Born 13th January 1958 in a country known as Guyana, South America. Bob Collymore was officially named Robert William Collymore and was raised by his grandparents. However, at age 16, he moved to the United Kingdom to live with his mother.
From an early age, Bob Collymore started working to earn money and although he did not attend university, he raised from being an office boy to becoming a CEO of the most dominant telecommunication company in Kenya in 2010.
From the arising humble young man to the most influential person in the telecommunication sector, here are the top 10 most amazing lessons and quotes we can learn from Bob Collymore.
10. Think Beyond Your Education Level
Talking to all youths, Bob Collymore emphasized on thinking beyond our level of education. Having not joined university but raising to be a CEO of Safaricom Company in Kenya, he believed in being resilient.
He encouraged the youths to continue learning through the internet and also to read a lot of books. Being a go-getter, he was once quoted saying, “If you have the right vision, and take the right steps, then success is inevitable,”
9. Always Value Women’s Opinions and Their Economical Contribution
Quoted saying in one of the local interviews, “The person that you see here today was made more by the influence of the women in my life than the men in my life.” Bob talked openly about how his grandmother played a crucial role in his young life and how his mother pushed him to be a better man.
He admitted to having called Ms. Nonkululeko Merina Cheryl Nyembezi-Heita from South Africa after being appointed the Safaricom CEO. In his interview, he said he had called her to ask some advice on how to run the company.
Apart from making Safaricom score highly in promoting women at the workforce, the company was also the first in Kenya to introduce a child care program for working mothers. This program gives nursing mothers the chance to bring their children to work. The kids are taken care in a daycare room situated in the Safaricom offices thus enabling the mothers to takes breaks to feed them.
8. It Is Good To Be Adaptable
Speaking mostly about today’s youths and their work ethic, Bob candidly spoke about the long line of jobs he previously worked. Wanting to be a painter, he told a news reporter who was interviewing him that he was not able to pursue it to a professional level since his mother insisted on him getting a formal job. She even used her networks to get him a position at the British Telecom.
However, his hard work and determination saw him rise up to various positions in the telecommunication industry. The countries include the United Kingdom, Japan, South Africa and finally Kenya.
When asked about his career journey, he usually replied, “I have done many different jobs but I never anticipated that I would become the CEO of a mobile phone company in Africa.”
He always insisted on the youths to be adaptable in nature no matter the course they may have taken in school and take any opportunity that came their way.
7. Always Acquire New Skills
According to Bob Collymore, it is essential to acquire new skills if you want to stay ahead. This is because apart from competing with other humans to get jobs we are also competing with robots.
That’s why he emphasized on always finding ways to learn more. He was found telling his team, “I should not know more stuff than you. You have to be smarter than me.”
Note that, this motto did not only apply to his team but also to Safaricom job applicants. Therefore, before applying to any job, it is advisable to ask yourself if you are smarter than the boss and if employed how will contribute to the development of the company.
6. Aspire To Always Be Humble
No matter how much you earn or which position you hold, always be humble. Having come from a humble family, Bob never forgot where he came from. Although he admitted to wanting the finer things in life like everyone else, he said when living in Japan with his children, he got to pause and think of what really mattered in life.
Although he was a CEO in one of the leading company in Kenya, many people from his employees to the media personality commented on how humble and friendly he was.
When asked how he freely interacts with everyone who crosses his path, he usually replied “What I always say to people is just have a memory of where you come from,”
This statement was there to remind the people around him that, yes you can achieve a lot but it’s good to remember your roots.
5. You Can Use Your Position To Uplift Others
For the nine years, Bob was the CEO of Safaricom; he has used his position to uplift many people. By forming the Safaricom Foundation, numerous ventures have been undertaken the company.
The ventures include education programs, collaborations with local health facilities to improve health care. This initiative has led to women, youths and the society at large to benefit immensely.
On his personal time, Bob was only known to help people in need by organizing or attending fundraising events. Asked what brought about the Safaricom foundations, he always replied that “Being a big company in Kenya, the company comes with a big responsibility,”
4. Always Be Unique
When Bob Joined Safaricom, all eyes were on him as on how he was supposed to fit in the shoes of the great leader Michael Joseph. However, this did not intimidate Bob and as the years went by, he proved himself to be a great leader too.
Being unique has made Bob to be celebrated in his own ways and his unique way of leadership raised Safaricom to better heights.
3. No One is Perfect
From the mistakes he admitted doing in his personal and business life, Bob was always candid to admit he was not perfect. He usually referred to how his predecessor Michael Joseph once said to him concerning making business decisions, “Look, just make decisions. If 60% of your decisions are right, then you will probably be doing better than me.”
He took that to heart and steered the company through stormy weathers and to everyone surprise, the company became better and better.
Furthermore, he demonstrated that all is not lost when he married his third Kenyan wife, Wambui Kamiru. By admitting his imperfections, he got to live a fulfilled life where there is always second chances, or is it third?
