Quick-fire Q&A with Cedric Guilleminot

Cedric Guilleminot is CEO of Onomo Hotels

Describe your leadership style.
I believe in participative management and unlocking potential and growth in individuals across the organisation, it is both satisfying and productive.

Your top tip to beat procrastination?
Keep your objective in focus, break it down in key achievable tasks and start the day with those. Don’t lose perspective and occasionally look back to see how far down the road you are.

Favorite getaway destination?
Iceland and Namibia are favorite nature getaways, easy to travel and mind-blowingly beautiful. Provence offers a perfect setting for relaxing with friends and family.

Who or what inspires you?
The team I work with, the people I have the fortune to meet, my children and music every day.

Your one wish for South Africa?
To have four. To embrace diversity and come together, it is an opportunity rather than a divide. To have the courage to reform, but also the will to accept it. To invest and facilitate investment in education and training, the true wealth of a nation. To improve foreign perception through better PR and safety – the visa issue, water crisis and reports on criminality only undermine a key driver of South Africa’s GDP.

If you could have any 3 people over for dinner, who would they be and what would you serve?
Nelson Mandela, Trevor Noah and Charlize Theron for an interesting dinner around wine and cheese.

What five pieces of advice would you give to aspiring young business starters?
o Find something you love (and are good at)
o Surround yourself with the right people
o Set small incremental objectives
o Accept failure as part of the journey
o Invest in yourself

What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
I am a photographer.

What would you do with an extra hour in your day?
I already spent an hour thinking of that, so keep on dreaming I guess