Pieter Vanholder

At MANGOFLOW, we understand the challenges that managers in the not-for-profit sector face when it comes to stress and burnout. Our mission is to help you regain control.

Working in the not-for-profit sector is noble. The organizations we work for pursue a noble cause. We give our heart and soul every day to achieve these goals. But sometimes the work gets too demanding.

Because we work with vulnerable people or vulnerable themes, we almost feel guilty if we don’t go to the extreme. There is also often a lot of administration, planning, monitoring, fundraising and people management involved. All of this can be extremely exhausting, and many people, especially executives in this sector, are heading for burnout.

I myself have led teams and partners in international NGOs for more than 20 years. Ten years as Country Director in Africa, ten years as operational leader or Executive Director in Belgium. When I threatened to burn out for the second time, I resolutely pulled the plug and started looking for ways to avoid such situations. I wish I had guidance then, and the knowledge I have now, I probably could have continued with my work, albeit with adjustments. I now want to offer that kind of guidance to people who find themselves in similar situations.

By taking intense courses and through self-study, I have been able to put together a recipe that helps to avoid the black hole. Through a combination of making space for ourselves, eating and living healthier, personal coaching conversations, guidance and rest, I believe most of us can avoid the worst. What I offer is a six-week guidance process, culminating in a week of silence and nature, either one-on-one or with a small group of fellow unpluggers. Given my personal experience, the offer is primarily aimed at managers and executives in the not-for-profit sector, but obviously people active in other domains are equally welcome!

Bringing NGO managers back in flow!

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