Our clients are the CEOs and Executive Teams of global Multinationals in China / Asia and PE/VC companies who invest in the strength of their portfolio companies. We work across sectors such as Chemical, FMCG, Luxury Goods, Engineering, Pharmaceutical, High Tech and Manufacturing.
We are proud that our clients have recognized our professional service and impact with an average score of 9.2 across all our engagement.
Jacco v/d Linden
President Asia Pacific at HEINEKEN
(former CEO HEINEKEN China)
“I worked with Steven and his team just after becoming CEO of Heineken China. My first priority was to get full alignment on business strategy in the Executive Team, which secondly required substantial organizational changes. I asked Steven the impossible: “Can you help me with this within two months”? He took the challenge.
An aligned and committed Executive Team and a crystal clear “Strategy on One Page”. An organization change architecture and plan that kept us busy for two years. Throughout this transformation, our culture changed; people took ownership, they jumped on the train, we became one organization, executing one strategy and one plan.
How they work?
They commit and deliver, they challenge, they find the heart of issues. Steven’s style is constructive and straight, and we had fun throughout the process.
HRVP Siemens China
“The cooperation with Steven and his Team started when he gave a presentation about the China Landscape for Large MNCs to our Global CHRO and China Management Team. Since then we mainly worked together on the topic of Culture Change. How is their team different? I suppose it’s not just one thing. At the end of one workshop with our business leaders we were all fully aligned and committed to the direction of change. Their methodology and data analytics gave us comprehensive views about ourselves. We could then better connect these findings to the Business Strategy, role of leaders and engagement level of our employees. We highly value our trustful relationship and partnership with them and are happy to see the development of Bright Management Consulting!”
HRVP Siemens China
Jean Etienne Gourgues
Chairman & CEO Chivas Brothers
(Former China CEO Pernod Ricard)
"Steven and his Team helped us during a time of significant transformation of our organization. We wanted to know a few months after implementing organization changes “where we stood”, “how people felt”, “where we were okay and where we needed to improve”. We chose to work with Steven because they had a comprehensive methodology to diagnose the Health of our Organization. The result? A rich and uncensored picture of ourselves in all critical areas; strategy, organization structure, engagement & capabilities, culture and informal networks. Interestingly, reflecting on the impact of our work together, it wasn’t just about the sharp analytics and providing this picture. It was about our collective mindset; putting on the table what was unsaid before, creating a culture of “yes, we can talk about this”. It was about strengthening connections, relationship and trust at every level of the organization. It was about people feeling part of the winning team again. I recommend to work with them if you really want to make a transformation and if you are not afraid to hear the blunt truth. Their style is kind and relational, but very straightforward and driving towards change at the same time.”
“Steven and I met in China in 2011 when he facilitated an Executive Team Effectiveness session. What strikes me throughout the years in our cooperation is that their team always gets to the core of things. They make things simple, ask powerful questions and by doing so they create Impact. They recently conducted a working session about Business Strategy in Asia with all our APAC Business Group CEOs. They raised questions such as: “How can China / Asia get more into the Heart of your Strategy”? “How do you capture the threats and opportunities of this market in your strategic game plans?” “Is your monitoring of market changes rigorous enough?” Great discussions and mindset changes were the result of that work. I see Bright as our partner, they are there when we need them.”
Bettina Schoen - Behanzin
GM Freudenberg Corporate Center & Representative for Asia.
Chairperson of German Chamber of Commerce
Jan Anne Schelling
CHRO Royal IHC
Steven and I connected when I got intrigued by the work that his consultancy firm did in the field of individual, team and organizational development and informal networks. His methodologies are based on extensive research and consultancy practice on how people in an organization behave. Steven combines deep insights with a hands-on understanding of business, organization, team and leadership and how they interact in driving value. He connects well with all levels, creates an atmosphere of achievement and fun and dares to challenge leaders with inconvenient questions. We co-designed a program for one of my previous employer's BUs. They needed a Strategy to realize the very ambitious almost triple digit growth ambitions. Steven observed leadership and team dynamics that needed to be addressed and we incorporated both topics in the approach. During the first workshop deviating pictures about the BU's ambition, strategy, goals and organizational implications submerged. Common ground was created by revealing such differences and asking the unspoken questions. Afterwards Steven engaged in courageous conversations with the leader about his commitment to change personally. A tough but rewarding process that still continues. Steven's interventions clearly demonstrated his desire and capability to create impact.
“We started our work with Steven and his Team in 2016.
Our Company’s Multiple Businesses and Functions are active across the Asia Region and as President I always have one question on my mind: “How can we leverage and strengthen each other more as One Arkema in this region?”
Together with our Head of HR Alan Tan and Steven’s Team we started on a journey to define and execute synergies across BUs and Functions.
They first diagnosed the Health of our Organization and throughout several sessions with our Leadership Team we then developed Strategic Initiatives in diverse areas. Fast forward to 2018 I am proud to see the progress that we have made. There is still work to do, but I can see that we act differently, we are more One Arkema now, we connect better, we help each other.
