Most leaders look for people who can work with the same dedication and ownership as them. Isn't it nice that even in your absence work goes on just the way you want it to be? But finding someone as good as you isn’t always possible, so as a leader you need to train and help your people grow. Ultimately leadership is all about creating new leaders.
At some point in our lives, all of us have fallen prey to the fear of other people’s opinions (FOPO), which is a constant worry about what others are thinking about you. Though it helps you fit in the masses, it limits you from treading new paths and making bold decisions. As the National Director of CorporateConnections UAE and 25 years in the leadership role of several businesses, I offer advice to budding leaders grappling with FOPO and ways to overcome it.
In our fast-paced world of business, networking has evolved from an occasional activity to an absolute necessity. Advancements in technology, changes in social norms and shifts in business practices have propelled the wheels of networking. Despite this, "How does networking benefit us?” echoes from executives and professionals who haven’t realized its potential.
Connecting the dots is to spot interconnections between past events and current issues in life, which initially appear unrelated on the surface. The way we deal with inevitable challenges on day-to-day basis is what turns adversity into adventure. This testing phase determines whether we remain at the mercy of situations or emerge victorious.
In the relentless hustle and bustle of the business world, the word 'boredom' often carries a negative connotation. We tend to associate it with wasted time, decreased productivity and a lack of motivation. However, emerging research suggests that boredom, when understood and managed correctly, can serve as a powerful catalyst for creativity and innovation in the workplace. Read to know more.
Life is a journey filled with twists and turns. Along the way, we encounter setbacks, disappointments, and challenges that can leave us feeling defeated and demoralized. But what if you view these setbacks as not roadblocks but opportunities in disguise? Just as alchemists sought to turn base metals into gold, emotional alchemy aims to transform the leaden weight of setbacks into the golden wisdom of progress and resilience. In this article I explain how the formula of alchemy works and the varied areas in our life where its power can be put to play.
In the world of modern business, it's easy to get caught up in the latest trends, strategies and technologies. However, beneath the surface of our ever-changing business landscape lies timeless wisdom from ancient philosophers that can offer valuable insights for today's entrepreneurs and business leaders.
As a businessman, it may be easy to fill your contact book, but making worthwhile connections is possible only when you connect with people who hold influence on decision-making within organizations. Connecting to the right people not only brings knowledge and experience but also paves your path to collective progress.
Extraordinary experiences are more than just moments of fun and excitement. They are the kind of experiences that hold a special place in our hearts and leave a lasting impact on our lives. As a CorporateConnections® UAE member, our members gain access to a world of novel and out-of-the-box adventures that are specially curated to enhance the collective experience.
Successful entrepreneurs distinguish themselves by more than just outperforming their rivals. While innovation, technology integration and capital funding are ubiquitous among entrepreneurs today, it’s Emotional Intelligence (EQ) that often gets overlooked – a pivotal element of leadership.
In our fast-paced world, it's easy to get lost in the noise and distractions that surround us. Amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we often forget to pause and reflect on who we truly are, what drives us and what lies beneath the surface of our consciousness. As the National Director of CorporateConnections, one thing constant in my journey is to pause once in a while into my consciousness. This journey of self-discovery helps us go below the tip of an iceberg to delve deeper into our inner selves, reveal hidden depths and tap into untapped potential.
Change is the only constant and managing the ever-changing environment in today's business space requires tactful strategies. However, leading organizational change is no easy feat. It requires a strategic approach and a deep understanding of both the organization's culture and its people. As a business leader steering multiple businesses in the UAE, I’d like to discuss some of the most successful approaches to lead organizational change and drive positive outcomes.
In a digitally interconnected world, the ability to connect and build impactful relationships across borders has become an essential skill in business. The key to forming cross-cultural connections is to approach it with an open mind and build genuine curiosity about other cultures. Understanding the uniqueness and beauty of cultures world over and embracing diversity lays the foundation for stronger connections.
In an interconnected world, Emotional Intelligence (EQ) plays a pivotal role in the way we interact with others. The ability to understand our emotions as well as relate to that of others is a crucial skill that can improve the way we interact both personally and professionally. EQ is the ability to understand, use and manage our own emotions while also recognising and empathising with the emotions of others.
Do you know a super connector who links networks like a spider connecting each strand of its web to others? Such people have the natural ability to connect and interconnect people within networks. A prolific networker who maintains a list or rolodex of contacts, the super connector just knows the people in his circle — their lives, backgrounds, passions, projects, talents and goals.
There are just six degrees of separation between any two randomly selected individuals. However, some studies reveal that social media has shrunk the degree of separation and in reality, networks are more tightly connected than we think... Turning back the pages of history, we evolved from one human family in a way that’s not necessarily obvious in our present lives.
