08-04-08

Moving on

 

Dear all,

it had to happen one day. I have moved to www.flyingchaz.com

hope to see you there.

bart 

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09-05-07

BNoX - Barcamp Brussels

This Saturday I was for some hours in Brussels. A short night-before phonecall with Clo, a former colleague of mine at Skynet, got me over to the Brussels Barcamp (since I was travelling in I could only be there for 2hours). When there, she invited me to do a powerpoint karaoke – a presentation of slides that you have never seen before. Fun to do, not prepared – a good lesson in self-relativation, with a video that I will enjoy watching even more in 10 years or so.

 

Someone asked me afterwards why I would do something like this. True, I am only a couple of days per month in Brussels anymore. But let me explain you why.

 

Reason1:

Creativity and entrepreneurialism unleash the passion in people. Initiatives like Barcamp are not only great to present your thoughts, findings, ideas or realizations – they create an atmosphere of shared searching and discovering. About 2 years ago, Peter Forrett – the organizer of Barcamp Brussels – presented his ideas to the Skynet team for some support (back then was still CEO of Skynet). We supported the idea completely, because Skynet is company that lives on the creation of new ideas: from free internet to ADSL, from consumer to corporate solutions, from portals to interactive television, from search to permission marketing… but also because we thought that sometimes you have to role to support initiatives that enable creativity in Belgium. Barcamp1 was born.

 

Reason2:

Clo was one of  the persons I did quite some effort to hire at Skynet. It hearts a bit to see that see is leaving together with some others, but seen my switch I understand completely and all people are going for what they believe in. They are not leaving Skynet, they are going towards something else.

 

I believe that creativity can only thrive when you are a passionate believer of what you do. When I was very young, my grandfather told me something I would never forget but only understood some years later.

He told me the following: “Bart, in your life you are going to have to deal with some difficulties. In whatever you will do, you will meet people that are better than you. In studying, playing football, managing or whatever. There is always someone better. Except in one thing,… and that is being yourself.’

I think we can all do incredible things, if we are not acting, if we are not doing things for the sake of public performance, but because we truly believe in them. Clo’s blog (bnox.be) can be pronounced in different ways –but for once let us read it as ‘Be No X’. Be no number. Be no actor of public expectation. Don’t pretend to be someone you are not. Just be yourself. Just like my grandfather told me.

I will try to bebart.be.

 

Thank you Clo for a short but good time at Skynet. We’ll meet again. Thank you Peter for the effort in getting it organised. Keep it up. But thank you most of all the participants of daring to share. That’s the only way forward.

 

bart.

11-12-06

Dare to belief

Hey allemaal.

 

De laatste dagen hier en daar wat over mij geschreven door een aantal veranderingen. Vrij juist en correct, behalve misschien eentje van vandaag. Titel: “ik doe alleen wat ik graag wil doen” ... Nogal arrogante titel, en eigenlijk niet wat ik wilde meegeven.  ‘Ik wil doen waar ik in geloof”. 1 woord en toch een wereld van verschil. Voor mij althans.

 

Ik denk niet dat iemand enkel en alleen kan doen wat hij graag wil doen. Het leven is zo simpel niet. Maar ik denk wel dat iedereen moet streven naar wat hij wil doen en waar hij in gelooft in zijn leven, enr zullen altijd elementen in zitten die minder leuk zijn. Jammer genoeg zie ik soms mensen die wegkwijnen in hun job, of die weinig perspectief hebben of creeëren. Maar vanuit de schrik van verandering blijft men in zijn eigen hoekje, dat dan dikwijls een hokje wordt ...

 

Maar ja, vandaag schrik ik wel wat. ‘Femke, er staat niet wat ik wilde zeggen’. Uiteraard lees waarschijnlijk alleen ik zo’n artikel, en is het voor een journalist in een kort gesprekje onmogelijk om dat te weten. Ik doe er al 34 jaar over, en heb het al moeilijk om alles juist te begrijpen J

 

En je moet nogal wat geluk hebben in je carrière. Ik heb geluk gehad om bij Fnac de stiel wat te kunnen leren. Bij Skynet om Philippe Lemmens te hebben ontmoet, en om niet als directeur maar als manager langzaamaan in te groeien. Zo kon ik eerste heel wat leren van mijn toenmalige baas en toenmalig salesdirecteur van Skynet (en nog steeds goede vriend) Guy Bouckaert. Ik heb wat zaken geleerd van heel wat mensen binnen Belgacom: Didier Bellens, Jean-Claude Van den Bossche, Scott Alcott, John Goossens – allemaal heel straffe personen. Didier Bellens gaf mij als 30-jarige de mogelijkheid en het vertrouwen om skynet te leiden. En ik ben dan ook zeer dankbaar voor de kans die ik van hem kreeg, de samenwerking die ik door de jaren heen heb kunnen opbouwen en de vele zaken die ik heb geleerd van hem. Ik leer elke dag van mensen. Elke dag opnieuw, daarnet nog. Een les in relativering (danku D), in perspectief, en geloof in het goede. In les in geloog in idealen. Maar meest van al heb ik een leven met fantastische mensen die samen in iets geloven. Thuis, in familie, op bedrijf, in organisaties, bij vrienden. Dat is onbetaalbaar.

