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Goodbye; Between Us Only!

One Minute Silence – Please!

For those who have been closely following events, you may have noticed that the column has not been published for the last two weeks now. All the explanations are here in the website.

Somebody does not need to insult your intelligence to make you feel that you are no longer welcome – or wanted!

The East Africans also say – you do not need to choose your words rightly (ethically) if you have planned to insult someone in life! That is true, really!

They also say – do not cry if someone has refused you beans (mbaazi) – it just has reduced your gas (mishuuzi)  outtake!

Please offer a minute of silence for its death! If people like Mandela have died, what is Between Us Only?

Born on March 2001 and died December 2013 – 12 years later!

Wishing you all the very best! Take Care!

Citizen – Majid bin Said bin Nasser Al Suleimany

Muscat – Oman – December 12th 2013

All The Between Us Only! Books.

To Order Go Here – www.myownmajid.com

Please Read Also This – https://majidsn.com/2013/12/08/learning-from-mandela/ – More at www.majidsn.com

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This is Goodbye! Bye!

  • I came to you with good advice – but you like not Good Advisors!Prophet Salah (Methu Salah) RA
  • Life cannot defeat a Writer who is in love with writing,  for life itself is a Writer’s love until death – Edna Ferber
  • If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing – Benjamin Franklin
  • No need for revenge. just sit back and wait. Those who hurt you will eventually screw up themselves and if you are lucky, God will let you watch – Good Karma

This is Goodbye! Bye! One day people will remember me – and people will search out and look out for my books – This I am very sure of! Many

Thanks!

Best Wishes and Regards – Majid Al Suleimany

Please Read Also This – https://majidsn.com/2013/12/08/learning-from-mandela/ – More at www.majidsn.com

Cinder Fires – Burning Quietly! Reply

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People Are Still Complaining! Quietly .. and Unseen!!

After Compliments;

Yesterday I attended a wedding celebration for two of my ‘grandchildren boys’ at the same function. It was fully attended and with some people having to sit outside the hall. It is understandable – because of the two girls’ families – and from the groom side of the two marrying boys. I personally think it was a good idea to marry off the brothers on the same day – though Muscat halls are still not equipped to handle more than one function at a time.

As usual that we are – and washing our hands after the nice meal – of biriyani rice and morsels of meat and boiled eggs – we like to complain – instead of offering grace and thanks to The Lord! What else is new?

But I was really taken back to see so many people approaching me with their ‘burning issues’ – ‘write about ..’ – ‘no one cares about us in …’ – ‘we need our rights in …`. These are all educated peoples and in good jobs too – many in the Oil and Gas sector!! The last part is shocking .. as there are grievances procedures – and Company Information Communication Systems between Management and Staff.

But people are still afraid to be seen and to be identified – and they prefer to complain quietly to people they can trust – quietly and unseen! I wonder aloud to myself – what else has changed? They have seen what have happened to people that complain openly .. or being outspoken and being vocal. Especially to their careers and future job prospects – when you are marked out!! So they prefer the ‘protective  meek and timid’ way of things – but the issues are still there – cinder fire burning underneath – and unseen from prying eyes. Till it unexpected erupts – as it usually does! It is really traumatic sad!

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Image Cinder Fire Burning – deeply, heatedly and quietly! – For Demonstration Purposes Only!

Unfortunately, I did not have the nerve to tell them – my columns have ended – and I am no longer in a position to write my columns – now anymore. It is a pity anyway – with such situations – of so many people still not happy – but complaining on the sides ..quietly and unseen.

May The Good Lord Guide us all to the Right Path and Ways – Amin.

With Best Wishes and Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany – Saturday December 7th 2013

My Books Website – www.myownmajid.com and other writing website – www.majidall.com

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Between Us Only Column Ends!

For those of my Readers and Fans – and following my columns.

Please see Letter to The CEO – The Oman Daily Observer – as sent yesterday Tuesday December 3rd 2013.

