Brands are ubiquitous. There is hardly a category in our overly complicated lives where brands do not play an important role – one far more important than we are perhaps willing or able to admit. It’s a bit like art. We can all say whether something appeals to us, but it is far more difficult to say exactly why.
Dan Adams of the Daniel Adams Company says a brand “…is a set of ideas and associations that exists in the mind. A product or service exists only when we see it, or use it. If hearing the name, or seeing its symbol triggers a set of associations, it is a brand. Otherwise it’s just a product.Read More
Ever wonder why Pakistan cricket is always in such a mess? Well, the reasons are too numerous for a short article such as this so we’ll look at two key positions– the captain and the coach.
We corporate-wallas are familiar with all the leadership mantras that come our way on a daily basis and so we know that the critical attributes required to run cricket affairs are sorely lacking. Almost without fail, the captaincy goes to the ‘senior-most’ player, whether he has the capability or not.Read More
Many people believe that creativity is inborn and only a chosen few are creative. While it is true that creativity is inborn, it is not true that only a chosen few are creative. Everyone is born creative. In the process of growing up, educating yourself and adapting yourself to your environment, you slowly add blocks to your creativity and forget that you had it in the first place. The difference between a creative person and a person who is not so creative is not in the creativity that they were born with but in the creativity that they have lost. How can you enhance your creative ability? One possible way is to observe the habits of creative people, identify the ones that you feel will work for you and then make a plan to cultivate them. Here are 16 habits of creative people. If you cultivate some of them, you will feel an increase in your level of creativity. In the process, you will also feel tickled by life!Read More
Understanding the heart of leadership communication – and being able to effectively manage ‘emotion- driven' communication – is a key to leadership success today. It is fundamental to what we now call Emotional Intelligence.
I’d like to tell you about two boys in a schoolyard. These boys had a dispute, as schoolboys - and girls - can do. One of the boys wanted to play the game one way and the other disagreed; he wanted to play it his way. One of the boys said something about the other boy which then upset the other boy and so there was a certain amount of verbal retaliation before they took it to the next level - and stopped talking. Now,
It’s a theme I keep harping on over and over, and not just with regard to career development: take responsibility for your life and then see how things happen for you. But since this publication has much to do with the subject, let’s just stick with career progression.Career progression starts with knowing exactly what you want to do or where you want to go. Then comes the part about making it happen. Sadly, most conversations on this subject start with the employee asking his Line Manager (or HR person): “What do you have in mind for me?” This is akin to going to a travel agent and asking him “Where should I go on my vacation?” Sounds ridiculous, right?Read More
Pakistan seems to be in a lamentable state of affairs. My parents still reside there, so I speak not just from an external perch, but from the visceral experience of loved ones. My father gave his professional life to the diplomatic service of his country and remembers still with moist-eyed pride when Pakistan came into being. The promise of “Faith, Unity and Discipline” has certainly been debauched since and we need to exercise leadership. In this instance, that means no scapegoats and a much overdue look in the mirror.Read More
From the flooded boondocks of Kot Addu to the five star glitter of the Karachi Sheraton, Ramiz Allawala was back in Pakistan plying his trade, engaging with diverse management hierarchies on the issues of relationship and leadership. He cut short his five days workshop with KAPCO in Kot Addu after the first day, and managed to reach Multan just barely ahead of the flood waters that washed away the connecting road. In Karachi Ramiz was conducting a one-day Workshop in High Performance Leadership, spending the day in a huddle with senior management drawn from a cross-section of Pakistani trade, commerce and industry. On the agenda was the development of a positive mindset and the emotional strength to win; focus on inspirational leadership, and the evolution involved in handling the workload growing into the job; and a focus on the organization’s performance improvement for organizational success. “The common denomination of successful leadership is the strategy that places people first,” says Ramiz.Read More
She is an Octara Associate who was in Karachi recently holding a two days Workshop on Customer Relations Management. Saira Akbar hails from Lahore, but has spent thelast 34 years of her life in the UAE where her parents have been settled.Read More
Each industry likes to develop its own lingo and HR is no exception. It is amusing to hear HR practitioners taking themselves seriously, discussing the esoteric aspects of its area. And while new processes and technologies continue to be introduced, so do the buzzwords.
I am often approached to share Shell’s practices on recruitment and performance appraisals. It is also common for HR folk to seek each other’s help in developing policies and stuff like that. There is nothing inherently wrong in this. What does concern me is the fact that there seems to be a rush to adopt the latest fad. What used to be referred to as ‘shameless copying’ is now called ‘Adopting Best Practice.’If I were to pick up Tiger Woods’ golf set, would it make me as good as him? Or Roger Federer’s racquet? That is what this business of ‘Best Practice’ has become.
So the question that arises is: “How do we upgrade HR without just adding on the bits and pieces from a suite of choices?Read More