Jan & Jan

Jan & Jan

The daily management of QUIST Executive Coaches is in the hands of Jan Quist and Jan Alberdingk Thijm.

Jan Quist

In 2000, Jan Quist founded the company, from the belief that a career does not make itself. In the higher regions, casualness is the norm. Coaching does not fit into this world view – even if you might need some additional support at critical points in your career. Using his style, approach and network, he wants to show executives the way in the minefield that is the corporate career.

‘Executives at the highest levels of organisations will guide you through transitions. It’s what we are good at. As a coach, I absolutely love seeing how people (re)discover themselves. If there is a temporary hitch in luck in a career, a fresh look by an engaged and experienced outsider is crucial. You’ll be working towards new goals in a structured and inspiring way, and then achieve them – I see it happen on a daily basis.’

Jan’s strength lies in knowledge of people, linked to personal experience. His career in the UNHCR, Mees Pierson and Rabobank was conducted ‘on a feeling’. Not until he was 46 did he himself successfully find a new direction, as coach and Managing Director of QUIST. He sees this success with the many executives whom he passionately coaches toward a new step in their careers. In 2019, Jan published his first book: Skiën in de mist (Skiing in the mist).



Jan Alberdingk Thijm

According to Jan Alberdingk Thijm, who has been a partner at QUIST since 2019, all types of coaching boil down to one thing: for people to feel better. About a change in their careers, about learning to deal with the challenges of a bigger job, or about better collaboration within teams. Jan believes that good coaching will support learning new behaviour, and will lead to new insights and beliefs. This gives people energy and job satisfaction. Besides better results for the organisation, this often also leads to a happier private life.

‘For years, I have been fascinated with the fact that two organisations operating in the same market can still achieve totally different results. Over and over I have seen that the difference is caused, not by the best plans, but by the best people and the best teams. How do good people become even better? The best organisations will not leave this to chance. They know that investment in coaching can be the deciding factor.’

Jan Alberdingk Thijm has been active in the area where people and organisations meet for over 25 years. Prior to his arrival at QUIST, Jan gained experience in coaching and developing leadership as Chief HR Officer with Nutreco and SHV Holdings, as Managing Director with Russell Reynolds Associates, and as strategy consultant with Boer & Croon. Jan started his career in management positions with Shell.