Dr. Tommy Weir's latest contribution is a must-listen for every corporate leader wanting to gain the inside track on doing business in the Middle East. 10 Tips for Leading in the Middle East is a practical guide for expats and locals alike, providing tips to lead in an environment that is vastly different from the world with which most upper-management members have been working. You may be wondering, "Where did these 10 tips come from?"
Dr. Tommy spent a decade up close and personally researching leadership in the Arab World. This started with understanding sociological trends to frame the context for the Middle East, demographic implications, organizational behavior, and leadership approaches. His extensive experience includes working with more than 30 companies, interviewing over 700 leaders, and developing at least 3,000 leaders.
Acknowledging the vast differences found across the Arab World, Dr. Weir focuses on the principal similarities between the GCC, Levant, and Egypt, even within the GCC that exist within the business world. These areas of commonality are substantial, and he uses them to craft an engaging collection of tips that help leaders enter this part of the business world with confidence and clear direction. With the purpose of aiding potential or current business leaders who wish to succeed in the Middle East, this book is a constant companion for the senior executive.
Whether one is embarking on a senior leadership position or merely curious and a seeker of leadership knowledge, you will find 10 Tips for Leading in the Middle East to be a fascinating guide written by someone who knows firsthand the potential inside the boardroom within the corporate world of the Middle East. This audiobook immediately separates itself from theoretical texts while keeping the focus on the applicable nature of leading in the Middle East.
Opened my eyes to the many cultural and familial influences that can affect how you lead in the middle east. It also gave useful tips and strategies on how you could build effective relationships and trust in the region. The section on honor, shame, patriarchy and collectivism were very insightful, given my indovdiualistic, liberal western upbringing.
I enjoyed the content as I could relate to most of it. The author could have elaborated a bit more in a couple of topics especially describing solutions to some problems encountered in the region.
What disappointed you about 10 Tips for Leading in the Middle East?
It's very generalistic book in regards to Middle East.
Would you ever listen to anything by Dr. Tommy Weir again?
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The book was ok in regards to topic of leading, but I would not put Middle East in the heading, since it provides very general and well-known knowledge on this region and is more focused on leading as such.