Podcast

“Frank conversations with Dubai's leaders”

Podcast host, Dr. Corrie Block, a leading GCC strategist, has casual fireside panel conversations with experts on driving innovation, leadership, culture within organizations and business strategy. Corrie's guests are top Entrepreneurs, CEOs and Board Members based in Dubai.

Business is Personal.


Is the sales industry (as we know it) doomed? I still think nothing beats in-person sales but it was incredible to hear how the impact of digital has affected sales.

Dr. Corrie Block, a leading GCC business strategist, and executive coach is joined by Michelle Strydom, an expert in whole brain selling and Spencer Lodge, an author, entrepreneur and sales strategist.


Good communication skills are critical for all leaders. But public speaking is also one of the most feared of things in the entire world.

Dr. Corrie Block, a leading GCC business strategist and executive coach, is joined by Andreea Zoia, international public speaker, TV presenter and confidence coach, Anna Roberts, TV, radio presenter and communications coach and Dave Crane, motivational speaker and success expert.


One of the most effective emerging leadership disciplines requires the least amount of activity and the most amount of focus. With so many distractions around us, Dr Corrie Block, a leading business strategist, believes that Attention Mastery is the discipline that sets high performers apart in the leadership game. The best way to develop attention mastery is through mindfulness discipline. Start with just a few minutes of mindfulness a day.

Dr. Corrie Block, a leading GCC business strategist and executive coach, is joined by Wendy Shaw, m-brainer, trainer and coach, Helen Williams, mindfulness and meditation teacher and Dominic Watts, a mindfulness teacher for the Free Spirit Project. 


Talking about AI is particularly challenging because even though the technology is developing exponentially, most business leaders don’t have any idea how to react to the advent of AI.

Business leaders need to accept that AI is currently transforming a dozen major industries, and without help, traditionally stable businesses will be swept away as their core competencies are outsourced to a technology that learns with every transaction, never forgets, and never sleeps.

This is not blockchain, or crypto-currency, or an incremental or gradual shift. It is something you are already using without knowing it, and its growth is exponential.

Dr. Corrie Block, a leading GCC business strategist and executive coach is joined by Ayman Alashkar, founder and chief explaining officer of OBOTEO, Fadi Hindi, CEO of Takaful Emarat Insurance, and Danish Farhan, founder of Xische & Co.


This was an energizing conversation. Once again, interviews need to be longer to determine the real capacities of candidates. 

Secondly, modular and decentralized education is the norm now, and these tools can be used for internal upgrading as well as prescribed for L&D KPIs in organizations. If you do not have an L&D KPI in your key roles, then your managers are currently being outdated by the market. 

You’ll end up wondering why leaders that were successful in the past are beginning to fail. Get that training into their performance goals!

Talking about AI is particularly challenging because even though the technology is developing exponentially, most business leaders don’t have any idea how to react to the advent of AI. 

Business leaders need to accept that AI is currently transforming a dozen major industries, and without help, traditionally stable businesses will be swept away as their core competencies are outsourced to a technology that learns with every transaction, never forgets, and never sleeps. 

This is not blockchain, or crypto-currency, or an incremental or gradual shift. It is something you are already using without knowing it, and its growth is exponential. 

Be humble, get advice. Call me, or any of my panelists on this podcast to help you navigate the AI tsunami.

Dr. Corrie Block, a leading GCC business strategist and executive coach is joined by Ihab Fikry, founder & CEO of Almentor.net, Thea Myhrvold, founder & CEO of TeachMeNow and GetBee, and Dr. Justin Kennedy, thought leader & executive coach in organizational neuroscience. 


This was an “elephant in the room” conversation about issues facing family businesses in the UAE. Two things stood out from this discussion: 
 
First, legal ownership is not a leadership skill or a management qualification, so promoting people based on tenure and honour (blood relationship) is a dangerous game played with hundreds if not thousands of livelihoods at stake. 
 
Second, we are in a post-trader globalizing economy. Family businesses that don’t shift to a professional meritocracy and silo their innovation processes will likely lose their competitive advantages in the coming years, and their grandkids will lose their legacies.
 
