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Leading the High-Energy Culture by David Casullo

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CHAPTER 2

Remember the “Who That You Are”

That we should know ourselves means that we should know our souls.

—SOCRATES, GREEK PHILOSOPHER

Ra’ad Siraj, currently the managing director and chief technology officer of The Boston Company Asset Management, grew up as the son of a Saudi Arabian diplomat. As a result, his family raised him in a variety of countries—Lebanon, Egypt, Italy, Switzerland, and England as well as Saudi Arabia—each with its own language, culture, and values (much like every organization). When living in Saudi Arabia, he was struck by how different the experience was from what he experienced in other nations. “There was no feeling of being in control,” he says. “There was a sense that you exist at the whim of those in power.” ...

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