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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I have received a call last week from one of my clients, who for internal reasons had to cancel one of the biggest contracts we have signed this year. To tell you that I wasn’t deceived would be lying; The news could have ruined my whole day, week or even month because of the magnitude of such contract. However as I am committed to have a high EIQ (emotional intelligence quotient), I had to analyze the choices I had, so I quickly drew the below mindmap (click to enlarge).

As you can see, by just changing my paradigm from deception to choices, a multitude of options started flowing and I was suddenly enveloped with a warm feeling of happiness. It is strange and weird but in the nicest possible way.

So I continued my analysis and tried to come up with computer and IT analogies; when we delete files in our computers we are just making space for another file, the same goes in our lives; when we lose something we are just making space for something bigger.

A lost opportunity = more focus on a bigger one
A lost job = a chance for doing what you love
A lost family member = more love for other family members, or more focus on continuing what the lost one has started
A lost friendship = opportunities for a better one

And the list goes on...

A women in Lebanon has lost her son in a water sports accident, and after grieving him for a while she felt that her life had stopped; You just can imagine how hard it is to loose a child. But one day she woke up and asked herself the following question: What is the reason that my son was taken away from me at a young age? What is the message behind it? How can I use this incident to serve others?

A week later she has started a foundation with a purpose of making parents aware of the dangers of inattention when it comes to their children. So going back to her choices, she had two choices; either grieve her child for the rest of her life, or help thousands of other households save their children. With the latter choice she now feels that her son’s decease was a rebirth for a thousand more child.

“When you lose something, you are just making space for something bigger”

So if you just think about a loss as a free space, you will not get stuck in the past and will start generating opportunities for the future. It is all about using your energy- any kind of energy; negative or positive - and turning it into choices that will get you closer to your goals.

Posted By Ideas Group at
01:18 - AM
Wednesday, August 26, 2009


We have all read or heard about the amazing articles in the New York Times, Paris Match, the Washington post and other reputable Media about the high life in Lebanon, and how the country doesn’t need a lot of time of peace to re-stabilize and position itself as the jewel of the Middle East.

Lebanon is known to be one of the world’s top provider of Human resources; according to “Information-International” 2 out of 5 Lebanese live and work abroad, not counting people who have abandoned their citizenship and either live in the Americas, Europe or Africa.

The Lebanese diaspora usually wait for a period of political stagnation to come and visit Lebanon checking on relatives. This time it was a bit different for them; as the financial crisis has worsened their situation abroad -a phenomenon that is not apparent in their original country due to an excellent banking regulatory practice, and a risk avert financial strategy- they thought of Lebanon as something more than a vacation time.

Lebanese expatriates coming to Beirut are witnessing an out of this world ambiance, an atmosphere that haven’t been seen before, one that caters to all levels, wether you are a family enjoying some quiet time at the beach, in the mountains, or a young crowd looking for exceptional parties with world class music and entertainment performers, the place became so charming that it is hard for them to leave.

Hard to leave means looking for a job in the country; is this viable or is it just emotional?

Let’s have a look at the economical situation and the growth forecast.

The country witnessed a growth rate of 4% to date in 2009, and could reach a 6% if it starts filling the gap in infrastructure shortages. Investment in real estate and infrastructure are not shy, where foreign direct investment plays a big role, and several new projects were announced.

Fears of political stability might be a question that job seekers ask, while the political situation affects directly the job market, Lebanon has managed to position itself as an operations hub for Corporates in the region and is regaining its service exporting culture which will continue even when the stability is an issue.

With more and more opportunities on the employment market, human capital pay has risen in Lebanon as compared with the past 10 years, and foreign expertise is rewarded, having said that, the pay is still below other countries in the region what is justified by a lower cost of living.

In a nutshell, Lebanon’s outlook is very optimistic and with the expertise that the expatriates could bring, the infrastructure gap will be filled and the country will build on the services niche that it has always dominated.

Posted By Ideas Group at
09:09 - AM
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