 

En dus ja, ik verander professioneel vanaf januari. Toch zal zal ik mijn hele leven lang met plezier terugkijken naar Skynet, naar Belgacom groep in het algemeen. Je zult nog veel horen van het onwaarschijnlijke talent dat binnen skynet zit. Nooit heb ik zo een groep talent bij mekaar gezien. En het begint zich nog maar net te tonen!

 

Maar laten we het ook allemaal relativeren. Vandaag gaat het goed, morgen kan en zal het een keer tegenvallen. Voor mij, voor u, voor iedereen. Het enige dat er blijft is de warmte die er overblijft nadien is de warmte. De warmte tussen mensen die mekaar graag zien, respecteren, proberen wat dingen samen te beleven en te realiseren. De warmte, misschien wel het beste middel tegen de maatschappelijke verzuring, is iets uniek. Dat gaat over jobs heen. Over bedrijven heen. Over generaties heen. Dus laten we allen mekaar geluk wensen in nieuwe relaties of huwelijken, baby’s, jobs, ervaringen of wat hij ook belangrijk vindt. Laten we mekaar zoveel mogelijk gunnen en helpen. Het gemeenschappelijke, maar ook ons individuele geluk zal er alleen maar wel bij varen ... En dat kan volgens mij als we allen blijven doen waar we in geloven!

 

bart

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04-12-06

 Bart Becks appointed Senior Vice President of SBS Broadcasting group

Hey all,

although I don't usually indicate professional Skynet news on my blog, I've received so many calls, sms's and mails that I'll post some personal news here as well.

 

After 8 fantastic years at Belgacom Skynet in Brussels, I will move to Amsterdam to work for the SBS Broadcasting group.

 

Hereby an extract of the complete press release:

"SBS Broadcasting Sarl announced today the appointment of Bart Becks (34) as Senior Vice President New Media of SBS Broadcasting Group, with a start date of January 1, 2007. The announcement was made by Patrick Tillieux, acting Chief Executive Officer of SBS Broadcasting Group.In the newly created position,

 

Mr. Becks will be responsible for the overall development and coordination of digital media services and revenue streams based on the internet, mobile devices, interactive television services and other emerging digital platforms across all of SBS’s operating units. He will be based in Amsterdam."

 

A successor was appointed, being Eric Brant, a great senior leader from Proximus. You can find more about it via the Belgacom press center.

 

No-one leaves a fantastic company and team easily – so it was not something decided overnight. This said, I'm really excited to go to Amsterdam and build out a new future within the SBS group. I sincerely think and wish for Skynet to keep growing like the past 4 years, and for everyone to find the same passion and pride! The direction team in place will surely lead in that direction.

 

More later.

bart

 

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24-09-06

The opportunity of doubt

Somewhat faster than expected, digital media are becoming mainstream media. And both the traditional and the new media players are struggling with it.

 

Looking towards Belgium, it’s becoming fascinating:

§        tv broadcasters are struggling to enter the digital media: the tragedy of ceo of the vrt of these last weeks is probably the best proof that it’s not that simple

§        newspapers are being attacked on their audience, but also on their business models: advertising and classifieds. Their audience is being attacked by news sites, since no human being waits for the morning to know about news: the internet has become the number 1 source for news seekers. But also the classifieds are under attack: it’s no hazard that eBay launches a classifieds service in Belgium as a world premier. But also some start-ups are attacking fiercely

§        digital tv is growing fast, very fast … and thus also the shifted tv-viewing is gaining attention

§        but also the new ones are not having their best moment: yahoo is experiencing launch difficulties with search technology, with ad display targeting, but also with holding on to digital talent. Interesting opinion here from bloggingstocks.com.

 

And in all this storm, suddenly Newscorp has begun to attack fiercely. MySpace & Jamba, their 2 main acquisitions – have led to the weird evolution that the most visited internet domain is suddenly being run by … a tv company. And the same might happen on a mobile domain. Newscorp got it. Audience behavior and distribution modes are changing, and their using the current financial and audience strength to guarantee their place in the future.

Just read their press releases to see where the focus is!

 

The war for digital media talent is starting. I expect many start-ups, traditional media people leaving to find a new story, but also new media people to lead the new story at more traditional places.

 

Yep – it are fascinating time, and we will all benefit of it!!

 

bart