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CEO of KAIZEN As­set Man­age­ment Ser­vices

Gulf Business - - FEATURES - FADI NWILATI

CEO of KAIZEN As­set Man­age­ment Ser­vices

SUN­DAY

I start my day with a few min­utes of yoga, break­fast, and cof­fee, while lis­ten­ing to my mu­sic col­lec­tion. I am big on mu­sic and have a rich col­lec­tion of vinyl record­ings and playlists. As I reach the of­fice, I meet with the se­nior man­age­ment team to dis­cuss the ac­tion plan for the week. At lunchtime I meet with a client to dis­cuss the sta­tus of the com­mer­cial prop­erty we are manag­ing, and at 4pm I meet with Kaizen’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer to dis­cuss an event in Q4 for which we are a sil­ver spon­sor. I fin­ish the day with a swim, read­ing a chap­ter in a book, and mak­ing calls to friends and fam­ily.

MON­DAY

To­day I wake up early and hit the gym be­fore at­tend­ing a morn­ing work­shop. In the af­ter­noon, I spend time alone at the of­fice re­view­ing our 25-year com­pany plan and look­ing at how we are pro­gress­ing to­wards our 10-25 year goals. I pre­pare my per­sonal Q4 tar­gets, which fo­cus on set­ting up ag­ile teams to con­vert weak­nesses into strengths within 20192022. As the day ends, I catch up with friends for din­ner and a night­cap at our favourite restau­rant in Dubai Ma­rina.

TUES­DAY

Af­ter a yoga ses­sion, I head to the of­fice to in­ter­view a can­di­date for a di­rec­tor po­si­tion. Later, I have a meet­ing with the COO and our man­agers and dis­cuss how our en­ergy sav­ing ini­tia­tive was able to re­duce the an­nual en­ergy con­sump­tion charge by 2.5 per cent in one of our man­aged build­ings. We also re­view the strate­gies that in­creased an­nual rev­enue of the build­ing. Af­ter a busy day, I en­joy din­ner with friends – some of whom have been my clos­est friends since kin­der­garten.

WED­NES­DAY

To­day is a less hec­tic one as some of my meet­ings were moved to an­other date. Reach­ing the of­fice around 9am I have a meet­ing with my ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant who up­dates me with my weekly sched­ule and pend­ing tasks. Later in the day I meet with the in­te­rior de­signer for my villa that is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion. I then join two of our ex­ist­ing clients for an early din­ner at Zuma for a gen­eral catch up.

THURS­DAY

Af­ter yoga I have a break­fast meet­ing with a pri­vate real es­tate fund that is ex­pand­ing and pos­si­bly go­ing pub­lic. Later in the morn­ing I have back-to-back meet­ings with Kaizen’s hu­man re­sources de­part­ment. I spend a good two hours dis­cussing per­sonal de­vel­op­ment plans for team mem­bers and de­bat­ing over train­ing pro­grammes. We dis­cuss whether to have those pro­grammes on-line or off­line at our head of­fice. Af­ter lunch, I have a meet­ing with the new di­rec­tor on our team. I end the day with a client din­ner meet­ing to fur­ther dis­cuss pos­si­ble busi­ness ven­tures and in­vest­ments. I then re­search sum­mer camps for my son to build his horse rid­ing skills and al­low him to en­joy his love of na­ture.

FRI­DAY

My Fri­day rit­ual is mostly spend­ing the day bond­ing with my son. Shadi and I en­joy tak­ing our yacht out fish­ing and ex­plor­ing the sea with friends. He loves the thrill of go­ing out at sea with his class­mates, who we of­ten in­vite on our boat. Back home from fish­ing, we en­joy a game of chess. Af­ter putting my son to sleep, I re­search the book I am pub­lish­ing. I am a lit­tle be­hind, as I keep ex­pand­ing my re­search fur­ther. I am plan­ning a five-day solo trip out­side the coun­try to work on fin­ish­ing the book.

SATUR­DAY

On Satur­days, I catch up with read­ing. I fol­low five top­ics on av­er­age and read at least one or two books per month, de­pend­ing on the book size. I con­tin­u­ously take cour­ses to ex­pand my knowl­edge of a few top­ics. I re­cently signed up on a diploma with MIT Univer­sity in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence – a topic that sparks my in­ter­est. In the af­ter­noon, I take a few hours to check the progress of my villa that is un­der con­struc­tion, choos­ing tiles and paint colours. In the evening, I have din­ner with my fam­ily and pre­pare for Sun­day's meet­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties for the week.

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