I am very interested in maximizing the use of talent. Being a business consultant to primarily successful small and medium-sized companies enables me to pursue this passion.
My clients are all fascinating. Most are true entrepreneurs and are driven and successful. They have different personalities, different talents, different outlooks and different leadership and managerial qualities and abilities. None is risk averse. That’s why they started their (very different) businesses.
Who are my clients, who do I serve?
My clients fall in four main groups:
- services sector – where ideas and creative outputs are the main products – companies from 1 to 100 people – and mostly independent professionals
- parastatals – receiving broad government funding
- universities, colleges, academies & companies offering training – small groups within these organisations
- trusts and public welfare organisations – which need to develop a business approach to satisfy donors and the communities which they serve
In which sector do you fall? You could get more information by simply clicking on…http://www.abplan.co.za/whom-we-serve.html
I find it very interesting that there is actually no difference in working with either large or small or medium-sized companies or organisations. The heads of departments in large organisations are very similar to the MDs or directors of medium-sized companies or the directors of public welfare organisations or non-profit organisations. People are people and the principles of leading and running organisations apply to any size organisation or company. Remember this if you are thinking of offering your services or products to corporate companies.
Often on the fringes of structured planning or coaching conversations or during telephone calls, a client makes the most interesting observation. It struck me that these observations and often resulting conversations should be shared. And this is the reason for creating this blog.
This blog is focused primarily on my clients and captures what is troubling or fascinates them. Incidentally, it obliges me to listen – an ability which I really have to develop much more. I try to provide useful answers and am bringing this blog to the attention of all my clients as their questions and observations will only enrich our insights.
If you are not a client, please chip in. Join the conversation.
Who am I? I lived abroad for 18 years; am a positive person; and had 31 years of leading and management experience prior to becoming a consultant in the nineties. I thoroughly enjoy doing what I’m doing and especially the reading, learning, conversation and getting-things-done parts.
If you wish to know a bit more about the pressures which many of my clients face, about what they wish for, about the type of asistance that they seek, then read my letter to an MD…Dear MD…http://www.abplan.co.za/what-we-do/letter-to-an-md.html .
I really like people who get exited by what they are doing; individuals who are interested in learning more and who wish to make a difference in their own lives (work and personal) and in the lives of those who entrusted their futures and careers to them. To all I say: It is so possible to enrich your work environment and make it a really pleasant, energetic and stimulating place and make generous profits to boot.
Most of what I coach or write about had its origin in the writing and wisdom of others. There is little new in this world. In fact, most of my clients already know what they need to know but do not realize this and do not systematically practice what they already know. I try to awake this realization and provide a few simple tools.
I hope that you will find the content of this blog useful and possibly applicable to your situation.
You are invited to join the conversation!
Albert van Niekerk
ABPLAN, firstname.lastname@example.org & phone 021 8517685
PS. All of my posts in some way directly or indirectly supplement the modules of my Built for Results Programme described on my website - which contains lots of free information. www.abplan.co.za