THINGS ABOUT ANNA MOKGOKONG
WHAT TIME DO YOU START YOUR DAY? Normally at 8am. Although she works from her home office in Pretoria, she mostly steps out and meets people because that’s an integral part of her job. “If I’m in the office all week, it means I haven’t done any work. My job is to direct strategy and I do that by engaging with people and hearing what’s available in the market.”
MANAGEMENT STYLE: Mokgokong is not a micromanager and if she finds she has to, then it means she doesn’t have the right team surrounding her. “People must hear the first time what you are saying; we must engage about it, ask questions if they don’t understand. But there are people to whom you give a mandate and when you come back they are still where they were. Had they said something, I would have unlocked the problem.”
WHAT DOES YOUR A-TEAM LOOK LIKE? “They are go-getters. They are fearless like me. They break any boundary.”
GADGETS: She’s not really a technology person, but always carries her iPhone and occasionally her iPad with her.
BOOKS: Between reading board reports and documents, she has little time to read for pleasure. But she likes books by author Alexander McCall Smith (probably best known for because they make her laugh. She loves reading magazines that focus on the lighter side of life to switch off from her often serious business life.