Video: The often ignored formula for success for businesses in the UAE
I would like to take this opportunity to announce the strategic partnership between our firm TBH Consultancy with Dubai based firm MBD which is led by ‘culture expert’ Amal Loring. (Click on the following link to read more about this strategic partnership: http://www.mindbodydynamixs.com/bridging-the-gap-with-strategic-partnership/)
I and Amal have always shared a passion for helping international businesses appreciate and understand the powerful influence the culture of the country as well the workplace has in nurturing sustainable, efficient and competitive companies in particular in the UAE.
Through our partnership, we aim to help organisations in the UAE and in the region assess and bridge the critical gaps which exist normally in a multi-cultural workplace.
We also help your leadership team truly understand the cultural dynamics that could potentially influence your strategic goals in the UAE as well as help them gain unique insights to what works and what does not in the context of UAE business culture.
Last but not least, through our work, we aim to help create ‘happier’ workplaces in the UAE which we believe is not only key towards creating healthier and more productive companies, but happier workplaces will be integral towards achieving the UAE government’s Vision2021 of becoming one of the 5 most happiest countries in the world.
In this video, Ramez Helou, CEO & Founder of The Academy For Sales Excellence (TAFSE) interviews me and Amal to understand how ‘Companies in the UAE can get aligned and take advantage of the potential growth in the UAE’. Some of the topics we discuss in the video:
- What are the 3 often ignored ingredients for organisations’ success in the UAE in particular?
- Local talent as a “bridge” between your organisation and the community
- Why do I believe understanding and appreciating the importance of the government’s vision and strategy is often a huge ‘missed opportunity’ for organisations in the UAE
- Why is ‘culture’ crucial for the sustainability of businesses through building a “cohesive” team
- The importance of culture in retaining Emiratis and why Emiratis are facing what is known as “culture shock” in companies specifically in the private sector in the UAE
Enjoy the video, and please do feel free to comment with your thoughts, questions and interest.
Author: Talib Hashim
Abdulmuttalib Al Hashimi (Talib) was born in 1977. He grew up in a sleepy town called Rashidiya, a far cry from the lights and bustle of Dubai. Talib began his career taking on a number of odd jobs (Yes, the legend of the one month stint he landed as a Magician/Promoter in the summer of '96 during the Dubai Shopping Festival is true). His first taste of the corporate world came with the large international bank HSBC, where he started in a small role as a 'Recovery and Debt Collector'. Fortunately, he moved up quickly during his tenure in the bank and was eventually recruited to be part of an elite team of Traders in the banks Global Market department. Inspite of the "Wall Street" like glitz and glamour that came with his role; Talib decided to submit his resignation in the summer of 2006 and say 'Adios' to his cubicle, a regular income -a well paying one too-, his SUV and the life of employment. Together with a young Emirati lady, he established Next Level Management Consultancy, a recruitment firm with specialisation in the niche market of 'Emiratisation' (Employing and developing UAE citizens). He is always proud of the fact that he has helped numerous Emiratis find employment. And he would like to think that he contributed -even if a little bit- to helping them lead happier and more fulfilling lives. Talib holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Project Management. He is an expert in Emiratisation and GCC national employment issues and initiatives. He is also a regular speaker on the topics of employment, development of people, Emirati entrepreneurship and also cultural challenges in the workplace. He also gives a series of motivational speeches titled "10 lessons I learned in 2009". Talib is an expert in multi-cultural issues that influence the Arab workplace and helps companies bridge the gap between their expatriate and local staff. He is often accused by some to be an idealist and a dreamer, however, Talib works tirelessly to become an agent of positive change in society (and ofcourse achieve amazing success as an Entrepreneur in the process). Talib believes that all Arab youth deserve the opportunity and the right to pursue their dreams and aspirations regardless of their race, caste, colour, status and family name in society; and hence he is a strong advocate of national and Arab youth empowerment. He has a passion for travelling and backpacking. He enjoys reading books on history, autobiographies and self improvement. He is currently trying to improve his sketching skills. View all posts by Talib Hashim