Posted: 19 Jan. 2023 5 min. read

Everything changes – how to grow with the flow. A conversation with Bernard Delvaux

Tarmac Talks Ep8 - Business Transformation

In the newest episode of Tarmac Talks, Piet Vandendriessche, CEO Deloitte Belgium and Bernard Delvaux, CEO Etex, explore how change doesn’t need to cause concern, but can become a positive opportunity with a shared sense of purpose.

Change has been a constant in Bernard’s career as he’s led organisations through industry-wide transformations and technological revolutions. During times of change, his vision for leaders is to show confidence in people: “I think that people will come up with many more solutions than we imagine. Top management always has the impression that it’s there to provide them. But no! Management is there to align energies - and then people within the organisation will find the solutions.”

Bernard joins Piet in a conversation about the influences that today’s businesses need to be prepared to adapt to. Piet explains that: “Digital transformation is still a concern for many organisations. Then there’s the impact of globalization and the complexity of local, regional, national and European regulations. And… for many businesses, sustainability - the focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) - and the fluctuations in financial markets and their impact on M&A.”

On a personal level, Bernard embraces change and leans into the uncertainty: “I have a lot of energy in an environment that’s in perpetual change. To discover new industries, find new business models, meet new teams, and greet new clients…  I’m a curious person so I like change. I know it's not human nature, but I find it very exciting.” 

Bernard shares 4 success factors that are essential for organisations that are changing and common across different sectors and diverse industries. These include “a sense of urgency, a ‘burning platform’. It's that image of the drilling platform in the North Sea where a fire breaks out. When you don’t have any other choice and you have to jump into the water because staying on the platform means disappearing with it.” He outlines how to turn uncertainty into a shared focus on the future. “Each time, I was lucky enough to find myself in an organisation where there was an opportunity for growth; through technology, in the marketplace, or via geographical expansion, we shared a collective dream…  I think that's even more true in a world where a younger generation is looking for purpose, for values, for meaning in their work.”

Together, Piet and Bernard explore how groups of people, large and small, successfully adapt to changing circumstances, marketplaces, and environments by finding innovative solutions. “I’m a great believer in human beings, in the potential of every individual and, above all, in the greater power that results from individuals bundling their potential as a team and working together to challenge each other and find new solutions for every challenge” says Piet. Bernard adds “I believe in a positive collective narrative. It's Kennedy's moon-shot, which says that at the end of the decade we'll be on the moon.” 

  

 

Top management always has the impression that it’s there to provide solutions. But no! It’s there to align energies - and then people within the organisation will find the solutions. 

Bernard Delvaux, CEO Etex

About Bernard Delvaux

During a career that’s spanned more than 30 years and ranged from mail delivery to global aerospace, Bernard Delvaux, CEO Etex, has embraced change and brought people together.  

Bernard’s has a track record of successful strategic transformation leadership in both public and private companies in the postal, telecommunications, consulting, aerospace, and manufacturing industries.

Piet Vandendriessche, CEO Deloitte Belgium

I’m a great believer in human beings, in the potential of every individual and, above all, in the greater power that results from individuals bundling their potential as a team and working together to challenge each other and find new solutions for every challenge.

Piet Vandendriessche, CEO Deloitte Belgium

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Piet Vandendriessche

Piet Vandendriessche

CEO Deloitte Belgium

Piet Vandendriessche is the Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Belgium. He first took up the position on 1 June 2016. As CEO, Piet leads and manages the Executive Committee and sets the strategic direction of the firm. He is also a member of the Deloitte North South European Executive.  Piet believes strongly in the impact Deloitte can create for its clients and talent, and for society as a whole. Our strategic professionals stay abreast of the changes shaping our world and bring innovative and sustainable solutions to our clients. Similarly, through the Deloitte Foundation the firm supports a wide range of social projects in Belgium and abroad. These focus on education, innovation and entrepreneurship – areas that make the best use of our skills.  In a long career at Deloitte with many opportunities to grow, Piet attaches great importance to maintaining a transparent, dynamic environment that provides people with plenty of room for personal and professional advancement.