Meet Manfred Chaniwa the Business Development Manager at Zimoco.
We asked Manfred a number of questions in our quest to understand him better understand him as a newsmaker… His responses will interest you
- In a few words describe who Manfred Chaniwa is?
Manfred is a disruptive business development practitioner who lives outside the box and … always looking for solutions
- What was the path you took to get to where you are today?
I am trained in the banking field, in the vehicle and asset finance sector. I have worked from the shop floor and rose through the ranks to running and turning around fortunes of some of the best companies in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Zambia
- What do you feel is the biggest strength of Zimoco right now?
Zimoco is a very agile business which has learnt to adapt to the changing face of the motor industry in line with international trends. This is a key strength of the business especially in this difficult operating environment.
- Where do you see the Zimbabwean motor industry in 10 years?
Zimbabwe is going to be shocked into change by the various technological advancements happening in the motor industry. At the moment there is still a feeling that the loss of the internal combustion engine is not going to affect Zimbabwe … I see a shock in the system coming soon and in 10 years’ time we are going to have a lot of hybrid and electric vehicles dominating our streets.
- Who do you look up to for inspiration or mentorship?
My Dad has been my biggest inspiration and mentor. He taught me the value of hard work and persistence.
- What is one decision you wish you didn’t make?
Leaving the Motor industry. There was a season I had become frustrated with the motor industry, but I am glad I got the call from Bob Crossley to come back to the industry and I am enjoying it.
- How do you keep your team motivated despite conflicts, obstacles and economic challenges?
Leading from the front and setting an example. If your team sees what you are doing and it yields positive results in most cases they will follow.
- What are the most important attributes of successful leaders today?
Empathy and being emotionally intelligent.
- What one thing makes you most proud?
Being able to launch vehicle brands in Zimbabwe which are virtually unknown and making them to be key market leaders competing with well- known brands.
- What’s the most important risk you took in your life and why?
Moving back to the motor industry when most people felt it was not a good idea as the economy was on a decline.
- How do you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
Continuous learning, being open to new ideas, following global trends.
- How do you align your organisation with your personal vision and mission?
If I grow as a person within the business, there is also growth of the business
- What do you love about Zimoco?
Shareholders who know what they want. You sit with them and plan how to achieve the set targets and they let you run with the business.
- What’s your favourite car and why?
I actually do not have a favourite car. I have worked for so many vehicle brands in my life so I am not motivated by cars. I look at practicality.