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Sam El Barouki serves as Director of Client Relations for Polaris Energy.

Important Skills for Effective Leadership

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Sam Barouki is currently pursuing a doctor of business administration with an emphasis in international business and expects to receive his degree in 2014. To prepare for his future career in business, Sam Barouki works on developing his leadership skills.

Research has shown that the most effective leaders are transformational leaders; in other words, people who are positive and inspire and empower their subordinates and followers. To become a transformational leader, you should strive to develop the following skills and traits:

1. Be Passionate: Effective leaders show genuine passion for their work, which in turn inspires others to work hard. Leaders should also recognize and praise that same passion in their employees.

2. Communicate Effectively: All communication should express sincerity, both verbally and nonverbally. Leaders should find time to talk and listen to their subordinates one on one and encourage open lines of communication.

3. Recognize and Reward Hard Work: Show your employees that you appreciate them by recognizing and rewarding their hard work. Happy employees are productive employees.

4. Stay Positive: Even when things aren’t going great, leaders must stay positive to keep workers inspired. Remember: the leader sets the tone for the entire group.


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April 28, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Philadelphia Eagles Evaluate Wide Receiver Picks for 2014 NFL Draft

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A Ph.D. candidate and former bank manager, Sam Barouki focuses his studies on international business. In his spare time, Sam Barouki enjoys following professional sports, including the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Philadelphia Eagles’ 2014 season will feature both home and away games with the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, and New York Giants. They will also play a home game against the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and an away game against the Green Bay Packers. Against these teams, the Eagles need to step up their passing attack.

The Eagles’ general manager, Howie Roseman, recently emphasized this point in describing the team’s approach to the 2014 NFL draft, where coaches will search for a good wide receiver. Roseman said the Eagles need a receiver who can be consistent in actually catching the ball as well as running after the catch. Soft hands and good hand-eye coordination should help. Mike Evans of Texas A&M, one of the top receivers in this year’s draft, credits his time playing basketball as a significant asset. In addition, Roseman and company will be looking for a receiver with a balance of offensive and defensive skills, especially the ability to provide blocking downfield.

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April 7, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Sam El Barouki: Well-Educated Banking Expert

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Currently a candidate for a doctor of business administration, Sam El Barouki previously attended California State University, Long Beach. He earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communications as well as his master’s degree in sports management from the University. Before he was even finished with his first graduate degree, Sam El Barouki joined Countrywide Home Loans, a division of Bank of America, in Huntington Beach, California. There, he managed over 35 employees, including loan processors and team managers. He was responsible for overseeing loan production and lending of over $20 million a month. At 25 years of age, he became the youngest branch manager in Countrywide’s history.

After four years at Bank of America, Mr. Barouki accepted a position as branch manager with Primary Residential Bank. He spent two years there before joining Polaris Energy in 2010. While at Polaris, he participated in the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF).

In his leisure hours, Sam El Barouki is a fan of professional sports, including football, baseball, and basketball. He is particularly dedicated to Philadelphia’s teams. He also spends his spare time staying on top of current news and politics, keeping a close eye on the business sector.

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March 7, 2014 at 5:40 am

Quick Ways to Motivate Your Sales Force By Sam Barouki

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Keeping a sales force motivated should be a priority in any economy. However, during periods of economic uncertainty, an enthusiastic sales force might be the difference between survival and going out of business. Here are a few simple ideas to help salespeople keep their eyes on the prize:

—Choose a limited number of goals. Salespeople tend to be busy, with many competing priorities. By choosing a few clear and ambitious yet attainable goals, the sales team will be able to rally their efforts to achieve success. Too many goals create confusion.

—Provide real-time results. CRM systems, when implemented properly, provide this kind of feedback. It may be necessary to run a mini-contest to encourage compliance, but once the sales force is on board with the benefits of these tools, your whole department will move forward in a coordinated fashion.

—Keep contests short. Depending on the behavior you are trying to encourage, contests could last from as little as one day to a couple of weeks. Certainly, contests should not run for more than a few months. The reason for this is that you want to work with the sense of urgency most salespeople have when it comes to their work.

About Sam Barouki

Accomplished sales executive Sam Barouki served as a Branch Manager for Country Home Loans from 2004 to 2009. At one point, he was the youngest branch manager in the history of the company.

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February 27, 2014 at 5:30 am

Sam El Barouki Discusses Common Football Penalties

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It is estimated that almost two-thirds of Americans watch professional football games on television, including 73 percent of men and 55 percent of women. Even though the sport is popular, many people may not know all the technicalities of the game, such as the penalties.

Sam El Barouki, currently a student pursuing his doctorate of business administration, is also an avid football fan who roots for the Philadelphia Eagles. Here Sam El Barouki shares his insight into a few of the more common football penalties.

Personal foul – A personal foul is called when one player hits an opposing player in a way that could cause serious injury. This includes helmet-to-helmet or helmet-to-head contact, hitting a player at the knees, or hitting a player when he is already out of the field of play.

Intentional grounding – This penalty is called when the quarterback throws the ball to the ground in order to avoid being tackled, and when it is apparent that there is no eligible receiver in the vicinity. The quarterback can, however, intentionally throw the ball to the sidelines or through the end zone out of bounds without incurring a penalty.

Encroachment – Encroachment occurs when a defensive player crosses the line of scrimmage and fails to return to his side before the ball is snapped by the offense. Encroachment usually incurs a five-yard penalty, which the offense can accept or decline.

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February 5, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Solar Energy Could Find New Niche in Remote Locations, By Sam Barouki

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Solar power continues to grow in both popular and economic acceptance. Industry watchers believe this alternative energy source also will gain a foothold in geographically distant locations in the coming years.

According to a recent opinion piece featured at, military installations represent a good future market for solar power. This is because U.S. bases in combat zones often are located in remote regions, which presents a number of logistical and transportation challenges. As solar power becomes increasingly mobile and easier to install, military bases may be able to reduce their reliance on fossil fuel, saving money and lives as a result. Mobile solar power systems already have seen success in tests in Afghanistan.

Remote villages throughout the world represent another huge market for solar energy in the coming decades. Despite the tremendous infrastructure advances made in China, India, and other developing nations, more than 2.3 billion people around the world still have limited or no access to electricity. Recently, mobile solar power systems were used in remote areas of Nigeria. This enabled residents to enjoy the benefits of electricity and clean water for the first time.

About Sam Barouki

A skilled business manager, Sam Barouki most recently served as Director of Client Relations for Polaris Energy, an alternative energy firm based in Milan, Italy.

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April 26, 2013 at 1:16 am

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UKSIF: Promoting Sustainability in the Financial Sector

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Sam Barouki is an international business professional with a substantial history in banking and financial advisement. He is currently completing doctorate-level graduate work in the field of business administration. Previously, he served as Director of Client Relations at Polaris Energy. While at Polaris, Sam Barouki was active with the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, or UKSIF, a membership network that promotes responsible investment and financial management in the United Kingdom and throughout the world.

Following the model established by the first social investment forum in the United States, the initial British retail ethical fund was launched in 1984. Seven years later, UKSIF had its official debut in London. Today, UKSIF is a leading force in the effort to make the UK financial sector a world leader in the advancement of green development and healthy investment practices.

The organization supports its mission by fighting for policy reform and giving its individual members the information and tools necessary to support effective business operations that are both responsible and sustainable. Its vision of a transparent and ethical financial services industry is shared by geographically focused investment partnership organizations throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and Australasia.

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April 16, 2013 at 7:02 am