Meet the Chaser, David Otieno. He is currently in the Change Management function under the Project Management Unit. He has been in Chase for two and a half years. He pursued a bachelors in Business Management at Moi University, main campus; and is currently still a student studying IT.
His favorite Chase habit is the ‘let’s get together habit’. It stands out for him as he believes that networking is the quickest way to learn and grow. What irks him is disorganization; he can’t stand being in a disorganized environment. And organization goes hand in hand with cleanliness, as cleanliness is next to Godliness.
God, family and time are what matters most to him. Time because he personally thinks there is no valuable commodity in life than time. He believe that time and change are directly proportional. This therefore means that as time goes by, change is inevitable. So as a key principle he strives not to be the same person you met last month or last year, but a better person.
What’s are you passionate about and what are you doing towards it?
I am passionate about technology. Kenya has recently been noticed as a tech hub in Africa and we witnessed this when we hosted the Global Entrepreneurs Summit (GES), windows 10 was also recently launched in Nairobi by the Microsoft CEO herself; Satya Nadella. A few weeks ago Andela Program was started in Nairobi; Andela is a tech training bootcamp where genius individuals are identified and trained to become top developers for global firms. All these indicators show us how pivotal technology is in days to come.
Amongst other things just to mention but a few, I am also passionate about work-life balance. As we all know “All work with no play… So it’s important to work hard and play hard”. I play hockey for the Chase Sailors Hockey Team. I have more than 10 years’ experience in the sport.
In the past I have played for Parkroad Hockey Club, Strathmore Hockey Club and Kisumu Simba Hockey Club (now known as Butali). A long list of achievements has come with the experience. The experience in the field came in handy when we started Chase Sailors hockey, it seemed like a pipe dream when we were only two people starting the team but now we are living the dream.
What’s your greatest achievement in life?
I wouldn’t use the word greatest as at yet, when I am still undiscovered. Though I am working on specific ideas that will get me there. Robin Sharma says ‘know more about your craft every day, clarity is power’, and this is where I am.
What’s that one advice you were told (or that you read or heard) that encouraged you to #ChaseYourDreams?
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
To someone trying to chase their dream I would say,
“Devote yourself to learning something new about your field of mastery every day. Success belongs to the relentless learners. Because as you know more, you can achieve more.”
How would you describe your life at Chase?
I believe my experience in Chase is unquantifiable in terms of how much I have grown/gained. I appreciate the knowledge and I believe it will be pivotal in my career. But it is the people you meet at Chase that make the experience worthy and complete.
This section has been designed to give you information on other Chasers and show you how much talent there is at the bank (modesty too). It’s not about the catch – it’s about the chase.