Trafford Publishing USA Press Release

Trafford Publishing USA Press Release –

Every Writer I know has trouble writing! – Joseph Heller – By Majid Al Suleimany

Psychology of Arab Management Thinking!

By Majid Al Suleimany

Majid Al Suleimany presents new study in Arab Management Thinking!

‘Psychology of Arab Management Thinking’ offers firsthand look into Middle Eastern thinking

MUSCAT, Oman – In his new book “Psychology of Arab Management Thinking: Arabian Management Series” (published by Trafford Publishing), author and analyst Majid Al Suleimany explores the management styles that he believes helped lead to the events of Arab Spring.

“This is a no-punch-held-back book,” Al Suleimany says. “It critically reviews and assesses with deep soul searching analysis the management styles and approaches of the Arab world, especially in Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) vis-à-vis the international companies operating in the international arena.”

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An excerpt from “Psychology of Arab Management Thinking”:

“As Arabs work is worshipped in our Religion – so what went wrong here? Especially in Management circles? Why are we behind the rest of the world, despite all our riches, potentials and resources?

This is a no punch held back, no barrels held, no stiff, no frills play – but to be as blunt, frank, open, honest and sincere as far as possible – so the book can be a learning experience and process for this generation – and future to come – especially after the recent Arab Spring uprisings!”

Al Suleimany knows his book fills a critical need. “Little is known of Arab management styles,” he says, “especially as written from the inside by an Arab himself as an experienced professional local HR and management expert, advisor and counselor.”

“Psychology of Arab Management Thinking”

By Majid Al Suleimany

Hardcover | 7 x 10 in | 486 pages | ISBN 9781426998065

Softcover | 7 x 10 in | 486 pages | ISBN 9781425182731

E-Book | 486 pages | ISBN 9781426982705

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

This is the first book under the Arab Management series by Majid Al Suleimany. His second book in the series, “A Cry for Help!” is also available. Both books predicted of the Arab Spring uprisings.

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Please Stop Preaching!

For Wednesday February 27th 2013

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Please Stop Preaching!

With due respects – there is a growing trend of some people from all sources starting to lecture the Youth about jobs and their availabilities – and vis-à-vis now and the future! Even from high profiles circles too! This trend needs to be nipped in the bud – before it starts to grow its tentacles! We should be serious – and for the first time in our lives come to our senses – and realise what we are dealing with – and what are the stakes? The options – the choices – the outlooks – and the focuses!

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Image Preaching For Demonstration Purposes Only!

Let us all be serious and realise what we are dealing with now! Those days of sitting on the sidelines with useless and unnecessary idle talk and comment are no longer with us – nor are needed or necessary! We all know one day we are all going to die – but why should you go around telling people that you know? One day you will die! It is not looking at things the simplistic and casual ways as some would like – but there is an expression that if you see a kindle fire burning – you simply do not go stirring it up in any way for that matter!

The time to tell the Youth things like ‘Jobs are not birthrights’  – ‘Jobs are not a guarantee’ – ‘Because you are an Omani you must be employed?’ etc are unneeded, premature, unnecessary and uncalled for. Metaphorically – it is like handing over a loaded pistol to your adversary – and hope he will not use it – like swiping you with the butt – or even shoot at you!

Because we have over 35% of the population as expatriates still in the country! Even if you compare the youth looking for jobs – they do not in any way reach these proportions! Then how and why say these things now? If there are no longer expatriates – perhaps – but even then – is there a need to say it? Besides, the focus and the tone is very patronising, ridiculing and condescending – as if we were not youth before – and too looking for jobs for the first time! And the main point – they are knowing and intelligent – far more than what we credit them for!

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Remember you have youngsters at home too – your own children – or brothers and sisters! Try to lecture and preach to them and see the reactions! Even if the intention is sincere, genuine and well placed too! Sometimes, you need to talk them as equals for them to pay attention to you! And this after several trysts, attempts and pursuits. If you start lecturing and preaching you not only switch them off – but just alienate them in the process!

Frankly and honestly – it is not for looking for scoring points or popularity contests. Nor in ridiculing and or belittling anyone in anyway. We must all be serious and think carefully – before we say – or write things in these regards and aspects. Or go down preaching – from our high horses!

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Image Preaching For Demonstration Purposes Only!

One thing we must not discount or disregard. Indeed, there are some rogue elements here that are quick and ready to grab these kinds of information for their own ulterior selfish motives – their innuendos and hidden agendas! This is the kind of information that they are looking for – to continue to pin down the youth – and make them get excuses to continue not to take them in – or even make their lives hard and difficult so they may be forced to leave!

If you think I am exaggerating or blowing things out of proportions – read my Arab Management books! Based on true life’s experiences and exposures! If it can happen to us so-called professionals – qualified and experienced – and even seniors – for sure it can happen to the youngsters too! I am not joking – I am dead serious.

Sadly and tragically – it is not the few expatriates’ schemers and Mafias alone that are involved – but even from our own – including The Old Guards – those that want no changes – and those determined the keep us down – especially the youth – and including acknowledged some businesses enterprises – many family owned! Even the SMEs after quick and early profits have joined the band wagons too!

