STRATEGIES! celebrated 20 in 2015. 20 years seems so long and yet it all feels like yesterday. We actually started in my father’s dining room. There were no cell phones in Cameroon in 1995 and getting a land line could take years. We would walk 200 meters to the road to use a phone booth. We paid the attendant to take messages from our clients and inform them we would call back. A company was born.
I remember when we found the office. It was perfect; on the corner, in one of Douala’s best neighborhoods, very accessible and completely run-down. Perfect for the start-up company that we were. The run-down state allowed us to negotiate a very reasonable monthly rent considering the neighborhood, and allowed us to fix it up the way we wanted. STRATEGIES! had found its home. 20 years later, we are still in this beautiful building with its typical Douala character.
We have learned many leadership lessons thus far on this incredible journey. Here are 20 of the most important ones. Full article is available on STRATEGIES! Website.