Have you ever heard of the Dutch “polder model”? According to Wikipedia, the polder model is consensus decision-making:
The polder model is based on the acclaimed Dutch version of consensus-based economic and social policy making in the 80s and 90s. It gets its name from the Dutch word for tracts of land enclosed by dikes.
As you may have noticed I’ve changed things up a bit over the last weeks and months. We’ve introduced a new membership model with cool benefits, a brand new photography site, and more changes are in the works. The polder model explains why.
Add something new
Let’s take a trip down memory lane on my colourful resume. I’ve had a few large consulting clients over the past few years. A small few of them weren’t always happy about my online, public presence. Most of them claimed to have an abundant mindset, and that there was enough business to go around for everyone. I wholeheartedly subscribe to that model and don’t believe in competition. Yet practicing what you preach is a whole different story. Imagine my surprise when being instructed to “tone down” my travel pictures on social media. Another suggestion was to post more about my clients brand than about my own. That arrangement may work in an influencer deal, but I had never been asked that while doing consulting work before.
Looking back it started to make a lot more sense. Especially when I compared this exception to other, much larger brands I had worked with in the past. Note how I say “worked with“, never “worked for“. It may be a Dutch thing where everyone is (and wants to be) consulted before any decision is made. But here’s the real differentiator: expanding further upon the Dutch polder model way of thinking, we’ve always encouraged employees and team members to also start something of their own. Add something new, and start a side hustle of sorts.
Create something for yourself
Building something of your own trains your internal CEO. Your entrepreneurial muscle can be trained and developed. And guess what? Thinking even a little bit more like an entrepreneur will make you a better employee, even while you work for (or with) someone else. It helps you understand overall business processes better. Understanding the “why” (and preferably subscribing to it) always creates a more cohesive team. A team that’s intrinsically motivated and inspired to perform better. That’s both the Dutch poldermodel in a nutshell, as well a truly abundant mindset.
Now what if that side hustle were to take off? Maybe it’ll eventually replace the fulltime, employee income. This might give employees the option to quit, which is where a less abundant mindset usually becomes troubled. But guess what? Lifetime jobs aren’t the norm anymore, nor is slavery and acting like you own your employees and control their every move inside and outside of the 9-5. Entrepreneurship and the mindset that comes with and from it should be celebrated and encouraged, not frowned upon.
Looking to start something of your own? In my new online class, I teach how to start your side hustle the right way, with ideas you may have never thought of before. You can build a solid foundation from the day one with the “best of” our entrepreneurial courses. And best of all, for a limited time you can start with a 100% free preview. Just click here or follow the button below.Start Your Biz