We recently had a chance to interview Abbas Said, Founder and CEO of Strategic Horizons Consulting, who has more than 19 years of expertise in the field of consulting. He has been working with multiple businesses in different sectors, where he has been associated with developing and implementing creative and innovative ideas to enhance growth.
Moreover, Abbas Said is quite passionate about using the vast possibilities of AI in solving complicated business issues and bringing assured success to the client’s business too! Let’s learn more about his journey through this interview below.
Start Of This Journey
We were interested to learn how Abbas started his career and which path led him to the present position. So we asked, “Which career path led you to where you are today?”
Abbas shared, “My career path as an entrepreneur began with a solid foundation in business management, followed by diverse experiences in various roles and industries. Working with one of the top ten worldwide contracting companies in Saudi Arabia, I gained essential skills and knowledge that prepared me for the business consultancy sector.
This broad exposure helped me identify the need for innovative approaches in the industry, leading to the founding of Strategic Horizons Consulting. My curiosity, passion for problem-solving, and commitment to staying ahead of trends have been key drivers of my success, along with invaluable support and mentorship from industry professionals.”
“What inspired you to develop the idea of your company?”
He replied, “The idea for Strategic Horizons Consulting was born out of my passion for helping businesses navigate the complexities of today’s global economy and address the challenges they face in adapting to market changes, new technologies, and fostering innovation.
I saw a need for a consultancy that offered strategic guidance and innovative solutions across various sectors. This led to the creation of Strategic Horizons Consulting, with a mission to empower businesses through our expertise in business resolution, consultancy, and AI solutions. Our diverse team of experts and partners allow us to provide tailored, cutting-edge solutions, enabling clients to stay ahead of the competition and achieve sustainable success.”
Priorities Of The Business
Businesses adopt specific strategies while forming and may change their priorities while evolving. We asked, “How have your priorities in terms of business evolved since you first started?”
Abbas shared, “My priorities have evolved from establishing a solid foundation and building a strong reputation for focusing on continuous improvement, staying current with technological advancements, fostering collaborative company culture, and embracing social responsibility and sustainability. Adapting to the changing needs of our clients and the market has been crucial in our company’s growth and success.”
Challenges and Keys To Overcome Them
It is inevitable to run a business without experiencing specific challenges. The important part is how the team handles and overcomes the challenging situation. So we asked, “What are the most challenging situations your company overcomes?”
He replied, “The most challenging situations we face include adapting to rapid technological advancements, meeting diverse client needs, managing growth and scalability, navigating economic and market uncertainties, and balancing innovation with risk.
Despite these challenges, our commitment to delivering exceptional value and results for our clients remains our top priority, and we continuously learn, adapt, and push ourselves to overcome these obstacles and drive our company’s success.”
“What’s the key strength to overcome challenges?”
“Our key strength lies in our ability to adapt and evolve, supported by strong leadership, a collaborative and skilled team, a client-centric approach, embracing innovation, and fostering resilience and perseverance. These factors enable us to navigate challenges
effectively and continue driving success for our clients and our company.” Abbas Said replied
Unique Features Of The Company
Every business has unique features, and we were intrigued to learn the features that make Strategic Horizons Consulting different from others. We asked, “What makes your company stand out from other businesses in your industry?”
Abbas shared, “Our company stands out due to our holistic approach to problem-solving, focus on innovation and technology, diverse expertise, client-centric approach, agility and adaptability, and emphasis on delivering tangible results. These factors combined make Strategic Horizons Consulting a unique player in the industry, helping us consistently deliver exceptional value to our clients.”
KPIs To Measure Success
Different KPIs can measure the success of any business. We asked, “What KPIs do you use to measure your business success?”
“We measure our business success through various KPIs, including client satisfaction, project success rate, revenue growth, employee retention and satisfaction, new client acquisition, client retention rate, operational efficiency, and return on investment. By monitoring these KPIs, we can evaluate the overall health and success of our business, identify areas for growth and improvement, and ensure we continue to deliver exceptional value to our clients,” he replied
We wanted to learn about the present services of the company. So we asked, “Tell us about your services and current projects.”
Abbas Said shared, “Our services focus on business strategy consulting, AI solutions, process optimization, change management, and industry-specific consultancy. In addition, we provide a state-of-the-art measure of flourishing to promote employee well-being. In other words, to ensure an organization is ready to take its employee well-being to the next level, our role is to provide evidence-based tools and resources to strengthen this employee.”
He further shared, “Currently, we’re working on projects such as implementing AI-driven predictive analytics in healthcare, developing an AI-powered automation system for an HR department that is part of a big institution, assisting a retail chain with AI-driven inventory management, and deploying AI-powered predictive maintenance for a manufacturing firm.”
Building Trust And Bonding With Employees
For the success of any business, it is essential to build bonds and trust with the entire team. So we asked, “How do you build trust with employees and boost productivity without causing burnout?”
He shared, “We build trust and boost productivity without causing burnout by fostering open communication, setting clear expectations and goals, empowering employees with autonomy, promoting work-life balance, recognizing and rewarding accomplishments, investing in professional development, and encouraging team building and collaboration.”
Adapting To the Latest Technologies
To show the best performance, a business must adapt to all the fresh trends and technology. We asked, “How do you stay on top of new technologies and trends in your industry?”
He shared, “Staying on top of new technologies and trends in our industry is crucial to maintaining a competitive edge and ensuring our clients receive the best possible solutions, but at Strategic Horizons Consulting, we employ several strategies to stay informed and up-to-date with the latest advancements by regularly reviewing industry research and reports, attending conferences and events, participating in online communities, investing in continuous learning and development, forming strategic partnerships, and promoting internal innovation initiatives.”
Advice To Beginner Entrepreneurs
Fresh entrepreneurs will find it encouraging to listen to advice from successful business owners. So we asked, “What advice would you give starting entrepreneurs?”
Abbas Said shared, “For starting entrepreneurs, we recommend being passionate about your idea, developing a solid business plan, conducting thorough market research, being prepared to adapt and pivot, building a strong team, focusing on customer satisfaction, managing finances wisely, networking and building relationships, prioritizing marketing, and branding, and embracing failure as a learning opportunity.”
Connect with Abbas Said on LinkedIn.
Find Strategic Horizons Consulting at http://www.strategic-horizons-consulting.com