Unboxing Talent

Talent and IQ alone are not enough to get to the top. Which is why ING looks beyond these when selecting the next generation of top talents, for example also considering social skills and perseverance. 

Unboxing Talent

We draw inspiration from talent at organisations that we support or care about, such as the Young Captain Awards, Unseen and the Junior Company of the Dutch National Ballet. It turns out that ‘grit’ is key to making a breakthrough. Grit means being passionate about a long-term goal, and finding the right inspiration and having the resilience and perseverance to go for it. In the Unboxing Talent series we take a closer look at various talents’ journeys to the top.

Top sport = suffering + distraction

Top sport = suffering + distraction

Jackie Groenen plays for the Dutch national squad who won the 2017 UEFA Women’s Championship, a crowning reward for years of hard work and focus. Increasingly she sees how important it is to ‘do other things as well’. “I get lots of energy from the European Championship and the activities arising from it.”

Jackie Groenen

Stage personality = education + passion

Stage personality = education + passion

Not long ago, Dutchman Timothy van Poucke realised his childhood dream of becoming a professional dancer. His goal is to continue to develop into a genuine stage personality, like Michael Jackson or ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. He believes that he can achieve this by remaining open to different views and staying true to himself.

Timothy van Poucke

Creating unique work = buying time + following your intuition

Creating unique work = buying time + following your intuition

“Being a good photographer was never really my goal. I discovered the photo book as a form of expression that enabled me to go out and explore when I was at art school. My art is a way of life and a quest to get to know myself better."

Miren Pastor

Personal development = tenacity + courage

Personal development = tenacity + courage

Herbert Fikkers ticks all the boxes applicable to financial talent: an insatiable appetite for knowledge and a burning ambition. At the same time he realises that he won’t get far without soft skills. So from time to time he draws a chance card in order to develop these.

Herbert Fikkers

Making an impact = being authentic + making connections

Making an impact = being authentic + making connections

Corporate Director Marie-Pauline Lauret believes that her outspoken personality has brought her to where she is today. This finalist of the Young Captain Award 2016 remains true to her own values, even when things are not going her way.

Marie-Pauline Lauret

Growth = feedback + technique

Growth = feedback + technique

Melissa Chapski is still hard on herself but not too hard any more. The talented American ballet dancer with the Dutch National Ballet is bursting with talent and willpower. She attributes her rapid development to the fact that she takes feedback very seriously.

Melissa Chapski

Strong work = focus + luck

Strong work = focus + luck

William Monk allows images from his surroundings to mature in his head and then paints new images on canvas based on them. And not without success: the artist, who trained at the independent art school De Ateliers in Amsterdam, enjoys international recognition.

William Monk