#48 Maha Al Lamki - Founder & Managing Director of M Co Group of Companies. (Oman)
'Put the right person, in the right place'
The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Nicholla had the opportunity to talk with Maha Al Lamki, Founder & Managing Director of 'M Co Group of Companies in Oman. Maha Al Lamki is one of Oman’s most successful and trusted interior decorators who draws influence from the world around her. Her use of organic colours and hand-chosen fabrics from around around the world give each of her projects a unique and contemporary feel.As a businesswoman she heads m co, a group of companies that specialise in decor, events and media and digital communications as well as the rental of designer furniture for events and parties.
Inside This Episode
M Co comprises of 'M Events', an event Management company, 'M Decor', an interior design company, 'M Media', a brand communications company and 'Desert River', a high end furniture rental company. All her businesses are a result of a gap in the market she could see and too solve that problem she would start a company and find the right people to make it happen.
Maha takes us on a journey into her business, the growth and learning curve she has travelled since venturing into setting up her own businesses. She shares her early years where she studied Art and Design, married and started her family. At 41 she found herself divorced and needed to create financial stability around herself. She reveals she is Dyslexic which she felt held her back from a normal career so she took the road less travelled and started her own business. As she grew in business acumen so did her businesses and she has now carved herself a successful business making bold and creative steps in the market of Oman. Maha is a creative person at heart and enjoys working 'on the detail' and making every little part of a project she is working on, meaningful. She had some awesome nuggets of knowledge, like 'put the right person in the right place' and 'find partners and collaborators that share your vision' and 'put your lessons learnt to work in your contracts and documentation'. She shows us that entrepreneurial journeys can start at any time, we just need to believe in ourselves and take action.
'Thank you Maha for joining me on my podcast. I loved the knowledge nuggets you shared and the open and honest conversation we had. I wish you every success in your future. I can't wait to see what you do next. Keep inspiring Omani's too. :)
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey. How your particular journey into starting your own venture came about?
2. Tell us a little bit about your business(es) and your vision for your business
3. Can you give us an insight into day to day business activities? How do you organise your day and how do you prioritize?
4. How Did you get your credibility quickly?
5. How important has collaboration and partnerships been with the success of your businesses? Do you think you can had the same success without them?
6. Other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
4. Is social media a large part of your business and what tools are working for you right now?
5. Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur?
6. What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
7. What is the best piece of business advise you have ever been given? And how is that working for you right now?
8. How (if ever) did you rise above failure or struggle? What action did you take?
9. Where do you see yourself and your businesses in the next 10 years? How will they have evolved?
10. Who is your ‘go to person, book or quote’ that gets you pumped and helps you refocus when you are feeling de-motivated or low?
11. What books or resources would you encourage other women to explore to help them learn more about entrepreneurship and strategy?
12. If you could time travel back to day one of your startup and have 15min with your former self to communicate any lessons you've acquired with the intention of saving yourself mistakes and heart ache, what would you tell yourself?
13. Closing question: What advise would you give to those ladies out there that are on the edge of taking the plunge into being an entrepreneur?
Connect with Maha
M Co Group of Companies Connections Websites
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