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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The below is an extract from Helen Buckley called “The little Boy”

Once a little boy went to school. One morning, when the little boy had been in school awhile, the teacher said “Today we are going to make a picture.”
“Good!” thought the little boy.
He liked to make pictures. He could make all kinds. Lions and tigers, chickens and cows, trains and boats. He took out his box of crayons and began to draw. But the teacher said, “Wait! It is not time to begin!” and she waited until everyone looked ready.
“Now,” said the teacher, “We are going to make flowers.’
“Good!” thought the little boy. He liked to make flowers, and he began to make beautiful ones with his pink and orange and blue crayons.
But teacher said, ”Wait! and I will show you how.”
And it was red, with a green stem. ‘There,” said the teacher. “Now you may begin.”
The little boy looked at the teacher, then he looked at his own flower. He liked his flower better than the teacher’s. But he did not say this. He just turned his paper over and made a flower like the teacher’s. It was red, with a green stem.
On another day, the teacher said, “Today we are going to make something with clay.”
“Good!” thought the little boy. He liked clay.
He could make all kinds of things with clay. Snakes and snowmen, elephants and mice, cars and trucks, and he began to pull and pinch his ball of clay.
But the teacher said, “Wait! It is not time to begin!” And she waited until everyone looked ready. 

"Now," said the teacher, “We are going to make a dish.”
He liked to make dishes. And he began to make some that were all shapes and sizes.
But the teacher said, “Wait! And I will show you how.” And she showed everyone how to make one deep dish.. There,” said the teacher. “Now you may begin”
The little boy looked at the teacher’s dish. Then he looked at his own. He liked his dishes better than the teachers. But he did not say this. He just rolled his clay in to a big ball again and made a dish like the teacher’s. It was a deep dish.
And pretty soon
The little boy learned to wait
And to watch,
And to make things just like his teacher
And pretty soon
He didn’t make things of his own anymore
Then it happened that the little boy and his family moved to another house in another city, and the little boy had to go to another school.
And the very first day he was there,
The teacher said: “Today we are going to make a picture"
“Good! thought the little boy. And he waited for the teacher to tell him what to do. But the teacher didn’t say anything. She just walked sound the room.
When she came to the little boy, she said, Don’t you want to make a picture?”
“Yes,” Said the little boy, “What are we going to make?”
“I don’t know until you make it,” said the teacher.
“How shall I make it?” asked the little boy.
“Why any way you like,” said the teacher.
“And any color?” asked the little boy.
“Any color,” said the teacher.
“If everyone made the same picture, and used the same colors,
How would I know who made what, and which is which?”
“I don’t know,” said the little boy,

And he began to make red flower with a green stem.


Camil El Khoury 

Posted By Ideas Group at
06:51 - AM
Monday, October 18, 2010


Camil El Khoury's article in Hospitality News Middle East magazine on "Hiring for new concepts ideas"

In the early stages of a new concept a question that may come to mind is: where can we find the right talent? Camil El Khoury, Chief Vision Officer, Ideas group, suggests some essential questions to ask before hiring.

Finding the right people and placing those people in the right place in the organization is a challenge that every service industry faces, it is more of a stretch in the very fast changing hospitality industry. 

Should we hire internally or externally?
The first thing an existing company should do, is audit its internal strengths and see what positions can be promoted from within. The essential questions to ask are: Do we have the internal resources to fill the position and can they be trained to take on these responsibilities? Is he/she up to the job? Is he or she capable of being innovative?

Hiring from within is extremely healthy as the newly promoted has a full understanding of the company’s culture. It also encourages loyalty and motivates others.
Hiring from outside has also its shares of benefits, as the new hire will come with fresh and innovative ideas and by that, avoids what we call “management myopia”.
Are our hiring methods efficient enough?
According to a recent study by the CIPD (Chartered institute of Personnel and Development), “most of the employee turnover problems occur before the employee is even hired. Having a “one size fits all” interview format will kill the chances of hiring the right candidate in the right position. Interviews should differ according to the job and position. One of the best things to do in hospitality is to interview experientially.
Do we have the right innovation infrastructure?
According to world renown expert on radical innovation Rowan Gibson: “Most companies claim they want to encourage creativity, risk taking and rule breaking, but what you invariably find is that their management infrastructure and corporate culture actually inhibit these things.” New concepts require very high innovation standards, so before starting the concept enable a right innovation infrastructure.

Do we have clear career paths and succession planning?
Hiring the right candidate is not the end of the road, but just the beginning. What we have noticed is that companies are loosing great talents merely because of a lack of career planning and promotion. Move them around, make them responsible, lay foundations for succession, as this will save you a lot on the long run.

Camil El Khoury 


Posted By Ideas Group at
02:38 - PM
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