Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Monday, 18 August 2014


Zenger and Folkman (2014) asked 332,860 bosses, peers, and subordinates what skills have the greatest impact on a leader’s success in the position the respondents currently hold. Each respondent selected the top four competencies out of a list of 16 that was provided.They then compared the results for managers at different levels.

As you might expect, the skills people reported needing depended not only on their level in the organization but also on the job they held and their particular circumstances. But even so, there was a remarkable consistency in the data about which skills were perceived as most important in all four levels of the organization they measured.

The same competencies were selected as most important for the supervisors, middle managers, and senior managers alike, and six out of the seven topped the list for top executives. Executives at every organizational level need a balance of these competencies. The other nine competencies included in the study were chosen only half as frequently as the top seven.

This suggests that as people move up the organization, the fundamental skills they need will not dramatically change. Still, the data further indicate, the relative importance of the seven skills does change to some degree as people move up. So, in the graph above the top seven competences are listed in order of importance, as it happens, for the supervisory group. With middle managers, problem solving moves ahead of everything else. Then for senior management, communicating powerfully and prolifically moves to the number two spot. Only for top executives does a new competency enter the mix, as the ability to develop a strategic perspective (which had been moving steadily up the lower ranks) moves into the number five position.

What to make of all this?  From the analysis we can conclude that there is some logic to focusing on distinct competencies at different stages of development. But, more fundamentally, it shows us that there are a set of skills that are critical to you throughout your career. And if you wait until you’re a top manager to develop strategic perspective, it will be too late. Lack of a strategic perspective, the research has further indicated, is considered a fatal flaw even when your current job does not require it. Your managers want to see you demonstrate that skill before they promote you.

So it is useful to ask yourself which competencies are most critical for you right now. But it’s also critical to ask yourself which competencies are going to be most critical in the future for the next level job. Demonstrating those skills in your current job provides evidence that you will be successful in the next job.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Saturday, 16 August 2014


There are two types of failures - Those who think without doing, and those who do without thinking!

Friday, 15 August 2014


Narrated by Abu Huraira:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Richness does not mean having a great amount of property; Richness is self-contentment."
(Sahih al-Bukhari 6446)

And this man, who is not a muslim, is professing what he says and believes.


Thursday, 14 August 2014


There was a hardworking man who delivered bread to support his wife and three children. He spent all his evenings after work attending classes, hoping to improve himself so that he could one day find a better paying job. Except for Sundays, he hardly ate a meal together with his family. He worked and studied very hard because he wanted to provide his family with the best money could buy.

Whenever the family complained that he was not spending enough time with them, he reasoned that he was doing all this for them. But he often yearned to spend more time with his family.

The day came when the examination results were announced. To his joy, he passed, and with distinctions too! Soon after, he was offered a good job as a senior supervisor which paid handsomely.

Like a dream come true, the man could now afford to provide his family with life’s little luxuries like nice clothing, fine food and vacation abroad.

However, the family still did not get to see the man for most of the week. He continued to work very hard, hoping to be promoted to managerial position. In fact, to make himself a worthy candidate for the promotion, he enrolled for another course at the Open University.

Again, whenever the family complained that he was not spending enough time with them, he reasoned that he was doing all this for them. But he often yearned to spend more time with his family.

The man’s hard work paid off and he was promoted to be a manager. Jubilantly he decided to hire a maid to relieve his wife from her domestic tasks. He also felt that their three-room flat was no longer big enough, it would be nice for his family to be able to enjoy the facilities and comfort of a condominium. Having experienced the rewards of his hard work many times before, the man resolved to further his studies and work at being promoted again. The family still did not get to see much of him. In fact, sometimes he had to work on Sundays entertaining clients. 

Again, whenever the family complained that he was not spending enough time with them, he reasoned that he was doing all this for them. But he often yearned to spend more time with his family.

As expected, the man’s hard work paid off again and he bought a beautiful and expensive condominium. On the first Sunday evening at their new home, the man declared to his family that he decided not to take anymore courses or pursue any more promotions. From then on he was going to devote more time to his family.

He did not wake up the next day.


Wednesday, 13 August 2014


Leaders! I upload this video of Ms. Rafeef Ziadah reading her poem - We Teach Life, sir! - with tears streaming down my cheeks so that we can learn one of the most basic principle of leadership i.e. Courage. Thank you, sister!


Tuesday, 12 August 2014


Lets rejoice in the hope and faith that Palestine will one day be free. Yes it shall be free, insyaAllah.