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Interview with Eline of AkzoNobel

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3 min leestijd

Eline Lenselink works at Akzo Nobel as Global HR Systems and Standards Manager and was our first client to get acquainted with Quintop's High Potential Program. For this reason it seemed interesting for us to collect her experiences. Our High Potentials interviewed her.

More than a year ago the first High Potential started in your team. Why did you choose to work with a High Potential from Quintop?

I already knew some Quintoppers and also former Quintoppers and I immediately had a good connection with Erik Geerts (partner at Quintop). Erik told me that Quintop wanted to start with the High Potential Program and so we kept in touch. When the program started, I had a project that a High Potential could work on and that’s how the first High Potential, Jeroen, started in my team.

Meanwhile, three other High Potentials have started in your team. Why do you like working with High Potentials?

Quintop’s High Potentials learn quickly, are versatile, proactive and take initiative. They know how to say ‘no’ but are also flexible and will not shy away from a challenge. I feel that Quintop understands what I’m looking for. When I describe a person I am looking for, Erik can translate this very well to a very suitable candidate. When I look at how these people are deployed and what they do, it also fits very well with the exposure we have as a team. I think that is why I found this good balance with Quintop.

Quintop profiles the High Potentials as young, ambitious starters who can fulfill different roles and can be deployed in a low-threshold way. To what extent do you agree with this?

It is good that you get a certain quality mark as High Potential from Quintop and also the support that goes with it. The name High Potential creates high expectations and therefore gives you a certain stamp. Quintoppers are often on assignments that have a short duration, so work needs to be delivered and organized quickly. Of course it is not that you can work without any guidance, simply because you are young.

The High Potentials receive guidance from Quintop. To what extent is that noticeable for you?

I certainly think that is an advantage. It is very pleasant not always having to spend time and effort explaining things yourself; you know that the High Potential receives guidance from Quintop and that the person is being helped if necessary. Furthermore, it is also very good that Quintop facilitates trainings, as well as mentoring. I think that’s very important. I have also given feedback a number of times, it helps if you can talk honestly about how the high potential is functioning, this is very valuable.

What is an example of good cooperation with one of the High Potentials?

There are many good examples. Jeroen’s project was completed successfully and on time and the transfer to a permanent employee went well. Of course, with the necessary support and guidance, but he also picks up tasks independently and identifies task that should be picked up. The same applies to Teska; she has contributed a lot to our data quality and data definitions. Moreover, she helped launch the Knowingo app, an app to increase the knowledge of employees in a playful manner. She has rolled this out almost entirely independently. When the High Potentials get started with something, you do what is expected. I don’t have to worry about things not getting done. That is what certainly stands out!

Finally, would you advise other companies to cooperate with a High Potential from Quintop?

Yes, I would certainly do that. I think companies should always include starters and young people in their teams. Especially with Quintop who supports the high potentials well, also the entry level of the high potentials is higher than usual, I would certainly recommend the collaboration.

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