Willem Hondius | CEO of Jambojet
Willem Hondius is the CEO of Jambojet, Kenya’s first low-cost airline, owned by Kenya Airways.
My Definition Of Success |When I was young I thought that being successful was measured by the amount of money you earned. I now realize that you can be very successful in life by accomplishing things which don’t result in a financial reward.
I Am Driven By | I’m always trying to make things better by using my skills and creativity. I love to start new things and build them up. Together with people who have a positive spirit. Until now I always had fun in what I have been doing. If it’s no fun anymore you should move on.
The Difference Between Good And Great | People who are good simply carry out what they are hired for. There is nothing wrong with that. They form the fundamentals you can always rely on. The people who are great at what they do are mostly proactive creative people who go well beyond the scope of their own job. They are out of the box thinkers who come up with ideas how to improve things or do things in a (complete) different way and are very important to bring a company forward.
The Characteristics Of Success | There is a saying “be nice to people on your way up, you might need them desperately on your way down” I always try to treat people in a pleasant way irrespective of their position in the company or society. Be open and honest. The moment people don’t trust a person anymore or fear that person it will be difficult for that person to motivate them to carry out things for them. Give people responsibility. You hire people because they are able to do the job. Tell them what, not how and facilitate them to get their job done. Output driven.
Principles I Live By | Focus on what you need to achieve and try to go beyond that. Ask questions to get the full picture of things. Be aware of your social environment. Social skills are as important as knowledge and experience. Be honest and authentic, stay close by yourself. And above all have fun. Humour is very important in life.
How I Use My Mind | I very much believe in analyzing things. Figures and trends give you mostly a very good insight. Next to that: be creative. Ask yourself what if questions. When you bring facts and figures together with a creative mindset it helps you to reach your goals and ambitions.
Dealing With Doubt | People suffer the most from the suffer they fear. Nearly everybody has self-doubts and fears me included. It always helped me a lot to talk about it with other people. Lot of people keep these fears for themselves, but by doing so the fear will grow. By talking about it you can put things in perspective again and that will lower the fear or self-doubt. In certain circumstances it is very helpful to have a coach you can discuss these things with and solve them.
Advice On Building Wealth | I have no idea as that is not one of my goals. Go to a casino and hope you are lucky.
On Inspiring Others | Know exactly what needs to be reached. Look for people who are better than you are in their field of expertise as they should challenge you as well. Set clear achievable targets and give your people the responsibility to reach them their way. And again have fun together.
I Am Inspired By | People like Richard Branson and Michael O’Leary. Completely different persons, but both are successful in what they are doing.
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