The blending of technology and society fascinates Jan. He loves genre 'Worldbuilding' books, like 'The Three-Body Problem' by Cixin or 'Children of Ruin' by Tchaikovsky. Books about particles, physics, and pre-history populate his library too. On his nightstand lies 'America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization' by Hancock.
His musical preference is eclectic: techno, rock, film music, classical music, pop, and metal. Jan has traveled much of the world. Hawaii, South Africa, Namibia, and Australia are on his bucket list of 'countries to (re)visit.
Jan prefers to work with passionate people with vision because exchanging ideas is most rewarding.
No individual hero for Jan. The Apollo 13 team has taught humankind much about leadership and team dynamics. Not spending time exposing the guilty but finding solutions and trusting the experts is one of the best examples.
"Hard on the issues, soft on the people" is Jan's motto. Playing on the man doesn't do any good, and people feel instantly deceived. A constructive approach and daring to call it out have proven to be a better approach.
Young Jan he'd advise to 'think before you speak' since young Jan was impulsive and said aloud what he was thinking.
Jan's forte is accelerating a person's development. He brings determination, respect for people and situations, and patience to the table. The large backpack of lessons learned through mistakes comes in quite helpful as well.
"Tolerance and respect for each other are important values for our society," Jan adds. "Have an opinion, stay critical, dare to choose your path, and go for it.
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