Please forgive me – for also preaching too today! I know – I should take my own medicine – first and foremost!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

Goodbye; Reader’s Digest!

For Sunday February 24th 2013

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Goodbye; Reader’s Digest!

Back to normal issues again – simply because this head needs time to recuperate from banging it against brick unmovable solid walls! Besides –  like I always say too – what is the use when people just continue to ignore, sideline and marginalise you – hoping that you may just evaporate and disappear from near them and view! Anyway….!

Introduction – Reader’s Digest is a bestselling monthly American general interest family magazine – and that was founded in 1922. Global editions of Reader’s Digest reach an additional 40 million people in more than 70 countries – with 49 editions in 21 languages. It has a global circulation of 10.5 million – making it the largest paid circulation magazine in the world. It is also published in Braille digital, audio, and a version in large type called Reader’s Digest Large Print. The magazine is compact – with its pages roughly half the size of most American magazines’. Reader’s Digest – RD – has now filed for Chapter 11 in USA – that is – Bankruptcy Protection.

When I was a young boy and developing the Reading habit, I used to save my pocket money to buy it. My colleagues used to go and buy comic like Beano, Dandy and others instead – or buy chocolates and sweets instead. The Indian Ismaili sect school that we attended from Class 1 to Form 6 – reading was something most encouraged upon. Thus home works like The Best Book I Have Read; The Book I Remember Most- or like in my case My Most Vivid Dream – which won me a National Prize and awarded by no one else but the great man Aga Khan himself in my secondary school!

Last week I was forced to go and collect my books that have been lying idle and stagnant in the bookshops – with one branch already closed down – and left one that is now concentrating more on cheap novels (price), magazines, sweets and chocolates instead!

It is a very sad state of affairs when ‘literacy gets a kick’ this way – with the cutting price of people buying books at Omani Rials 5 at the maximum! And this more for novels and poems – and not the serious-make-you-think books like mine. You can forgive people with dire stress and concentration on loans repayments – school and college fees for their children – utilities payments of electricity and water – and putting food on the table!

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Images Reader’s Digest – For Demonstration Purposes Only!

It makes you wonder that even now with the minimum wages to be increased – people have already started grumblings of that not being enough even still! Like my late father used to say to us – when we the children used to complain at family gatherings at least once every Friday week! He used to say – this stomach is the cause of all our problems – it is never satisfied – everyday wants more and more! Till it will kill us one day – and it included in the process!

The people in the bookshops used to tell me – we are keeping your books only because you are a local Author – and we need to encourage and support you! Normally we keep books for a month – and if not moving – we take them out from the stocks! That is why our business is concentrated on those Suppliers that are giving credit facilities – and with promises to take back their stocks if not fast moving!

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Images Reader’s Digest – For Demonstration Purposes Only!

The painful part is the tease, arrogance, condescending and patronising attitudes! They tell the bookshop guys – tell M to reduce the price to 5 Rials – and I will buy 2 books! How nice. kind and gracious of you! Thanks anyway – as the American slang goes – I will take a rain check! The book to publish itself costs far more than that! Then there is the airfreight all the way from USA – the bookshop’s commissions – and your little space overhead – just half an inch to the ceiling – tongue in cheek speaking!

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Images Reader’s Digest – For Demonstration Purposes Only!

When I was working in Salalah for a period of 9 months – I used to stay in a flat all alone – and as Madam was working in Muscat! So were the children! Next to my flat was an Iraqi couple – ran away pre Saddam time! So one day he stopped me in front of my flat door – and asked me point blank – if I was Omani? I was thinking of all rude answers to give him back – when the poor man must have seen my face turn red and blue! An Indian good friend told me – Mr. M – we can read you like a book! How ironic!

The poor man explained himself – he said to me – Sorry brother for asking – but I see every day in front of your door more than 3 newspapers! It is strange – because in the offices I see people reading only one newspaper per day! You know us in Iraq – we may not have bread or much food – but we surely would not go out without a newspaper! Or at least 2 to 3 to get different views, outlooks and perspectives! Newspapers are our food too!

Reader’s Digest! I am sorry I have been concentrating so much in writing my books and memoirs – I did not give you my full attention. I stopped buying you after the Iraq invasion – not only you – but also Times, Newsweek and others. Imagine I used to write even to Newsweek long before I even thought of becoming an Author!

Over 12 years ago before George Bush Jnr. Was elected – this is what I had said!  Quote – NEWSWEEK sums it all up with its preoccupation, concentration and emphasis on the background and ethnicity of Sen. Joseph Lieberman. If I were an American citizen I would ask, “What’s the big deal–he is American, isn’t he?” But perhaps we in the Arab and Islamic world should be worried. The United States is selling its heart and soul to the Jews in order to win votes. What next? – unquote!

Several years later my direct bosses – both Westerners – and as when leaving – were saying to me about their true ethnicity – they just told me – We thought you were with us? I curtly replied – I am with no one but myself only! My own interests are always first and foremost most important and paramount – nothing else is! I guess that is why my career life took a great dive – just like the Egyptian pilot had moved the jet to the depths of the Pacific ocean!

