Marie Claire (South Africa) - - @WORK -

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.

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