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Connecting teams
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Active around
the world

Active around
the world

Active around
the world

Discover your untapped potential

A great deal of human and business potential is still unexploited and unlocked. Since 2002, we focus on unleashing this limitless potential across the globe for individuals, teams, and organisations.

"We want to help businesses grow and people to reach their full potential."

The Next level has a solid, proven track record as an international management consultancy. We have delivered results since 2002. ‘Boots on the Ground’ assignments for managers & executives in 30+ countries on 4 continents. As seasoned management consultants we have extensive international experience & know-how built up over the years. Besides that, we have worked ourselves in the past as managers & executives.

We know what it takes to lead & win. The economic landscape has shifted under our feet; now more than ever, we must focus on winning and realising our ambitions. Over the years we have learned that ego, fear, and pressure are not business accelerators. It’s all about connection, energy, and trust—the key elements of winning.

Three steps we take
to ensure lasting success

Energy & Drive

When we come in we start with engaging the team. We energise the key people immediately. We explain that energy & drive are key for success.

Team & Trust

We will work on team & trust with the Board, MT and a group of senior managers. Trust fuels self-confidence, and creates strong teams. And trust generates speed.

Lead & Win

Nothing inspires more than achieving results. We help the MT & the bigger group win by improving their influencing skills and set up an actionable plan.

Active around
the world

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Erik Hiep

Erik founded management consultancy firm, The Next Level, in 2002 and is an Associate Professor at IE Business School in Madrid. Erik also contributes as an author to IE insights and is an Executive Director at Presidents Institute which is based in Copenhagen. In 2018 Erik interviewed former UK Prime Minister David Cameron live on stage during the Breaking Barriers Summit before a 2000+ audience.

Erik has extensive consulting experience with many international management teams & executive boards. He has worked on a wide variety of assignments in more than 30 countries in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia & the Americas. He holds an MBA degree of the University of Glasgow and graduated at the Royal Military Academy in theNetherlands (Infantry & Faculty of Social Sciences and Psychology). 

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MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT

Liesbeth Pruijs

Co-founder Liesbeth Pruijs is a seasoned executive. She has a strong desire to actively contribute to the personal growth of people. Being a certified Advanced Birkman Professional she helps individuals & teams develop their leadership skills and professional growth.  She is certified by Human Synergistics to use the Organisational Culture Inventory (OCI) as a professional business tool.   

She is a passionate advisor and board member of several NGO’s in the field of education, culture & arts and board member of the UN Women National Committee. She holds an MBA from TIAS Business School. Graduated the New Board Program at Nyenrode Business University, a top advanced program on governance, boardroom effectiveness and boardroom dynamics. Currently studying Social Entrepreneurship at Rotterdam School of Management, focusing on how to drive business towards the Sustainable Development Goals

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Our organisation
in numbers

30+

The number of countries where we had assignments.

2002

Founded in 2002, we bring decades of experience to you.

50K

People touched over the years across four continents.

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Next Level leadership fundamentals

Political leadership lessons applied to business

What are the essential skills of leadership in business and politics?

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