strategic implementation by connecting people - purpose - practice

You know your business and field of expertise, but sometimes you need a partner in getting things done on the next level in a complex environment. Starting up and leading projects that are key in making a difference. Not just by doing more via the beaten track and formalized processes, but exploring new ventures and ways of working.
Walk the Talk is your lead in effectively connecting purpose and daily work through the power of your own people.

ready to deliver

Walk the Talk delivers project leadership and guidance in highly multi-disciplinary or multi-interest ventures. Competences needed for this don't mix with the 'specialist way of working'. 25 years of experience propelled by eagerness in understanding business, science applications, organizations and especially people is a powerful driver for each new venture. Alternately being responsible for the actual result of high impact projects or change, but also in faciltation of others in these roles.

proud of track record: check out some examples

wide experience

With 25 years of business experience as an independant consultant Dinand has directed projects, programs and other activities in a wide range of industries. Check out the client list.

Aeroporte International Reina Beatrix

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Amt fur Flugsicherung der Bundeswehr


Deutsche Flugsicherung



German Air Force Command

KLM Air France

Knowledge & Development Cente Mainport Schiphol

Lelystad Airport

Luchtverkeersleiding Nederland

Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat

Royal Netherlands Air Force

Boehringer Ingleheim



Humanitas DMH

IRIS zorg

Life Sciences & Health program

Medisch Centrum Alkmaar


Sanofi Genzyme

Stichting ORO

Akzo Nobel

Albemarle Corporation


Norske Skog




Albert Heijn Opleidingen

Amsterdamse Schoolbegeleidingsdienst ABC

De Baak


DSM Business Academy

Leiden University School of Management

Philips Opleidingen

Prof Gunning School

ROC van Twente

APM Terminals / Maersk




Garcia / Eurobrooks


Dienst Landbouw Voorlichting

Gemeente Gouda

Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat


AHOLD corporate

Albert Heijn

De Tuinen


Gall & Gall




AHOLD Real Estate

AHOLD Pensioenfonds

ING Bank


Rabo Bank

De Hoop op d’Swarte Walvis

Deli XL

De Gastronoom

Hilton Meats

Mc Cain Foods

Sara Lee


guided by principles

Each situation asks for a specific approach. There are hardly any blue prints at hand when it comes to complex matters. Being dogmatic makes you overlook things, ignore signals and miss opportunities. But concerning beliefs & behavior there are principles Dinand is guided by. Some examples on selected topics.

Success is much more than making profit. Adding real value is what it is about, regardless of your position in the value chain.

Leave everything you touch in the world a little bit better behind  than it was.

Set preconditions and facilitate, but also, intervene, direct, and exert influence. Such personal interventions require self-knowledge and an active interest in other people. Detect pattern breaks, but create them as well: momentum!

Manager’s ‘spreadsheet fetishism’ kills the soul and drive of professionals. Make it possible for them to thrive and then get out of the way.

‘Do what you gotta do’

‘Walk your talk’

‘It’s not about you, connect others’

‘Succeed fast, but fail even faster’

 ‘I don’t like that man, I’m going get to know him better’ (Abraham Lincoln)

What makes people tick? No idea! Wouldn’t you be insulted by ‘motivational’ programs?! Respect your people, create opportunity for people to motivate themselves by what they’re doing. Listen & support. But do challenge.

team up

Building and leading a team with the best of your people is what Dinand Abels prefers. Only add from the outside what's really lacking or needed to create momentum.

Dinand Abels is the core of Walk the Talk. He has directed (international) projects for all organizations mentioned in the client lists.
Together with client Air Traffic Control he was awarded with 2nd place in the national Project of the Year Benchmark initiated by ATOS Trend Institute: “The project manager as entrepreneur”.

be in touch

tel +31 (0)850685568

Walk the Talk BV
Zijdebalenstraat 10
3513 DH Utrecht, The Netherlands
KvK/Chamber of Commerce 34059891