“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re probably right.” ~ Henry ford
Business has entered a new era and its name is Industry 4.0. With tremendous growth from digitalization, the world is seeing, and expected to see, much more automation for everyday tasks and the connection of more and more systems. In Kuwait, the Power and Automation industry covers a large market from generating electricity, to transmission, through to end applications. Most people interact with equipment from ABB, one of the largest and most innovative companies in the world, yet they probably aren’t even aware how many ABB patent-products are in their home or office!
As the Country Managing Director of ABB Kuwait, and CEO of ABB England Technologies KSCC, Paul Dennis shares his excitement working for the company instrumental in bringing electricity to the country back in the 1950s and the company that is involved today in expanding Kuwait’s power grid, the new causeway bridge, the expansion of the avenues mall, new airport, as well as the new refinery and clean fuel projects. All in all, ‘life is quite busy!’ says Dennis smiling. ‘Here are two quick fun facts about ABB: the runway lights at the airport are controlled by an ABB system and our oldest daily working piece of equipment is a transformer from 1964!’ Friendly, patient and focused Dennis’ thoughts on leadership stem from his early beginnings in business. ‘Working on the shop floor made me realize people only gave their best to managers they respected’. Helping other people find success and grow their talent is what motivates Dennis the most in his professional life.
Having traveled through Africa and Cambodia, Dennis has seen firsthand the devastating effects of poverty and the need for innovative solutions to world issues. It has also helped him form his definition of success, which is to ‘be happy with yourself and what you have achieved’. But he knows his own achievements go hand in hand with the support of his family, most especially his wife who gave up her first career in the medical industry to allow them to travel with his job and retrained as a teacher so their family could have greater flexibility.
Originally from Wales, Dennis has lived and worked overseas for the last 15 years across Europe, Asia and the Middle East; he sees himself living in the US one day, just to try it out. The person who has been one of Dennis’ greatest sources of inspiration is, believe it or not, the man behind the Cadbury Egg, John Cadbury. ‘He built a lasting legacy on helping his workforce at a time when many people lived in extreme poverty. He built modern, large houses, schools and community facilities for his workers. He truly understood the meaning of teamwork’.
Dennis quips that while his childhood dream of becoming James Bond unfortunately never worked out, he has got to travel and drive fast cars so he is kind of living the dream! But even better than the fantastic things that happen to men of mystery, Dennis believes that ‘when people trust each other and collaborate, fantastic things happen’. That is the best kind of dream for the world today.