Albert van Niekerk

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Albert van Niekerk

About Albert van Niekerk

I relish my consultancy career and have a passion for what I do. I am especially pleased that the owners of micro and small businesses can now afford a consultant and that medium-sized companies are able to access a programme which addresses their situation and which reduces the issue of price.
28 02, 2018

The role of systems in creating success

By |2018-02-28T14:23:20+00:00February 28th, 2018|communication, execution, leadership, management|Comments Off on The role of systems in creating success

Why do so few entrepreneurs put a proper set of systems in place? Most entrepreneurs progress far in an intuitive and practical manner. In the course of building their companies, many install two or more excellent systems. However, this is often done piecemeal and not as part of a greater scheme of things. […]

10 01, 2018

Networking – Follow-up

By |2018-01-10T14:52:17+00:00January 10th, 2018|communication, learning, marketing|2 Comments

This is the 3rd post in a series of three concerning networking. How good are we at follow-up? You attend well-organised business networking events. You meet great individuals, connect well with two or three at each event and exchange cards. What do you do then? How good is my follow up?  How good is yours? [...]

9 01, 2018

Networking – After Your Elevator Pitch

By |2018-01-10T09:34:58+00:00January 9th, 2018|communication, learning, marketing|Comments Off on Networking – After Your Elevator Pitch

I assume your elevator pitch (covered in my preceding newsletter/post) struck a cord and that your active but low-keyed networking actions described in this post will assist in turning requests of “tell me more” into an interesting discussion. How you react might just be the start of a long-term business relationship. […]

3 12, 2017

Networking – Elevator Pitch

By |2018-03-19T13:30:04+00:00December 3rd, 2017|communication, marketing|Comments Off on Networking – Elevator Pitch

Do you go to networking events and find them to be quite useless as you never get any financial gain out of attending? This is not my experience. There is a lot you can do to ensure that you get business from such events. A very important element of a networking event is your elevator [...]

27 02, 2017

Lead change with emotion

By |2017-11-27T09:05:20+00:00February 27th, 2017|communication, culture, execution, leadership|Comments Off on Lead change with emotion

Have you tried getting superb ideas accepted in your organisation just to see matters dying on you? People nodded their heads, agreed and did very little or nothing afterwards. Closely heed the principles of leading change aimed at gaining the support of your team members or of a client. Owners of micro or small businesses [...]

13 12, 2016

Bold thinking

By |2016-12-26T14:59:28+00:00December 13th, 2016|culture, leadership, planning|Comments Off on Bold thinking

A fascinating book Bold by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler (Simon & Schuster, 2015) covers the use of exponential technologies, “moonshot thinking”, and crowd-powered tools used by individuals admired by many:  Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Larry Page – and Peter Diamandis. What interests me is that the mental mindset and approach to planning [...]

28 11, 2016

Deliberate practice vs. talent

By |2016-11-28T13:15:11+00:00November 28th, 2016|culture, learning|Comments Off on Deliberate practice vs. talent

In 2006, I read a highly interesting article by Geoffrey Colvin in Fortune magazine: What It Takes To Be Great. Colvin wrote: "Research now shows that natural talent is irrelevant to great success. The secret? Painful and demanding practice and hard work." Through the years I discussed this view with many clients. More and more people whom [...]

1 10, 2016

Level Four “Time Management” – revisited

By |2016-10-26T08:12:21+00:00October 1st, 2016|execution, management, planning|Comments Off on Level Four “Time Management” – revisited

Nobody manages time. We all know that we manage ourselves in relation to time or hours available. Most of my clients have some system of “time management” in place. I implemented a very simple approach. It has only two categories: relations and results. Recently I had a discussion with a client about her use of [...]

31 08, 2016

Delight your clients?

By |2016-10-26T08:12:21+00:00August 31st, 2016|communication, culture, management|1 Comment

How often do you revisit a company because of its over-the-top service? Be candid, not often. (Examples – hotels, restaurants.) How often do you cut a company loose because of terrible service? Often. (Examples – an airline, an IT company, a cell phone company, a dry cleaner.) […]