Strategic thinking and long walks in dubai

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  • 1. Strategic Thinking and a Long Walk in The Outskirts of Dubai Nov. 2012  Long walks are extremely stimulating, indeed for strategic thinking.  You get the sense of distance and time, perseverance, exploration, and direct interaction with the environment. This is more so when you are walking alone.  Million ideas just pop into your head. When you are walking you get to see things and details you do not notice while driving. It is also great for recharging. Dr. Sweid - A long walk in Dubai Nov. 2012
  • 2. When you aim for a specific remote destination, some 2 – 3 hours walkingdistance away, then you get the real sense and practice of setting challenginggoals and reaching them.* Photo: A new perspective of Dubai metro station and a small district of the city. Dr. Sweid - A long walk in Dubai Nov. 2012
  • 3. Now to the Actual Walk I took a two hours walk alone in the outskirts of Dubai. It was a Friday. The weather in November is quite nice, pinned around 30 degrees C. It is even more gorgeous in December with lower temperatures. I set a target and took off at around 9AM in the morning. I took shortcuts and walked for over an hour in the sand; I was alone in the open desert space. The rest was along pedestrian lanes. I was immersed totally in my environment. I saw lizards for the first time in Dubai. Dr. Sweid - A long walk in Dubai Nov. 2012
  • 4. I started out here.Dr. Sweid - A long walk in Dubai Nov. 2012
  • 5. On my way. An Unusual scene in the outskirts of Dubai: Towers and thehuman factor: laundry. Dr. Sweid - A long walk in Dubai Nov. 2012
  • 6. I was walking for over an hour in the sand and the quiet in the backdrop of the motorways. There were some tire marks but also some foot prints, including mine. I noticed suddenly different prints so I had to take this photo. Possibly a bird or lizard was there before me! I am doing my strategic assessment and research, and I notice other players in this market! This is the detailed research neededDr. Sweid - A long walk in Dubai Nov. 2012 for strategy.
  • 7. I am getting closer to mydestination, but it stillneeds some effort andsweat. There is a lot to seeand discover. Dr. Sweid - A long walk in Dubai Nov. 2012
  • 8. Still walking: I am getting very close to the shopping mall, i.e. my destination Dr. Sweid - A long walk in Dubai Nov. 2012
  • 9. I had to take this snap: There was only desert here in the past! You can still see the sand. Key to the green setting is the power. This is also possibly the vision. Dr. Sweid - A long walk in Dubai Nov. 2012
  • 10. I reached my final destinationafter two hours on foot , i.e. IbnBattuta Mall .I had a coffee and rested. Dr. Sweid - A long walk in Dubai Nov. 2012
  • 11. Taking the metro back. I felt like I came from outer space after this long stroll in the outskirts of Dubai. Mission accomplishedDr. Sweid - A long walk in Dubai Nov. 2012
  • 12. About the AuthorDr. Stephen Sweid is a business consultant, researcher and trainer with over 20 years consulting experience on the international scene: Europe, USA, Middle East and Far East. He has involved as expert in technical assistance projects of international organizations, such as UNDP, UNIDO, World Bank, European Commission etc, as well as in consulting projects commissioned by multinationals. He is member of a number of international professional research and consulting societies. He is currently active in the UAE, UK, and other locations. His consultancy focuses on strategic issues, business development, Innovation and Marketing. Profile on Linkedin.Email: sweidsm@gmail.com web: http://www.cinnosys.com Dr. Sweid - A long walk in Dubai Nov. 2012