Author: Lovemore Nyatsine

I am a Business Executive, Author and Speaker with over 15 years of work experience across Africa working in various sectors: from Start-ups, Consulting and NGOs to Telecoms, Mining & Oil. I am currently studying towards a PhD in Transformational Leadership. I am passionate about technology which I see as an “accelerator and enabler” in bringing transformation in the world, especially in Africa. I enjoy writing. I have published two books which are on Amazon - Seeds of Greatness and How To Rise Like An Eagle

How I Became A C.E.O | Lessons in Creating Opportunity

“Talent is Universal …Opportunity is not”

So yesterday I was telling my children about some of my childhood stories. We laughed so hard my eldest fell of the chair with laughter. A few things struck me in my story and I picked up some patterns, pregnant with life lessons.

Let’s rewind to 1990 – I had just finished my junior certificate (Form 2). I arrived in Harare for the first time – yes first time to visit my brother who was already working. After a few days in Harare I got my first “job” working for my uncle – Bamnini Bevan who had a carpentry shop in Magaba in Mbare. Every morning I would wake up early and go to “work” – I was only 14. After working so hard he never paid me as agreed! Bless his soul. I was never bitter – we even laughed about it.

Fast forward to 1992 I completed my O levels. Even before the results were out I went to Gweru for the the first time – this time I went to stay with an Uncle – Sekuru Munhanda. He owned a small college which was a Pitman exams Centre so I started studying Accounts & Finance during the gap period! When O level results came out I suspended the studies because I had to go and do A level studies.

While at University, I invested about $500 of my payout in a recruitment business. Two smooth talking gentlemen – Phillip and Patrick talked me into it. I was naive I lost everything and was almost beaten up following up on my “lost investment”.

Years later the year is 2008, I am now working in South Africa – I am just a few months in a foreign country and I got myself a side gig as a columnist in Black Business Quarterly (BBQ) magazine. In no time I was already getting qouted in the respected IT Web’s i-Week(www.itweb.co.za) and national broadcaster SABC as an expert in my field.

When I was recently studying (2 week block release) in Kenya in 2013 I offered to go and teach Strategy at a local university for FREE- it was an exciting lecture. In 2014 I also helped a technology company in Kenya set up their Strategic Programme Management Office (SPMO) and I did some cool consulting stuff for them in my spare time for FREE. In short this is how I became a Creator of Empowering Opportunities (C.E.O) of my life.

Let me share some insights:

1. Don’t wait for opportunities – create them. Talent is universal – opportunity is not.

2. It’s okay to start small – my first job I was a carpenter crafting wood…now I am a strategy expert I shape organisations

3. When you go to a new place don’t think of checking out the fun places only – invest in networks, connect with opportunities. First time In Harare I picked a job. In Gweru I picked a new skill. In South Africa I build my personal brand. In Kenya by offering my skills for free I put a down payment for opportunities I may need to go and close one day!

4. You don’t always win or earn – sometimes you learn. I lost $500 in a bad investment

5. It’s not where you start that matters, it’s where you end up – I started working in Magaba-shed and now I am in the C-suite

6. Don’t be driven by the PROCESS (what, how, when)…be led by your PURPOSE (the WHY)

7. A skill is a seed. Don’t waste it invest it.

8. If you only link the value of your skill to a salary you will never grow your influence beyond job titles and job grades

Lastly because of an attitude of being a Creator of Empowering Opportunities (C.E.O) most times I don’t have to apply for jobs…I am given work. You can too!

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GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN | LESSONS IN KNOWING YOUR VALUE 

“Now therefore give me this mountain…for thou heardest…that the cities were great and fenced:if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out…” Joshua 14:12

Significance is seldom small. Influence is infrequently narrow. Greatness is hardly inconspicuous. David did not play wrestling with Goliath – it was blood sport. Jesus did not tap dance with the devil – he disarmed him and publicly annihilated him. This evening as I read about Caleb, I can’t help but feel like saying “Give me this mountain” Caleb did not ask for a valley. He wanted a whole mountain. Let’s be clear this was not a game of marbles but a mountain mover league challenge.  

A few insights:

1. Don’t act your AGE, act your WAGE. Caleb did not behave like a 75 year old man…he knew his true value – there was more life ahead of him, than behind him. 

2. Easy roads lead nowhere. Caleb asked for a mountain. Don’t settle for less when you can have more

3. The best opportunities are protected. Caleb went for the “great and fenced” cities. 

Don’t play small. Dream big. Aim for the stars. Like cream, dream and rise to the top. Go ahead …say “give me this mountain”

REINVENT YOURSELF | THE ART OF DISRUPTION

I cut off a tree in my garden about two years ago. The stump remained. 2 months ago I planted a desert rose in a hole in the stump. The plant is now an interesting feature in my garden. The stump has gained a new lease of life too – it has been repurposed! Here is something you shouldn’t miss too – next to the desert rose I placed a leaf – the leaf is now becoming a plant too. Amazing isn’t it?

