The other day, just after my last jaunt in the mid east, I was discussing, with my colleagues where I had been lately. They were all surprised to hear of my (almost) regular visits to Pakistan. “Ain’t it dangerous?” – “surely its going to the dogs!” etc. etc. Then to ground me more one asked, “if that country is so good, would you invest in it?” That set me thinking - Would I recommend Pakistan to any entrepreneurs or business angels of my acquaintance?Read More
Kamran Rizvi is a founding director, trainer, executive coach, keynote speaker and consultant at Navitus, a leading organization development (OD) consulting and training firm in the country. He brings innovative,effective and practical strategies for implementing change in a variety of organizations striving to grow, build sustainability, and improve productivity, efficiency, quality and impact. Kamran pioneered the personal-improvement and OD movement in Pakistan in 1991, after working for fourteen years in retail and commercial banking in the Middle East and the UK.
Kamran’s session at the LearnFest was pure dynamite! 'Leadership Paradigm - BREAKING NEWS with a difference' occupied two sessions, and could have easily gone on for the entire week,Read More
The bane of ‘foxhole-ism’ and turf warfare is an attitudinal dysfunction manifest in most, if not all, organizations, irrespective of their positioning on the maturization curve. This accounts for the ‘paranoia about anonymity’ when fielding survey questions, as stated by you. You also say that ‘Organizations are fundamentally networks of people engaged in achieving or furthering common goals’, and that ‘Management itself is ultimately a social technology’. What recommendations do you have to counter the bane of foxholeism, and inculcate a high trust culture within an organization,replete with an attitude of sharing and caring?
Fox-holes develop in wars. They imply militancy, "high alert", divide and conquer cultures. There is a competitive streak in high performers often. However, that has to be channeled out into the market place and in taking on competitors to provide greater value to customers. Battling each other to the death is stupid. Lou Gerstner, in leading the turnaround of IBM, told everyone that the enemy "is out there" and we are here to win in the market. More companies need to get that. The second expedient is to craft goals that cannot be achieved without collaboration, that are enterprise-wide, be it a customer delivery goal, a talent development goal, a process breakthrough, valuebased cost-effectiveness or otherwise -- and then hold people unromantically accountable for them like any other KPI. We can't measure individual showboating and expect trust and social amity.Read More
For a woman to be truly successful, in today’s world would involve a complicated micro-neural surgery or a lobotomy of the cortex which stores the cultural conditioning. The society conditions the gender of certain norms to conform by, which might have been applicable several centuries ago but are now a dormant baggage – specially for women.
The age old concept of a woman being the gatherer still exists in the memory of our ancestral DNA and is being reinforced by the society with slight modifications over the years. These socio-archetypes are so deeply rooted in our psyche that even hypnosis cannot bring it to light. The evidence of this conditioning is so obvious by the way both the genders are treated irrespective of Geographical coordinates.Read More
I have the rare privilege of regularly speaking to and working with business leaders around the world – from every type of business be they family, not-for-profit, publicly traded or private and from every business sector imaginable. Over the last two years I have made a number of visits to the beautiful country of Pakistan and worked with business leaders in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. Men and women in pharmaceuticals, refining, bottling, banking, communications, insurance, confectionary, medical, advertising, engineering and many others, running their own businesses, or running publicly traded corporations, charities or subsidiaries of overseas multi-nationals.
So, I am often asked, what are my experiences of Pakistan business leaders and how do they differ from elsewhere?Read More
Management is about improving today; leadership is about creating the future. This is the overwhelming consensus among practitioners, gurus, wits, and savants. the title makes the point: we need leaders first. But we need more than rhetoric-gushing futurists. Grand visionary plans for the future are often far too abundant in developing countries – as they tend to conveniently distract from the nettlesome and more dispiriting realities facing us today.Read More
Everybody’s got within them the capability to do different things, but sometimes we limit ourselves to one niche,” says Leon. “Personal empowerment is the issue closest to my heart, and this is across gender, minority syndrome, the disadvantaged syndrome, or anything other such thing. The power does not reside outside the person. It is inside of us. The negative beliefs and hurdles are all inside of us. It is a matter of courage, and not analysis. It takes courage to make the decision. The solutions are all inside of us as well.Read More
The senior HR presence at Eastern Federal Union insurance company is Arshad Abdullah, a veteran of corporate training, and amongst the pioneers of the field in Pakistan. Arshad spent 30 years at PIM, with the last 10 as its Director, retiring in 1994, and handing over its reins to Zarrar Zubair who continues to hold the fort at PIM to this day. He is the first academician to move to the private sector after retirement, joining EFU at the top management level of Executive Director HR.Read More
It is often said that Pakistan’s perception overseas is worse than the reality on the ground. What is the reason for that, and how can this imbalance be rectified?
People in the tissue of their everyday lives find coping mechanisms. So things are never as bad as they are reported. Moreover, most of the examples of excellence, good citizenship, daily heroism, enterprise and more are not newsworthy...as news is in search of the sensational. This isn't peculiar to Pakistan. It is exceptions that get reported. Hong Kong has a thriving economy, but it doesn't make the news each day. Pakistanis have to stop complaining about unfair coverage and extol genuine role models. There are plenty of them -- but we have to project them rather than waiting for our virtues to be "discovered".