A Conversation with Dr. Andrew Lee
Sharon McGowan: What have your first activities been as the new president of CfHP in AMEA?
Andrew Lee: We have begun to explore a number of client projects in Singapore, India, Nigeria and in the UAE with private sector companies across a range of industries, as well as with government agencies that support the growth of entrepreneurship and enterprise in their countries.
SM: What do you see as your target market?
AL: The core market in the Middle East is the traditional oil-based companies, particularly those looking to diversify into new energy sectors, along with finance, real estate and tourism. The Middle East is planning for the time when the oil runs out and is aiming to develop a knowledge-based economy. We'll be helping them move in that direction by facilitating the difficult conversations that could otherwise paralyze their businesses. We'll help them broaden the range of their conversations, which in turn leads to new thinking and new ideas.
Whatever the business, we recognize that an organization can only be as effective as its senior team. We'll work with senior executives to make more proactive, data-driven decisions and ensure the right leadership is in place to develop and carry out high-performance strategies. This is particularly important in a region with such a diversity of cultures, languages and personal backgrounds.
SM: What led you to join CfHP as president for AMEA?
AL: I'm particularly interested in leadership, strategy and organizational culture, and they all come together in CfHP. Having worked with CfHP for 10 years, I know how helpful it can be in getting senior teams to work together, focus their corporate strategies and then execute those strategies through a high-performing organization.
SM: Will you be using CfHP techniques such as surveys on high performance and ADVANCEs™ for the leadership teams?
AL: Absolutely. As part of the CfHP team I will use all of the methods that my colleagues have developed. I'll also look for ways to work with clients that are tailored to the region and our clients' needs. Every business faces its own special challenges, but the core work of leading an organization is essentially the same all over. CfHP's global research has demonstrated that there are three crucial contributors to high performance: valuing people, optimizing critical thinking and seizing opportunities. That holds true whether the organization is in New York or London or Dubai.
For more information, or to discuss working with CfHP in Africa, Middle East and Asia please contact Dr. Andrew Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org