I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Amos Yahav, D.M.D, Chairman and Founder of Augma Biomaterials Ltd. Dr. Yahav is a serial entrepreneur whose practical way of thinking, combined with creativity, has enabled him to develop a variety of efficient, professional tools, accessories, and materials for implants and the dental/oral surgical field, including the invention of “Biphasic calcium sulfate” bone cement. He also serves as an advisor for international companies in this very progressive field.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? How did you get to be where you are right now?
Dr. Yahav started his career in dentistry as a dental technician in 1984. In 1987, Dr. Yahav decided to become a dental surgeon and graduated with a D.M.D degree in 1992. After graduation, Dr. Yahav opened a private clinic limited to implant dentistry and oral rehabilitation. During his early days as a clinician Dr. Yahav always sought to improve dental care with his patients’ needs in mind. Dr. Yahav spent the next 15 years in research and development, creating the first patented bone graft cement that has become a disruptive breakthrough in the dental and maxillofacial field, providing patients with less invasive procedures and relieving them from pain and trauma, all while regenerating their own bone mass with far better results than any other existing materials.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? How did this quality help you overcome obstacles on the path of becoming an influential and inspiring leader?
Dr. Yahav is a charismatic, talkative person who likes to engage in conversation, while always maintaining positive energy and a down-to-earth approach with anyone he comes in contact with. Through the years, Dr. Yahav’s leadership qualities have been a significant influence as he has helped many patients and doctors achieve their goals. These qualities were also part of the reason Dr. Yahav was successful in creating an international company.
What does it mean to be mentally-strong in the hyper-competitive world of running a business or an organization?
Dr. Yahav believes that everything in life starts with a vision and passion for succeeding. He firmly believes that one must be mentally strong as there are so many obstacles and difficulties in life that, unless you are not passionate about what you are doing, there is no way to succeed. Along the way, many mistakes can be made, but one must be laser-focused on the end target goal and insist on never giving up.
A lot of people in the business world feel as if talking about mental health makes them appear weak. How do you feel about showing mental strength and setting an example of what it takes to have the strong mental stamina to succeed?
Showing mental strength is a necessary prerequisite to lead your team to follow you and implement your vision. Mental toughness is also crucial through hard times and difficult and challenging situations. Otherwise, your team will scatter and look for other options.
Is there a particular person, a book, or place of wisdom that has inspired you to become a successful and mentally-strong leader?
Dr. Yahav has been inspired by inventors and leaders in their fields such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffet.C
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