Namibia Businesswoman of the Year 2015, Baronice Hans, said that hard work pays off and people should always have a passion for what they do as this propels one to success. Hans shared this view at her first Economist Businesswoman Club Breakfast held last week, in Windhoek.
Hans is the recipient of the prestigious Namibian Businesswoman of the Year award and is currently Head of Personal and Business Banking at Standard Bank Namibia and also Executive Director of the same institution.
Hans said, “Always have passion for what you do because that is what propels you to success. This is a core pillar in my life because it evokes energy and it is this passion that moves you more than you can push yourself. For me passion is contagious and it is an inspirational action of engagement with people”.
According to Hans, she would not have been were she is without the foundation she got at a tender age. “I used to work at the family shop at an early age and during that time I acquired a certain disciple that made sure I worked hard,” she emphasised.
She added that passion, clear focus and direction is her philosophy. “Forgive easily and set the bar higher, success is not an event but a process,” she advised. She also believes in the the staying power as opposed to job hopping.
“Despite multiple opportunities to leave when an organization is going through difficult times, these are normally the times when we learn and grow the most and certainly this has been the case for me,” Hans said.
She said as much as people always focus on their strengths it is also important to address your weak points. “Always ask yourself. How can I be better? And make sure people are honest with you by requesting feedback”.
Baronice said that as a person you should always raise the bar by constantly learning and growing oneself.
“Accelerate your learning abilities, always think about what can you do differently to grow your business and yourself, match strategy to the situation, be clear about your goals, build solid relationships that work and those that add value and accept constructive feed back,” she concluded.
Meanwhile Hans’ reign as the Namibian Businesswoman of the Year will run for a period of two years.