Dr Corrie Block, a leading GCC business strategist and executive coach is joined by  Danish Farhan, Founder of Xische & Co., Gary Hales, Head of Equiom Fiduciary, Middle East, and Asin Nurani, Managing Partner of RTS Global Partners, to answer the question: Are family businesses prepared for disruption?


On Episode 5 of Business is Personal, we discuss how to mitigate the 'Dubai gap' - the gap between the title on someone's business card and the actual skills and capabilities of the individual. Are HR departments equipped to deal with the skills gap? When recruiting for senior positions, how should we carry out interviews?

CEOs who want good team members must empower their recruiting teams to bring in external examiners to ascertain competencies, and fund internal social interviews in order to ascertain the best fit-for-culture leaders.

Dr Corrie Block, a leading GCC business strategist and executive coach is joined by  Rahman Risilia, Managing Partner at MCG& Group, Sophina Rajah, Founder of Leap Consulting, and Mandar Joshi, a Start-up Strategy Expert, discussing how to reduce the gap between an individuals title and their capabilities.


Gone are the days of seeking CVs, or handing out CVs. There’s just too many out there, and they are unreliable, and often uninformative.

We hire based on relationships now, so companies need to hunt down and court the leaders that they want to add to their teams.

Likewise, key leaders looking for their next step need to pursue and woo the companies that represent values aligned with their own.

In Episode 4 of Business is Personal, we are joined by Andrew Kabrit, Co-Founder & COO of Seez, Muhammad Chbib, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder & Former CEO of Tajawal and Lucy D'abo, Independent Consultant and Co-founder of DABO & Co, discussing on how to Attract, Hire & Retain the right talent. Watch and see how companies are radically changing how they hire people.


Two of my Executive Leadership clients won CEO awards this year. It’s a privilege to work with truly exceptional CEOs.

It was so much fun to sit with quality leaders and discuss exceptional leadership. CEOs in the GCC need to be fast and flexible.

One of the keys to success that we discuss in this podcast is the need for CEOs to remain focused on their strengths, and surround themselves with people whose strengths complement the CEO’s weaknesses.

There is no wise sage anymore who can cope with the complexity of the information available. Smart CEOs view themselves as a part of a decision-making team, rather than a decision maker.

In Episode 3 of Business is Personal, we have Marco Blankenburgh, Founder and International Director at Knowledgeworkx, and Asmae Lemniei, Strategy Advisor at Duval Union Consulting, Founder & Managing Director of Lean X Consulting and The Precious Drop, talking about what makes a CEO exceptional.

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The digital capture of reviews and reactions, searches and likes, has opened us up to a new world where commentary is a commodity, to be generated, harvested, bundled, marketed, and sold to the highest bidder.

We ourselves are no longer just the market, but also the product. Each consumer, knowingly or not, is now an influencer, and in some small way contributing to groupthink and peer pressure on an unprecedented scale and with remarkable precision.

Social media is now a catchphrase for a developing form of intimacy based marketing, where our thoughts birth new products and our fears new services. Perhaps in the coming years, we won’t even have to decide whether or not we like something, we’ll only be made aware of it once it’s certain we already do.   

In this episode, we have Guido Mercati, Regional Director at Leo Burnett and Global Council Member at BCMA, and Naomi D'Souza, Digital Strategy Consultant at IBMX, TedX Speaker, and Influencer (with over 78 thousand followers) discussing on the impact of social media on traditional business.

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There is an inherent and often unarticulated way in which we choose our colleagues, employees, clients, suppliers, and collaborators based on shared values.

It isn’t enough anymore to determine whether or not someone has the competencies required to partner with us, and it is no longer sufficient for us to check the boxes of experience and knowledge and arrive at a partnership.

 

We need to know, WHO is it that we are sharing our lives with? WHO are we inviting onto our team? Because after all, their efforts will either accomplish or frustrate our vision, and we will be stuck with them in a relationship... for at least the next little while.

In this episode, we welcome Lou Lou Khazen Baz, founder of Nabbesh.com (the Arab world's largest freelance marketplace) and Clare Elliot, founder of Mployii.com (a unique collective of consultants) as we ask, IS business personal? And how can we empower the people that we work with?

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