Ep: 032 William Vanderbloemen

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William VanderbloemenWilliam Vanderbloemen has been able to combine over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of Executive Search to provide churches with a unique offering: a deep understanding of local church work with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search.

Prior to his founding The Vanderbloemen Search Group, William studied executive search under a mentor with over 25 years of executive search at the highest level. His learning taught him the very best corporate practices, including the search strategies used by the internationally known firm Russell Reynolds.

William also has experience as a Manager in Human Resources in a Fortune 200 company, where he focused on the integration of corporate culture and succession planning.

All of these experiences have come together with his pastoral work to form a unique gift for helping churches and ministries connect with the right key people.

Prior to the executive search, William led growth and innovation in churches in North Carolina, Alabama, and Houston. During his time in Alabama, William had the chance to help rebuild and relocate an ailing congregation, and lead them to new levels of growth. At 31, he was elected Senior Pastor for the First Presbyterian Church of Houston, a church of about 5,000 adults and 1,500 children strong. It is Houston’s oldest congregation.

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Show Notes:

  • William Vanderbloemen has over fifteen years of pastoral ministry experience.
  • He has a lot of entrepreneurial drive.
    • As a paper boy, he acquired routes around him and redistributed them for maximum profit.
  • He says that he is part of a movement to “overpopulate heaven.”
  • One evening he came home from work and told his wife that he thought he should quit his job and start something new for churches.
    • “Churches just love new ideas, right?” she responded.
    • Started the Vanderbloemen Search Group
  • An important habit for William is getting up at 4 o’clock and developing a routine.
    • He says that he focuses on the first thing in the inbox and the first thing out of the outbox.
      • What is the first thought you let into your mind?
      • What are the first words let out for the day?
  • Finding something rich and deep to read in the morning will help drive you.
  • If you write down twenty-five things that you’re thankful for it creates a new culture.
  • Culture is how you behave while trying to carry out your vision and mission.
  • Culture is customs. It’s what is passed down without thinking about it.
  • Millennials have grown to become the majority of the workplace.
    • They are also the first generation since the 1920s to not see success by the age of 35.
  • Having great culture means keeping employees longer.
    • In the modern workplace, rarely will an employee work at a company forever, so it is important to create an environment to get the employee to stay at your company longer than a few years longer.
  • When does your company and team function at their best?
    • What are things common to your group that aren’t common to other groups?
    • How are we quirky?
  • The idea of discovering values and culture involves everyone and is crowdsourced. It’s like an archaeological dig.
    • It’s about figuring out who we are and letting everyone be a part of it.
  • It cost way more money to lose an employee than to hang onto them.
  • Everyone needs a culture budget.
    • Have a chief culture officer whose job is to regulate and nurture the culture of your group.
  • Do you have a healthy work environment?
    •  There are eight key areas to study for health and toxicity.
  • After examining your work environment, figure out your group’s specific quirks and values.
  • The employees in William’s office have created a culture where they hang out together and celebrate events together so no one is left out or feels alone.
  • Two-thirds of Americans hate their jobs.
  • Check out William’s books:

William Vanderbloemen’s Recharge Round

  1. Share with us how you believe your mindset affects your life. Your first thoughts of the day are the thermostat for the rest of your day.
  2. What do you do daily to bring Energy into your life? I can draw a straight line from a bad day to a bad beginning of the day and usually it’s because I let someone else set the terms of the day. Exercise is a major way to bring energy into my life.
  3. Share the number one connection that has made the biggest impact on your life. My wife Adrienne. She’s the best search I’ve ever done. She creates order and really compliments me.
  4. What advice has Influenced you the most in your life? Why are you asking me a question that you already know the answer to? 
  5. Recommend a book and share why you love it. 
    Alexander Hamilton. It details the lives of the founding fathers very realistically and very well while showing how they took charge and took the world by storm.
  6. Define in one sentence or less, what legacy you want to leave on the world.  “What do you want on your tombstone.”




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