This young man then, Joseph Ddiba, walked into my office and requested for a job. Despite falling below our minimum entry standards at the time, we gave him a job anyway because he spoke to the heart NOT our brains. He said, ‘without this job, I will end up on the streets. I don’t have any way out. Just help me. He continued coming back to the office weekly for a month, and I decided to give him a website project to do. He did it well.”
I learned early on that a CEO must prioritize recruitment, and be involved in hiring despite the busy schedules. I put this guy and others under my wings. And pushed them with the discipline to succeed in any environment. Timekeeping. Attention to details. Accountability for a time at work using timesheets. Weekly targets and briefing. And of course timely communication, among others.
On my birthday, he thanked me for the mentorship. Feels good to impact a life. Even if one.
Today Joseph is constructing a resource centre for street children and helps so many kids that are unfortunate to end up on the streets.