Drawing the Circle First

March 17th, 2014 @

During a hunting trip in a forest, a prince noticed a circle marked on a tree with an arrow shot perfectly into its centre. A few yards away, he noticed several more targets that were very similar. Amazed by the accuracy and the precision of the talented archer, he started looking for him. Shortly after, [...]

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Aim as high as your imagination allows

March 17th, 2014 @

Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) had a very clear and unambiguous vision for what he wanted for himself and his Ummah in this life and the hereafter. For the hereafter, he repeatedly told the people around him that following the guidance of Allah and His messenger would lead them to paradise. Also, the more good they do, [...]

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Strength in Flexibility

January 15th, 2014 @

When the wind blows, trees are either soft and flexible, bending with it, or hard and rigid. Green trees that bend with the wind do not get carried off by it. They can experience blow after blow and still keep springing back up into position. On the other hand, even though they often appear strong [...]

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Flexibility is the Key to Success

January 15th, 2014 @

Islam, the last straight path defined by Allah for His servants on earth, is characterized by both rigid pillars that can’t be violated and a great deal of flexibility and sophistication, making it valid for every time and place. Islam is rigid when it comes to its goals, objectives and ethical values, and flexible when [...]

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Influencing and persuading

December 19th, 2013 @

Two parents raise a child in the same household, enforcing the same rules. One parent gets cheerful compliance, and the other gets resistance. Why? Two managers work together running a business. All employees work regularly for both of them. When the first manager needs extra help and asks people to work late, they do so [...]

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The Art of Persuasion

December 19th, 2013 @

Have you ever tried to get your employees, friends or family members to do something and they did not? What methods did you use? Do you force others into action? How does that usually go? Do they become more resistant or carry out the task reluctantly with poor results? If you want to convince people [...]

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Implied Confidentiality

November 17th, 2013 @

When it comes to confidentiality and keeping secrets, do you keep the information to yourself or spill the beans at the first opportunity? To gauge yourself in this area, ask yourself, how likely am I to share any of the following? A business partner decides to go his own way and leaves you in a [...]

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Handling sensitive information in the organization

November 17th, 2013 @

We come across a lot of sensitive information throughout the course of our lives. Some of that information is mentioned to us in confidence and some we get to know by accident. For example, we may overhear two people talking about a secret or we may come across information that may be damaging to others [...]

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Argue or Agree to Disagree

September 15th, 2013 @

How boring would life be if we all had the same thoughts, opinions and perspectives? Luckily, we are all different. No one sees things in exactly the same way as you do, because few, if any, share your experiences, intellectual capabilities and perspective. As a result, you cannot always totally interpret and see things the [...]

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Harness conflict to your advantage

September 15th, 2013 @

Ibn Omar said, the Prophet (PBUH) said to us when he returned from al-Ahzab (the battle of the trench), “let no one perform asr except at Bani Quraydah”. When asr time arrived while they were still on the road, some said, ‘we won’t pray until we get there’. Others said, ‘we should rather pray, that [...]

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