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Monday, December 31, 2012

It is the time of the year where organizations and individuals set their targets as 2012 unfolds.

2013, a year of uncertainty and change, is a challenging one; The Euro zone is still at risk, the Arab countries in critical situation and the US fiscal cliff crisis still unresolved. So what attributes leaders need to master to achieve their targets and grow their teams and businesses sustainably?

The following top 5 is a combination of the top competencies used by leaders in the past 4 years and a speculation on the risks associated with business growth in 2013/2014.

5: Continuous development

Are leaders born or made? One of the most debatable questions. No matter what side are you on in that argument, it is a known fact that leaders should seek continuous development for themselves and their teams. This is one of the highest yielding investments, as organizations are challenged to be more efficient and definitely more creative.

Tip: Engage your team in an experiential leadership program.

4: Accountability

A good leader is a person that creates systems of delegation; Leaders should focus on strategic thinking and leave the operational practices to their team members. However this can not be done without setting parameters of accountability and responsibility

Tip: Read "Situational Leadership" by Ken Blanchard

3: Communication

One of the most important leadership attributes. Communication is much more than conveying a message; Steve Jobs managed to create a culture of trust through his communication style. Inspire trust by being sincere in your communication techniques.

Tip: Videotape your presentations, and play with your body language gradually to influence your audience.

2: Empathy

Although it is part of the communication skills, not everyone is able to empathize. Empathy is about understanding the differences in people, and allowing people to grow in their own difference without judging others. Empathetic people are able to generate much more ideas than others.

Tip: Learning about coaching, and asking more questions than stating facts.

1: Emotional Intelligence

It is of no surprise that Emotional Intelligence comes on the top of our list. Leaders are faced with thousand of situations and most of the time have to make decisions under pressure. Being emotionally intelligent is about learning how to be in control of the situation and make unbiased sound decisions.

Tip: Read "Working with Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman

Camil el Khoury




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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Challenge:

With the rise of the oil industry and the launch of mega projects, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have become reliant on migrant workers, that in turn outnumbered indigenous citizens.

In the aim to decrease unemployment rates among the nationals, Governments of GCC states launched workforce nationalization programmes—the concept of reducing expatriate employment by bringing more citizens into the workplace. This nationalization process is known as Bahrainization in Bahrain, Kuwaitization in Kuwait, Omanization in Oman, Qatarization in Qatar, Saudization in Saudi Arabia, and Emiratization in the United Arab Emirates.
With those processes in place HR directors and managers started facing high amounts of pressure into getting their organizations in compliance with the local laws and regulation. That poses three main challenges:
 1- Recruiting a pool of local talents that have the proper skills and are aligned with the organizational culture and values
 2- Running a smooth human resources operation
 2- Keeping focus on strategic goals and objectives
ideas group, in line with its purpose of facilitating and sustaining performance, launched in 2010  its Learning Business Process Outsourcing (LBPO) function, to assist the HR teams in maximizing their efficiency in running their training/L&D department. The BPO were developed with the GCC nationalization processes at the core. We wanted to find the best way to help our clients align with local rules and regulations while still focusing on strategic goals and objectives and maintaining a high performance workshforce.
The Process:

 Our clients chose to either outsource the whole learning & development/training function or to entrust us to run one of the below activities:
 Business process change management, training needs analysis,  learning and development design, course catalogue administration, L&D budgeting, event scheduling and logistics, evaluation and assessments, learning content development, workshop delivery, providers selection, performance management systems, strategy implementation, competency profiling, psychometrics profiling, organizational assessments, 360° feedback, assessment debriefs, succession planning design and implementation, and ROI on training.
 As organizations find the need to focus on their core activities, “business process outsourcing” was found to be of a great efficiency in decreasing the cost of the learning function while increasing its link with organizational performance (ASTD).
The Result:

By relieving our clients from the learning department operational duties they can focus on their recruitment activities and on reaching their human capital strategic goals. Alternatively by developing the pool of local talents, ideas groups helps organizations in developing their newcomers so they can be equipped with the tools, skills and mindsets to deliver high performance at work.
With a fully functional learning and development department that is based on ideas group long history in enabling learning capabilities, the clients are able to focus on their core activities and continue to deliver what they do best. Financially, the cost of outsourcing is by far more efficient than the cost of setting up the training department or any of the learning & Development core activities.


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Friday, September 21, 2012


The following is an extract from "Notes from a Friend" by Anthony Robbins.