How Bright works? They bring energy to change, they challenge the status quo, they probe to get a deeper understanding and to make you think more clearly about issues, they commit as partners and they don’t stop until they see the change.”
Xavier Durand Delacre
(Former President Arkema China & Senior VP Arkema Asia Pacific)
In 2018 I became the Managing Director for Vanderlande China. Steven had conducted an Executive Assessment before I was selected and I therefore asked him to help me work on several leadership topics as an Executive Coach.
To be honest, I didn’t expect that much from it in the beginning: “How can several conversations really change all that much?” This mindset changed after the deep (self) assessment uncovered very real issues that were blocking me from becoming more effective. Realizing that “this is real” made me motivated to tackle these issues. Fast-forward to today, I’m quite proud to see where I am now. One example is that I personally started to apply coaching for leaders in my team. Through ‘coaching’ rather than ‘telling’ or ‘taking over’, they feel more responsible and committed.
How Steven works? He is not easily satisfied, he constantly probes, searching for root causes and blocking assumptions, he pushes to seek alternative ways of looking at the situation and always holds me accountable for progress and actions.
The Bright MC approach is just solid. Deep assessment assured me that I was working on the right topics. The 2-hour coaching sessions allowed sufficient time for depth and real mindset change. The full year trajectory allowed me to really move the needle on these critical topics.
Would I recommend Steven and Bright Management Consulting? Well, if you are willing to hear the uncensured truth and sincerely wish to make a change, then absolutely.
RUBIX S&I develops revolutionary algorithms and devices for the real-time identification of pollution and nuisances. As part of a Series A Investment Round, led by PureTerra Ventures on behalf of an Investment Syndicate, Bright conducted a CEO and Executive Team Due Diligence Assessment of our company.
As any start-up will recognize, funding rounds can be stressful. You’re hunting commercial opportunities to boost financials, building the organization like a plane that’s flying, and then on top comes all the funding work. So let’s be honest, due diligence assessments for us as “investment targets” are like Brussel sprouts; we don’t necessarily enjoy it, but we have to get through them to get to a healthier future state. And these assessments get worse with these ‘cold assessor types’ who go through a ‘tick the box’ exercise without understanding of or empathy for our situation.
This is where Bright made the difference. Of course, as expected, they were professional, transparent about objectives and comprehensive in their approach. But different was their ‘human touch’, ‘probing and depth of insights’ and ‘wanting to help’. I therefore also engaged with Steven about topics beyond the assessment, such as Strategy, Team Formation, Organization Structure and Critical Priorities.
The findings and conclusions in the report were ‘mirror-like accurate’ and I gained new insights about our company, our team and myself. These were messages that we needed to hear and we're currently implementing many of the suggestions.
I recommend Steven and his team for Venture Capital and Private Equity companies who want to take due diligence to a deeper level in a human way.
CEO Rubix S&I
Bram van Esch
Fundrbird develops fund accounting software for Private Equity and Venture Capital Firms.
"Once we launched our software in Europe, several positive client cases helped us to spread the word, with solid commercial traction as a result.
All of a sudden we were 'all hands on deck' to keep up with this growth, jumping on opportunities, while building and flying the delivery plane at the same time. We enjoyed the buzz of success, despite an occasional headache from constant connecting of operational dots.
At some point it was Time for Change... We engaged with Bright to help us get things under control and get ready for further growth.
Their impact? Focus, Clarity, Discipline. Bright first helped us to make decisions, to focus and 'say no'. Through their STRAP (Strategy on a Page) our team was fully aligned on Strategic Direction and Way of Execution.
The second step was improving our Executive Team and Organization Design. The Bright consultants asked simple but powerful questions: "Who is responsible for what, which capabilities are required that you don't have, how is your current structure helping or blocking you, where do client driven processes get stuck in the organization? We untangled issues and redesigned both Executive Team and Organization.
Throughout the journey Steven also helped me personally to grow as CEO of the company. Through our monthly Executive Coaching sessions I learned what the company needed from me, how to make tough decisions, how to better engage the team, how to become a better leader.
I recommend to work with Bright if you want to make a significant step up. And if you don't mind to look in the mirror with an open mind and readiness to do things differently.
Steven and I started working together during my transition to the CEO role within the Cabka Group.
My transition to the CEO role came together with both a strategic and organizational reorientation within the company. It required careful reflection and analysis of the existing situation, defining which are the essential adaptations to achieve successful change, and how to best communicate this to both the broader management team as well as the larger organization.
In this process Steven proved himself as a strong and objective sparring partner. Through pointed questioning he is able to quickly understand the essence, forcing me to face also the difficult decisions. He followed me through the course of 12 months, thereby witnessing both the changes in myself as a leader as well as the organization and strategy.
A very valuable experience, which I can recommend even to the most seasoned leaders. The reflection he triggers is a valuable experience to anyone who’s open to develop him/herself and the organization around.