This article is dedicated especially to Late Sheikh Essa bin Mohamed Al Zedjali – who died on February 21st 2013 – a great entrepreneur genius enterprising founding literary person – and a son of the land! May you rest in eternal peace – Amin!

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Late Sheikh Essa Mohamed Al Zedjali – PBUH

Wishing at the same time my nephew Khalid and his wife a happy peaceful loving lasting marriage – Amin!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

Stop These Senseless Slaughters!

For Wednesday Sunday February 20th 2013

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Stop These Senseless Slaughters!

Like I had said in my previous articles – the problems that we are facing today in the world are mainly two-folds – One that those that are so-called Religious peoples want to become also as Politicians – and those that are so-called Politicians want to become also ‘Religious’! The other is that everyone is right, ethical and correct – the rest are not – especially the adversaries! We are the good and nice – they are the evil and all bad! More importantly – violence only begets violence!

A woman holds a sign amidst hundreds of Pakistani followers of Shia Islam protesting against targeted killings of Shia Muslims in Karachi

There is no middle ground – or like I like to say ‘The Third Option’ – that is not with you – nor with them – but first and foremost – with ourselves only! Have you noticed that everyone is also ‘nice, decent and good’ – the others are not – all bad and evil! When ‘intelligent, smart and knowledgeable people’ hold fixed and entrenched positions, outlooks and focuses – then something has got to give! Sometimes the results are least expected – when you open a can of worms – or let the genie out of the bottle!

There is a famous expression that a stupid person is doing the same thing (mistake) over and over again – and expecting different results the next time! Tragically and sadly we have not learnt from our past mistakes. Like letting the Iraq –Iran war continue – even start – as it did! The invasion of Kuwait! Like keeping silent, quiet and in inaction when great crimes and atrocities were committed between Arabs versus Arabs (Muslims) – though there were some raised voices when it was the other side adversary doing it!

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Consoling Victims’ Families

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It seems that history is repeating itself – now we have Muslims slaughtering Muslims in cold blood and in senseless brutal unimaginable ways – and just under the breathe we may curse – but then just go quiet – and remain as spectators, inactive and impotent also! And then the hypocrisy! The double standards! To so unbelievable frightening levels! Do we hear ourselves speak? Unimaginable!

The Great Prophet – and all the Prophets and Saints – are turning in their graves! All their works have gone to waste, decadence and demise – utter waste! And yet we continue as normal – and as if nothing much has changed! I could quote and quote so many references from the Holy Book – from the Hadith – the Gospel – the Torah – and so many other places! I could quote from the Great Scholars – the Great Speakers – the Great Leaders – but what is the use? People will read it – and put them all away – for a rainy day – to read the next time! In between nothing will have changed – if not only for the status quo only getting worse – day by day. Allah God is controlling His anger and fury – and that is why we are not scared – nor worried!

People just want to live normal peaceful lives! Live and let live! With their families and children. The usual wants and desires – a shelter – a home – a roof over your head. The usual utilities – water and electricity – or something very near. The freedom to practise one’s beliefs and religion! Even if you murder and kill half of the opposing religious (social) beliefs – do you think that they will be scared stiff to want to change? To come to your ways and beliefs? You only make them only more stronger – more determined!

Kill a few of their leaders! Others more radical and extreme will take their place! You have just made a bad situation turn only worse – everyone ends as a loser – if not you more! Look at this twisted ironies – you kill babies, children and women too in planned or even collateral damages – and then you go home to your own children and family – as if you have not done anything before! Whom are you trying to deceive and fool – but yourself only more! Are you a super human being – the other is just inferior? Or are they just cockroaches and mice? Like in the Goebbels film on Jews that led to the holocaust?

Does not that Palestinian and others like him fighting to be heard – need to live in peace and harmony just like you do? You came all over from all parts of the world – to take his home – his land and his rights – and today 60 years later he still lives as a refugee – his children – his grandchildren – his great grandchildren! You call yourself a democracy and freedom loving – but you oppress and humiliate others in your own country – that want only peace and stability to run their own affairs and in autonomy! You want to pray in your mosque (Masjid)? Why not let me pray in mine! You believe your way – I believe in my way!  The hypocrisies and double standards are just too much – even to imagine! People are just core sick in all aspects!

Strangely you will find the very poor, deprived and depressed being used to kill, murder and maim the adversary – whilst those behind the scenes and schemes are far richer, far provided – and far protected and preserved! The Communists said – Religion is the opium of the poor! They cannot be right – but it seems they are!

And the same peoples that were victims before – doing the very same to innocent others! The more you oppress peoples – the more they become radicalised, extreme and fundamentalised! No one wins in the ultimate end!

Please stop these senseless wanton murders, slaughters and massacres – against the fellow Believers – or anyone else for that matter! Before it is too late for all humanity – and that includes you in the equation. You cannot expect to escape! The Muslim Scholars should all speak out – and lead by deeds and  examples – there should be real determination and will – and meeting of the minds and in sprits! Before it is too late – for everyone! Be afraid of only God Allah – and no one else!

May Allah God Protect and Preserve us all humanity from His Anger and Fury – Amin Amen

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

Posted at: www.majidall.com and at www.majidwrite.com

The Ignoring Silence!

 

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The Ignoring Silence!

The Oman Daily Observer Features – February 17th 2013.

