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WKND - - WHAT'S HOT - Adrian Shaw Gen­eral MAN­AGER, id­de­sign

“Don’t walk past any­thing you know isn’t right”

De­scribe your work in a sen­tence. I work with a num­ber of re­tail brands in the UAE, such as Id­de­sign Fur­ni­ture, United Col­ors of Benet­ton, Chat­tels & More and KARE, and am ul­ti­mately re­spon­si­ble for the per­for­mance of each one.

What is your favourite thing about your job? Wit­ness­ing both the en­tity and the peo­ple work­ing within it grow and flour­ish. It’s like hav­ing a child and be­ing in the priv­i­leged po­si­tion of watch­ing ev­ery step of their de­vel­op­ment.

What is your # 1 per­sonal prin­ci­ple at work? Do you have a catch­phrase that you like to use to in­spire col­leagues/ sub­or­di­nates? To be ul­ti­mately suc­cess­ful, I be­lieve that we should all re­gard the busi­ness as though it were our own: don’t walk past any­thing when you know it’s not right, don’t pro­cras­ti­nate, do it now. Am I as sure as I can be that this will work? I don’t use a catch­phrase but I urge my team to al­ways con­sider the fol­low­ing ques­tion be­fore mak­ing any de­ci­sion: what im­pact will this have on the busi­ness? And, above all, I do ev­ery­thing with a smile as it mo­ti­vates oth­ers.

What is one im­por­tant skill you think ev­ery pro­fes­sional should have? Be­ing able to lis­ten. The abil­ity to keep one’s mind open is cru­cial. It en­ables us to lis­ten to oth­ers’ opin­ions and make de­ci­sions be­cause they are right — not be­cause that’s the way it’s al­ways been done in the past.

What has been your most chal­leng­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to date and how did you ap­proach it? I’d say rais­ing my two beau­ti­ful boys,

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