Constancee TeamGet to know the people, experience and organizations behind Constancee's Growth Approach
For as long as I can remember I have been curious about what this life is about. As toddlers often do, I incessantly asked "what is that?" and I have continued to do so since. My ongoing inquiry has become my work: helping people individually and collectively to discover what is possible in life and express that authentically and fearlessly, co-creating extraordinary results.
Growing up on a farm in the North of the Netherlands, I was deeply interested in music and ancient wisdom. As a teenager, I played French horn in the Dutch Youth Wind Orchestra and conjugated ancient Greek verbs as a favorite past-time. From there, the adventure led to Nijenrode University, where I earned a Bachelor's in Business degree. My greatest learning there, in retrospect, was about building friendships, some of which continue today. Upon graduating from college, I went to study international relations and economics at Johns Hopkins University, in Bologna, Italy and Washington, DC. There I earned a Masters of Arts degree and learned about the interconnectedness between politics, economics and life mastery and fulfillment.
Upon graduation from Johns Hopkins, my fierce ambition led me to pursue a career strategy consulting in New York City, where I thrived for many years. First I worked at Towers Perrin, then at Strategic Decisions Group, where I became one of the youngest partners elected, doing strategy development for a wide range of industries, including financial services, manufacturing, consumer electronics and life sciences companies.
A major shift occurred during this critical phase of my life. I had become the typical, hard-charging, 16-hours-a-day strategy consultant, and was burning out at a rapid clip. I sometimes didn't sleep for an entire week, simply because I was too revved up. When I discovered meditation, everything changed. After one hour of meditation I could sleep again and I rediscovered a peaceful, creative and loving dimension of myself that I had ignored for much of my life. I was so taken by my new discovery that I chose to bring to business what I was learning: that there is a way we can have it all - we can be fulfilled, do work we love, and create extraordinary results with others. I think of it as creating a sense of ease in business.
To become skillful in doing so, I completed numerous coaching and facilitation development programs, one with New Field Network, and many with Axialent, where I worked with and learned culture, coaching and team development from Fred Kofman, author of Conscious Business, and many other talented colleagues.
After a few years, I founded Co-Creation Partners together with four amazing leaders in the field of transformation and personal development. With them, I learned how organizational systems transform alongside individuals and teams. Then, at the beginning of 2014, I sensed it was time to bring into the world a new way to help leaders grow, and Constancee was born.
Constancee was formed to help people grow by creating the conditions where deep personal, interpersonal and organizational shifts happen routinely. We serve Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller startups and non-profits. Regardless of size, I have seen the most exceptional results with organizations and individuals who have a genuine commitment to learning.
In addition to working with organizations, I lead the Growth Leaders Network, a community of leaders committed to self-growth and selfless service. I also teach coaching at the Advanced Management and Senior Leader Programs of the Columbia Business School and collaborate with Tuck Professor and Harvard Fellow Vijay Govindarajan in further developing the connection between organizational innovation and personal transformation. Our first joint-articles were published by Harvard Business Review in 2016. Dover Publications will release Hylke's first book "Growth Leadership: Taming Your Crocodile" in 2018.
Besides helping others grow, I am a trained opera singer, love to dance, hike and write, am an avid reader, in particular of biographies, and am always in the process of growing myself. I integrate all of what I learn in my work with executives.
It is my aspiration to help people grow the best I know how, and learn every moment and every day to be and express the best of who I am.
Ever since I was little, I felt a deep sense of empathy with my peers. With that developed a desire to comprehend their feelings by naturally positioning myself in their shoes.
It was after reaching adulthood that I saw this desire as an attempt to understand my own feelings. As this progressed, I developed a strong affinity for understanding those around me and matured an aspiration for helping others. Later, I would refine this call for helping others into the precise and purposeful art of serving.
A short time after finding my calling I decided to work in Hospitality Management, from receiving guests, tending to their requests and greeting them as they departed.
After a few years, I recognized that this path was preventing the expansion of my intellectual boundaries. I moved on in search of new means that would let me grow while providing meaningful service.
In this search, my studies about philosophy were rapidly increasing, bringing with them fresh perspective. I began to comprehend my beliefs and my decisions and their impact on my experience. Life began to shift dramatically. I was finally affirming the foundations to a new level in comprehension of who I am and which direction I was to journey in life.
I am inspired by people who achieve their goals by putting all their effort into what they do. I can think of no better way to be constantly inspired than working side by side with those who inspire me. I became a tool, a resource for supporting consultants in achieving the objectives set by the organization.
I am now in charge of managing all logistics for Constancee, inspired by the growth opportunities brought by each and every new interaction.
Every day and every interaction is now an opportunity to put all my effort into cultivating Growth Culture.
ContributorsWorking along with us are our contributors, bringing with them
valuable knowledge, experience and resources.
Vijay GovindarajanCoxe Distinguished Professor at Tuck at Dartmouth & Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School
Largely known as VG, Vijay Govindarajan is the Coxe Distinguished Professor at the Tuck School at Dartmouth. New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Selling author, expert on strategy and innovation. He was the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric. VG also contribures to Harvard Business Review and Bloomberg BusinessWeek on several topics and is a leading figure for the global initiative on affordable housing.
Acknowledged as an example in management thinking by influential publications including: Top Ten Business School Professor in Corporate Executive Education, named by Business Week; Top Five Most Respected Executive Coach on Strategy, rated by Forbes; Top 50 Management Thinker, named by The London Times.
Recepient of numerous awards for his excellence in Management research, he is ranked by Management Int. Review as one of the Top 20 North American Superstars for research in strategy and organization.
Strong in his roots, he received the Robert Browne Prize for Best Thesis when earning his doctorate at the Harvard Business School. Before this, he earned great prestige, receiving Chartered Accountancy degree in India where he was awarded the President's Gold Medal for obtaining the first rank nationwide.
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Cynthia RoweLicensed Psychologist & Academic Researcher
Cynthia Rowe, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an academic researcher with over 20 years of experience conducting NIH-funded clinical trials and disseminating findings on health promotion interventions. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in 1998 and has been a faculty member at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health Sciences since 2000. In 2010, she was appointed Associate Director of MDFT International, Inc., a non-profit corporation that trains community-based providers around the world to implement evidence-based family interventions for adolescents. She also consults on the development of content and platforms to bring about leadership and organizational transformation. Whether in her research, writing, training or direct clinical work, her deepest passion is helping individuals, families, and systems identify and break through blocks to achieving their highest individual and collective potentials.
Rosa SugrañesBusiness & Civic Leader
Rosa is currently a Board Member of Sabadell United Bank, INDRA Systems, a publicly traded IT company in Madrid, Spain and Rosa Gres Group of Barcelona, a manufacturer of ceramic tiles. She is also the Founder and was the Chairman of the Board of Iberia Tiles from 1979-2012 in Miami. Appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to the Board of Trustees of FIU, Miami (2001-2009), she has dedicated time and talents to civic involvement, also as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Miami Branch), Member of the International Advisory Board of Baptist Health South Florida and as Chairman, and now member, of the Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council. She is a graduate of the University of Barcelona, Spain, with a degree in Business Administration. Rosa's passion is yoga and giving her time to help others through her work at the Purna Svarup Foundation.