Please Stop Preaching!

For Wednesday February 27th 2013

Between Us Only!

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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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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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

Omanisation – At The Crossroads!

Between Us Only!

Omanisation At The Crossroads!

I have to admit in writing this I was very much perturbed and disturbed by one ‘friend’ telling me to stop writing any further because you are ‘just exposing yourself to unnecessary situations’ – and besides ‘you have said it yourself that you are tired banging your head against brick walls – and just having your head swollen and red in the whole process per se’! Omani Faces - Toyota

But then there were others encouraging me not to despair – surrender and give up – because we need people like you to still be able to speak out and say the truth – however bitter and ugly that we do not want to hear and or accept! Please continue to act as our ‘Conscience-Keeper’ – and keeping things from sliding down further in ‘this dark alley’ – and then we all end as Losers. If you have heard of the story of The Father, The Son and The Donkey – they were going to sell! – you will probably get the gist of the meaning of what I am trying to say here – so please bear with me – and as a citizen I think I have the right to say what I feel and what my views are!

 First of there is need to say this thing that has come out in The Society now! We are part of the global village and whatever happens in other parts of the world – especially nearer the home – we cannot isolate ourselves from the rest of the world in things and events catching up with us! We still have the ‘Old Guards’ in our midst that want no changes – and even if they are a few – but still are powerful and influential – especially when ‘the element of fear the change, unknown and untested’ still crops in and overrides!

 I have written so many articles on all the above and even in a desperate and last attempt in writing the book A Cry For Help! – published in September 2009 – well before all the troubles hit us in The Arab World. But I was branded all types of names and colours – and I never ever again got a HR job that lasted more than 3 months – because being already a sick person with acute diabetic case – high blood pressures and eyes problems it was not worth me continuing to tag and struggle along – because as the Brits say ‘ ‘if you cannot stand the heat – quit whilst you still can’!.

 And to quit I have done – even if it was just as quick as 18 minutes to pack my things – and leave the Offices in that time! Even if this time are fellow Omanis as my Top Bosses – but then they are unsure of themselves – and have many Advisors – many of them anti-me expatriates – with long elephant memories!

 Recently, I have again been perturbed and greatly disturbed to read articles talking about grand generalizations of The Omani Youth and The Applicant. Forget me that was born outside – but my parents and elders were all born in Oman – including grandparents! Including my children and grandchildren! I do not know of any other place that is home except this one – that took me in as a refugee under United Nations – returning home to our family ancestry – and giving me a passport that I am very proud and esteemed of. His Majesty Accession was the silver lining in the storm – after our families lost heavily in the bloody revolution – and the massacres and ethnic cleansing that followed!

 You will, therefore, no doubt appreciate why I am a keen advocate and pusher from day one for Omanisation – Youth Recruitment – Training and Development!

Though my future prospects and career were much tarnished and damaged by not ‘towing the line’ – like others did – but frankly I have no regrets to date – and even if my life were represented – I would still do ‘the very same things – all over again’!

 In one of the funerals I had attended some 30 years ago – I wrote about this! – There were these people from one Office cursing the boss who had just died – and still warm and not buried yet! It made my flesh crawl – and I could not believe my ears! When I queried them – then why did you come to the funeral – they retorted something about being forced by the Management to come – but if they had their say – they would rather go home – and watch television!

 I wondered to myself why there would be so much hatred and animosity – to the extent ‘that he is now going to burn in his grave to eternal damnation’! As a HR Professional – that made me so scared – but it was a great learning point and lesson to me on life – and life’s aspects!!

 In another funeral gathering some years later –  I saw men over forties actually crying – because ‘the good boss had died – and who will look after us now? I was then so elated and felt great that though I was losing money heavily in my job career and future – but Thank God – I was in the right track – at least!. I would prefer this – than being cursed –  even at death!

