Day in the life: the tactician

Channel Middle East finds out from a market personality about their daily routine, their typical work activities and what they get up to during their day…

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Day in the life: the tactician
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  July 19, 2012

Channel Middle East finds out from a market personality about their daily routine, their typical work activities and what they get up to during their day…

Name: Mohammed Al Mandil
Company: Synoptic Information
Job title: CEO/Founder
Years in the role: 10 years
Years at the company: 10 years
Previous companies: Government ministries in KSA, STC, Symantec & Microsoft

How would you summarise your role?

I am a strategist and hands-on person by nature. As CEO, I am involved in day-to-day activities of the organisation as I am overall accountable, responsible and hold the authority for the management of business affairs. I am totally involved and engaged with business affairs.

What’s the first thing you do when you get in the office each day?

Usually I plan for the day with my team and discuss the strategies that are in motion and those that need to be taken. I sit with the heads of departments and complete the actionable items first, and then I respond to any emails.

What does a typical day entail for you?

I am ‘always on the move,’ meetings, discussions, planning, meetings and more meetings throughout the day and that’s the characteristic of a typical day.

What skills or qualities do you need to do your job?

As a CEO, one needs to have the vision to embark and tread on new paths, set goals, embrace change and take decisions at the right time. One needs to be able to multi task and create the right ambience for the company to perform and succeed.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

It has to be taking time to convince the entire team on new challenges and leading by example.

What’s the hardest part of your job?

I would say sacrificing my vacations and free time to enjoy doing nothing, even in my weekends, just because I am the CEO.

What criteria do you measure your performance on?

As the overall head of the company, success and growth of the company directly relates to my actions or inaction thereof.

What’s been your most memorable moment in your current role?

It would be creating this company from a small beginning to the current position it enjoys in the systems integration space in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I will continue to lead this entity and get close to the vision of being the ultimate ICT and SI company in KSA, and hopefully the entire Middle East region.

How much time do you spend out of the office each week?

On average, I would say I spend almost 40% of my time out in meetings.

What do you get up to during your lunch hour?

As a person, I do not have lunch usually, but if I have a ‘lunch meeting’ then I take time to enjoy having good food.

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