24 hours with Youssef Abillama, CEO of MMG
Maintenance Management Group CEO Youssef Abillama on a typical workday
Youssef Abillama, CEO of Maintenance Management Group, tells fmME about his working day.
6am: An early start to the day. Some breathing and yoga meditation exercise
6:30am: An hour of Pilates at home with Andree, my personal coach
8:30am: Arrive at the office
8:37am: Stand up for the 10-minute daily huddle — this is where all five MMG senior managers in Lebanon give a 2-3 minute briefing about achievements from the previous day and what’s coming up
9am: Take a tour round the office and chat with the team. I do this as much as possible when I am in Lebanon
9:30am: Back at my desk to check emails — being on the Mac rather than the Blackberry makes life much easier! Check on nearly 50 emails that have come in since I was travelling. I skim through them and flag the ones I need to respond to later. I return some calls and organise my weekly agenda
10:30am: Skype call with my regional manager for Syria, Iskandar Moussa. Obviously, we are closely watching the situation, but pleased to hear that business is growing even in these difficult times
11:00am: Long call with a potential client asking for clarifications on our proposal. Fingers firmly crossed we will be awarded the contract!
11:25am: Call from our general manager at MMG Emirates, Hussein Abbas, to say we renewed an existing strategic contract
12:00pm: Meet with the group finance manager, Anita Chamoun, in advance of her vacation. Ensure everything is covered in her absence
1:00pm: Quick lunch with Ronald Diab, managing director of our sister company EEG (Energy Efficiency Group)
2:15pm: Join the weekly MMG Lebanon meeting, where heads of departments check on the seven KPIs and follow up on the quarterly objectives and the corrective measures being taken
3:30pm: Return a call from MEFMA in Dubai about details for the next KSA MEFMA conference to be held on October 2; MMG is excited to be sponsoring it
4:00pm: Interview candidate for a vacancy for a senior management role at MMG Emirates
7:25pm: Finally leave the office after ensuring everything is switched off
9:30pm: Head out for dinner with my wife and friends
12:30am: Back home, final check of emails, and then head to bed at last!