 You may well ask why I am worried – again? From what I can read of people making generalized statements – and branding everything under one colour – rather than the rainbow and other colours – it is very scary and frightening! I have this fear that what people are writing is for the particular interests and welfare of ‘some die-hard old guards’ that do not want to change with the times – even if they would plummet us all into this decadence, malaise and decay of darkness and uncertainties – and we have still not learnt from what we see live being played out in the Television and Media news!

 Admittedly it is true that even in each basket there are bad eggs (fish) – but unfair, unethical, unprofessional and unprincipled generalizations of the whole lot is unjustified and unfair!

 Like I have also said many times before – the expatriate here is under natural pressures to outdo and outperform the adversary competition in local recruitment – otherwise there are no considerations, sympathy or patience for him – but the same guy can easily disappoint you easily – when he is back at his home relaxed environment.

 Besides, the point also that we are a young nation – just 50 years old – and still evolving and changing to catch up with the rest of the world – and even our own neighbours. Trust me – I am not an Apologist for lower standards, quality and complacency – and I do not also believe in window dressing – patch-up repair works either.

 But there sure is far more room for so much further changes and improvements – and further calculated risk taking. I was really scared to hear why the Teenagers prefer public jobs than private – but the ‘real excuses give’ are just doubtful and do not hold any credible evidence and proof – because there is far more than meets the eye here!

Please note – I am not denying we have problems – but could be exaggerated and overblown!

 Maybe some people should read (again?) my two books in Arab Management – Psychology of Arab Management Thinking and A Cry For Help! I think it is all in there! But I still stand corrected – with provided credible proof and evidence! See www.myown-ebooks.com – with sincere apologies!

 The future belongs to these youth – and for their destiny, legacy and destiny – even if there will be a lot of errors and mistakes – before we reach our final destination – goals, targets and focuses – Amin Amen The time to do that is now – not after! History and future generations will judge us by what we do now – not do or even any inaction.

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

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

Omanisation should start from top level: expert

Omanisation should start from top level: expert

The Oman Daily Observer
 
Thu, 15 November 2012
 

By Kabeer Yousuf –

MUSCAT — A paradigm shift at the top management level among the private companies can certainly induce a sense of commitment and bonding among the Omani employees resulting in the increased productivity reflecting on the company’s returns, according to a recognised Omani CEO.

Anvwar al Balushi, who has been ranked third among the Most Revolutionary CEOs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, said Omanising not only the middle management level but the senior management level can certainly have positive impacts on the organisations.

“Omanising the CEO level will influence the work culture, the work environment and productivity of the employees in the organisation. Hence, the authorities must consider stipulating the private companies to employ nationals to be the CEO’s”.

In comments to the Observer, Anvwar explained the reason behind such an opinion. “In most of the companies where expatriates are sitting at the top, the senior management is either reluctant or hesitant to delegate and assign tasks to Omani employees saying ‘I cannot assign any task to him; because he is an Omani’ and they are paid for being an Omani which is not right”.

“We have highly qualified graduates who can be moulded according to the company’s vision, mission and set goals. They can be equally or more efficient than many of their expatriate colleagues”, Anvwar, who is the Group CEO of the Majan Consolidated Company LLC, said.

“Some years ago, when it was instructed that the branch managers of banks should be Omanis, there were prejudices and reservations as to its feasibility was concerned. But see today, all the branches of leading banks are run by able national graduates running their show successfully while achieving the Omanisation levels to 90-95 per cent”.

He added that this present scenario has a chain effect where these expatriate CEO’s are paid big salaries. “Today, majority of the CEO positions are held by expatriates and they are paid hefty salaries and other perks. One can assume that a huge chunk of this money is pumped out of the economy which is supposed to be rotating inside the Omani economy.”

He said “An Omani CEO can better understand his colleagues and work for their prosperity than an expatriate CEO. In return, the employees will struggle towards the common goals set by his top management aiming to prove his ability and skills”.

Al Balushi was ranked the third among the revolutionary CEO’s of the region for his leadership qualities, HR skills and his company profile by Naseba, a French Business Information Group recently.