RebelGroup consulting: the devil is in the detail

Kris Debisschop of RebelGroup comments on one of the given presentations

On Monday February 8, RebelGroup consulting hosted a workshop/guest lecture in the course of Strategic and International Management of Prof. dr. Koen Vandenbempt. The students of the Master in Management (MIM) were asked to outline a scenario for the future of the RebelGroup consulting company. This is a personal, small report of how I experienced last Monday.

“Ask as many questions as you like during the following fifteen minutes, but make sure you ask the right questions, because you will need them later on this day.” This is how the kick off is given by Kris Debisschop and his colleague Myriam Heuvelman of REBEL Group for a day full of consultancy.

We are asked to design a plausible view for the world in 2022, and describe the business model for Rebel at that given time. We are able to ask as many valuable questions to the consultants as we want within only fifteen minutes. Immediately, we turn into Rebels ourselves and got ready to rock this task. After the Q&A is over, teams are formed, lot’s of coffee is grabbed from the foyer, the flipover is lined up to capture our ideas on paper and the energy begins to flow.

While the day continues, we are moving towards the deadline. I’m getting a bit worried, because although my team has come up with some great ideas that are well thought out and out of the box, our PowerPoint is not at the level of a good consultant yet. Unfortunately, we don’t have much time to finish with all the nitty-gritty details. Time is up, and the presentations of the five groups begin.

Of course there will be a price for the winning team. Kris mentioned this to us at the beginning of the day. He now reveals what the reward is – a bottle of lovely Mumm Champagne. The price is pontifically positioned on the desk, so we can keep our eyes on the prize during our presentations.

We are the second group to present our scenario and luckily there are some excellent presenters in my group of four. Thereafter, more groups follow with interesting views on the future of REBEL. I can’t help myself, and more than once I think why didn’t I come up with that myself when another group pitches an excellent view.

In case you are wondering, of course we won. It’s actually one of our devilish details that got us the prize. We used inventive names for our visions, one of which was ‘Willy Naessens’, a Belgian entrepreneur that built a business empire through swimming pools and is quite a remarkable man. It is because of this detail that we remained top of mind to our jury.

So cheers Willy, this one is for you!