Your field of work has become a VUCA field, plagued by Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. Change for the sake of change is all the rage, there are no more certainties, nothing is simple anymore and everything has become vague and ambiguous. This climate makes it increasingly difficult for you to implement strategic plans, to motivate people in the long term and to ensure the success of your projects.
That is where the Institute for Business Development comes in, as we have been developing the knowledge and talent of both individuals and organisations for over 20 years. We translate new concepts into useful training courses, guiding you through the change process that you as a business professional are faced with every single day.
And although knowledge and competences are more important than ever, you also need to invest in leadership today. That is why the Institute for Business Development offers you a complete package of training courses (both competence- and talent-oriented, focusing on tasks as well as on growth), each of them essential if you want to survive in this VUCA world. In our extensive range of training courses, creativity, co-creation and innovation always take centre stage.
We transform you and your employees into sellers – not only of your products and services, but also of your vision, motivation and leadership.
Dirk Spillebeen – programme Director
Passionate about training since 1989, I founded the IFBD together with Anne in 1995. As Programme Director, I create and monitor our institute’s programme offer, always in consultation with our advisory board of experts. Together we are always on the lookout for new programmes and excellent trainers.
With a background in Sales & Recruitment, I founded the IFBD together with Dirk in 1995. The two of us have been defining the strategy, marketing and content of our organisation for more than 24 years now.
I love paper and e-mail, especially all messages sent by our customers and trainers. As Office Manager, I take care of the administrative and financial customer journey, from registration to invoicing to sending out payment reminders. I also like to wrestle the planning and the schedules of our various trainers into submission.
As Marketing Manager, assisted by Jana, I am in charge of the complex communication processes for over 500 training courses per year. This involves both old-school printed materials and new digital channels.
As Training Officer, I make sure that you not only have a seat in the classroom, but that you also have the right documentation in front of you. I sign off on every folder, badge and syllabus, and I book all the hotels.
I am the liaison officer for all French-speaking programmes. Together with Dirk, I decide on the form and content of the French-language Writers Academy.
With a keen eye for detail, I keep our planning up to date in our database, on our website and on various external digital platforms.
As an administrative jack-of-all-trades I support just about everyone, from updating our database to sending reminders and processing returns.
I am there to welcome you at the venue with your badge, name tag, syllabus … and of course a hot cup of coffee and a fresh croissant. It’s my pleasure to escort you personally to the right training room.
I ensure our customers get an impeccable welcome at the venue. I personally provide them with all the necessary items and course materials, and show them around the hotels where the IFBD’s teaching programmes take place.
I welcome and escort both participants and trainers of our workshops. If you have any questions about the programme, the accommodation, or if you are allergic to crustaceans … let me know and I will be happy to help you.
It’s my pleasure to welcome you to our training venues and to make sure that both you and the trainer can start the training without any stress. I ensure that the registration process goes smoothly.
You can sign up for our programmes in various ways:
Once we have received your registration, we will send you a confirmation of participation and an invoice. Approximately two weeks before the course you will receive a reminder with all practical information and directions.
As soon as you receive confirmation of your registration, which should take no more than one week after your request, your reservation is final.
We will automatically send you an invoice, which should preferably be paid before the start of the training course, or by the due date mentioned on the invoice.
The amounts mentioned on the leaflets and on the website are always exclusive of VAT and any overnight stays, but they include hot and cold drinks and an ample lunch during the course day(s). You will also receive a documentation folder which you can consult as a reference. For several of our programmes you will also receive a set of books, included in the participation fee.
If you take part in this programme with several colleagues, you will receive an extra discount. On top of any Flemish Government subsidies you may be eligible for, the IFBD awards an extra discount of 5% on the total amount per extra participating colleague, with a maximum discount of 20% (= 5 participants or more).
You can always opt to spend the night at the training venue, so that you can avoid stress and the lessons learned can sink in while you relax. The details of our partner hotels are listed below.
We understand that other priorities may arise between your registration and the training course. We will always be happy to welcome one of your colleagues in your place at no additional cost.
We may charge an administrative fee (max. €75) to move or cancel your participation if you notify us less than 2 weeks before the training course.
It may happen at any time that we have to cancel a training course due to force majeure or unforeseen circumstances. In such case, we will contact you personally.
Since 2016, IFBD has been a partner of Te mana o te moana for the Sea turtle care center, for the conservation programs on Tetiaroa atoll and for the association’s education actions.
As part of this partnership, Te mana o te moana develops and runs educational programs for school children and creates awareness programs for the general public on turtle protection and more globally on environmental protection issues.
IFBD plays an important role in the association. Firstly at the financial level with the business partnership in place for nearly 4 years but also through Anne and Dirk, volunteers of the association that help in the daily care of the resident sea turtles of the Care center during their stay in French Polynesia (feeding of resident turtles, specific care, etc.).
A big thank you to the IFBD for its support!
For the past 15 years, Te mana o te moana has been acting for the protection of the Polynesian marine environment and more specifically sea turtles through actions of discovery, education and protection. The activities of the association are organized around these 3 main domains.
– More than 90 000 kids educated on environmental concerns
– Educative Marine Area Project reconducted in 2019
– Over 40 educational projects conducted on various themes: sea turtles, coral reefs, marine mammals, environmental protection, waste, etc.
– More than 40 educational supports created including 10 board games designed and manufactured
– in Moorea
More than 500 sick and injured sea turtles cared for in our Sea turtle care center in Moorea
More than 10 000 visitors per year visit Te mana o te moana and are educated on the importance of environmental and fauna protection
About 800 sea turtles are photo-identified and registered by our teams
– in Tetiaroa
More than 11,300 km covered by the teams of Te mana o te moana
Over 3,740 traces of emerging sea turtles inventoried with an estimate of more than 120,000 eggs laid
80 sick emerging sea turtles were transferred to the Care center in Moorea
Implementation of the 1st participatory network in French Polynesia: Hei moana, the sentinels of the ocean on the observation and data collection on marine species
Coordination of the Reef Check network in French Polynesia
40 tons of waste collected during cleanup days
Close to 1 000 marine mammals observations
For more information on Te mana o te moana
Please visit us at www.temanaotemoana.org
or contact Dr. Cécile Gaspar – Executive Director
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