I am not sure what is going on or happening now – but all the telltale signs and signals are not good. In the early stages I thought it was only I feeling these things – but checking and ascertaining with my friends, peers and associates – they tell me the very same things.

As a young boy, I used to live in a small island in Tanzania named Mafia – from the famous Arabic She – Without! Nothing much interesting happened in that island – unless the regular flights went to the island – and the few boats that would now and then call at port. Those were the two venues people would collect and go – as nothing that exciting was happening elsewhere – except to see some of the Islanders come in from the other places – and the few tourists now and then!

It was a place that sometimes went so dead quiet and pretentiously unassuming that it went sometimes to scaring and frightening proportions. And then when the winds and storms did come in – it would rain for weeks – days in and days out – and then nothing moved – even the small Cessna planes that used to come in! But you could always tell a storm was coming – because the trees went so dead quiet – the sea – and everything else for that matter! Coming from the famous expression – The quiet before the storm came in!

Images – Quiet Before The Storm – For Demonstration Purposes Only!

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Storm 2!

You will excuse me for thinking like this as a young boy again! They say that before we die – we all go through the same phases and stages in our earlier lives – and your life goes through all the stages in front of your eyes – before you die! There is nothing permanent and surety in the world except God and Death – and in that way it does not scare me – because I have always strived to do good – but then the rest is left only to Allah God only!

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Storm 3!

n our society, we have the famous expression that the best answer to a rude and arrogant person is dead silence! That way you kill and eat their hearts out more that way! Frankly, I do not know if that too is my own answer perhaps – the way people just ignore and sideline me – even a honest and sincere attempt of how and where to send a complimentary copy of my new Road Safety Book – Being The Safe Driver! Behind The Wheel!

Perhaps people are just not interested – or dead tired – or they think – there he goes bragging about his books again! Or is it just a simple case of the usual jealousies, envies and haassiyds – there he goes out with another book – the 8th one so far – this time on Road Safety Awareness in a novel format!

You would have imagined that the book would be all rages – seeing that we have one of the highest road accidents and fatalities in the world – coupled with all the campaigns running concurrently now from all sources and angles – but still the accidents continue unabated – as if talking to brick walls – or just the indifference, lack of care and interests. This is what I am talking about here! So what is really going on? It is really scary and frightening!

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The Book Front Cover!

Frankly, I would prefer someone to write back and say – Hey! I am not interested in your complimentary gift copy – because I think you are just trying to show off here about your books! If I am interested, I would purchase the book myself – I can afford it – and do not need free copies – thank you! Or even a more blunt one – if you are really keen to deliver your book to me – you know where my office is!

Like one great personality once said to me in a meeting when I was trying to explain some issues in delays in delivery – he blurted out – Cut the crap! – and come to the point! That says a lot of what is supposed to be of our Omani culture, attitudes and approaches of being polite, nice, courteous and decent always – and adopting foreign cultures instead – of insulting and degrading a fellow Omani in front of all the others – just because you can as a Senior!

I have a long elephant memory – and when a good person I liked invited me for a home party I asked if this person would be the VIP there – and she said – Yes he will. So I said in advance – Thanks for the invitation – but I simply will not attend! Because though this person is no longer in authority – his mouth has still not got the message that he is out cold in the world – disregarded and disrespected by almost many people – except perhaps his own near ones! And those he did favours to!

People forget that one day you will end retiring – or leaving the company and country – or you may die too! Or sometimes you may wish for a quick early death – whilst you suffer in terrible pain and hurt in bed for long. No one knows what is waiting for you in life in the future – what your fate, destiny and legacy is going to be! If it can happen to the most powerful people that once were – who are you in that ‘small’ office to think differently?

That is why it is very important to do good and nice things always to your fellow human beings – especially those in want and need – the less advantaged and privileged compared to you! At least, if you cannot – then please do not do bad things instead! Keeping silence and ignoring one is a sure way that it too will happen to you too one day for sure – because what goes around – comes around! Mark my words – and remember them too!

So I have decided no free complimentary book to anyone – buy if you wish – do not buy if you wish – but it does not bother me anymore! I am writing these books in the same wave that birds fly – because they know they can – and I need to keep alive all my memoirs in writing for safe guard and keeping!

One day far in the future one day people will ask – who is Majid Al Suleimany MAS? Are there any of his works in existence? And I want the answer to be – Yes Positive! Meanwhile my friend – continue to ignore and be silent! I will just pray for you – that is the least I can do for now!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

Posted at: www.majidall.com and at www.majidwrite.com

Minimum Wages!

For Wednesday February 13th 2013

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Minimum Wages!

There is this expression made frequently by many Scholars that everyone of us is responsible – in one way or the other – for one’s action, inaction, delayed actions and even in missed opportunities. If one goes by just Advisors – as from the famous tale – you will end up with your donkey drowned in the river – instead of being able to sell it – to avoid hunger and poverty! You return home empty handed – and your status quo becomes more worse than ever before – just because you listened to ‘Advisors’ – instead of deciding for yourself – as you are required to do – or at least go by your own gut feelings at the most!

