Write Your Own Script

April 22nd, 2014 @

A few years ago, I sat beside an old man on a bench and he began to tell me about his life. He had an awful marriage. It was full of quarrels and arguments. He never really liked his wife. He did not like his job either. His kids lived far away and rarely visited [...]

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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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Long Term Success

February 24th, 2014 @

Have you ever tried assembling a large jigsaw puzzle without the guide of the picture on its box? Without the final picture, it is extremely difficult, confusing and time consuming to put all the pieces together. Similarly, imagine your life like a puzzle or a major project you want to undertake. Unless you have a [...]

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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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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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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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Words Have Power

October 16th, 2013 @

Have you experienced one of the following situations? You come to work full of enthusiasm and energy, but after hearing various negative comments from a colleague, you feel completely drained. Your colleague’s comments sap your energy and bring your mood down. During a conversation with you, someone talked badly about someone else; your views about [...]

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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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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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Inspiring Trust

June 15th, 2013 @

When Prophet Yusuf (AS) asked the king of Egypt to give him the job of managing the economy, he supported his request by mentioning two of his merits: his knowledge and trustworthiness. Due to those qualities, the king gave him the coveted position. After leaving Egypt and upon his arrival at Madian, Prophet Musa (AS) helped [...]

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