THINGS ABOUT ANNA MOK­GOKONG

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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.

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