Q&A with Adelle Nel - Executive Head of Operations at First Car Rental

Adelle Nel

Adelle Nel - Executive Head of Operations at First Car Rental

  • Q1: In what year did you join First Car Rental and what was your position?

    A: I joined as a Area Sales Manager in 2001.

  • Q2: What do you like most about First Car Rental?

    A: The fact that we are so dynamic and innovative. We have a team that is passionate about what they do and driven for success.

  • Q3: When are you most satisfied in your job?

    A: Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to hear of customers that had a great rental experience.

  • Q4: As Executive Head of your department how do you go about establishing your credibility quickly with a team?

    A: I have always been a strong believer in that you lead by example, set high standards and accept nothing but the best.

  • Q5: How would you describe your work style?

    A: Focused, organised, driven for results.

  • Q6: What would be your ideal working environment?

    A: An environment where everything goes according to plan.

  • Q7: What do you look for in terms of culture - structured or entrepreneurial?

    A: In operations, a structured environment plays a very important role, however to be a successful operator you most certainly need to have both.

  • Q8: What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organised?

    A: My Outlook calendar, priority and task list.

  • Q9: If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?

    A: Big picture

  • Q10: Who has impacted you most in your career and how?

    A: There's been so many and this I am very thankful for, but mostly it would have to be Bruce Barritt. I don't think I have ever met any person that has such a gut feel for our industry; he is able to inspire a team to always do better, look for new opportunities and recognise potential in individuals long before anyone else does.

  • Q11: What kind of personality do you work best with and why?

    A: Proactive, dedicated and self-motivated people. In the car rental industry, it is vital that you are able to stay motivated, think outside the box and deliver on what you promise.

  • Q12: What is your proudest achievement within work?

    A: For me this happens every time I see or hear of how a colleague exceeded customers' expectations and to be a part of a team that truly delivers on what we promise.

  • Q13: Tell me the difference between good and exceptional.

    A: Good is what you expect, exceptional is when you are able to deliver or achieve the extraordinary.

  • Q14: What are your strengths?

    A: Enthusiastic, Optimistic, Independent, Drive to succeed.

  • Q15: What are your weaknesses?

    A: Impulsive, Impatient, Short-tempered.

  • Q16: What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?

    A: Being aware that when these things happen they are mostly not that important, I don't focus too much energy on it.

  • Q17: List five words that describe your character.

    A: Independent, spontaneous, energetic, ambitious, supportive.

  • Q18: What is your greatest fear?

    A: Creepy crawlies, spiders and mice.

  • Q19: What is your greatest achievement outside of work?

    A: LOL - It must be the time I realized we survived my son's terrible twos.

  • Q20: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

    A: Anywhere I can hear and see the ocean

  • Q21: What's the last book you read?

    A: Steve Larsson's Millennium Trilogy

  • Q22: What magazines do you subscribe to?

    A: None

  • Q23: What's the best movie you've seen in the last year?

    A: Taken

  • Q24: What would you do if you won the lottery?

    A: Wow, I guess it all depends on the size of the jackpot.

  • Q25: What do you like to do for fun?

    A: Spending time with my family.

  • Q26: What do you do in your spare time?

    A: I read.

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