That CNN Interview:

"If anybody asks why you believe as you do, be ready to tell him, and do it in a gentle and respectful way."

A few years ago I was in the middle of an interview with the global news network CNN, when the interviewer suddenly turned her attention to my faith. She was intrigued by what she had heard about me and she asked if it was true that I sometimes spend several hours a day reading the bible. She then went on to ask me if there were any examples I could give on how the bible helps me in my day-to-day business. My heart just leapt with joy because the bible encourages us to talk about our faith, and always use any opportunity to show others what is the basis of our hope:

1 Peter 3:15 (The Living Bible)
If anybody asks why you believe as you do, be ready to tell him, and do it in a gentle and respectful way.

I gave her the example of the discussion between Moses and his father-in-law, a man called Jethro, about how to lead people. This conversation took place over 3000 years ago and yet it is amazingly fresh in its counsel. What Jethro taught Moses is the very foundation of organisational leadership. For anyone who has ever led an organisation it is quite astonishing:

Jethro explained to Moses, that it was important to learn to delegate authority and responsibility;

He must focus on giving clear direction, and setting the values;

He told him how to select the right type of leaders; they must be competent, incorruptible, above reproach

The people he chooses should themselves, be able to delegate responsibility to others;

After he has delegated he must allow his people to get on with it, and just focus on the key strategic issues.

Ever since I came across this passage of scripture, which is recorded in the book of Exodus chapter 18, I have never come across a single management book that captures these issues with such great clarity. I could have used so many other examples. I could have talked about what the bible says about how to invest your money, how to manage people, how to enter new markets, how to handle promotion and succession, competition and competitors; about strategy and tactics; I could go on and on…. It’s all there, if you would dare to look.

If you want to see the interview, you can go to the link below (please remember that when you open any video link, it consumes more data, and will always cost you more); alternatively, you can read, the transcript of that interview, via the link below. Enjoy!

Watch CNN Marketplace Africa interview with Strive Masiyiwa:

edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/business/2011/06/06/mpa.strive.masiyiwa.bk.b.cnn.html

Transcript Link: 

www.econetwireless.com/cnn.html

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About Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

2 thoughts on “That CNN Interview:

  1. munetsi joel

    strive is an example of how business personalities ought to be; the exact standard, the praying , the giving back to the less privileged and the focus on the even bigger pictures

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