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7 Questions with Maher Bosheh
Name: Maher Bosheh
Current title: Director of Finance
Current organisation: FS Beirut
My journey with hotels started nineteen years ago when I had just graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. It all began at the Sheraton Hotel in Amman, Jordan as a Pay Master and then got promoted in less than a year to Chief Accountant / Deputy Assistant Director of Finance. Having been given the opportunity to hold a managerial position at a young age, I was quickly scouted by Four Seasons Hotel Amman, and was recruited there as Assistant Director of Finance. There, I was fortunate to work alongside a high calibre and diverse team.
As sad as it was to bid farewell to the Four Seasons, It was time to move forward and to take on a new challenge. I was honoured to take on the position of Financial Controller for the Doubletree by Hilton that was to open in Aqaba – Jordan (New opening) and two and a half years later I moved to open another iconic hotel in the capital city of Jordan– Grand Millennium Amman.
Currently, I am residing in Beirut, Lebanon when I moved with my family back in 2013 to Join Moevenpick Hotel & Resort as the Financial Controller and later on back to Four Seasons Beirut as their Director of Finance since 2017.
Working in Lebanon is considered my first working experience abroad and it moved me completely out of my comfort zone and has helped my reach to a different level personally and professionally.
During my career, I have also assisted in the pre-opening of 3 Hotels and an internal audit assignment of 4 Hotels as well.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
Taking people where they don't necessarily want to be but ought to be.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
My focus was on enhancing my experience in all Hotel business aspects through working in different hotels with different structures, City Hotel, Resorts, etc.. Each experience was adding something new that I needed to grow in my career.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I have a structured routine that I follow each day except weekends where I leave a space for spontaneous decision making and leisure time. My week is structured in a way to include all important activities for my mental and physical fitness from proper sleeping time, exercising, reading books, etc..
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
How to develop an outward mindset
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
The Outward Mindset: Seeing Beyond Ourselves.
This Book has taught me to look at things from a whole new perspective that I didn't know existed and it made my work life a lot easier.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
Listen to your employees, show empathy about what is going on in their life, show them ways that they can improve and how beneficial that would be for them and for the organization.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
One of my most meaningful stories would be my time as an executive mentor for one of the rising stars in our organization. Our organization has this program where young, ambitious, supervisory level employees can be enrolled in a mentoring program with one of the company executives to help guide them in their career growth.
Participating in the career growth of young employees is one of the most rewarding experiences in my career. in addition that this experience has great benefits for the executive participating where learning can happen in both directions during mentorship meetings.