His name is Soichiro Honda: founder of the Honda Corporation, the maker of Honda cars and motorcycles. Mr. Honda never allowed tragedy, problems, challenges, or the twists and turns of circumstances to get in his way. In fact, he often decided to see some of the biggest obstacles in his way as mere hurdles in the race to reach his goals.

In 1938, Mr. Honda was a poor student who had a dream of designing a piston ring that he would sell to any manufacture for Toyota Corporation. Every day he would go to school, and all night long he would work on his design, up to his elbows in grease. He spent what little money he had on his project, and it still wasn’t finished. Finally, he hocked his wife’s jewelry to continue.

After years of effort he finally designed the piston ring he was sure Toyota would buy. When he took it to them, they rejected it. He was sent back to school to suffer the humiliation of his teachers’ and friends’ telling him what an idiot he was for designing such a ridiculous gadget. Was he frustrated? You bet. Was he broke? Yes. Did he give up? No way.

Instead, he spent the next two years continuing to find ways to make the piston ring better. He had the key formula to success:
1. He decided what he wanted.
2. He took action.
3. He noticed whether it was working or not, and when things weren’t working out, 4. He kept changing his approach. He was  flexible in the way he went about things.

Finally, after two more years, he refined his design, and Toyota actually bought it!

In order to build his piston factory, Mr. Honda needed concrete, but Japanese Government was gearing up for World War II, so none was available.

Once again, it looked as if his dream would die. It seemed no one would help him. Again, did he quit? Absolutely not. He had decided to build this factory. Since giving up was not an option, he got together a group of his friends, and for weeks they worked around the clock trying different approaches until they found a new way to manufacture concrete. He build his factory and was finally able to produce his piston rings.

“But wait, there’s more…”

The story doesn’t end here. During the war, the United States bombed his factory, destroying most of it. Instead of feeling defeated, he rallied all his  employees. He said, “Quickly! Run outside and watch those planes. What they’ll do is drop their fuel cans out of the  sky. We need to find out where they drop them and get those cans, because they contain the raw materials we need for our manufacturing process!” These were materials they couldn’t get anywhere in Japan.  Mr. Honda found away to use whatever life gave him. Finally, an earthquake leveled his factory and he was forced to sell his piston operation to Toyota. But God never closes a door without opening another one, so we need to stay alert to see whatever new opportunities life presents us…

When the war ended, Japan was in total turmoil. Resources were scarce in all part of the country – gasoline  was rationed and, in some cases, nearly impossible to find – and Mr. Honda couldn’t even get enough gas to drive his car to the market to buy food for his family. But instead of feeling defeated or helpless, he made a new decision. He decided he would not settle for this quality of life. He asked himself a very powerful question: “How else can I feed my family? How can I use things I already  have to find a way to get there?” He noticed a little motor he had, one that was the size and type to drive a traditional lawn mower, and he got the idea of hooking it up to his bicycle. In that moment, the first motorized bike was created. He drove it to and from the market, and pretty soon his friends were asking him to make some for them, too.

Shortly there after, he’d made so many “motorbikes” that he ran out of motors, so decided to build a new factory to manufacture his own. But he had no money, and Japan was torn apart. How would he do it?

 “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” -  Anthony Robbins

Instead of giving up and saying, “There’s no way,” he came up with a brilliant idea. He decided to write a letter to every single bicycle – shop owner in Japan, telling them that he thought he had the solution for getting Japan moving again, that his motorbike would be cheap and would help people get what they needed to go. Then he asked them to invest. 

Of the 18,000 bicycle – shop owners who received a letter, 3,000 gave Mr. Honda money, and he manufactured his first shipment. And then he was a success, right? Wrong! The motorbike was too big and bulky, and very few Japanese bought it. So once again, he noticed what wasn’t working, and instead of giving up, he changed his approach again. He decided to strip his motorbike down and make it much lighter and smaller. He called it The Cub, and it became an “overnight success,” winning Honda the Emperor’s Award. Everyone looked at him and thought how “lucky” he was to have come up with this idea. 

Was he lucky? Maybe, if L.U.C.K. means  Labor Under Correct Knowledge. Today, Mr. Honda’s company is one of the most successful in the world. Honda Corporation now employs over 100,000 people and outsells all but Toyota cars in the U.S. – all because Mr. Honda never gave up. He never let problems or circumstances get in his way. He decided that there is always a way to succeed if you’re really committed.

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