Immersing himself in books is how Pieter likes to spend his time. He reads fiction like 'Project Hail Mary' by A. Weird that is on his nightstand now. In the non-fiction department, product innovation, change management, and marketing are his preferred topics. "Crossing the Chasm," "The Innovators' Dilemma," and "Good to Great" are some of his favorite books.
In non-Covid times, hiking in other cultures with his family is the height of the year. While the trips have become a bit more luxurious than those of an 18-year-old back-packing student, Pieter feels there is no better way to get to know a culture than traveling by local public transport, going to local shops, and eating in the local restaurants.
Pieter is motivated by learning and doing new things. He constantly challenges the status quo. Not surprisingly, he lives up to his motto, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."
Never will he forget what his ex-manager once told Pieter when he made his own position redundant: "I act in the best interest of the company, and I expect the company to act in my best interest, and if that is not the case, then I'm not working for the right company." These words have become Pieter's moral compass.
Young Pieter, he'd advise being patient. After all, there is no shame in having to take a bit more time. Doing too many things in parallel has been a regular pitfall for Pieter.
Having experienced first-hand what difference an authentic mentor makes in a person's life, Pieter now wants to return the favor. His listening ability, challenging open questions, and capacity to keep his personal projections out of the equation make Pieter a solid guide on the path to more excellent managerial and leadership skills.
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