Gwarega Dambudzo

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

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 things would be better, and in a culturally diverse society, I could not expect everyone to think and behave the same. However, when more time was allocated to nursing the relationship than delivering services to customers, it was time to admit that “I made a poor judgement and made a fatal choice.” I owned up and moved on despite the consequential collateral damages.

About 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.

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