Stories of Success

Turning Mistakes into Magic

Tariq Chauhan presents practical wisdom on becoming a resilient leader, earned over the course of a 30+ year business career focused on impact.

Impact Through Resilience

Tariq Chauhan · Group CEO of EFS Facilities Services · Author

Tariq Chauhan is an investor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur based in the UAE. As the Co-founder & Group CEO of EFS Facilities Services Group in Dubai, he has established himself as a prominent figure in the industry. A Harvard alumnus, he was recently named one of the most powerful businessmen in the UAE by Forbes in 2021. Additionally, Tariq holds key roles on the boards of UAE- India Business Council (UIBC) – UAE Chapter and Emerge Workforce Development Edtech Advisory.

Tariq’s impact extends to societal well-being through corporate social responsibility initiatives. Tariq’s dedication to philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors was recognized with an Honorary D.Litt. from the University of Science and Technology Meghalaya.

Praise for Getting to Resilient Mode

“I’ve known Tariq for over 12 years; first professionally and now as a friend. Throughout these years, I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing how he has led EFS to growth in the right way, as well as all the support and kindness he has shown his employees, being genuinely interested in their well-being and progress. I’ve worked with many business leaders in the Middle East, and I believe he is one of the best. He has delivered his promises and remained ambitious and inspiring in his thought leadership. I’m proud of him for how he has been able to drive his career while facing many challenges to reach this level of success.”

Khuloud Al Omian

CEO – Editor in Chief, Forbes Middle East

“From Wall Street to Sheik Zayed Road, Tariq’s journey and his real-life business experience are neatly crafted between the covers of this book. A graduate of both Harvard and the school of hard knocks, his approach to leadership is a testament to the trials and tribulations he has experienced on his colourful journey. This book is a reflection of Tariq’s self-discipline and infectious enthusiasm, but critically his empathic approach to life…all essential criteria for any leader.”

Colin Caulfield FIWFM FCIArb

Executive Director – Estates & Facilities Management

“This book is an outstanding set of life lessons that stem from Tariq’s extraordinary life. It is a manifesto of resilience, self-drive, and self-achievement shaped by his business and personal challenges. Tariq simply does not believe things cannot be done and his perseverance and grit are the hallmarks of leadership lessons so valuable today. I encourage professionals of all ages to read this.”

Mohammad A. Abunayyan

Chairman, Vision Invest

“Tariq combines his business acumen with his innate sense of empathy as he underscores the value of a People First approach. This is a great book and an invaluable resource for developing leaders for today’s talent-scarce business environment.”

Amb. Navdeep Suri

Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

Tariq Chauhan is committed to promoting worker welfare interests, and a portion of the ‘Getting to Resilient Mode’ book royalties will be dedicated to this cause.

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Impact Driven Engagement

Tariq has always believed in the grand vision of building a billion-dollar organization while incorporating the holistic good of all stakeholders. A place where his team, family and stakeholders could come together, providing opportunities to learn, grow, and be a part of an institution with long-standing sustainability.

Furthermore, he firmly stands by his principles of making an impact through proactive efforts on employee welfare, social, economic, and environmental good.

And this also brings us to his work with the Abhaar Worker Welfare Foundation. A CSR initiative of the EFS Group, spearheaded by Tariq that aims to resolves the many challenges and woes that face the unskilled and semi-skilled migrant workforce in the Gulf Region. This includes improving living and working conditions, better remunerations, holistic social needs, microfinancing and much more.

Are You Operating in Resilient Mode?

In business and in life, we measure difficulty in degrees. If it’s something we’ve faced a million times, we shrug and move through the issue. There are things that loom large in all of our minds—worst-case scenarios that we dread. Make no mistake, we cannot control the inevitability of hardships. Challenges await you the same as they do everyone else. So, how prepared are you to meet what is coming down the pike?
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