Many thanks for your support and wishing you all the very best.

Take Care!

Majid Al Suleimany

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After Compliments;

This refers to the various correspondences via email concerning delays of due payments to me since May 2013 – and partial payments to date as also email by T. Reference also is made to the various discussions with your  TTJ and prior that with Mr. AAS at The Oman Daily Observer offices – a few months back – on the same topics.

This is to formally inform you of my immediate now withdrawal of continuing to be a Columnist with The Oman Daily Observer – as the contractual agreements have not been met from your side.

Thanking you for allowing me to be your Columnist for the past 13 years.

Please note that my decision is final and irrevocable.

Please accept my best wishes and regards – and wishing you all the very best.

Sincerely, 

Citizen – Majid bin Said bin Nasser Al Suleimany

Recognising, Appreciating and Valuing Our Own Writers! Reply

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http://main.omanobserver.om/?p=33351  – Arab writers’ forum begins – Omani Society of Writers and Literati

System Failure! Not Recognising and Valuing Our Own Writers!

  • Life cannot defeat a Writer who is in love with writing , for life itself is a Writer’s love until deathEdna Ferber
  •  Simply calling yourself as wise men does not make you as such. People will judge you by your character and behavior only! – Famous

It is a shame to see that this conference was not used to incorporate All The Omani Writers, Columnists and Authors.

A good Indian friend called me to what to know more (maybe he knew already?) – but I replied to him that I did not!

If these sites will not make an impact – nothing else will!

My Books Websites –

www.myownmajid.com

www.myown-ebooks.com

www.bethesafedriver.com

www.majidbooks.com

Or is it crimes because we write in English?

These things of rivalry, jealousy, envy, polarization – and not recognizing and valuing our own – need to end!

I wrote to The Oman Daily Observer – who print my columns – and whom I have given complimentary gift copies to All in The Features Columns – including the Top Guys too! NO ONE RESPONDED – as usual!

It is a shame that these kind of things are happening in our country now – after all the things we have seen live happening in others – starting with just a school graffiti!

Bloody Shame on us!

Now we hear of Angola banning Islam and breaking down of mosques!

What is next?

As an Omani – Arab blood and Muslim – I hold my head down low with shame! Real Shame!

Maybe we do not meet the mark because we write in English? Maybe!

Allah God Protect and Preserve us All – Amin

Disappointed Sad Citizen

Majid bin Said bin Nasser bin Zahor bin Salim bin Ali bin Masoud Al Sulaimany

I guess this poor man – my late father – is turning in his grave!

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My Late Father – PBUH!

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Why Did I Write This? Please Read!! Reply

Why  Did I Write This? See Link Below

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Why I Wrote This?

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* It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated – Alec Bourne – Read The Rest Sayings Above.

October 25th 2013

Recently I have been having ‘major issues’ with a supposedly high profile establishment – which is supposed to be ‘Our Conscience Keeper’ – and lead more by examples and deeds – and not to do otherwise in lack of Professionalism, Ethics and Principles!

Like I have said before – Nothing Has Changed Much! People still act and behave in the same old ways, styles and methods – as if nothing will touch them! And even if they see things taking place live with their own eyes!

Frankly, I am the easiest person to handle. With a few kind words, I will bring the moon down to you. But if people are embarking on the old games that post Arab Springs should NO LONGER WORK – you will find me as the most terrible person on the face of the earth. I do not allow anyone – family included to rough shod me – and take me for granted.

KEY WORDS ARE RESPECT AND ESTEEM – Especially for Older Experienced, Qualified and Educated Omanis like me! I tremble to think how they will treat Young Omanis still looking for jobs!

I am a HR Professional – otherwise some of the emails sent to me by some of the double games Mafias would end in them in `Big Trouble` and even in losing their jobs – when they play different fiddles for different groups and scenarios.

