CABINET CANDIDATES

ANDREW TSURO DTM - DISTRICT DIRECTOR

Toastmasters member since: 2015
Education: BA Marketing Management
Toastmasters offices held and terms of service:
  • Program Quality Director 2021/22
  • Chairman - Toastmasters Leadership Institute 2019/20
  • Public Relations Manager 2018/19
  • Division Director 2017/18
  • Area Director 2016/17
  • All Club Officer roles - various terms
Toastmasters honours and recognition:
  • Distinguished Toastmaster (Legacy 2017, Pathways 2019)
  • District 74 Toastmaster of the Year 2019/20
  • Golden Goose Award for Team Leadership 2018/19
  • Division Director of the Year 2017/18
  • Division of the Year 2017/18
  • Area Director of the Year 2016/17
  • Bright Spark Award for Innovation 2015/16
  • Head Hunter Trophy (for highest number of sponsored members) 2015/16 to 2019/20
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District leader:
In addition to being a Corporate Skills Programmes Developer and Facilitator which involves developing future-fit, practical, needs-based skills development programmes for corporates across Southern Africa, I also work with a phenomenal team in running an Entrepreneurs Hub that also supports company owners driving their mission and achieving their vision.
 
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
Over the couple of years, I have been learning and facilitating agile strategic planning programmes for Corporate Executives and entrepreneurs. This is also our regular mandate in The eHub, an Entrepreneurs Hub that facilitates programmes in business strategic planning. From a Toastmasters point of view, I applied these skills in my time as Program Quality Director and Public Relations Manager and we saw our plan being recommended to other Districts in the world since then.
 
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
As an entrepreneur you learn the importance of financial management. This skill has been accentuated by my involvement in Toastmasters where I've learnt to make the most of limited available funds to make the most impact in line with the mission.
 
What experience do you have in developing procedures?
Primarily, being an entrepreneur who has started a couple of ventures, I have worked with teams that have helped develop sustainable structures and procedures. Additionally, in developing training programmes in my daily work, protocols and procedures are the cornerstone of successful interventions. Having to do this for various organizations, i have learnt techniques of developing people-centric procedures easy to implement and sustain.
 
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
  1. Leaders eat last - Caring leadership empowers teams to overcome the dangers that threaten their potential for success in today's challenging marketplace and thrive together
  2. A leader with no values is no different to a person without a backbone - Stand for something and don't fall for everything.
  3. A leader is a dealer in hope - We lead through speaking and when we speak, we inspire hope.
Why do you want to serve as a District leader?
It's an incredible serving opportunity to co-create a strategy that is going to help our members achieve more out of Toastmasters as I also pay dividends to members from the investment that was made in me since I started my journey. I see this role as an opportunity to redefine leadership in our continent with the welcoming of young leaders in a leadership-drought stricken community.
 
In your opinion, what are the District mission’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
While the mission is to build new clubs and assist all clubs in achieving excellence. I believe we have a greater mission in empowering clubs with a value adding programme that has results directly translating to members personal and professional goals. We can achieve this by promoting the education, exposure and experience of the members.
 
Additional information about yourself
I am excited to exceed expectations with the team. When we do this, we will be standing in the Hall of Fame together.