Archive for category Extreme Managing

Helter Skelter

We don’t treat the disease. We only treat the symptoms.

By Fareeha Qayoom

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Stuck in the Twilight Zone!

And yes, I have now great respect for people in the government who manage to get anything done – push the paper all the way through to build roads, schools, hospitals – the works. It takes hundreds of engineers to change a single light bulb in this joint. People who can do all that are my heroes. I salute you. You must be relentless, tireless and have a lot of tolerance for putting up with loads of BS and still plowing through all that nonsense to come on the other side.

By Fareeha Qayoom

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Things I have Learnt the Hard Way

Be open to possibilities.

By Fareeha Qayoom

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The Empire Strikes Back

Imran Khan and Qadri are not the answer. They are only human and fallible and subject to the same human frailties as the rest of us including stupidity and arrogance. When the dust settles, history will record that they were only rabble rousers.

By Fareeha Qayoom

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Relationships

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…There are so many unhappy, negative people around, especially in Pakistan – our whole culture revolves around criticizing someone, complaining about someone, ganging up and bullying someone, picking on someone who is different, bitching, complaining, moaning, groaning, whining, carping, we spend all our lives just talking negative – in our homes, schools, workplaces, television programs, newspapers…

By Fareeha Qayoom

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Blood Sports

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Hostile, Toxic Workplace Environment

By Fareeha Qayoom

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Pakistan Elections: May 11, 2013 – My Story

The people have spoken. Respecting their word and moving on with it is more important at this point than creating a lot of strife and unpleasantness which Mr. Khan managed to do from his sickbed in spite of things going well at the elections for him. My advice to the politicians, listen to your citizens and do a good job this time – together as a team. Your people are quite capable of voting you off like they did with PPP if you don’t deliver. (By the time I post this, Mr. Sharif has already met with Mr. Khan and tried to put the unpleasantness behind him. I guess he wants to play nice and be sensible this time. This is another good move on his part.)

By Fareeha Qayoom

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Procrastination and Writer’s block – My Typical Day

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I am suffering from over work. Yes, I think it’s a disease too. You develop a tunnel vision. You become compulsive and obsessive (about your current obsession). Which I am anyway – compulsively obsessive…when you add work to the mix, it becomes something totally beyond normal. All work and no play makes you a dull Jill (or Jack whatever your particular case).

By Fareeha Qayoom

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Only in Pakistan

Warning: This is a rant about ‘oh poor me!’ – a self pitying lament about my good life. If you don’t like rants – don’t read any further! 😀

By Fareeha Qayoom

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Negotiating the Communication Minefield

Effective communication is an acquired skill – though, not all managers know how to communicate effectively. Words have meanings and associations – same words can mean different things to different people. Then, there are hidden meanings, fine nuances, body language, and outright contradictions between actions and words, not to mention, human nature…walking through this minefield can be tough – on top of that, you need emotional intelligence and people skills. I don’t think you can ever say you have mastered all the skills of communication and now you have become an effective communicator. You live and learn – it’s always a process.

by Fareeha Qayoom

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Mosquitoes, flies and the paranoid

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So what the heck is it? Are we just paranoid or are they really out to get us? They don’t let you sleep, work or even die in peace – is it a giant conspiracy, general incompetence or just plain dumb series of unfortunate events that dog Pakistan and her citizens every day? You decide.

By Fareeha Qayoom

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Heat, flies and load-shedding

Scenario A2 in Year 2100 with Climate Sensitivity Equal to 5.5 Degrees C Annual Mean Temperature with Extreme Events Calibration and Enhanced Adaptive Capacity

There are hundreds of road blocks, obstacles, frustrations that dog our average day and yet we find the time to do all that we have to do during the course of our day and still get up the next morning full of hope and courage and go through the same grind again and again. That’s what makes Pakistan amazing.

By Fareeha Qayoom

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Never complain, never explain

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We are frustrated, depressed and fast becoming a negative bunch of people (if not already) as a nation. We spend too much time focusing on the negative, complaining about things – on television, on newspapers, in our lives. This is toxic and should be stopped ASAP.

By Fareeha Qayoom

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Dog days and Lord of the Flies syndrome

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Bottom line, absolute power corrupts absolutely and for some weird reason, most people in their puny capacity always but always cross the line if they can help it. Anyone who is in any position of power over others likes to exercise his muscles, even when there is no need. I see so many examples – big cars hog the roads…gate keepers try to teach you your place. Front Desk personnel try to block you to give you just three examples. Bully’s bully, its not personal – the powerful prey on the weak. It’s the survival of the fittest. The list goes on and on and on…

By Fareeha Qayoom

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More Monday Blues and Torrential Rains!

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Why can’t they save the rain water? Conservation is the new buzz word all over the world! Does that take a lot of investment? Funnily enough, we know Pakistan comes under the Monsoon belt. Somebody should be working on this but we seem to be never prepared…

By Fareeha Qayoom

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