Gwarega Dambudzo

With a background in social and economic infrastructure delivery as an engineer, I redirected my energy into mentoring owners of small and medium-sized businesses to formalise their structures, comply with legislation, improve operations and financial performance, manage risk, and build strategic partnerships. An MBA qualification helped me to hone these skills while leading and managing a consulting engineering practice I founded more than ten years ago. I am passionate about entrepreneurship, business strategy, governance, stakeholder engagement and risk management, skills I am ready to deploy on any Board as a non-executive director. On the topical nexus of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG), I believe diversity and inclusivity are beneficial to organisations and should be leveraged responsibly without destroying the value-creating capacity of the organisations.

How important is a sense of humour in your business? Anything too serious to be joked about? by Gwarega Dambudzo

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A leader’s ability to infuse humour into situations demonstrates resilience and adaptability, essential qualities in navigating the business world’s challenges. A sense of humour can help business leaders to foster a positive workplace culture, enhance communication, and build team rapport. Moreover, humour can diffuse tension, alleviate stress, and promote a …

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What mistake have you made that you learnt the most from? by Gwarega Dambudzo

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Respecting and accommodating diversity should not come at the expense of violating one’s core values. Being ambitious to succeed, I always looked for opportunities for strategic partnerships with driven people. I overlooked some early signs of values conflict that surfaced in the early days. Like any other relationship, I believed …

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Where will you be in 20 years? What does an average day look like? by Gwarega Dambudzo

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In today’s technology-driven world, it looks pretty long to visualise beyond 20 years. By that time, it is possible that people may be travelling on self-operated flights and vehicles, and many business operations will be automated. However, some fundamentals will still require human intervention, particularly planning, strategising, governance and ensuring …

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If you could gain one quality or ability that would significantly increase your business success what would it be? by Gwarega Dambudzo

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When one has managed to grow a business in a local market, the natural progression is regional or international expansion. This growth phase requires credible international partners. Therefore, success in establishing a network of international partners with whom we can form mutually beneficial strategic collaborations to pursue suitable opportunities will …

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What do you and your business partner, your team or your clients most often disagree about? by Gwarega Dambudzo

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When one of your values is building lasting relations with clients, managing disagreements requires high emotional intelligence and wisdom. I firmly believe in respecting commitments and acknowledging when one has fallen short of the other party’s expectations. However, when one party takes the other for granted, to an extent where …

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Pitch your business to a complete stranger who knows nothing about your industry by Gwarega Dambudzo

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I am now a non-executive director of Deedscon Consult, a consulting firm I founded and managed for almost ten years, specialising in developing infrastructure for future generations. With a team including seasoned experts and emerging young professionals, we built a track record as trusted advisors for navigating the complex world …

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Which entrepreneur, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with and why? by Gwarega Dambudzo

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In business, having coffee with someone is a potential for a quick exploration of ideas and potential synergies – ‘quickly bouncing off ideas.’ There is little time to discuss matters in detail; thus, one needs to be succinct; otherwise, one misses an opportunity to be heard. However, dinner presents ample …

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