‘It is simple.’
‘It is less technical than what I know. It has a logical setup.’
‘It is open and at the same time more structured.’
‘I noticed that I became more aware of what I said: ‘Is this really what I mean?’ It works better than just reacting to each other.’
‘We had to get used to it. It had to sink in. But it works.’
‘There was enough speed, also with this way of working.’
‘Because I felt heard by the others, I could let go of my own point of view.’
‘Setting and agenda like this is energy-management.’
‘You get used to listening. You have to hold yourself sometimes, but you know what it will give in the end.’
‘I do it in my family and on other places.’
‘When you told us that we had to do meetings, I thought: ‘Mmm, is this really necessary?’ But now, I find it great!
Karin Maessen, teacher
‘We used to have meetings of three hours per week. In practice we had been able to do one subject per meeting, with a whole agenda left at the end.
Now, we are used to Roundspeak: a big relief.’
Andrzej Araszkiewicz, school leader
‘It was late and busy day. It was tired. After the CheckIn if felt relaxed and went into ‘auto-mode’.
I knew when to speak and when to listen. It gave a feeling of comfort to have everything structured and ordened. All I had to do was listening, hearning what someone intention was and share my perspective when it was my turn.
No debate, no arguments against each other, no fighting about ideas, no tension about finding the right moment to jump in to be able to say what I had to say.
The meeting went well.
I left with more energy, carried by a process that does itself.’
‘If you have come around the phenomenon of rounds, you can’t go around it anymore.’
Ingrid van der Neut, rector-bestuurder
‘I was afraid that I didn’t have enough control as a leader, but the people in the team take their own responsibility for the process. What they bring in is really important.’
Josée Bours, team leader
‘Without those rounds in the beginning, we would have just started. We have got stuck and much time, energy and money would have been wasted.’
Jochem van der Padt, educational advisor
‘I noticed that in the rounds, you don’t analyse, but you build up.
It is a movement in reverse. You integrate, so to speak.
You don’t choose one solution out of many, but from the many emerges one solution. It just appears at a certain moment.’
Maria van Holten
‘When you told us that you can solve complex issues by doing one or two rounds, my cynism was an understatement. But it works. It is not about taking decisions all the time. It is about getting overview and insight into what the nex step is.’
Andrzej Araskiewicz, school leader
‘The best that Roundspeak offers is that it gives a solution for what is mostly considered the necessary fact: meetings. Lets hold our breath and hope it will be over as soon as possible. But there is another way!’
Eva Keeris, wetenschepper
‘We have done it at home, with the rounds, and it worked!’
Telma van den Akker, mother
‘When I heard that you are allowed to change your opinion: that was a real eye-opener! It gave me so much space and freedom!’
‘Suprisingly fast, meetings with Roundspeak.’
Ada Tiemes, school leader in training
‘Roundspeak surprised me about what is more possible in meetings.’
Annemiek Wijnker, trainer
‘I recoginize in Roundspeak the principles of Deep Democracy. Roundspeak is a practical application of this.’
Ingrid van der Neut, rector-board member
‘Tnx! It was the most efficient home meeting that I had experienced in 8 years.
The happiness index at the end showed only positive and very positive scores! Many good responses on the good facilitation and working with rounds.’
‘It was very structured. And I experienced flow!’