Unfortunately our Omani brothers and sisters Managers and CEOs – will Never Learn – bing so gullible still yet – and these games being played on them still – because none of them have taken the time and the effort to read my Arab Management books!!

See Here – www.myownmajid.com – & Images Here!

May Allah God Protect and Preserve us all – Amin Amen

 Take Care!

 Best Regards,

 Majid Al Suleimany

The Sad Fate of The Omani Columnists! 1

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For Sunday September 29th 2013

 Between Us Only!

The Omani Columnists Fate! Their Sad Fate!

  • I have given you good advice; but you like not good advisersProphet Saleh RA 7:73 – 79
  • I am thankful for all those difficult people in my life; they have shown me exactly who I do not want to beAnon
  • If some of the Officials were to be at the Pearly Gates; simply no one will enter into heavenMy Late Father
  • Life cannot defeat a Writer who is in love with writing , for life itself is a Writer’s love until death – Edna Ferber
  • It is a wastage of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won’t go – Bertrand Russell

This week I was very sad and disheartened in reading this column – in the other newspaper – of a famous Omani Lady Columnist from Salalah – who had decided to stop continuing with her column. She does not give explicit and clear reasons for ending the column – but one can be forgiven by reading between the lines – that it was more of her decision to do so! I can associate with her feelings – having gone through the motions myself before!

This lady I admire her very much by being able to handle taboo subjects – especially from an angle of a woman – where in the conservativeness and inward looking at things – it is expected (required?) for the woman to go to a corner – and shut up! The poor ladies in another place are ‘still not allowed to drive’ – and if they do – their ‘guardians’ are charged hefty fines for allowing people under their control – to ‘drive without licenses’!

Even though the young dynamic Emir of Qatar in his UN Speech had said – It is clear that things will not revert (to the old ways of doing things) in the Arab world and that the Arab peoples have now become more aware of their rights and are more involved in the public domain.

It is true that there are many people – including Omanis for that matter – that would prefer that there are no Omani Columnists that especially write in English – though I would imagine that there would be more time and compassion – for those that write in Arabic!

The problem is that in the many cases and in many of the English Newspapers especially here – you may find The Top Management being run by The Locals themselves – but the many of the Editorial and Media Staff are Expatriates! Trust me in saying that many of them they really do have more time, patience and support for the local writers – in many cases anyway! But there are still a group of the die-hards Old Guards that are determined to bring our lots down – and not even to be outdone.

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With due respects and apologies – this is the sad and bitter truth. Even if some may deny and do not want to accept this! Woe to you if they are in control – or have ‘the ears of the top (local) bosses’ – and that they are very good Actors, Impersonators and Impressionists. Schemers and Plotters! They also have long elephant memories – and do not ever forget – or forgive easily. Once you have crossed them – you are doomed for life!

Even if Ghandi himself had said – The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong – Mahatma GhandiFew of them listen to him.  Even Dr. Abdul Kalaam – It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone! And Shakespeare too – Never play with the feelings of others because you may win the game but the risk is that you will surely lose the person for a life time!

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Bite the hand that feeds you – and then end to lick the boot that kicks you! – Anon

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People need to realise that things have now changed with the advent of time and development – and in Change! Change – before Changes change you! The old games and gimmicks do not work anymore. Personally, I do feel that those in The Senior Positions in The Media too need to change with The Times – and sitting back in the offices whilst the expatriates under them do all the works – and they then take credit and control – need to change too – and very fast too!

If these kind of things can happen even in a Public Place – so what hope is there? People are just indifferent – and do not care the least – only to show off and get their salaries at the end of the month. The Expatriate Mafias are everywhere – and now even the Omanis are joining The League! That is the sad state of

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There is simply no time for ‘foot dragging’ – and in not in giving more chances and opportunities to the younger ones – especially those that have the Media qualifications and knowledge – even if not that much experience and exposures. Even The Expert Expatriate had made many mistakes – before he became now capable and competent. If the chances and breaks were given to them before – why not to our own too?