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Images – Omani Workers!

 am not going to get deeply involved in the midst of the ‘heated discussions’ as it now seems to be going on – except to raise a few pertinent and relevant pointers! They are: –

  • ·        Every country has absolute rights to look after its own! Why should we Omanis be denied from this – after years and years of being receptive and respectful to the expatriates in our country – far more than any country in the world – even from our own neighbours too for that matter?
  • ·        It is not only Oman doing it – even countries like China and Indonesia are doing the very same things for their own populace.
  • ·        For a very long time Omanis – especially in The Private Sector – have been sidelined, marginalised, transcended – and taken for granted in the ridiculing, condescending and patronising attitudes, focuses and approaches of many expatriate bosses – and even from our very own – especially ‘The Old Guards’ connect!
  • ·        Sometimes – especially the family run businesses – one may be forgiven to think – that they own the companies – and not the other way around of the families running the businesses.
  • ·        Only lately some of them have awoken to their national duties – let alone CSR – to their fellow disadvantaged Omanis – let alone making huge profits at the expense of others
  • ·        People should not just look at the expatriates taking their money out of the country – but also look at how some of these companies operate in their modus operandi vis-à-vis keeping monies in the country!
  • ·        They are now scared stiff because these new regulations may ‘eat more’ some of their profits per se!
  • ·        On the threat of some deciding to pack and leave – some foreign companies in Indonesia have already started the trend – the risks are still worth taking – taking into consideration the risky, complicated and complex times that the society is in now – comparable to the global trend – and more near at home too!
  • ·        Like George Bush Jnr. Had said – ‘you are either with us – or with them’ syndromes! There is no better place on the face of the earth to do businesses – and one should not look deep only at profits – but how the society looks at and treats you!
  • ·        All the expatriates in Oman know deep well the legality, validity and the authencity of the above!
  • ·        Some issues will still need to be made. For example if I am in the echelon levels – and my salary package is at 350 OMR – how do I feel when my peer at OMR 220 has now the difference of only 25 OMR to reach me?
  • ·        The jealousy, envy and haassiyds outlooks need to be looked at – and especially like I always say too – the inward looking and narrow-minded outlooks of many of us – instead of looking at things at the bigger picture – and outside the box things!
  • ·        It is not clear – at least for me – if this amount is only the basic salary or the total consolidated salaries? If it is the later – many Omanis – especially in the Oil and Gas sector – are already getting these rates!
  • ·        They are an example and beacon for others to follow! The Banks and Telecoms are not far behind – though in top echelons – for even Omanis – the reverse is the trend!
  • ·        Not speaking fluent Arabic – or being able to write – should not be the determining factor of determining talented, experienced and qualified Omanis in our country for their opinions, views, suggestions and advices!
  • ·        Conversely, speaking very fluent etc does not necessarily correlate with being very smart, knowledgeable and intelligent either. A lot of good usable highly potentials local talents, skills and human resources are wasted by such inward looking and narrow minded outlooks!
  • ·        I am not going to brag about my books – but I guess the American Publishers are in ‘shock and awe’ seeing the treatment of my books – and even being censored in coming out in my articles – by others determined to keep us ‘down there’ syndromes!
  • ·        We need to support more local talents, skills, entrepreneurships and human resources development in the country – and not only in arts and drawings – but overall!
  • ·        Not in SMEs for crafts and dressmaking – but why not in Top Management too? I mean across the board – not the usual few that always appear in the news – and as if there are no ‘other Omanis’ available – given the right attitudes, approaches and focuses – and the right training, guidance, counseling and mentoring!
  • ·        It is high time that we looked at our own – and those of our truly feeling and caring expatriates are most welcome to join the bandwagon in our honourable pursuits!

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May Allah God Protect and Preserve us all – and our achievements – Amin.

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

Posted at: www.majidall.com and at www.majidwrite.com

 

Between Us Only!: Short Takes – Two!

 Between Us Only!: Short Takes – Two!

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Title: Between Us Only!: Short Takes – Two!

 Author: Majid Al Suleimany

 Sentence Description

 Back again for the next installment in his critically-acclaimed series, Majid Al Suleimany offers a new collection of articles that deal with the delicate matters that many are scared to touch.

 Short Description

 Back again for the next installment in his critically acclaimed series, Majid Al Suleimany offers a new collection of articles that deal with the delicate matters that many are scared to touch. Adapted from his successful newspaper column in The Oman Daily Observer, the enlightening and educational articles of Between Us Only!: Short Takes – Two! cover everything from human suffering and social trends to divorce and prejudice. Touching on some of the social evils prevalent in today’s society, this fantastic collection uses a mixture of witty observations and heavy blows to get its point across. A labor of love filled with keen observations on twenty-first-century society, this insightful book carries priceless warnings, resentments, fears, and advice for readers everywhere.

 The varied and honest new collection of articles cover a multitude of topics, from lighthearted and entertaining stories to serious topics based off of universal societal issues. Full of interesting and educational articles and stories, this wonderful book is a captivating experience, especially for readers familiar with Arab customs, traditions, heritages, and legacies.

 Developed from weekly columns Al Suleimany writes, Between Us Only! follows up on the success of the previous books in the series and furthers the idea of private talks between friends on matters that many are too scared to touch. Often times delving into topics that aren’t always sweet, this enlightening book uses a clear and elegant prose to explore social evils in society as well as their lighthearted counterparts.

