teamwork is about soft skills & leadership

Settels Savenije & Friedrich specialises in training technology professionals in soft skills and leadership: hands on and to the point. We believe you have to understand the world of technology and innovation and how technology professionals learn, to be able to train them effectively.

soft skills & leadership program for technology professionals

effective communication I

In this course you learn how to successfully handle the 7 biggest communication challenges, improving your professional impact and leadership. Module I: Becoming effective in influencing others and achieving results, one-on-one and in groups. 

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effective communication II

In this course you learn how to successfully handle the 7 biggest communication challenges, improving  your professional impact and leadership. Module II: Managing others by delegating and coaching effectively and showing technical leadership.

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effective stakeholder management

Effective Stakeholder Management focuses on successfully managing and leading review sessions; learning how to get stakeholders on board, communicating your message and working towards the right consensus and/or aligning potentially conflicting viewpoints. 

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benefit from autism in your r&d team

In this one-day workshop you will become familiar with the basics of autism-friendly communication. It might surprise you, but these principles apply to communication with technicians. We call this clear and concrete communication. 

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work pressure management

During this course you will learn how to recognise and deal with work pressure. We will help you find the right balance and perform optimally in the long run, recognise personal pre-warning signals, prevent 'bad' stress, etc. 

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time management

In this course you will learn how to deal with and manage a consistenty large workload. We will provide you with the latest insights on time management, use of your calendar, e-mail management, work delegation and negotiation of  planning.

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consultative selling

Sales might not be your forte, but creating new work, helping the client and your organisation is beneficial for all parties involved. This course teaches you how to recognise, explore and create business opportunities without feeling 'commercial'.

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Masterclass for Architects

Our six day masterclass, organised mostly in company is aimed at groups of system engineers, architects and senior designers. The focus is on understanding your role, recognising stakeholders, mastering the art of reviewing and improving personal strength and leadership. 

Improve the Power of your speach

The key to being a powerful speaker is presence: how you use your body and your voice. In this one-day boot camp, professional actor and speaking coach Alejandra Nettel will teach you all the tricks to maximize the impact of your message. 

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How to successfully perform in the Dutch high tech work culture

Are you new to Holland and confused by Dutch corporate culture? This intensive two-day boot camp will give you all the insight, practical soft skills, and confidence you need to make the most of your career in the Netherlands. 

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Leadership skills for architects and other technical leaders

As a technical leader, you need to steer both the project and the company in the right direction. To do that, you must be able to convince stakeholders, influence without authority, and exhibit personal leadership. You'll learn how to do all these things in our four-day program.

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the speed of things today

The world of technology and innovation has its own specific characteristics, as do the talented people who work in this environment. More focus is needed on the developing of communication and leadership qualities of technology professionals than ever before. Why?


  • Product life cycles are getting shorter, we innovate faster and the need for speeding up innovation seems bigger every day.
  • More and more people are involved in innovation at the same time; the setting we work in is getting more complex every day.
  • The technological challenges we face are bigger than ever.


Therefore, there is a need to speed up in everything we do. What we do is increasingly complex, the stress of delivering on time gets bigger and at the same time we have many more stakeholders to manage. The need for communication skills and leadership qualities is bigger then ever.

improving daily performance

We define 4 key roles in innovation: technical specialist, team leader, architect and project manager. Technology professionals go through three maturity levels during the first 15 years of their career. Their role may also vary over time. We believe that in order to facilitate their personal development in soft skills & leadership effectively, their training should be directly linked to both their role and their maturity. When developing cources and masterclasses we commence by defining and understanding their specific role and the corresponding level of maturity. We answer 4 questions:

  • In their daily performance, which specific moments can and should have the biggest impact on the overall result for the technology professional.
  • Which are the true challenges he/she faces at that very moment?
  • What are the biggest pitfalls?
  • Which competences do they have to master in order to succeed immediately?


From the answers to these questions we determine both the subjects and content  of our courses and master classes. 

the most effective teams win the competition

Creativity, mastering the art of reviewing and taking decisions quickly, leads to proper team work. 


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Jaco Friedrich

Jaco Friedrich Training & Leadership
+31 (0) 6 1839 2469

Alejandra Nettel

Alejandra Nettel Training Leadership

Bas Arends

Bas Arends Training & Leadership

Claus Neeleman

Claus Neeleman Training & Leadership

Frank Rood

Frank Rood Training & Leadership
+31 (0) 6 4020 8628

Piet van Rens

Piet van Rens Research & Feasibility
+31 (0) 6 2215 5944

Sven Pekelder

Sven Pekelder Research & Feasibility
+31 (0) 6 5350 8620