The key lessons:

1. Embrace the end as the beginning of something new. My stump is now a beautiful flower stand 

2. The END means Embracing New Direction 

3. If you live your life in cycles and seasons you will always be winning or learning 

4. When people make you a side show, steal the show like the little leaf there. Refuse to be an footnote when you can be the headline 

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HOW TO BUILD YOUR CORE TEAM & TO BE PART OF THE INNER CIRCLE : LESSONS FROM JESUS 

Matthew 5:1-2 MSG

“When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he CLIMBED a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the COMMITTED, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said…”

Nobody was as smart and wise as Jesus. That’s why I study his word. Let me unpack this one for you…

INSIGHT

1. Jesus was drawing large crowds – and he knew the majority of them were CURIOUS but not SERIOUS

2. In life you have HANGERS ON and the CLINGERS ON. Hangers-on come for benefits, clingers-on come to serve. Discern the difference!

3. Jesus CLIMBED a hillside to eliminate the uncommitted. Once he had eliminated the CROWDS…He started unleashing CLOUD stuff – what we know as THE BEATITUDES. 

4. You must always TEST before you TASTE or TRUST 

5. Don’t share everything with everybody. Jesus only shared with those “apprenticed” to Him

A few afterthoughts:

~If you want to be part of an inner circle – serve with your HEART not just your HEAD (ideas) and HANDS (skills)

~When you serve always think about what you can GIVE than what you can GET

~Those who CLIMB with you will never let you DOWN


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Dealing With A Really Stinking Problem | A Lesson From Lazarus’ Resurrection

“Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already” – John 11:17
I am a corporate trouble shooter. We handle different strategic and operational challenges everyday. We have a very methodical approach to how we solve challenges. There is a term we call “deep dive”. When we deep dive into an issue it means we go to the root cause of the issue – we dissect, unpack and analyse an issue until we solve it. We hypothesize and test different assumptions until we solve the matter. Now come with me to the Master Problem Solver – Jesus and see how he deals with a stinky problem of his friend Lazarus. Picture this – Lazarus was a corpse/cadaver over 4 days dead! Jesus comes and watch how he solves this dead problem:

INSIGHT

1. IDENTIFY & FACE THE PROBLEM – Jesus asks “Where have ye laid him?” You can only solve a problem you identify. If you run away from a problem you will run into more problems

2. UNCOVER THE PROBLEM – Jesus directs “Take ye away the stone”. Don’t hide a problem. What is exposed is closed. What is revealed is healed.

3. ADDRESS THE PROBLEM – Jesus commands “Lazarus come forth”. Be direct. A headache does not need open heart surgery. Be specific and relevant.

4. DISENTANGLE THE PROBLEM – Jesus instructed “Loose him and let him go”. If you don’t remove the things that entangle you, you will remain bound by a problem. 

Today you could be facing a difficult situation – I want to encourage you there is no problem that has no solution. Every problem carries the seed of its solution. There is an answer for every question. Be encouraged!

Dealing With A Really Stinking Problem | A Lesson From Lazarus’ Resurrection

Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already” – John 11:17
I am a corporate trouble shooter. We handle different strategic and operational challenges everyday. We have a very methodical approach to solving challenges. There is a term we call “deep dive”. When we deep dive into an issue it means we go to the root cause of the issue – we dissect, unpack and analyse an issue until we solve it. We hypothesize and test different assumptions until we solve the matter. 

Now come with me to the Master Problem Solver – Jesus and see how he deals with a stinky problem of his friend Lazarus. Picture this – Lazarus was a corpse/cadaver over 4 days dead! Jesus comes and watch how he solves this dead problem:

INSIGHT

1. IDENTIFY & FACE THE PROBLEM – Jesus asks “Where have ye laid him?” You can only solve a problem you identify. If you run away from a problem you will run into more problems

2. UNCOVER THE PROBLEM – Jesus directs “Take ye away the stone”. Don’t hide a problem. What is exposed is closed. What is revealed is healed.

3. ADDRESS THE PROBLEM – Jesus commands “Lazarus come forth”. Be direct. A headache does not need open heart surgery. Be specific and relevant.

4. DISENTANGLE THE PROBLEM – Jesus instructed “Loose him and let him go”. If you don’t remove the things that entangle you, you will remain bound by a problem. 

Today you could be facing a difficult situation – I want to encourage you there is no problem that has no solution. Every problem carries the seed of its solution. There is an answer for every question. Be encouraged! 

 

From Shepherd Girl in Morocco to Minister of Education in France | The Story of Najat Belkacem

We all have purpose encoded in our being. Circumstances do not DEFINE, they REFINE who we really are. WHERE you are is not WHO you are. The cirumstances of your life do not determine the circumference of your influence. These thoughts ran through my mind as I reflected on Najat’s story. She was a shepherd in Morocco but today is a Minister of Education in France. 

Many of us can relate to this. I have been there too. I just had a flashback to 1984. I grew up in an entrepreneurial family. I will never forget one rainy day at our family farm in Juliasdale, Nyanga. Our Dad bought the farm in 1981 and every school holiday we would all go to the farm. My brother Livingstone and myself were looking after our flock of Merino sheep in the paddock. It was raining, thunder and lightning – scary for the young boys we were then in the overgrown summer grass. He was walking ahead and he looked back at me – he was crying silent tears and so was I. He didn’t say a word neither did I. It was tough. These were character defining moments for us. Today we look back at that and know that we were being shaped to know the discipline of work and to overcome adversity. 

I want to encourage someone today – don’t judge your story by one chapter. God has not finished your story yet. It doesn’t matter what you have been through. It doesn’t matter what family or place you were born into – your purpose will locate you even from the pasture land like Najat or back end of the desert like David. 

 
 

 
 

      

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