 Extended Description

 Back again for the next installment in his critically acclaimed series, Majid Al Suleimany offers a new collection of articles that deal with the delicate matters that many are scared to touch. Adapted from his successful newspaper column in The Oman Daily Observer, the enlightening and educational articles of Between Us Only!: Short Takes – Two! cover everything from human suffering and social trends to divorce and prejudice. Touching on some of the social evils prevalent in today’s society, this fantastic collection uses a mixture of witty observations and heavy blows to get its point across. A labor of love filled with keen observations on twenty-first-century society, this insightful book carries priceless warnings, resentments, fears, and advice for readers everywhere.

 The varied and honest new collection of articles cover a multitude of topics, from lighthearted and entertaining stories to serious topics based off of universal societal issues. Full of interesting and educational articles and stories, this wonderful book is a captivating experience, especially for readers familiar with Arab customs, traditions, heritages, and legacies.

 A fantastic read for everyone from CEOs to students, Between Us Only! offers insightful and illuminating articles based off of a variety of topics that even apply to children, teenagers, and grandparents. Filled with varied topics that will entertain and inform readers of all backgrounds and walks of life, this eclectic collection will engross as it inspires and provides a wide range of knowledge on a multitude of important topics.

 Developed from weekly columns Al Suleimany writes, Between Us Only! follows up on the success of the previous books in the series and furthers the idea of private talks between friends on matters that many are too scared to touch. Often times delving into topics that aren’t always sweet, this enlightening book uses a clear and elegant prose to explore social evils in society as well as their lighthearted counterparts. Covering a variety of priceless topics, this wonderful collection of articles gives readers everywhere a glimpse into the issues that are prevalent in today’s society.

 Majid Al Suleimany has over twenty-five years of experience as a human resources specialist and over ten years of experience as a management and human resources consultant, expert, and advisor. For the past eight years, he has written weekly columns in The Oman Daily Observer, an English daily, which has led to three published books based off of his columns. He has recently expanded to a new column, At the Workplace. Al Suleimany has also published two other books on Arab management – www.myown-ebooks.com .

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 Back again for the next installment in his critically acclaimed series, Majid Al Suleimany offers a new collection of articles that deal with the delicate matters that many are scared to touch. Adapted from his successful newspaper column in The Oman Daily Observer, these enlightening and educational articles cover everything from human suffering and social trends to divorce and prejudice. Touching on some of the social evils prevalent in today’s society, this fantastic collection uses a mixture of witty observations and heavy blows to get its point across. A labor of love filled with keen observations on twenty-first-century society, this insightful book carries priceless warnings, resentments, fears, and advice for readers everywhere.

 Al Suleimany has over twenty-five years of experience as a human resources specialist and over ten years of experience as a management and human resources consultant, expert, and advisor. For the past eight years, he has written weekly columns in The Oman Daily Observer, an English daily, which has led to three published books based off of his columns. He has recently expanded to a new column entitled, At the Workplace. Al Suleimany has also published two other books on Arab management. He began writing at age fourteen and has since developed a new approach that he feels is “direct from the heart.” Al Suleimany holds a master’s in international management. For more information on him, please visit www.myown-ebooks.com and www.majidbooks.com.

 Author Biography

 Majid Al Suleimany has over twenty-five years of experience as a human resources specialist and over ten years of experience as a management and human resources consultant, expert, and advisor. For the past eight years, he has written weekly columns in The Oman Daily Observer, an English daily, which has led to three published books based off of his columns. He has recently expanded to a new column entitled, At the Workplace.

 Al Suleimany has also published two other books on Arab management. He began writing at age fourteen and has since developed a new approach that he feels is “direct from the heart.” Al Suleimany holds a master’s in international management. He is married and has three daughters and a son. For more information on him, please visit www.myown-ebooks.com and www.majidbooks.com.

 First Person Author Biography

 I have over twenty-five years of experience as a human resources specialist and over ten years of experience as a management and human resources consultant, expert, and advisor. For the past eight years, I have written weekly columns in The Oman Daily Observer, an English daily, which has led to three published books based off of my columns. I have recently expanded to a new column entitled, At the Workplace.

 I have also published two other books on Arab management. I began writing at age fourteen and have since developed a new approach that I feel is “direct from the heart.” I hold a master’s in international management. I am married and have three daughters and a son. For more information, please visit www.myown-ebooks.com and www.majidbooks.com.

 First Person Author Biography

 I am a weekly columnist with The Oman Daily Observer and with a master’s in international management.

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The Foreign Angle!

For Wednesday February 6th 2013

Between Us Only!

The Foreign Angle!

Please bear with me whilst I connect the dots!

Case 1 – Some years ago in my visit to that distant land my late Uncle was visibly very upset that I had decided to stay in a hotel – instead at staying at his place. The poor man had built an outside room with an adjoining toilet and kitchen – even running flush water toilet – in the hope and expectancy that some of us here would decide to stay at his house! Compared to other houses around – his house was in better shape, standard and condition compared to them. He ruefully asked me – those 25 dollars you pay daily – how much I would have enjoyed receiving them – instead of the hotel! Incidentally, the hotel was owned by one public official – but that is another story for now!

