Being very competitive with high expectations mainly towards himself, Jan finds relaxation in total concentration on the golf court, riding a mountain bike, or sailing a catamaran. Reading books by Harari, Miller, or Saramago has the same relaxing effect.
He dreams of a big house in the south of Europe to spend long, hot summers with his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Jan is solely motivated by helping people discover and develop their talents. Contributing to people rising above themselves makes him truly happy.
To young Jan, he’d advise daring to ask for help. There is no shame in that; on the contrary, asking others for help is a strength. Thinking that it all came down to him, young Jan worked and worked and worked ... and paid a heavy price by missing out on family life for some years. Only when his ex-boss stepped into the ring and offered help, Jan understood what being a great leader meant.
Nelson Mandela is Jan’s hero because of the depth of his faith in humanity. After a such long imprisonment, still reconciling with his executioners is testimony to Mandela’s infinite belief in the good in every human.
“Trust the process” is his motto. Jan has learned to let go of things and have the process take its course. He has an unfaltering belief that eventually, everything will be all right.
Jan can easily take a step backward to see the bigger picture, and he always considers the different sides to the story. By genuinely listening, asking open questions, and not being afraid to confront, Jan can make people think hard about themselves.
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