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7 Questions with Salman Khan
Name: Salman Khan
Current title: President & CEO
Current organisation: The Gideon Group
Advisory and capital markets, trading and hedging, funds management, asset financing, asset monetization and research. Held key positions in the Middle East region, including as a Global Head for Sterling and Wilson the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, a $4 billion Indian conglomerate, also helped launch Jazeera Airways, Kuwait’s second national airline. Educated with Bachelors of Liberal Arts and Masters of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies with a concentration in Management
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
Current demand for immediate change in rules and regulations and to ensure the CSR initiative become neutral and fair is most challenging in today’s world
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I helped create a structure through which one of my previous employers' financiers could collect their funds which were stuck in a sanctioned country for 15 years. That led the financier which is the Gideon Group to hire me as their Global President & CEO
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
As a leader I believe in order for my team to have a very normal life which they can balance, I need to be available anytime for strategic and important decisions. So in order for total satisfaction for everybody I structure my timelines to my teams timeline I.e if there alot of work then we all work as a team.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
I have realized during the pandemic that sharing the problems faced with the team on a personal level has increased productivity and I have connected at a very emotional level with my team. Caring for everyone and their family has in return yielded the best productivity for the organization.
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?
Honestly I have not read a book that has impacted me yet. I believe in experiencing things myself and am learning everyday through my own mistakes. I’m still in the middle of my journey.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
Primarily enabling the team to self assess their capabilities and comparing those assessments with management assessments of the team. Once a structure appears then seek professionals to enhance the capabilities through training , motivation and through corporate structuring.
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 thing which comes to mind is that an organization is nothing without its employees and especially during this pandemic the layoffs have been very painful to see in other organizations. Long term employees have been asked to leave without any appreciation of the work they had done in the past. As an entity we managed to retain all of our staff without any pay cut for the next 3 years on our own liquidity and to me that means the world.