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7 Questions with Oliver Fortune Chikodzore

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7 Questions with Oliver Fortune Chikodzore

Name: Oliver Fortune Chikodzore

Current title: Chief Executive Officer

Current organisation: The African Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre

Oliver Fortune Chikodzore, South Africa CEO, The African Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre Author, Global Speaker, Mining Partner and Business Strategist Expert Oliver Chikodzore is an entrepreneur, who specialises in thought-leadership and strengths-based personal development. He is an abstract thinker, yet also a concrete theorist of note. This is evident in his articles and his works in various thought-leader platforms, in which he has held presentations and lectures through Project Management South Africa (PMSA) and Cape Media Corporation, just to name two. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of The African Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre: an initiative that helps uplift the youth in struggling communities and mobilize the future of African development and economic growth. A fervid entrepreneur at heart, Oliver speaks professionally on leadership, innovation change and creating a high-performance culture. Oliver believes the blueprint to building a successful business lies in getting four key pillars right: the quality of its leadership; its ability to innovate strategically and creatively; its proficiency at managing change intelligently; and lastly, the degree to which it can embed a high-performance culture in people, especially in identifying critical aspects in high-pressure situations. He is extremely passionate about instilling leaders with the necessary skills to build empires and achieve greatness within a highly competitive market.

7 Questions with Oliver Fortune Chikodzore


1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?

Optimism and Adaptability especially during this Covid19 pandemic

2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?

It was through the right attitude, hard work, dedication and the right social networks

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

by doing my weekly to do list and proper planning.

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

Critical thinking, Collaboration, the emotional glue of influence (empathy), Optimism and Adaptability

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

The seven Habits of Highly effective people by Stephen Covey. The book has everything you need to know about emotional intelligence, attitude and strategy. "Strategy is not just about how you want to achieve in your business, you need to have a personal plan to shape your whole future. Have you done a SWOT analysis and use scenario planning to craft your journey of where you want to be in 5 years, 10 years, a lifetime? Seeing possibilities is a choice and making them happen is a passion.

6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?

By empowering others to realize their potential. check my article on the link below on Authentic leadership.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?

When I called my team including the cleaners to the company strategic meeting. it changed everything about the company positively

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