Meaningful business - Cornelis De Maijer - @demaijr

I was fortunate to spend some serious time with Cornelis De Maijer on my recent trip to the Netherlands. He's an amazing character.

We discussed many things, from Edinburgh cave women (you had to be there) to local politics, and visited many places from the farm to the center of old Amersfoort in the district of Utrecht.

We saw amazing photographs in an exhibition in the church, and amazing animals at the zoo helping mentally challenged youngsters to have purpose and passion in thier lives. I learned that Cornelis' support for the Zoo runs back to his teenage years, that his knowledge of Amersfoort is phenominal, that his passion for supporting others and 'meaningful business' is stong, emotional and moving, and that our humour is co-incident, despite our different cultures - An Islander and a Fresian make good travelling companions.

Cornelis' belief in 'meaningful business' stands out for me, built on the desire to find the triple win,  The place where doing business means you win through money, and skills and experience, where the client wins through problems solved and delivery satisfaction, and society wins through the things that they gain. I saw the links between the mentally unfortunate learning to relax at the zoo, supported by passionate people from all walks of life, through to the opportunites provided in real businesses in which they worked, and always Cornelis bringing meaning to the worlds he touches. 

What was also clear was that this is a man of the highest integrity, known, and known well, and loved by the community he strives to serve. Later this year Cornelis will formally enter the politcial system, because he knows that he can make a difference to lives.

Thank you Cornelis, you have moved, and motivated, and challenged and inspired me.

I may have only spent 2 days in your world, but you will spend a lifetime in mine.

William Buist
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Fred Rutgers

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A dear friend!

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Birgit Speer

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Totally agreed, dear William! And I was going to write the same like Sadie. Your way of describing and appreciating Cornelis says a lot about yourself :-). I would love to "like" your blog and I donĀ“t have a clue if my comment will appear, but I have fallen back to "Basic member", and obviously basic members can only like three blogs a months or so... Many greetings to all! Birgit

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Sadie Murray

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@William "Cornelis is clearly loved by those who know him because all that he does is congruent. He's not paying lip service to finding triple wins (as so many others do) but living it in everything he does. First find the deal then tweak it to make it better for supplier and buyer and then tweak it again to make it better for everyone and society as a whole. Simple things, acknowledging a message, following up, saying thank you, and asking how to help. Top qualities of a top man." Takes "one" to "recognize and know it in another"! You exemplify the same qualities you've described present in Cornelis.

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Robert Oosthout

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William, The acknowledgement you give in this blog for Cornelis and whom he is being for you, touches, moves and inspires me. I acknowledge you and Mick and Mike and all the others that were there with us on the 11th and the 12th in Lelystad for the fact that you have been there with us. Being there has made all the difference. It has given me the inspiration and power to create together with Cornelis a new beginning for Ecademy Netherlands. Thank you for being there and making the difference. Robert Oosthout.

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Rajen Business & Digital Coach & Mentor Kantaria

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Thank you William for sharing not only your experiences but also your own humanity with such appreciation. Behind business is people and enjoying the people as much as the business is something one should always aim for, especially amongst the Ecademy Community. I have only spoken with Cornelis once but experienced a very warm person. I wish him well in his public service. Rajen

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Penny Power

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What a tremendous tribute to Cornelis who I agree is an incredible man When I read your Blog is made me think of tis saying I saw yesterday "it is so sad there are so many poor people in the world, all they have is money" Cornelis sums up the emotions of feelings I believe business should hold, deep and meaningful sending love to you both, Cornelis and William, TWO top guys Penny x

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Bob Jones

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Hello William, Thank you for inviting me to participate in your blog and exposing all of us to Mr. Cornelis De Maijer. I am sorry to have missed all that you discussed and saw on your two day tour, especially the insight into cave women, and their involvement in local politics (Sorry, just had to insert the tongue in cheek comment...). To the point, IMHO, businesses must have meaning to succeed. Your comments describe Mr. Maijer as a person who has refined the concept of "meaningful" by including all the constituents that are impacted by successful businesses. Without pricing, money would not flow. Without pricing, customers would receive a less developed product or service. Demand would be low. Society looses because taxes would not be sufficient to support services society needs to succeed. It is a wonderful framework and one worth striving for. Thank you for sharing your trip with us, and it is very nice to vicariously meet Mr. Maijer. Best regards, Bob Jones Make today the longest day of our lives! Grand Luxxe Villa - The Symbol of Luxury

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Mick Say

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Hi Cornelis - I am not as eloquent as William, but I speak with integrity and emotion for you. My Friend. Cornelis is a man of many characters. He is able to tack and jibe to mix and match the personality he is addressing - an intelligent thinker and a wise and compassionate man. But Cornelis you will now forever be my crazy mad Dutch best friend. Looking forward to our next adventure.... Love ya buddy Mick

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Peter Jones

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Dear William, Great profile, and as said above, good to see how well you reflect and appreciate Cornelis. I spent time in Holland in the mid eighties, and was bowled over by the hospitality. The ability to host and care again is much under rated. Also important is the concept of acting with intent, and within a bigger plan. All good stuff! Thanks for this positive addition to our lives.

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Sadie Murray

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I echo your sentiments - all of it...and couldn't have said it any better! Thanks for sharing. I also am looking forward to the next international networking day. Cheers, Sadie

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Gordon Wheaton

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Good blog William. Cornelis certainly does sound like an interesting chap. I have connected with him before Regards Gordon

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Steve Hall

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Cornelis is a TOP man. I have known him for 3 years. He saw that a fellow Ecademy member, Bjorn Heidenstrom, needed help in the Netherlands when his bike was stolen in Amsterdam. Cornelis and the Benelux Ecademists immediately swung into action. I met him later in Germany to thank him and we have been in contact since. TOP GUY - RESPECT!

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Tina Jonasen

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I wish I could have been there with you!!!

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N Bhashyam

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Thanks for sharing the rich and rare experience...I can see glimpses of Mother Theresa ..you are fortunate to be so blessed... N Bhashyam

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Lisa Bakker

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So true William

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Georgina Lester

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This is a beautiful testimony to the two of you. Cornelis for being the amazing spirit that he is and to you for appreciating and valuing what he is about. It is wonderful to learn more about the heart of the man here. I would love to see the work at the zoo and experience Cornelis' view of his country. It would no doubt be equally interesting (amusing) to witness both of you and your humour at play too. :) I am looking forward to joining the next international networking day. Thank you for sharing your experience here. It endorses the fact that all I aspire to achieve is not a vain and hopeless ambition that is difficult to understand. I have long since believed that the best supplier/customer relationships are the heart felt ones. There is often a subtle dance of communications in which ambitions and dreams are carefully and thoughtfully nurtured. Goals transform from two separate aims to become a mutual aspiration. If the client wins, the supplier wins and best of all you both get to enjoy the journey. The satisfaction of success and achievement is a joy to be shared. Going for a win win win every time is to me, what it is all about.

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Carolyn Williams

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@I was fortunate to spend some serious time with Cornelis De Maijer on my recent trip to the Netherlands. He's an amazing character. ☀☺☀Lucky William☀☺☀, He is also quite a 'peppy chap' who understands a thing or two about the open office and can capture the most challenging of us. If it were not for his insight, I would probably not have stayed in Ecademy or become a Black Star. Ironic now that he is a Power networker. Photo courtesy of Gowerscapes C:)x

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