Affectionate Couple - Isolated

Mixed Marriage 2

So to please him I decided to stay a few days at his place. My real reasons not wanting to stay with them is not inconveniencing them – like the first time I did when they started looking for ‘good rice’ for me – though I would have preferred the local dishes instead – but they thought I was kidding – and just wanted to protect them!

I saw one large (chicken) cock in the place – and too late I realised these were the same ‘stock and barrel’ of the homeland – because I got very angry the next day when it was brought for my meal! I had admired it on its beauty ‘as alive’ – and not as a meal! That tells a lot of going to Omani (descendants) houses and praise things – because of this fear of ‘the red eye’ element. Something those in Oman long for even expatriates would know about!

Mixed Marriage 1

Mixed Marriages 1 – From My Book – Between Us Only! – Short Takes! – www.myown-ebooks.com

Early in the morning I was awoken with a pot of steaming hot coffee and a few dried up (in bad shape) dates – because of what I first thought was me being from Oman customs and traditions – especially in the Interior. So I secretly checked out with the housemaid if this was so – and she curtly replied that as far as she knew – this was an ongoing tradition of the house! Including the element of speaking in Arabic when we were alone – and strange the dialect because some local words were added in the speaking – like calling a hill as ‘mlima’ – a typical 100% Swahili word for that matter!

I guess when they will ever come here we need to follow the Israeli ways of doing things – when they bring their own – from distant places – for ‘orientation’ – and the poor Palestinians meanwhile still remaining as refugees – 50 years on! But that too is for another day!

Case 2 – A long time ago – when my Consultancy was still alive – I went with my Indian Assistant lady to make a presentation for our business proposal for one reputable firm in town. The owner was a previous high profile figure – and it was very disappointing – because he thought I could not ‘hear’ Hindi – after establishing what were my roots and ethnicity! I studied in Indian schools from class 1 to Form 6 there! The man was saying nasty things like ‘what did I know about Management and HR – and he thought I was a ‘signing-off’ only GM – but the Indian lady did all the stuff. I wrote about this many times before!

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Case 3…. I had sent about my books to many local newspapers – only this one and another one positively responded! In the others – I have seen so many coverages by others – for even lesser issues – and especially if they are pretty foreign looking ladies personalities – and with due respects and apologies. Yet these same places always talk ‘big’ about national issues – at least in print!

Case 4….  I am in this shopping mall – and I see this excited local boy running to his friends – excitedly – There is a European saleslady in that shop! And they all gang up together – to go and see her – and buy some expensive sweets that they do not really want – and or have never tasted before!

In the shopping mall – do not forget I was young once – and had the roving eye too! She was pretty – yes! But there were far more prettier girls from other albeit other foreign nationalities – but frankly the young local girls were equally – and if even not more too! But this did not excite them – in the least! The colonial hangovers just do not want to disappear here!

A Wake Up Call! When are we going to wake up from this deep slumber – these jealousies, envies, personalities and polarisation things? It seems we see things – but still yet do not see – hear things but yet do not hear – and even let not others to speak too! Those days of scaring, control, subjugation and domination are long gone – but we still live like ostriches to the ground!

The truth is we have many of our own that we should value and esteem first of all. Prioratise and uphold in values! It does not mean ignoring and or belittling the others – especially the ‘invited guests and residents’ – but the truth is that many of us still feel impotent and useless – and as if I suspect that a real problem exists in the mind set of us many Arabs: That we do not feel that we are owners of our own purpose, destiny, legacy and future – and either lack the confidence and will power – and or just the evil selfish inward looking that is driving – and controlling us too!

You will excuse me too – for more than a month now – I have been writing on just normal and casual issues. It took the case of my very sick brother there now – after leaving the country to stay with his foreign wife abroad – that made me wake up – to the terrible truth! This is a double edged sword – but for my poor brother marrying another foreigner – when we had all the pretty decent local girls here – and the other side of the coin – getting into difficulties – because you just married a foreigner – and it is you the Omani that has to leave your country – if you want to stay with her! We lose the children too – even if they are half Omanis – for that matter!

When will we wake up and learn? Before it is too late? I am really – really tired now! Allah God Protect and Preserve us all – Amin – Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

A Cry For Help! US Book Reviews!

A Cry For Help!

By Majid Al Suleimany

Trafford Publishing

Reviewed by Peter M. Fitzpatrick

Premium US Reviews – www.theusreview.com

“Our religion is one of faith, compassion, love, tolerance, and understanding – yet some of us use its name to justify their wanton and indiscriminate acts.”

This book is a large collection of articles the author has written for the book and from his newspaper column entitled “Between Us Only” in the Oman Daily Observer. He writes from a management perspective and thirty years employment in human resources and training. No punches are pulled in describing his experiences with racial prejudice in big corporation culture, both from expatriate staff and even his fellow Omani workers.

But the scope is not limited to business issues. Reasons for the economic lag in Arabic countries are also floated: “I suspect that a real problem exists in the mind of Arabs: They do not feel that they own their own countries.” These issues seem prescient of the contemporary “Arab Spring.” The al-Qaeda phenomenon is analyzed, as is the since-repressed popular rebellion against the re-election of Ahmedinejad in Iran.

