innovative and new perspectives, the ability to recognise the refreshing thinking power of kids and how to use it and the belief that with our educational program we can help children in their development.
I really enjoy making complex issues explainable in such a way that everybody can think along. So no “management jargon” and really touching upon the essence of the issue within its context and dynamics.
The combination of working with kids and consultancy is perfect for me, because you really help them both. Furthermore the creativity and positief energy that arises makes me really happy.
It’s really cool to find solutions for complex problems with new and creative ideas of kids, while teaching them the skills that are needed to solve problems at the same time.
Often in organisations we take the familiar paths and we lose track of the creative paths. Because of this we sometimes do not see the opportunities right in front of us.
I enjoy helping our clients and the best part is to be blown away by the neverending wave of creative ideas of kids.
I am always looking for surprising ideas and I enjoy new perspectives. That’s why it’s a lot of fun to work with creative ideas of kids.
The main goal of the advisory board is to help improve ideas and execution of ConsultingKids in order to optimize quality for clients and children. The advisory board reflects and is consulted on ConsultingKids vision, strategy and operation and helps to identify opportunities for improvement.
The advisory board consists of the following members:
Albert Jan Kruiter, founder Dutch Institute for Public Values
Raquel Smolders, Corporate Communications P&G
Bjorn Hoejenbos, Partner at Claassen, Moolenbeek & Partners
Jan Fokke Mulder, practice leader CGI
Gerben Vermeer, packaging specialist at Pakxo
Niels Smidt, business change manager Overstag Consulting
Paul Hartman, sports marketing executive Asics
Ralph Hanekamp, management consultant Hiemstra & De Vries
Of course we also continuously involve school classes to improve our own organisation. We do this in the same way as we do for our clients. We translate our own challenges, we reflect on ourselves and we receive refreshing solutions to make our job more fun, help our clients even better and teach kids better skills.
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For many organisations the method described before is the starting point. We love to keep using the creative thinking power of children during the execution. But also in order to find new business concepts and for social entrepreneurship. And just like we do at ConsultingKids we teach the kids new skills which they can use for the rest of their lives. Skills that, we as adults, would like to have known before. How we do this will be discussed below.
With ScrumKids we enable a refreshing movement during the execution of putting ideas into practice. Mostly we start with our advise following a ConsultingKids Project. You can let adults do all the work within the organisation. He/she will start working on an extensive plan and will spend a lot of time writing down the steps.
But how much fun would it be if you will keep kids involved during execution?! With their creative ways of thinking they enable a flexible and agile approach with refreshing elements and help the project leader of the organisation to create direct movement. Kids, on the other side, learn SCRUM-skills and will be appointed as junior SCRUM master
ScrumKids is powered by Nienke van de Hoef of Scrum Company.
Reality is not always entirely within your control, which can lead to a different execution than expected. The KidsAdvisoryboard assists during the execution and helps the project leader with refreshing ideas on how to handle possible challenges.
Additionally, they monitor the project leader on desired results, progress of the project and let you have fun at the same time.
This means that once every 4 to 8 weeks the project leader returns to the class. Most of the times a KidsAdvisoryboard is a continuation of ScrumKids, where a foundation is laid down. Kids will learn valuable consulting skills and how to work on challenges in an agile way.
With which competing organisation will we completely wipe out your organisation? That’s an organisation that 10 times better than your current organisation en that will disrupt the current way of working.
That’s the idea where DisruptiveKids is based on. In addition to an organisation, it can ales be focused on a product or service. The aim is to find new insights to improve the organisation, lay the foundation fo a new start-up next to your organisation, to maintain an advantage on your competitors.
In return, the kids will learn to look at opportunities voor new business concepts in an innovative way and experience how to think as an entrepreneur.
Find social start-ups based on inspiring ideas of kids for societal challenges. That’s the dream of Start-upKids. So being able to set up a business that is financially healthy, and is in no need of external finances afterwards, a place where there’s room for people with a background with the Employee Insurance Agency, employees will be coached by entrepreneurs within the neighbourhood and societal challenges will be solved. Beforehand we define a challenge for the kids and together we are working towards a solution.
The start is one, or a combination of ideas for a new social start-up. If possible we let the kids, but also students, have a role in realising these ideas. In return kids learn problem solving skills and get acquainted with several aspects of (social) entrepreneurship.