TRIBUTE: Five important things we can learn from Bob Collymore’s life
By Charles Bazenga
| July 1st 2020
one year since former Safaricom CEO Robert William Collymore died a long battle
with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Bob Collymore was born in the Cooperative
Republic of Guyana 62 years ago, where he lived for about 16 years then joined
his mother in the United Kingdom. He schooled in the UK, hustled for a while as
a commuter train announcer, an insurance underwriter, and a telecom clerk. He
rose through the ranks in various telephony companies until he became Kenya's
Safaricom Public Limited Company CEO.
life, below are some of the lessons one can draw;
limitless. Bob couldn't get admission to Warwick University due to funding
ineligibility. This upset him but didn't deter him from pursuing greatness. The
youthful Collymore went on to enroll diploma at Selhurst High School. Armed
with just a diploma, Bob diligently held key executive positions in telephone
companies around the globe. He managed to execute his tasks and
responsibilities admirably. All this was possible due to his; "can
do" attitude, open-mindedness, razor focus, and willingness to take risks.
He was a perfect example that a human being can go as far as they think.
Guyana, raised in Guyana for 16 years, bred in Britain, working across the
globe, Collymore was a perfect definition of a global citizen of immense
cross-cultural exposure. This is a demonstration that one can pursue greatness
anywhere in this world and not necessarily in their home countries. To achieve
this as Bob did, one needs an open mind, flexibility, adaptability, and
his achievements/accolades, Bob lived a humble life. He understood that
arrogance and pride ruin success; he stayed humble. This was evident in the TV
interviews he gave and public lectures in the universities where he was invited
several times to offer mentorship and hope to students. Often, riches/affluence
take away the humility in a human being; Bob was not that type- he was
approachable and straightforward.
battling cancer can be, Bob was always calm and collected. It is until a year
before he died that the public knew that he was battling cancer of the blood
when he took sick leave. He wore a brave face, a smile, and a firm face when
undertaking the business; you couldn't tell that the man was suffering. This
teaches us that pain is temporary; there's nothing wrong with pain, when it
comes, learn from it, it'll show you things that nothing else can.
everything give thanks
to be thankful are a lot more than the reasons to wallow in self-pity/burn-in
resentment. He may not have lived a perfect life (no one does), but he seemed
to appreciate the gift of life and the people he met. This was evident in how
Safaricom PLC scaled greater heights under his leadership; it was a
demonstration of personality that comprises of; aggressiveness, focus, and
and lived well. He ran the race and finished well. He put up a good fight.
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