The Battle of Minds in the New Economy


As paradoxical it is to know man seems to have mastered the beasts since ages despite its apparently weak physical build and smaller size, it is intriguing to understand accept that technology has and will only increase this mastery – in this new economy, no more is it about brick and mortar structures any more. I can imagine many corporation heads deriving a sort of satisfaction from that lovely facade, pleasant water fountain, the corner office and brigade of people reporting to the individual.
Hofstede’s study on cultural differences took into account the space being indicative of a particular cultural setting and the power reposed in a position – I wonder if the same study conducted now would keep such high importance on space- power distance is not as important as it used to be. With the possibility of reaching infinity in various spheres now becoming realistic, things are fast changing.

In this new economy, it’s about getting smarter – no more do you need a brigade of semi-competent, highly specialized individuals to run huge departments. Now, you need competent, versatile, technology-savvy, proactive, learning individuals. It’s all about the battle of minds in the new economy – whoever has the best minds would be the winner in the long-term.

Clearly, this would mean new types of work setting, more global cultural exchange, common business terms across a wider world, more emphasis on technology, more emphasis on innovation (not just the regular rut, but actual productive work delivery) and definitely newer, higher and remarkable compensation for those who qualify. Some years into the future, all jobs, except non-tradeable ones, would be benchmarked on global parameters as far as standard of craftsmanship, quality and pay are concerned.

It’s clear the coming decade is going to produce more millionaires than in any previous decade in human history – since every mind is a factory with growth and productivity as output deliverables, innovation being the point of distinction  and the channel (internet and the new media) becoming widely available, the way the world works is bound to change.

The age of industrial revolution is fast fading, the fixed-form factory work environment is obsolete. The sooner we accept it, the better it will be for our future.

The world is changing; the question is are you geared up for it?

Be Yourself


What should you rather do?

Know who you are, or try to be someone else all the time?

What is more important?

Accept the given or seek the truth behind things.

What would you rather do?

Just breath, or Live?

Be yourself
Be Yourself

Would you always accept what others tell about you, or would you rather take opinion of someone who knows you better than most others, i.e, yourself?

The answer to many things in life is in being oneself, and for that one has to start believing in himself/herself first.

Finding free time


Time management happens to be a crucially important skill to learn. If you are good at it, you understand you need to be better. If you are not, you lose out on a whole lot. So, where to find free time?

These are some of the avenues where you can possibly find free time and utilize it to do something creative, constructive or grow by learning:

  • Commuting time to and from work
  • Lunch time
  • TV time

The most important happens to be the third one for most, where people can be spotted wasting hours sitting in front of the “idiot box” just to see whatever that is being telecast. Imagine if you save a little more than an hour a day of this time, it accumulates to 52 8-hour working days in a year or over 17 complete 24 hour-days!!

Selection in the Top 30 Global Super Managers – ‘Last Manager Standing’ Competition


Recently, I was selected in the list of top 30 managers to participate in the flagship event of Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA) India.  Only after the selection I realized, I am the only one selected from Pakistan and I also happen to be the only one from outside India.

I’m quite excited to participate in this international festival, however, due to visa delay chances are that I wouldn’t be able to attend it. * Sigh *

Hint: If you missed my name, check number 8

Two Important Questions


These are the two most important questions you need to ask in most cases:

  1. Is this thing/situation/person/work the way you want this to be?
  2. If not, what are you doing about it?

If you keep asking yourself these two questions and keep answering them to the best of your abilities, you’ll keep improving your life and everyone will love you for it.

Celebrate Events – Create Stories


Many organizations like to underplay the hidden lingo that is commonly used in the organization, and try to ignore the organizational norms and events that make them unique – just because they’re so different. Is that the right thing to do?

As much as it becomes viral throughout the company, it becomes part of the core of the culture. Companies that understand and appreciate their uniqueness often benefit in two ways. One, they become confident of their own style of doing things and this leads to increased productivity; and two, they tend to attract the right kind of human resource that gels in well with the organization’s culture.

Smart executives understand these advantages, celebrate events and create stories through their actions. Channeling a company’s grapevine through a constructive media reassures the rejuvenated spirit of the company and it good for the company in the long-run.

Stories are created by the way the top cadre treat people and events, by the way they dress, talk, eat and sit, so much so that even the size of executive room and desk size inside the rooms help convey stories.

Are you conveying the stories that you want to, or unintentionally leading all to completely different stories?

The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship


When you look around yourself, do you see problems? Do you see issues crying for attention? If you are a little conscious about your environment, your surroundings, the people you meet regularly and the places you visit routinely, you will notice a lot of things that are not how they should/could be. That’s where you can prove yourself.

Andrew Carnegie used to say that every adversity opens doors to loads of opportunities. Every problem is thus an “opportunity in disguise” – precisely what the concept of Social Entrepreneurship is all about.

It is simply about picking up a problem in your surrounding that could be improved and then moving a step ahead with actually improving the situation by solving part of the problem. You would notice there is so much that could be done that you’d have to hire people to start doing things pretty soon.

Never say never

One very important aspect of entrepreneurship is perseverance; unwavering dedication to the cause is needed because day-in and day-out one gets to meet several different people with varying attitudes towards businesses and their risks & return.

You need to learn and remember very early in the game that despite listening to everyone else, you always need to decide and do what you find satisfying and correct. With this kind of determination, the path would be easier to cross and interesting to go through.