ZEZE’S CHEAT SHEET FOR CAREER DOMINATION
I was lucky – a CNN producer was an early Malée fan and I got to be on Marketplace Africa in my rst year in business. A great team that is able to carry out my vision. I take notes of everything and make to-do lists. At the end of the day I review completed tasks and work on scheduling for the next day. 1. What you can’t do, you can learn. 2. It’s good to talk – you never know who could be the solution to a nagging business issue. 3. Believe in yourself. If you don’t, no one else will. What got you interested in beauty products? My great-grandmother – grooming was huge for her and she passed this passion on. What prompted you to start Malée? A combination of the global nancial crisis, starting a new chapter in a new country, and my skin needing not just TLC but natural, intelligent skincare, too. What does ‘Malée’ mean? It’s a term for a learned, gracious woman in my native language, Bini. It was also my great-grandmother’s name. Did you have experience in beauty, business or both? I started Malée in 2010, just after my master’s programme in international business at Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France. What’s been your biggest mistake that has become your greatest lesson? When I started Malée, I tried to keep up with trends and found that, instead, it is more important to stay true to my own vision for the company. What’s your greatest challenge at work? Human resources management. You can plan, measure and predict outcomes for everything else – but not when it comes to managing people. I have to manage my own expectations for the business, as well as those of my staff; this means creating and sticking to the work culture you would like, even when your motivation stores are running low.