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Philip Vanhoutte

Philip Vanhoutte

Expert in Future of Work, Founder of Ozadi, Author of The Smarter Working Manifesto, Associate Chairman of the Advisory Board with Leesman, WorkEvolution and Veldhoen+Company


Title: Distributed Smarter Working during a Pandemic 

Abstract: Although smart organizations have adopted Distributed Working for decades, the majority had to be triggered by bad weather, terrorist attacks, financial crises, or a pandemic. Working together, when physically apart, is far from natural, and leading from a distance is much more demanding than one thinks. Nonetheless, right now, all companies around the world have to meet this challenge. We need to become aware of foundations: how to build a trust-based culture and better capturing and understanding the needs of our employees. 


Technologies, a specific range of skills, and social infrastructure can lend us a helping hand in building a smart work environment where people are engaged, productive, and willing to cooperate. 



Title: Distributed Work Success - Leading Teams at Distance 

Abstract: Working remotely has been around for a while, but not at the scale needed during a pandemic. Organizations are now requiring people to work from home, but most leaders have not been properly trained in managing from a distance. Until lately many managers actually resisted work from home, because they don’t trust their employees to be productive. During this interactive lecture, you will find out, what is the secret of highly engaged teamwork and being physically apart whilst virtually together. 




Leveraging a rewarding international career in the ITC industry, Philip’s passion for personal productivity tools and communication & collaboration solutions has morphed into a singular purpose: accelerating the realization of human potential. 
He champions the adoption of Smarter Working: a holistic human centered socio-technical work design practice that unifies space, technology and people disciplines. Co-authored "The Smarter Working Manifesto", a definitive guide on how to shape the best work style. Workplace Effectiveness Benchmarking, Activity Based Working, SoundScaping and Distributed Work Success are some of the innovations promoted in this field. 
Philip stimulates Smarter Careers as catalyst for Human Realization, curating diverse tools into a cohesive framework for Self-Directed Career Management. As career veteran he advocates Deep Motivation Analysis, discovery and unleashing of Core Energy, Essence Mining for Meaning at Work and Career Fitness Profiling. 
In his quest for Health & Joy at Work Philip learned that Nature Deficit Disorder has produced highest ever burnouts, work induced sickness and a struggling workforce. With the founding of Ozadi’s Nature@Work, there should never be just another day at the office.  


Philip graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium with a combined Applied Economics and Engineering degree and a major in Marketing.  Started his career at Accenture Consulting, to proceed with key change management roles at Engie and Wang Laboratories. Published on Office Automation with Wolters Kluwers. Contributed to the merger of Nokia and Fujitsu Client-Server businesses leading to senior roles at Dell EMEA and the US. In the second part of his IT career Philip grew the MCI WorldCom International business, became Chief Marketing Officer at Sony-Ericsson Mobile Communications to finish his blue chip career as SrVP and MD of Plantronics (now Poly) Europe and Africa.   


Since the Financial Crisis of 2008, Philip has become a strong advocate of Agile Working with a passion for Human Dimensions of Organisations.  He’s known for his transformational projects in award-winning offices which are acoustic temples and benchmarks for the biophilic built environment.