About me CV/BIO

My drive: curiosity leading to a deep understanding and simplicity in teaching as the ultimate sophistication.As a scholar, as well as a consultant, trainer, coach and speaker I am driven by the curiosity to understand complex issues by studying the research, finding the underlying mechanisms, which when really understood often are simple.

I deeply distrust mere opinions, including my own and especially from people who do not really know the subject.

Then I look for the practical applications of this knowledge and burn the midnight oil to find ways to share these insights in lectures, workshops and writing for students, professionals, managers and the public at large.

I like the description of this process that Steve Jobs description borrowed from Leonardo Da Vinci: “If you read the Apple’s first brochure, the headline was ‘Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication.’ What we meant by that was that when you first attack a problem it seems really simple because you don’t understand it. Then when you start to really understand it, you come up with these very complicated solutions because it’s really hairy. Most people stop there. But a few people keep burning the midnight oil and finally understand the underlying principles of the problem and come up with an elegantly simple solution for it. But very few people go the distance to get there”

Short Bio

Dr Theo Compernolle MD. PhD. is an independent international consultant, executive (team)coach, trainer and key-note speaker.

He teaches and coaches in the executive programs of business schools including INSEAD and CEDEP in France, IMD in Switserland and TIAS in the Netherlands. He also consults, teaches and coaches professionals, managers and executives in a wide range of (multi)national companies, professional services firms and training institutions in many different cultures and countries. He does this in English, Dutch and French.

Formerly he was an adjunct professor at CEDEP (Fontainebleau-France), Suez Chair in Leadership and Personal Development at the Solvay Business School, Adjunct Professor at INSEAD (FR), Visiting Professor at the Vlerick School for Management (B) and TIAS (NL) and Professor at the Free University of Amsterdam (FR). He has also been the director of several inpatient and outpatient departments.

Theo was first drawn into the world of business after the publication of his PhD about stress caused quite a stir in the media.

Since then he has become an expert on the emotional and relational aspects of leadership and enhancing the resilience of executives, executive teams, organizations and families with a business, especially in times of conflict, stress and change.

As a medical doctor, neuro-psychiatrist, psychotherapist and business consultant, Theo studies research from very different fields including medicine, biology, psychology, neurology, physiology and management. He then burns the midnight oil to integrate this information into a coherent whole and to find simple ways to pass on this knowledge, in a memorable way, to all kinds of professionals. His clients often call his sessions “Science made simple and useful”.

He has published several non-fiction books and more than a hundred scientific articles. Three of his books ao. "Stress: Friend and Foe. Vital Stress Management at work and in the family" (Sold out. Third update expected end 2019) became bestsellers and long-sellers.

His most recent book BRAINCHAINS. Discover your brain and unleash its full potential in a hyperconnected multitasking world" received 4-5-star reviews on Amazon.com

It is translated in Russian and Chinese. The Dutch translation was on the top-10 best-sellers list.

For people lacking the time to read comprehensive books, a mini-version of 50 pages of 250 words, 1 subject per page, with 50 illustrations is published in English, French and Dutch

He recently published “How to design brain-friendly flexible offices”. English

Theo gained a Ph.D. on his research into stress from the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands). He is certified as a psychotherapist and as medical specialist in neuropsychiatry and psychotherapy. He trained at the universities of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Leiden (The Netherlands) and Pennsylvania (USA) where he was a fellow. He graduated as a Medical Doctor from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).

Information: www.compernolle.com and www.brainchains.info

Contact: office@compernolle.com

Smashword interview with Theo

Scientific biography and bibliograpy (through 2000)

Narrative biography