As someone both adept at management and leadership in business environments, I have a number of goals that will help me achieve the excellence that I desire in my career. Within five years, I have several goals in particular to meet: I wish to gain my EMBA in Business in order to assert myself as a much more viable and qualified business professional at my current employer, the Distributor of Honda in Kuwait. I currently manage 5 centers and a 32 member sales team; I wish to expand that influence into a greater set of regional responsibilities, as well as expand by business by at least 40% in the next 5 years. In the long term, my main goal is to become a major executive at one of the major car distributors in Dubai, Doha or Kuwait, whether it be with Honda, or another large, worldwide corporation. I wish to become an authority on the worldwide automotive industry, with the responsibilities and challenges inherent to that position. I am very passionate about my work selling cars and maintaining the efficacy and continued survival of Honda at this stage and would like to expand my ability to do so as far as I possibly can.
In order to achieve these long term goals, I will need a significant upgrade to my skill set. I have managed companies for 14 years; my experience is vast. However, as times change, so does the way business is conducted; the increasing influence of the internet and social media, as well as rising globalization has made it necessary for managers, like myself, to step outside their purview and know what is going on with their industry half way around the globe. Whether I am in Dubai, Doha or Kuwait, I may still need to know how the auto industry on a global scale is faring as it has direct and dramatic consequences on my own business. To that end, I will need to learn how to update and modernize my management and leadership skills, mostly in regards to how best to communicate over great distances and maintain contact with my personnel. Business strategies have also changed greatly, and I wish to keep up with the rapidly changing and interconnected auto industry. Finding was to better introduce and incorporate hybrid cars into our fleet would be a laudable goal, given their increasing importance in the global marketplace; learning how best to market those new vehicles and manage operations toward facilitating that goal is another part of my skill set that needs to be updated.
I wholeheartedly believe that I can learn all these skills and more at the Hult International Business School. The school has always been highly ranked by The Economist and The Financial Times; its ranking as the top school for percentage increase in salary increase and diversity of recruiters is of particular interest to me, as I am always looking for an increase in personal income. In addition, being ranked first in international experience very much appealed to my need to further globalize my business acumen and become familiar with the increasingly small world of business. The school’s high profile can help me network and make connections with a wide variety of similarly-minded professional, which can lead to the expansion of my customer base and open me up to new strategies and ways of thinking. The highly-accredited and qualified instructors and speakers there already contain the knowledge and forward-thinking initiative that I passionately seek to bring into my own workplace. The campus’ ideal location in the city of Dubai, the business hub of the Middle East, is yet another motivator for my determination to pursue my EMBA at Hult International Business School. This city is where I grew up and my parents currently (and conveniently) reside; also, this location offers the much-desired opportunity to study in London. In fact, all of these factors contribute to my great desire to work hard and earn my EMBA at one of the best international business schools in the world.
While I plan to study hard in the EMBA program, my 14 years in high-stress business management and development activities have taught me the importance of balancing my work and personal lives; adding my studies to that end will be little problem. Having so many responsibilities and duties over the years, I have learned a great deal about time management – something I will be very much focused on as I add this new experience to my life. I have a very supporting and loving wife; she very much understands my need to excel (as well as the potential increased income it provides for our family) and we are both sure to make time for each other within the confines of our respective busy schedules. I also have a boy, who is a year and a half already, and is a constant source of pride. In a couple of months, we are expecting our second child (a girl), which brings a new set of challenges and joys I eagerly await. They are true inspirations to me, and they keep me working hard to provide for them and to make them proud. I plan on incorporating studying into both my work and personal time equally; my family and my work colleagues all know of my intentions to earn my EMBA, and we are willing to set aside the time needed to place the appropriate focus on my studies. I am very thankful for the support that people on both sides of my work/home have for me, and they will be immensely helpful in keeping me in a productive mindset, both in school and at work.