His reporting on the actual conditions that foreign workers must suffer in the oil-super-rich country of Dubai are astounding. The bulk of the book is about management and human resource issues, however, and the author’s commentary is unique in its Arabic and Muslim perspective.

Suleimany originally wanted to break up the book into topics, but was told by his countries Censor Board to print them chronologically. The result is one that might put off more academically interested readers in Arabic management issues. There are no neat categories to index or access in an orderly fashion. But the general drift of the writing is illuminatingly simple. Simple human respect and kindness, universal values that transcend culture and creed, are re-affirmed throughout.

The tone of the book is journalistic, not too far from the sense of an American editorial column. It is filled with concrete examples of the way companies operate in the Arab world and as such is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in that subject. It is not a book on management theory in the abstract; the author’s rationale is moral and ethical, based on an Islamic understanding of the human condition. His approach is moderate, however, with the result being more light on effective corporate management, from the unique perspective of a manager-writer form Oman

Reviewed by Peter M. Fitzpatrick – Premium Us Reviews – www.theusreview.com

Let Us Pray!

Wednesday February 6th 2013

Between Us Only!

Let Us Pray!

Continuing on the series from last one of Family Pressures! This time – Let Us Pray!

The other day I got a missed phone call from one person outside Oman. I did not receive the call and it went missed. The people there have a tendency of calling you  in ‘missed call’ format – and expect you to call back! I did not recognise the number – and typical I nowadays just did not bother to call back. The next day the number was still there – again missed.

Whilst I was debating with myself whether I should call back – the number rang – and this time incessantly and long! So I gathered enough courage and sort of said Hello. He replied to me in Arabic – which was really unusual – and just said – please call me back – without saying who he was!

Prayers 2

Prayers 2

Again I ignored the call. Then a message came through – again strangely in Arabic. Please call me. I am your Uncle… but no name given! This time I was determined and was about to switch off my mobile when as if he knew what I was asking – said who he was! A sort of uncle in ranks – being a close friend of my late father when we were there! I had no alternative – except to call – and finding already what excuse and ruse to use this time to say I had no money to send – which is the truth anyway! But people simply cannot believe that this can happen to an Author!

If you do not believe me – come to the house and see the boxes and boxes of books of books returned from the bookshops – with the tags still on! I cannot blame them – they have been extra nice and patient with me to keep on storing my books – but the time had come to part ways. The shock was ‘we are now only storing novels, magazines and sweets – because people simply do not buy now serious books – and no one (or few) buy any book that goes over OMR 5 – yes – that is the cut out rate in our literacy drive!

Prayers 3

Prayers 3

Anyway – poor Uncle related – asks me if I know of a certain family now in Oman? I ask him why? He retorts – do you or don’t you? Thank God to our upbringing – I keep my manners and respect on! Then he tells me! This family has ignored their relative here that is dying in hospital. He is calling out for them when he could speak! Now he is in a coma – and is not expected to recover! I have heard those stories before – and people did recover! I have also heard of the story of one old lady recovering and doing well – only to hear she died next morning!

Just imagine how God loves us! He has not given us the secret of when, how and where we will die – otherwise the world will turn turtle – upside down – and moving from one house to another in saying goodbyes! And perhaps few would even venture to build or invest? Or could it be the opposite? I do not know – I am just like you – not knowing either these secrets!

Then he says – please tell them to come and see him! Then I ask him – Uncle why they do not want to come? He goes silent – you can almost hear the debate going on! Then he goes Religious – about talking on someone – backbiting – and he is not there to defend himself!

Prayers 1

Prayers 1

The real reasons are not important. But let us say they may be at least 60% strong reasons for not wanting to do so! There is still 40% – being your parent – and your blood too! The East Africans say continuously too – blood is thicker than water! Would one still be very angry with your parent – that he is dying and being looked by others – even if related – but you related – and even more related – do not want still go and see him – even as he is dying – he has begged you to forgive him – and see him before he breathes his last?

Where are our hearts now – all turned to stones! I have heard of these things happening – but never realised that they are real – and can happen in real life too! That is why our Religious Leaders should talk more on our everyday lives – and its aspects – and how to live in this world with the others – even from different faiths and places too!

That family and child that ended in you being insulted by your boss – suffered all kinds of insults and ridicules – subjugation and controls – yet there is simply no guarantee or security for you in the future – especially if you become very sick – and dependent on others – as a pariah and as a parasite!

The problems that the world is facing now are this determination and will to impose one’s measurements and outlooks on others! So-called Religious people have become Politicians – and the Politicians have become religious! Everyone is correct, ethical, The other is ‘branding and name-calling’ of others – and as if ‘butter will not melt’ in themselves of their mouths fiascos – ‘angels, good and nice peoples’ – whilst others are not!

That is why we are in so much troubles and problems now! The situation has gone so bad that materialism, individualism, subjectiveness, consumerism and selfishness have stepped in. Hearts have just turned to stones – solid ones too! Including lack of care, feelings – touch and humanity even! That is why as I had said before – Let Us Pray! Amin Amen!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

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