Tribute To A Mentor
Today I want to give a tribute to the man who has mentored me in my professional career. Mr. Abdillahi Mutwafy. It was a coincidence meeting in an interview panel when I was a complete rookie, 21 years ago.
As mentorship infers, the mentee must want to emulate the Mentor. He recruited me into then startup Kencell communications Ltd ( now Airtel), employee no. 57, when he was a PWC consultant.
He was and still is a professional per excellence. He patiently guided me on what to do to grow myself. All he asked for was obedience in implementing the learnings.
Other than being a mentor he has been a sponsor – one who has opened professional doors for me, my mentees and the numerous downliners😅
The relationship now continues, but more as professional colleagues and family friends. He wrote my book foreword too- who best knows my career journey than him.
I thank God for great destiny helpers along my career journey. My advice to those seeking to grow their careers, get a mentor, it smoothens your career journey. And just like me, approach the person you admire and ask, worst they could say is no. And if that’s the case, you keep looking…..
I now tell him, through what he did for me, those principles of paying it forward, lifting others as you climb has born him many – mentee children, mentee grandchildren and now a whole organization Talentgurus 254 founded on the same principles – mentorship, coaching, role modeling, sponsorship are a must in everybody’s career. #coaching #career #leadershipdevelopment #sponsor#payingitforward#owningyourcareer
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