Dr. Saleh Al Hashemi, CEO of Algorythma and managing director of Krypto Labs
What brought you to Algorythma?
I like to create. If I believe I can build something, I do it. And working with like-minded enthusiastic people keeps me going. So instead of remaining idle, we started Algorythma, to push the limits facing humanity. Algorythma attempts to push through negative assumptions and obstacles. It’s a factory for products and ideas that can disrupt industries, with the ultimate goal of inspiring and affecting one billion lives.
What about your job makes you get out of bed each day?
That I can impact and inspire people is what excites me.
What inspires you to be a good leader?
Seeing organisations expand, facilitating growth for my colleagues, and seeing things around me improve encourage me to try my best, with a frim belief that all else will follow.
What makes for a successful business?
You have to know what you’re selling, and you have to create value. Instead of waiting to be the disrupted, why not be the disruptor? I also believe that a good-old fashioned execution plan will always keep you ahead, because it is vital to think ahead and plan accordingly.
Are there practices you instil in your team to help deliver performance?
I encourage communication and discussion across all levels regardless of their position or title. I truly believe that this is a major enabler in improving productivity and innovation, driving successful businesses forward. I also have a firm belief in ‘getting out of the box’. Thinking out of the box is one of the biggest challenges we face and I encourage everyone to pave their own road away from the herd.
Advice for someone starting out in a leadership role?
Experts have ‘know-how’ because they know themselves, their weaknesses, and receive feedback in subtle ways. They always seek feedback, and they make sure to work on it.
Advice you would give to your 18-year old self?
Don’t smoke. And experience as much of life as possible, even by working on what I’m not good at. I’d experience more and more of what’s outside of my comfort zone, because if there’s anything I’ve learnt since being 18, it’s that you will never know how good or bad you are at anything until you try it.
How do you relax and switch off from work?
By reading things unrelated to the industries I’m involved with, usually fiction.
What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?
I try to listen to children because they inspire me. Children are uninhibited. They don’t think inside the box. In that sense, they are limitless, and to continue moving forward, on a personal and professional scale, I take the time to listen to them.
Quote to live your life by?
Don’t waste a second. Always do something. Even resting is doing.