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Monday, January 30, 2012


You might find yourself struggling to meet months end, or maybe not able to afford some of the things you've always wanted; and it's not getting any easier for you in your job.
Opening your own business is either not that simple or just not for you. So how do you make more money? Work overtime? Get a second job? Or just hope to win the lottery?
The majority of people enter in what we call a negative loop, which means that as you work harder things become even harder for you. As a matter of fact the majority of newly created business enter in that negative loop.

So here is how you get out of this loop and jump on a positive one:

1- Have a clear direct goal: When I ask participants in my workshops about where they see themselves in the coming five years, the majority either do not have a clue or will answer spontaneously “i’d like to be better” or “Maybe a manager....I don’t know” or my favorite one “Who doesn’t want to become better”

The problem with those answers is that they are very loose and lack direction.  As you will not reach anywhere in you car if you don’t have a direction, you will not reach anywhere in your career and personal life if you don't set a direction for that as well. 

2- Prepare for opportunities: Once you know your destination you will be able to create your own luck (Luck= Preparation + Opportunities). Do not think of this as a spiritual game or an optimistic approach; this is totally pragmatic, as when you know what you want, you will be able to see very clearly the opportunities that are related to your goal. And there is nothing worse that seeing an opportunity passing by without being able to do anything about it. So go ahead check your personal tool kit and start preparing yourself to maximize the use of the opportunities.

3- Engage. When you are totally immersed in your work, when you enjoy what you do you will be able to do more with much less and by this you will providing value  to everyone around you. So engage yourself, engage your customers and engage everyone around you. This will not only allow people to believe in you and in your ideas, it will also give the feeling of playing all the time.

4- Think of scarcity The problem with the majority of people is that they think that everything around them is in limited quantities, they tend to despise other people for making money. Successful people have the attitude of scarcity vs. abundance; that means they always find opportunities even in the darkest moments. "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." Albert Einstein

Camil el Khoury 

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Thursday, December 1, 2011


Beirut, December  1st 2011: In its 9th annual edition and under this year’s motto “Take it to the street”, the BLOM Beirut Marathon kicked off on Nov 27th, 2011 bringing together more than 32, 000 runners from 80 different countries.

In an event that inspires unity and promotes wellness, ideas group decided to get engaged in Beirut marathon initiative this year by adopting a team from Sidon International school to help them take part in the Marathon by securing their registration, transportation and meals.  The ideas group adopted team tshirts read “Performance is a mindset”.

ideas group was also prominently displayed in Down-town Beirut. “ I am taking my potential to the street” was ideas group’s motivating slogan that was used on light poles displayed in Achrafieh streets.

ideas group is committed to its purpose of  “Driving positive change in the lives of people around us, enabling them to enjoy the fruits of life” says Camil El Khoury Chief Vision Officer of ideas group. “ We are ready to support any initiative in the region that aims to develop the minds and spirits of our people similar to what the “Beirut Marathon” is about.

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09:53 - AM
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Albert Bandura (1986) defined self efficacy (SE) as people’s judgment of their capabilities to organize and execute courses of action, required to attain designated types of performance and successfully perform a particular task.

The key point in the definition of SE is people’s judgment not KAS (Knowledge, Ability, Skills) to perform.  If the required KAS is available but the person in question doesn’t think that he can perform the task then no progress will be made.  Such effect was echoed by Hill, Smith & Mann (1987). People with low SE, are less likely to be open to new situations; less likely to cope with demands and manage setbacks in challenging situations (Gist, Schwoerer & Rosen, 1989).

A person’s SE is a strong determinant for effort, persistence and job performance.  SE is a key factor in training effectiveness and learning transfer (Mathieu, Martineau & Tannenbaum, 1993) because trainees with low SE will not benefit from the training and will be reluctant to try new concepts and approaches.  Research has confirmed that people with high SE approach training positively and benefit the most out of it (Gutherie & Schwoerer, 1994).

SE is task oriented, where people may have high SE for some tasks and low SE for others, such as high SE for marketing, and low SE for complains handling.  For this nature, it is a strong predictor for one’s performance and motivation.   SE has positive and negative consequences.  High SE triggers people to work hard and persist against turbulences and pitfalls, like Thomas Edison, when he did three thousand different unsuccessful prototypes before he achieved his light bulb breakthrough. 

High SE people react positively when a negative feedback is addressed to them. Contrary to this, in areas where they have low SE, they consider negative feedback as a confirmation for their incompetence. Although SE is positive in nature, it has its negative consequences.  We tend to be negatively impacted when we can not win what we value, and cause us to keep trying until we experience stress and pressure.

Factors influencing SE.
- Self-mastery is the stage where we perform part of the assigned job in an excellent manner.  This performance confirms to us that we are capable to perform the expected job, as desired.  Usually we judge our capabilities based on perception, as we fear to try new things and leave our comfort zone.  As a result, we take the easy escape and decline trying.  When facing difficult assignment, SE is a critical element, and to approach it in a positive way, we have to divide the difficult assignment into small manageable tasks, and work on satisfying each task separately.  In addition, because we learn as we progress, difficulty level should be increased gradually, to avoid the shock of sudden difficulty increase.  After settling the difficult assignment as desired, rewards should be given, in order to reconfirm self faith and SE, and reinforce the positive thoughts regarding self ability and performance capacity.

- Role-modeling is observing successful people performing, for learning purposes.  This technique is powerful because it leaves immediate impact, as we observe to learn.  For this, the role model should be an ideal choice, to reflect positive learning experience.

- Verbal persuasion builds SE when managers motivate and praise individuals for their competence and ability to improve their effectiveness.

In training, trainer should safeguard from the following SE pitfall, to ensure developing positive and high trainees’ SE:

1. Assign unchallenging tasks
2. Giving praise for regular performance
3. Treat faulty performance indifferently
4. Repeatedly offered unsolicited help
5. Personal not action criticisms

To produce positive SE, trainer can:

1. Capitalize on trainee’s interests
2. Allow trainees the opportunity to make their own choices
3. Encourage trial and error, for learning purposes
4. Provide on-going feedback

To finalize, Schwarzer & Jerusalem (1995) devised the following SE scale.  This tool helps the user to measure his SE level, and analyze their gap for development purposes.

1 = Not at all true   2 = Hardly true   3 = Moderately true   4 = Exactly true

1. I can always manage to solve difficult problems if I try hard enough.
2. If someone opposes me, I can find the means and ways to get what I want.
3. It is easy for me to stick to my aims and accomplish my goals.
4. I am confident that I could deal efficiently with unexpected events.
5. Thanks to my resourcefulness, I know how to handle unforeseen situations.
6. I can solve most problems if I invest the necessary effort.
7. I can remain calm when facing difficulties because I can rely on my coping abilities.
8. When I am confronted with a problem, I can usually find several solutions.
9. If I am in trouble, I can usually think of a solution.
10. I can usually handle whatever comes my way.

Nizar Baidoun
Trainer & Consultant


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