Dubai has long been a popular destination for holiday makers and professionals and with a booming entrepreneurial ecosystem, it's not surprising that talent moves here from abroad. And with plans to become 'the Silicon Valley of the Arab World', there has been increased focus on entrepreneurship from the public, private and academic sectors.
One of my former teammates, Mohammed, is an intensely talented ketchup salesman. It’s unlikely that he grew up thinking he would dedicate a third of his life to selling ketchup, but that’s exactly what happened. Mohammed spends a third of every day, for as long as he’s with his company, selling ketchup on a massive scale. So is ketchup a lifelong passion? And if not, why would he invest a third of his life in it?
f you ever cut jobs for budgetary reasons, you will likely be measuring the long-term cost in missed opportunities and underperformance for years. I was asked recently why after 20 years in business strategy, I never worked in restructuring with any of the big global consultancy firms. My answer? Well, I’d sooner cut off my own arm.