A day in the Life: Rabih Dabboussi

Channel Middle East finds out from a market personality about their role, their routine and what inspires them to come into work each day

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A day in the Life: Rabih Dabboussi
By  Manda Banda Published  February 24, 2015

We join Rabih Dabboussi, general manager at Cisco UAE, as he shares how he spends his day at work.

Name: Rabih Dabboussi
Company: Cisco UAE
Job title: General Manager
Years in the role: Three years
Years at the company: 18 years
Previous companies: None

6:00
I typically wake up around 6 am, starting the day with either a run or swim. I then get prepared to go to the office. I usually do a quick scan of my emails, news, messages and any calendar changes.

7:30
Some days start earlier than others, depending on whether I have a meeting in Abu Dhabi or not, but I’m usually in the office before 8 am. My commute to the office is less than 10 minutes.

8:00
I’m usually in the office by 8 am and I start off by taking care of urgent email and approvals, then prepare for the meetings and day ahead.

9:00
Prioritising my time is a constant activity, it’s an iterative process that continues to take place 24 x 7 to ensure my daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly meetings are evaluated carefully and arranged consistently.

10:30
I enjoy my job thoroughly, but there are aspects of the job that I enjoy more than others. The three most favourable aspects are: customer engagements, managing complex issues and, coaching and developing my team through hands-on experience.

11:30
Prioritising is key, there’s never a dull moment during my daily activities. As a leader, it is crucial for your success to be able to multi-task effectively, develop processes and guidelines.

13:00
I don’t usually take lunch, but I do bring a healthy snack box to work and try to sneak in small veggie snacks in between meetings.

14:00
Standard business performance measures apply here, such as growth, market share, diversification and mix of business. But I equally value my clients’ satisfaction in the products and solutions we deliver and their perception of the value we are providing to their business.

16:00
I constantly review my schedule be it in between meetings or through my assistant, who is continuously on top of the daily schedule and proactively ensures I don’t deviate from the plan.

18:00
After a day’s work, exercising to keep fit is extremely important for me. I really enjoy different types of sports activities during the week and on the weekend.

19:30
Dinner time with the family is the best. I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, playing with the kids, and having a conversation over dinner. It really helps the family to connect and relax.

23:30
Although I sometimes do a late evening run or cycle if I hadn’t in the morning, I’m typically in bed around 23:30.

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