The Shami File Featured

8:00pm EDT August 26, 2009

Born: Beit Ur, Jerusalem

What was your first job?

Teaching English as a second language in Jerusalem

What has been your most difficult leadership challenge, and how did you overcome it?

Fast growth — by hiring the best people I can find

If you couldn’t have your current job, what job would you want?

The president of the United States of America; the country would be the richest country in the world. We would not be in debt.

What would you do as president?

I would encourage business. I will stop this importation and bring jobs back … and give incentives to every company that brings the jobs back to the United States of America.

Shami on innovation: Whatever the system is, break the system and improve the system. Make it more efficient. That’s innovation to me. You have to have a vision to see where we are going. You’ve got to know where you are and where you are going. That’s really where you get inspired. You’ll have the vision for that. Vision should always be innovating something.

Shami on ideas: I don’t think there are bad ideas. Always think, ‘Is it time for it?’ Sometimes the idea is good, but it’s just not time for it. All ideas are good in my opinion. Even if the idea is not practical, it’s a good idea we know does not work.