Discipline and Focus Matters in Growth!

Abdulhusain-Mohamed-Tejani Abdulhussain Muhammed Tejani (Dubai, UAE) is a Change Architect in Leadership and HR and has been involved in many capacities in the community and through pro bono work with youths. Presently, he is the Chief People Officer in Leadership and HR at People Matter, and an accredited Trainer for the Human Capital Institute (US).

Human Resources Vice President focused on designing and delivering effective people management, talent development and workforce planning strategies to create a high-performance culture. Built a 24-year career encompassing HR and Learning and development directorships within global healthcare, banking, education, petroleum, market research and information companies covering the MENA region.

Effectively led pre and post-merger initiatives to integrate and harmonise HR personnel, systems and functions. Developed trust and credibility of the HR function, embedding processes and systems within wider business strategy and monitoring their operational impact. A key influencer and change agent who skilfully liaises with board-level executives, senior management and business unit heads in securing commitment to change management initiatives, as well as policy and procedure implementation. An engaging and inspirational leader adept at coaching, mediating and resolving employee relations issues. Experienced in modernising compensation and benefits structures, as well as establishing strategic partnerships to aid people development and the accomplishment of overarching business objectives.

Organisation Design and Restructure People Management Talent Development HR Strategy Workforce Planning Recruitment & Selection Change Management Employee Relations Compensation & Benefits Industrial Relations Training & Development Mediation, Negotiation, Dispute Resolution Project Management Policies and Procedures Development Performance Management




hen you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That is what the storm is all about.
One of the most agonising storms of my life came to me at school, albeit seemingly insignificant, at the tender age of 15. It is one that I carry today and share extensively in my training sessions.
In school, one was allowed to participate in four sporting events during the sports day. A scrawny younger version of myself had surprisingly won the Discus, Shot Put and the Javelin contests. The last event I chose was the 100-meter race – a sport that I was decent at, but there were others way better than me. I was aiming for the Athlete of the Year trophy, which was accorded to someone who won all four events or garnered the highest number of points over four disciplines.
I was competing with a nimble-footed young man called Apoorva who was also in the race for the athlete of the year, and it would be decided by whoever finished ahead of the other.
The day arrived with me having prepared with manic practice and a determination to win.
I started the race with a bang. I knew I had a decent lead at around the 60m mark and was very pleased with myself.

Then I made the sacrilegious mistake of looking back to see how far behind the rest were. That ended up costing me the race and the Athlete of the Year award. I ended up 4th in the race with Apoorva finishing way ahead of me. A great natural athlete he was!
The fact that I am talking about it today showcases how deeply it affected me and became a watershed moment in my journey towards reflecting, learning and changing for the better.
It hurt a lot at the time but looking back that was a great place for me to fail for life is merciless in the real world. I never forgot that lesson. Focus is essential.
You have to indulge in doing and being what 99% of the world will not do and to get the outcome that only 1% get. Everyone’s goal is different – mine was and has always been to become a better version of myself. It is a daunting journey to undertake and one that I will pursue till my last breath.
I try very hard to let each rub of life polish me as opposed to allowing it to push me down. I believe a boy becomes a man when he masters the art of discipline.

My job is not to make others believe I am perfect. My job is to discover the extent of my imperfection and continuously better it.
Discipline and Focus Matters in Growth!

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