MUHAM­MAD CHBIB, EX-CEO, TAJAWAL

CEO Middle East - - CEO COACH BUSINESS -

HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE YOUR­SELF?

A rest­less en­tre­pre­neur who en­joys build­ing things and peo­ple. I try to be a source of en­ergy. I be­lieve that there is an obli­ga­tion for some­one like me, i.e., some­one with Ara­bic roots who lived all his life in the West, to con­trib­ute to the re­gion.

HOW WOULD OTH­ERS DE­SCRIBE YOU?

The words most fre­quently used to de­scribe me would be ‘con­ta­giously en­er­getic’, fol­lowed by ‘im­pa­tient’ and ‘peo­ple per­son’.

WHAT’S YOUR GREAT­EST CA­REER ACHIEVE­MENT SO FAR?

I pre­fer ‘per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion’ rather than ‘ca­reer achieve­ment’. Look­ing back on the past 20 years, I would fo­cus on the peo­ple that have vis­i­bly ac­cel­er­ated their per­sonal de­vel­op­ment due to my di­rect per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion. To me, that’s the big­gest source of pro­fes­sional sat­is­fac­tion.

WHAT DO YOU EN­JOY MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK?

I en­joy the fact that I do not re­gard this as work. I am enor­mously priv­i­leged that my pro­fes­sional life is more or less in line with my per­sonal in­ter­ests. To me, it’s more of a pas­sion that I am al­lowed to fol­low while be­ing com­pen­sated for it.

DO YOU HAVE ANY RE­GRETS?

I be­lieve ev­ery­thing in life hap­pens for a rea­son. My re­li­gion calls it destiny. The short an­swer is: No.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PAS­SION­ATE ABOUT?

My four chil­dren, aged be­tween five months and six years.

WHAT IS YOUR GOAL IN BUSI­NESS?

I want to cre­ate some­thing that still ex­ists 25 years from now, that my chil­dren are proud of, and that has sat­is­fied many, many peo­ple.

WHAT CHAR­AC­TER­IS­TICS DO YOU VALUE MOST IN OTH­ERS?

In­tegrity, own­er­ship, am­bi­tion, and con­sis­tency.

WHAT IN­SPIRES YOU?

To be able to wit­ness how peo­ple grow with the right coach­ing and the right chal­lenges.

IS THERE A QUOTE YOU TRY TO LIVE YOUR LIFE BY?

There are many quotes that I con­stantly re­fer to. My cur­rent desk­top back­ground is, “my job is not to be easy on peo­ple. My job is to make them bet­ter”.

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