Networks are pervasive and have been around for centuries. They are not new, but technology has made them more visible. Throughout history the clusters or nodes of human connections enabled them to trade, share resources and support one another. A Scottish historian Niall Ferguson studied the science of networking and how networks work. His interdisciplinary approach allowed him to develop new insights and analysis in the field.
The world outside is a mirror image of what’s inside of us. Our past experiences influence the way we react and our beliefs make us perceive situations in a specific way. As products of our environment our personalities have been programmed to think and function in a certain way. However true it is, you’ve got the power to train your brain, alter your behavior and the direction of your life. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is one such tool that can help us lead a more productive and contented life.
Self-awareness plays a key role in your social interactions and helps you establish a congenial relationship with others. Also, feedback from others is imperative to help you discover your blind spots and improve. To help you gain a better understanding of yourself and how others see you try the Johari window as a simple exercise in your professional and personal life.
Do you hesitate to network or connect with more people ofently? Do you boldly ask questions during a networking meet irrespective of what others think? Here are useful tips to help you network more and build meaningful relationships. If you think networking is a way to collect business cards, generate leads and sell services, then you have the wrong notion. And this is the reason behind your fear or reluctance to network.
When you push people to change, they’ll push back. So, have you ever wondered what’s the secret behind affecting gradual yet long-lasting change? Persuading people to change for the better is integral in business, relationships and other areas of life. But the problem is change in unsettling and that’s why people refute it. As the National Director of CorporateConnections UAE, I’ve seen how veterans act as a catalyst for change for fellow members through meaningful interaction and exchange of valuable ideas and experiences. I believe initiating change all starts with identifying the barriers to change...
A global hub of trade, the UAE has welcomed entrepreneurs from around the world. Over the years its leaders have created a more supportive environment for even women to set up ventures and by doing so, they’ve broken the barriers for them to realize their full potential. From real estate, aviation to retail, women in leadership roles are shaping the future of business in UAE and affecting positive change.
Everyone has something they wish to change. Employees want to change the boss’s mind; leaders want to transform organizations and marketers want to change their customers’ preferences. In the book ‘The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone's Mind’, Professor Jonah Berger outlines a compelling approach to change. He asserts the more we force people to change, the more they push back. It’s not about pushing harder; it's about overcoming resistance by reducing friction and lowering the hurdles to change. By taking on a catalyst’s role, it’s possible to accelerate change in even the most resistant individuals.
It’s not the size of our networks that matters but the quality of connections that impacts the way we experience the world. Beyond the walls of our homes/offices, the relationship we share with others plays a role in exposing us to the new and sailing through life’s ups and downs. As the National Director of Corporate Connections UAE, I came across a fascinating read ‘Social Chemistry’ that got me to deeply reflect on our networking techniques and the meaning we derive from our connections.
Traveling for business may have taken a backseat during the pandemic but it is back with a vengeance. Though businessmen and professionals have retrieved their travel gear to hit the air again the budgets of the heyday need some catching up. Priority seats, chauffeured pickups, high-end hotels and elaborate room service are habits that need some adjustments. Adding to the budget woes are new fees for baggage, change of tickets, late check-out, car drop/pick-up and more.
Are you qualifying your time with a worthy list of activities that add value and meaning to life? Is year-round work more important than going with family on a vacation? Most people, given their hectic schedules and busy lifestyles, find it difficult to qualitatively utilize time. If you don’t plan your available time, you’re likely to spend it carelessly. However, this ultimately boils down to the choices individuals make.
In the business realm there are many instances where we need support, guidance and referrals from others. Since we’re approaching the end of the year, it’s time to ponder on our New Year Resolutions. Apart from personal resolutions like eating healthily or exercising more we can include work-related resolutions. Learning a new skill, forging new connections and enhancing our networking skills will surely bolster your business dealings.
Many individuals who’ve prevailed in their careers attribute it to strong networking channels built over time. Investing in people is equally important as investing in your business and yourself. By surrounding yourself with industry experts and influential people, you’ll eventually set yourself up for holistic development, business opportunities, and financial gain.
CorporateConnections is about building valuable connections. Connections that alleviate your business, facilitate personal growth, enhance your leadership skills and support you. It’s a platform where leaders continually learn and share opportunities for business expansions, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, and the co-creation of new businesses. The advantages of joining CorporateConnections (CC) are many, but the most valuable benefit members gain is peer support.
You may be highly intellectual and technically excel at work, but if you can’t understand what motivates your team members or collaborate with others, these skills get overlooked. This is often the reason why highly intelligent individuals miserably fail when promoted to leadership positions. Over the years Emotional Intelligence—also known as EQ—has turned into a must-have skill for leadership development