7 Questions with Giezwa Pierre
Name: Giezwa Pierre
Current title: CEO
Current organisation: Giezwa Pierre Enterprises
My name is Giezwa Pierre Jr I am the Chairman, Founder & CEO of Giezwa Pierre Enterprises and I am from Minnesota. I am currently attending Harvard Business School. The mission for my company is to make the human experience better. As a father of three I am on a mission to help change the world in a sustainable way so they may live in a world full of endless possibilities. I am a Professional Boxer that is undefeated and love learning new languages as a hobby.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
The most challenging thing for me is making sure I keep my hands out of certain aspects of the business. As a CEO sometimes you have to just let your team handle it so that you don’t spread yourself too thin. Focusing on the right aspects of the business at the right time is very vital. For me my time is spread very thin already so staying focused on the right things is important for me.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I decided that I would not wait on my own ideas that I know is changing and will change the world. With knowledge comes great responsibility.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I have to be up at 6am in the morning or earlier, every hour I have something to do, and I try to squeeze more things in. I try to get to sleep around 11pm so that I can wake up naturally without an alarm at 6am.
4. What’s the most recent significant leadership lesson you’ve learned?
There’s a time to be a boss, there’s a time to be a leader and there’s a time to be both. I have learned when to cut straight to the point and say how it’s going to go, I’ve learned to lead at the right time in the right direction with the impressions of others when it’s necessary, and I’ve learned how to balance both at the same time.
5. What one book has had the most profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
How To Be A 3% Man by Coach Corey Wayne has had the most impact on my life so far. This book teaches you the game of people and helps you learn the game of relationships. After reading this book you begin to put people into a category knowing basically their next move and how to maneuver around it. It is really interesting when you understand people more.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
Capacity is only what you make it. You can choose what capacity is depending on what makes sense for your company. It all depends on the company’s purpose.
7. If you had to pick just one story, what would be the most meaningful story from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
The most important story is the story of how it all began and why it began. The story before the story and that story before that one leads to the story that we have now. A 28 year old man name Giezwa Pierre Jr of Giezwa Pierre Enterprises. The story of how I got here is a road of a man who is not self made, but a man who was raised by a village of people who cared enough to show me that my brain is priceless and has neverending ideas. That is the story of all stories.