MUHAMMAD CHBIB, EX-CEO, TAJAWAL
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”.