To make people shut up and dance
Clemens Morvay is an Agile Coach at ING Brussels and works with ING since 2016. Clemens was involved in the Purpose to Impact programme very early, and soon became a facilitator. As a participant, he discovered his own purpose, put it into words and learned to act accordingly.
Clemens: “Until now, the Purpose training was reserved for leads, and I’m very fond of the idea that it is now available for everybody. As a participant, I instantly embraced the approach of taking a good look at who you really are. With questions like Where do you come from? What does really trigger you? What are you good at? And where does that lead you? Those are not questions you ask yourself every day, maybe never, really. The training is unique. An opportunity to dive deep into your ‘real self’.”
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“I was amazed by how rapidly the group shared their important moments in life, the difficult and the magic ones. I do not find this particularly difficult myself, but I can imagine for some colleagues, it is. The way the training is built creates trust and safety, an environment in which people are willing to share beautiful personal stories and to help each other. Very Orange Code! In fact, your group pals are indispensable for putting your purpose into words, by the reflections they give on your attempts.”
The way the training is built creates trust and safety, an environment in which people are willing to share beautiful personal stories and to help each other. Very Orange Code!
The desire to be heard
“My purpose is ‘To make people shut up and dance’. The ‘shut up’ part comes from my youth. My mother raised my sister and me alone. The two were often arguing at the kitchen table and I was never really heard. It always ended with me going to my room, and wishing they would shut up. More in the sense of ‘please be calm and listen to each other for once, at least try to understand each other.’ At school I experienced a similar feeling, with this one teacher who didn’t like me and never gave me a chance in class. I would have loved to have somebody who’d say: ‘shut up and listen to Clemens! He has talent and deserves to be listened to.’ I access the ‘shut up’ part of my purpose when I am coaching. I invite my coachees to remain quiet and calm at a certain moment, and to listen deeply to their inner strengths. I challenge them to appoint what they are good at.”
The courage to dance
“The ‘dance’ part of my purpose goes back to my teen years. I tried all sorts of dancing, from tango to hip-hop, and it always brings a smile upon my face. But it also takes courage to dance. Standing at the edge of the dance floor, there are always those few seconds of big hesitation before you jump. But when you do, dancing is an absolute peak, a moment of pure happiness.
I bring dancing into my daily work. When I coach, when I moderate, when I give feedback, even when I give these answers to this interview. I dance and bring a unique ‘swing’ to it. Dancing brings energy, fun and a feeling of togetherness.”
Discovering and articulating my purpose helped me to be more fearless. I make choices and it is clear now that when I decide not to do things, it is because they don’t fit my purpose.
“Discovering and articulating my purpose helped me to be more fearless. I make choices and it is clear now that when I decide not to do things, it is because they don’t fit my purpose. My goals, priorities and ambitions in life centre around people, much more than processes. Processes don’t dance, people do. My passion is to accompany and uplift people. And I am sure that the results of my efforts will have an impact on ING.”