Day in the Life: Mohamed Amer of Xerox
We join Mohamed Amer, vice president and regional manager at Xerox as he shares how he spends his day at work
Mohamed Amer is the vice president and region general manager of Xerox in the Middle East and Africa, where he is responsible for managing the regions’ operations, business growth and strategy development. Amer began his career with Xerox Corporation in Alexanderia, Egypt in 1999. His 20-year technology and document management industry experience adds value to company’s operations and to the region.
TIMELINE: 2nd June, 2019
I usually wake up at around 7 am but often, I go through a couple of snoozes. One thing I definitely need to be better at is sleeping.
It takes me approximately 25 to 45 min to reach the office by car. Thankfully, I have WAZE, a live GPS application that provides fastest route to work.
I reach the office at around 8:30 and the very first thing I do is get my morning coffee. I love my morning coffee. It’s like my daily ritual that somehow prepares me for the day ahead. After that, I open my calendar to see what meetings I have and plan my day accordingly.
I prioritise my tasks in a couple of different ways. I would have some pre-planned meetings/calls from the beginning of the year and some ad-hoc meetings or calls that are also planned in advance. In fact, there are always urgent matters that need immediate attention. Such tasks go on the very top of my priority list.
My favourite part is the fact that my job is never boring. It could be stressful and demanding but it is never boring. I deal with different business partners across 85 countries. The difference in cultures, habits, and geopolitical environments is challenging in many ways but also enjoyable and fulfilling.
The qualities that I believe are essential for this specific role are ability to handle multicultural environment, risk mitigation and management, business transformation and change management as well as the qualities that you need to be a successful leader in general.
I always like to evaluate the effort versus the benefit of every task. This is a good strategy that helps me prioritize and allocate the proper time to the tasks that will generate the higher ROI. One task that is always a priority is any task that impacts the end customer.
I’m not religious about lunch time, and sometimes I’ll go the whole day without one. If I’m free, I would take it midday and probably for a maximum of 20 minutes. I like to use this time to unwind and NOT think about work.
There are short term business KPIs which need to be met every month, quarter and year. These are the long term KPIs are objectives and strategic plans that need to be measured. We follow the same rigor to measure short term results and long-term results. Both objectives can’t be achieved without having the team engaging and believing in the vision.
Sometimes, I can spend an entire day moving from one task to the other, especially if there is an urgent matter that needs to be dealt with right away. Otherwise, I typically check in with my schedule early afternoon to make sure I am on track.
It is VERY important. That is what I call my “ME” time and it helps me remain sane and distress. I like to work out every day when I can, but it is not always achievable considering that I am constantly travelling.
Besides exercising, simply going home and spending some time with my family is the best thing that helps me unwind.
I usually go to bed at 12 am and sometimes even later. I would love to be able to sleep early but I always have responsibilities to meet.