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Mail & Guardian - - Invest In Zimbabwe - Nomonde Nd­walaza

Ethel Ku­uya was in­ter­ested in be­ing at the forefront of mak­ing Zim­babwe a suc­cess­ful coun­try — en­trepreneur­ship for her was a no-brainer.

“I had a clear vi­sion about how I wanted to con­tribute to the re­build­ing of this na­tion, and that is to help build bet­ter in­sti­tu­tions and com­pa­nies, and of­fer ad­vice that is prac­ti­cal and au­then­tic. To do so I needed to cre­ate a new in­no­va­tive way of pro­vid­ing this sup­port.”

Ad­vi­sory K is a Zim­bab­wean firm that pro­vides thought­ful and implementable so­lu­tions for its clients in the ar­eas of strat­egy, re­search, cus­tomer con­tact so­lu­tions and ex­ec­u­tive search. As an en­tre­pre­neur work­ing in Zim­babwe she has in­sight on how en­trepreneurs have to be un­wa­ver­ing in their vi­sion, while en­sur­ing that their prod­uct of­fer­ing is nec­es­sary to clients — es­pe­cially in the con­text of so much un­cer­tainty.

Ku­uya says this is the most ex­cit­ing time for in­vestors to en­gage with Zim­babwe: “En­trepreneurs have the op­por­tu­nity to of­fer trans­for­ma­tive so­lu­tions and ad­vice to a wide va­ri­ety of pri­vate and pub­lic or­gan­i­sa­tions, thereby con­tribut­ing to the eco­nomic re­sus­ci­ta­tion of Zim­babwe through build­ing bet­ter busi­nesses, one busi­ness at a time, and se­condly there is un­tapped po­ten­tial and abil­ity to leap-frog tra­di­tional de­vel­op­ment steps through re­spon­sive­ness to in­no­va­tion.”

Ad­vi­sory K’s in­vest­ment in im­prov­ing its ser­vice of­fer­ing re­sulted in the for­ma­tion of a part­ner­ship with Mercer, the largest and lead­ing Hu­man Re­sources firm in the world. This is just an ex­am­ple of the in­ter­est that ex­ists in Zim­babwe, and the pos­si­bil­i­ties of col­lab­o­ra­tion that en­trepreneurs are well poised to cap­i­talise on.

“Un­doubt­edly we now have the most sig­nif­i­cant of­fer­ing from an HR ca­pa­bil­ity per­spec­tive. Our value propo­si­tion, qual­ity of ser­vice to our clients, and Mercer’s pre-ex­ist­ing clien­tele in this mar­ket has ex­panded. The ac­cess to world-class so­lu­tions and ca­pac­ity has broad­ened and deep­ened the ser­vice of­fer­ing we’re able to pro­vide to lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and pro­vided en­hanced abil­ity to bench­mark lo­cal HR prac­tices against global prac­tices.”

Ku­uya’s words of wis­dom to bud­ding en­trepreneurs in Zim­babwe speak to the im­por­tance of hav­ing a vi­sion, and most im­por­tantly, grit: “You need to be clear of what your ul­ti­mate vi­sion is from the on­set. Ev­ery en­trepreneurial ac­tion should be based on in­ten­tion­al­ity in the quest of even­tu­ally re­al­is­ing that ini­tial vi­sion or goal. Cathe­drals are built over gen­er­a­tions, and so en­trepreneurs must steady them­selves — this is not the time to be faint­hearted, in­de­ci­sive or to suc­cumb to the in­fat­u­a­tion of a quick win.”

Link: http://www.ad­vi­so­ryk.co.zw

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