Office Talk Interview | Reynald Nijhove

Name: Reynald Nijhove
First job: Juvenile detention placement officer, Ministry of Justice

Current job: Transformation manager with Aegon. Owner & trainer of Rey’s Boot Camp and Associate Supervisory Board member with CVO Südwest-Fryslân

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"Don’t take no for an answer when you set your own goals. Set your goal, make a plan, stick to it, do."

Reynald Nijhove


Describe your average work day:

Check the calendar, run through meetings to either define a program vision or detail the approach to whatever strategic goal is needed. Connect people, check in on progress and wellbeing, remove impediments and empower colleagues to perform at their best. Eat and drink coffee along the way to prep for the evening workout, then go all out in the gym or when giving boot camp training.

Describe your average day off:

A relaxed corn flakes and fruit breakfast with Cuba Dark espresso while reading newspapers, business and tech articles with some classical music in the background. Then updating and cleaning the house, grabbing the bicycle or car for a cruise around town or to the car wash while listening to music, grocery shopping and the best Indo-food ever made from Toko Si Pentje.


What makes you really happy?

Travelling to enjoy new experiences, nature, experiencing the humility of our human existence, listening to James Brown, enjoying live quality music, achieving a long standing goal.

What irritates you the most?

Short-sightedness and conclusions that are not based on data and facts.

Who inspires you and why?

Muhammad Ali. In a period where civil rights were hard to come by, he used his sports platform to address social issues, despite it having a severe negative impact on his career.

What is your favourite place in the world?

Anywhere there is beautiful and untouched nature is fine. But most awe inspiring places to have visited: the Suriname Rivier jungle river banks, Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Hawai’s Kilauea volcano. And ofcourse The Hague’s boot camp spot at our Zuiderstrand.


What is vitality to you?

Being physically capable to perform at a high level, both mentally and physically, physical strength and endurance, the mental capability to rationalize.

How do you take care of your own vitality?

By having a fixed workout and nutrition schedule baked into every day of every week. You only have 1 body and mind, might as well take good care of it.

Which must read/see/follow do you highly recommend?

  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X. A chilling narrative of (the perception) of race relations in the USA and how this man’s personal redemption shows flexibility in the human mind. Also an essential read to understand how past situations still affect the US society significantly to this day.
  • De Correspondent. A news platform that brings well researched structural insights behind the daily news cycle.
  • Muhammad Ali / The Muhammad Ali Center. Muhammad’s bravado, views and philosophies on sports, as well as social issues are relevant to this day. Whether regarding performance or social justice.

What is (are) your best tip(s) to share with others?

Don’t take no for an answer when you set your own goals. Set your goal, make a plan, stick to it, do. No concessions. Just adjust slightly along the way to whatever works best.

A major financial player, Aegon Group has ±29M customers and, ±22.000 employees in 20+ countries (prior to 2020 divestments), ~10Bn market cap. Services range from banking & mortgages to pensions, life insurance, asset management and property & casualty insurance.

Rey’s Boot Camp drives people to physical and mental fitness through small group, high intensity total body outdoor training. Grinding for that result..!

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