Gaining Respect

August 17th, 2013 @

Take a moment and think of someone you respect. Why do you respect them? What qualities do they have? Why do some people naturally gain respect, while others have to demand it? Are you doing the right things to win others’ respect? How can you naturally earn respect? Here are a few suggestions: Communicate with [...]

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Who are you around? The subtle influence

May 15th, 2013 @

Numerous research studies show that our environment and the people we associate with greatly influence our thoughts, feelings and actions. Who are you spending time with? Have you thought about their influence on you? What character traits, attitudes and vocabulary have you adopted from them? We often overlook this influence because it is so subtle. [...]

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The Prophet’s Way with his companions

May 15th, 2013 @

Do you want to build the most efficient and enduring organization?  Take the Prophet’s way with his companions and how they set up the foundation for the most enduring nation ever created by humans. Examine the stories of all the prophets, you will find that all did great work with their nations but none of [...]

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Never Lose Hope

April 16th, 2013 @

One night his children came to him weeping and claiming that a wolf killed their younger brother. To prove their claim, they showed him his beloved son’s bloodstained shirt. Not only did he just lose a son, but also deep down he did not believe his children’s story and suspected that they played an active [...]

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Personal Social Responsibility

March 26th, 2013 @

“There is a big garbage mess in my neighborhood, but nobody cares. Why should I?” Ahmad complained with a sigh. “We have set up an organization that serves the community, but no one wants to volunteer.” Why? A mother complained to me once that her daughter is busy volunteering in various activities while she is [...]

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Take care of society and it will take care of you

March 26th, 2013 @

Allah tells us in the Quran “You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind, you enjoin what is good (Al-Ma’ruf) and you forbid what is evil (Al-Munkar), and you believe in Allah” (Quran 3:110). This verse sets the three criteria that determine the best of people. Two of these criteria are based [...]

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The 7 Barriers to Constructive Feedback

February 15th, 2013 @

When do children normally attract your attention? Most probably, when they do something wrong. You may yell at them, give them an angry look or some kind of penalty, but when they do something right what kind of feedback do they usually get from you? Most often, nothing. We can see this kind of behavior [...]

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Feedback – The compass of life

February 15th, 2013 @

Feedback is the compass of life. Good feedback directs us towards a better path. Like a good compass, it helps us determine our true north. Good feedback is indispensable for good performance. Bad or no feedback may lead us in the wrong direction. The Quran is humanity’s feedback from Allah. Although it existed well before [...]

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Contentment – The Greatest Treasure

January 15th, 2013 @

Are you constantly working hard to achieve a better standard of living for you and your family, to buy that better car or house, to have those dream vacations or simply to become better off? Are the people you lead busy doing the same? If the answer is yes, have you stopped to consider where [...]

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Make innovation in your organisation part of your core values

May 15th, 2012 @

Dick Drew was working for Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing (3M) in the 1910s which, at that time, manufactured and sold abrasives. One day he visited a client, an auto body shop, and found a group of workers struggling to put two-tone paints on their cars. They would use a combination of heavy adhesive tape and [...]

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