Jose Hawilla – an epitome of successful entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs have a defining quality to radically improve the world on multiple fronts. Not only can they meet the economic needs but also help their own employees to work to their fullest potential and achieve their dreams. Some of the traits of a good entrepreneur are:


They love what they do. In other words, they strongly believe that you could persevere tough times only when you are in love with your work as it keeps you going.


They constantly look at opportunities to expand their businesses and come up with great ideas to be at the top of their respective business.


Successful entrepreneurs are very agile. They are very adaptive when it comes to changing executions when things do not go according to the plan.


They have a great level of emotional intelligence. They are totally aware of the impact their decisions would have on their employees. They would also strive to keep their employees motivated and happy in the workplace.


They are self-aware and are never intimidated by failures. They, in fact, see failures as an opportunity to make things better.


Good entrepreneurs also get motivated by the challenges they face. It just makes them more cautious in the future to avoid repeating it.


Jose Hawilla, a Brazilian businessman is a perfect example of a successful entrepreneur. He wore multiple hats across his illustrious career ranging from journalism to producer and now heads Traffic, a multi-million dollar sports marketing company in Brazil. He was phenomenal in transforming his organization from a small advertising agency to a well-known commodity in the nation with over 600 employees. Jose Hawilla also played a pivotal role in the acquisition of the newspaper Diário de S. Paulo.


He regularly stresses the importance of information and equates that to wealth. According to him, in today’s technological era, an informed individual is more probable to be successful than the less informed ones. He always stresses the importance of being on the lookout for creative opportunities and executing them. He is very admired for his down to earth nature and humility. It is indeed a lot to learn from this business magnate.



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Louis Chenevert, an Icon of Excellent Leadership

Louis Chenevert is a Quebec born leader with a Bachelor degree in production management from HEC Montréal associated with the University of Montreal. Prior to His work at United Technologies Corporation, he worked for General Motors and Pratt & Whitney. Pratt & Whitney is a unit of the UTC where he worked for six years before becoming its president in 1996 a position he held for seven years before he was elected Chief Executive Officer of UTC.

From the times when Chenevert became part of the UTC family, his contributions have been resourceful in improving the corporation’s steady growth. One cannot fail to note that when he took over in 2006, there was a global recession but Chenevert was able to make sure UTC attained its objectives despite the economic hardships back then. Under his leadership, UTC has gained a lot. One of the instances is when he negotiated the acquisition of Goodrich which cost the corporation $ 18.4 billion.

As the CEO of UTC, Chenevert made it his goal to invest in the people who work for the corporation since they form a good source of input. This is through the corporation’s Employee Scholar Program that nurtures all employees’ development by enabling them to advance their knowledge and skills by covering their educational costs. Over 40,000 employees globally have been beneficiaries of the program.

Chenevert’s forward-thinking mentality led to UTC progressive growth, by looking at projects that will advance the corporation’s vision while at the same time motivating its workers towards attaining set goals. This is enhanced through rich investment in advanced technological innovations that will give UTC a competitive advantage over other competitors.

While Chenevert was the CEO of UTC, he was able to broker a deal with the US government, when there were hitches in Rolls-Royce decline to manufacture the F-35 engine for the US Air Force. Through Pratt & Whitney, Chenevert lobbied for the deal, making Pratt & Whitney the only supplier of the F-35 engine. Chenevert‘s 10-years effort under Pratt &Whitney led to the development of the Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine. Furthermore, UTC’s Sikorsky section dominated the manufacturing market of US helicopters.