Quick-fire Q&A with John Woollam

John Woollam is the CEO of Euphoria Telecom

Describe your leadership style
I adopt a democratic leadership style. I value input from each team member and do my best to ensure we give every person involved an opportunity to have an equal say in the direction of the different projects. I believe this provides a good platform for employees to learn, grow and develop their abilities. I also focus a lot on culture as our culture is key to our success. Culture drives through to every part of our business and creates an incredible customer-centric approach to delivery. I also believe that accountability is imperative as it empowers decision-making, creating natural initiative.

Your top tip to beat procrastination?
Do the hardest and most boring tasks first. Do them as soon as you get into the office, before you have your first coffee. Trust me, that coffee will taste better and be more enjoyable if you do it that way.

Favourite getaway destination?
Skiing in Europe

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by the team I work with at Euphoria, everyone is so committed to the business, our customers and, most importantly, each other. I love going into the office – the warmth, laughter and energy are so fulfilling. That atmosphere is a huge driving force in keeping me motivated.

Your one wish for South Africa?
Aaah, what a question, this place is my home and I love it. I wish that our leaders would have the courage to make the changes that are needed to ensure the quality of life of the majority and not just a small minority. This would obviously require rooting out corruption and enforcing accountability.

If you could have any 3 people over for dinner, who would they be and what would you serve?
Obama, Trump and Snoop Dog. I would definitely have a ‘make your own pizza’ evening.

What five pieces of advice would you give to aspiring young business starters?

1. Choose your partners very carefully.
2. Watch your cash flow – this will be the single quickest way to lose your business.
3. Set small achievable goals.
4. Don’t spend any money on things in the beginning
5. Build relationships with people in the same industry whether they are competitors or not.

What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
I much prefer cold weather to warm weather.

What would you do with an extra hour in your day?
Exercise for longer.