Book Review – An Intelligent Man’s Guide To Arab Management.
Oman Vistas Magazine – Essential Reading on Business & Economic Development – February 2010.
Psychology of Arab Management Thinking deals with everything you need to know about the Arab Management process and nuances of the workplace in Oman. The Author quotes mainly from personal experiences and draws on his observations of human behavior at the workplace.
The book provides a perspective from the Author’s personal experiences in dealing with expatriates and locals. It is an outmost candid representation and objective evaluation of behavioral and management issues, organization values and work ethics at the workplace in Oman.
In his book, he puts forth hard hitting facts in a sincere attempt to speak the truth about the realities in Arab Management. The attempt is not to be construed as an attempt to jeopardize people, instead it is written with an objective to make people aware, help them learn and make amends to the current management system.
This process of realization and change are being laid out in order to help the management in their development and success and raise the bar in terms of achievement and learning and increase value added employee contributions at the workplace.
In the preface of the book, he reveals “Arab Managers have a low opinion and rating of his own people and values and esteems outsiders to his own”. This book is definitely not a surreptitious (secret) account of workplace facts, but introspective (thoughtful) writing well meant to assess and evaluate facts with objectivity at its best.
In Chapter 14 “Is there any hope for the Arab Manager? Or what should the Arab Manager do?” he puts forth the fundamental and most critical question of whether such a management is able to evoke a sense of morale, motivation and ownership of tasks from employees at the workplace.
This book is a reference point for a better understanding between people and organizations, especially in the unprecedented business scenario where employees need to stay together as a team. He speaks about incumbent issues of working with certain managers where he was asked to over deliver as he was presumably paid more than the directors back in their country. He speaks about pertinent issues of preferential treatment, lack of transparency and dilution of organizational values of integrity and team work at the workplace in order to further the personal interests of the management.
Citing case studies and quotes especially from organization inputs, he provides plausible instances for clash of old autocratic and new management concepts, importance of interpersonal and communication skills, training and implementing new practices. He puts forth principles that will have a greater role to play in challenging the current practices in Arab Management for the better.
This book is a revelation of the realities of the Arab workplace and is recommended to be read as the Writer is drawing from his own personal experiences and exposures and narrated with live demonstrations, examples and illustrations with the aim of improvement in the Arab Management practices
Majid Al Suleimany is a prolific writer who is an Arab (GCC – Omani) Management and Human Resources Consultant, Expert and Professional who has authored various (management) books. Known for his sharp wit and honest portrayal of the culture of the Arab workplace, the Author has no qualms in calling ‘a spade a spade’.
He has worked for over 25 years as a Human Resources Professional and Expert mainly in Oil Companies. He has also worked for over 8 years as a Management and Human Resources Consultant, Expert and Advisor. He has also been widely exposed to young Omani graduates’ intake programmes, their mentoring, coaching and counseling and for National Staff in general. He holds an MBA in International Management (UK). The Author has four other books to his credit – the second Management New Book A Cry For Help! Between Us Only; The Sequel – Between Us Only! And Short Takes – Between Us Only!
The book is now available in Family Bookshops in Oman, Borders and WHSMith – Magrudy’s and Jashanamal in UAE.