2. No Matter the Circumstances Never Give Up
Even after Bob Collymore was diagnosed with cancer, he still remained productive in his position until he passed away. This becomes an encouragement to us, that no matter what you are facing, you can still, be courageous and be productive.
1. Always Remember Nothing is Permanent
From the passing away of Bob Collymore, we are reminded that our life on earth is temporary. Therefore no matter how wealthy or successful we become, we should be grateful for what matter most.
Asked by one of the Kenyan writers, Jackson Biko how his illness changed his perception of mortality, he replied.
“Death is inevitable and I have made the decision not to cling on the thought of it because it will eventually come; I just do not know when. I have chosen to focus on the things that are more important to me. Now I know it’s kind of impossible for somebody to live for 200 years.”
We will miss you Bob!
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Interview: Izzie’s Caravan Shares Insights on His musical Journey
After Izzie’s Caravan’s exceptional single was released, we caught up with an insightful interview with such a talented artist to explore his eidetic experience and what he had to say about his incredible musical journey so far. Read below to learn some interesting details about Izzie’s Caravan.
Discovering your own musical style is a unique part of every artist’s journey. What sets your music apart? What is unique, or at least uncommon?
Hi there. Thank you for having me here. Honestly, from the inception of this project, I knew our backs were always going to be against the wall with how we approach music and what we create in this current musical climate. I tend to be very traditionalist in the sense that rock n’ roll and the blues were grounded in reality and there was a certain sense of integrity about it where the entire song, the entire album, the entire process of it was the life-blood of the band…not some tik-tok clip that goes viral. Currently, we’re in a world where ‘entertainers’ are substituting music as an art form for the commercialized gimmick that needs to be sold and I’ve never bought into that mentality nor will I ever do so. I can’t subscribe to these pseudo-intellectual postmodern narratives that we’re held hostage by. To me I’d rather have a 100 people genuinely appreciate the music I make rather than having a million superficial ‘views’ or ‘likes’. I mean that sincerely. And the fact that record companies do their ‘head-hunting’ based on algorithms is in my estimation bloody lazy. Most of our songs hit the 5-minute mark with ease, including some of the ballads, that we’ve done, and I don’t really care whether thats not the acceptable standard. In ‘Blow The Lid’ we have an 18-minute song…yeah, that’s right…18-minutes, called ‘Curse of Anastasia’ and frankly speaking if that’s how long it takes to capture the spirit of the song then that’s what we’ll do.
“Return To Midway” is captivating from the start to finish with a combination of unique beats and catchy lyrics. What was the inspiration behind the single?
Yeah this track in particular means a lot to me personally. We’ve actually had this song in the catalogue since 2006 but decided to bring it back in revamped version and associate it very proudly with the #restorethesnyderverse movement. Being a childhood DC fan, growing up with these iconic characters, and seeing them come to life on the screen with Zack Snyder’s Justice League was a surreal experience. At a more political level, whats more important to me is the preservation of artistic integrity and the vision of the artist should stand above corporate hijacking.
What draws you to your preferred genre?
To me personally, the blues is a life-form. It’s organic story-telling which is built around human stories. It captures a certain moment in time grounded in reality and it’s so profound that it immerses and envelopes you. Usually when I’m writing, I start listening to records that stimulate me and this last week or so, as we’re neck deep in recording our upcoming album ‘Blow The Lid’, I was listening to Johnny Winter and Rory Gallagher and listening to these records is such a magical experience. And what really pulls me in is their humility considering they were masters of their art form. So yeah, blues and rock n’ roll has always been an integral part of my life.
Which one of your songs has the most memorable story for you? Whether it’s the writing process, recording sessions or release of the song.
At this point of time, due to what I’ll call the proximity effect, it has to ‘Return To Midway’. In all honesty, this song was purely by chance. As I mentioned, this song is something Sim (vocals) and I had recorded way back in 2006 and I was in the studio recently and by chance started playing this song over a different back-beat with a different rhythm pattern. It just happened to be one of those serendipitous euphonic moments in the studio and when I heard the playback, I knew right way I was on to something. All in all, it literally took a day to record and now it’s out as a single.
How do you go about writing a song? Do you have a melody in your head and then write the other music for it?
More often than not, I’ll have a melody and it all starts building from there. Sometimes the riffs pop out during practice or just jamming and if it sticks in my head over a considerable period of time, I realize that there must be some validity to it. I really like to write about issues and events grounded in real human stories and events so I draw upon events from the news or current affairs and then give my take on it.
What would your autobiography be called?
‘My Life: A Cosmic Joke’
For our final question, is there anything else you would like to add?
Yeah, we’d like to thank all those who have appreciated our music and allowed us to fulfill our dreams and passion of playing old-school rock and blues. We’re really, really excited about our upcoming album ‘Blow The Lid’ which is set for a release on June 15th, and listeners can preview some of the tracks from this album on Spotify which have been released early. Thank you so much and we’d like to welcome you to join our journey at www.izziescaravan.com. This entire endeavor wouldn’t be anything without the support we get from our listeners.
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