A conscious decision at the right time turned his career journey around, before he turned quite a few companies around. Alvin Thomas meets Dr BabySam Samuel, the man of many awesome profiles, to learn the art of being a sought-after company doctor.
Businessman and inventor Thomas Edison – famed for inventing the electric bulb among several other feats – once advised: “There is no substitute for hard work.” Of course, his achievements speak for it.
And my interviewee this week, Dr BabySam Samuel, appears to be following that very motto. His intention is to make a difference at his workspace, while also positively impacting those directly associated with him.
But his roles do not end there – and his CV alone can fill up this interview space. Here are just a few of the key positions he currently fulfils: He is the general manager of InterTech LLC, business designer and organisation mentor for Trifoil Advertising & Publishing SAOC and Adventz, director and board member of Knowledge Oman, director in charge of the Centre for Special Education, and business mentor and turnaround consultant for a few other reputed companies.
Talking about where it all started, Dr BabySam says: “Some decisions I look back at were conscious choices, but I think that they have positively impacted my whole career journey.
“After completing my studies, I got a very irresistible offer from a leading pharmaceutical company. But I rejected it, solely because I was inclined towards information technology and IT firms. And I had to have a long, four-month wait for a job.”
Since then, he has come a long way – and endured the peaks and troughs of his career. His journey to Oman (in 2004) was initially intended to be for two years, but with a wide smile on his face, he says: “Now it’s been 14 years here.”
Talking about his work as a turnaround consultant in Oman, the gold award-winning turnaround consultant says: “A turnaround consultant is someone who understands that time is of essence. Rapid action is key to a business. If you look at the big boys in the league, they will all have undergone a transformational phase of turnaround at some point or the other.
“Every organisation tends to fall sick, and a turnaround consultant is nothing but a company doctor. What it does is he or she understands the issue, analyses it and learns the root cause.
“Then we have to create an action plan to stop the bleed. It is important to make a short-term plan. This is to stabilise cash flow. Then you must create a long-term action plan to have a process-driven system in place and ensure that there is sustainable growth before your handover to the next leader.”
He then goes on to give tips to young entrepreneurs. “Draw your plan first, then do your SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis.
“For that, however, you need to know what you’re good at and what you do not know as well.You need to have a vision: Start small but aim high.
“You need to be trying for attaining market leadership but you need to start small. Take risks too, but do not gamble. You need to have different permutations and combinations on a particular scenario before taking up complicated situations.”
Albeit, Dr BabySam hasn’t forgotten his roots. He has been instrumental in the setting up of two initiatives – Anjappam (a social enterprise food aid project) and Little Hearts Charitable Trust – in Kerala, India.
“I do not see social initiative engagements as a duty but as a lifelong process that every individual should be involved in.
“Little Hearts is a project close to my heart. The trust has been registered and the land has been acquired. The whole concept is to have homes for children who have been deprived of them,” he says, in a heavy tone.
It is this devotion towards the community that has led to Dr BabySam’s taking on the role of director in charge of the Centre of Special Education – which takes care of disabled children – in the Sultanate.
For more on Dr BabySam Samuel, check out our video interview on Facebook.
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