As a Writer and Columnist too – I have met many people who like what I write! But there are some elements – some powerful too – that wish for the dirt to be pushed under the carpet – or as some of them say to me – ‘not to wash our dirty linen’ in public! Especially as you write in English! Even if in writing the payments are just peanuts – or as it is said – that there is simply no money in writing! As Jules Renard had said – Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money!

For me personally, I am very happy to see so many youngsters coming up to in writing columns – especially in English! They should be encouraged and be supported! Like I had told The Editor – Anytime that you have found a good writer cum columnist – and have no space for more – just let me know to quit gracefully – whilst still being read and respected. One of The Young Columnist – whom I am seeing doing very well – has even called me The Guru – because of my support to him in the past!

We need to be more open and flexible – and more receptive! We owe this to the younger generation – to our future, destiny and legacy. History will judge us unkindly and mercilessly – if we do not come to do of that is required and expected for to do and perform! Time is of the essence too! No time to waste here!

And Yes – Those like us that still like to ‘open our mouth and speak’? Let us! You never know! One day we may have nothing more to say! Or may have said it already!

Take Care!

By: Majid Al-Suleimany

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own. Carol Burnett

We do Not Need Any More Wars Now! Reply

 

 

September 9, 2013

We do Not Need Any More Wars Now!

From a so-called Moderate GCC Arab!

During the times of the Black September wars years ago – between elements of The Palestinian forces and the mainly Bedouin Jordanian Army – I was very much confused and mystified – when I watched this Al Jazeera Television programme – where the being defeated Palestinians preferred to surrender to the Israeli forces – rather than to the fellow Arabs in the Jordanian army! The Israelis had come – as naturedly expected to support and to help the Jordanian army! The Israelis are famous in supporting whichever adversary side that was less Palestinian, Arab and or Muslim – and in that order too!

I was also watching this interview of a Mali Muslim celebrating and cheering of the French invasion into Mali – and as they drive away the ‘Muslim Fundamentalists’ away – and deeper into the desert. The poor man had his hand amputated by these so-called Muslim fighters – using the name of Islam in vain and in bad taste. Again I was surprised and amazed at how a Muslim would cheer his ‘fellow Muslims’ being defeated by forces that were ‘non-Muslims’ to say the least! It boggles and shocks the mind!

I was reading this article by one Columnist Hasan Kamoonpuri in Analysis – The Oman Daily Observer of September 9, 2013 – titled ‘Syrian Refugees’. You can find the full article here. I agree fully with Hasan – http://main.omanobserver.om/?p=12336

I had written several articles in my books and columns about being against war and the Invasion of Iraq. In my first book with titles like More Dangerous and Troubled Waters Ahead – over 12 years ago – No More Wars, Please! – Several times – and the highly emotional traumatized one here at – http://majidall.com/2012/02/12/no-more-wars-please/  – and the latest one two weeks ago – The Drums of War!

In my article –  http://majidwrite.com/2013/09/02/drums-of-war/ – in The Oman Daily Observer –   http://main.omanobserver.om/?p=11155 – I had said – Quote –

Reading the hearts, souls and minds of people all over the world – including those near at home – everyone is dead tired of going again and again into wars! After what has happened in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya etc – people are no longer prepared to hear more lies being fed into them! Personally, I am still very much confused, disturbed and disoriented – because we have seen ‘live’ images of dying children in front of our very own eyes!

These tragic terrible heart breaking traumatic images must be true and real? So what is really happening here? Who has done these despicable and terrible massacres? Crimes against humanity!

It was reported that during the Yugoslavia NATO drive against Serbs – over 30,000 civilians were killed as a result! As a result of ‘collateral damages’ – as the ‘pinpoint’ accuracy hits are just myth anathema! There is simply nothing like that in reality!

Plus the point that nobody is talking still yet about the subsequent consequences, scenarios and repercussions of an intervention in Syria.

A survey conducted by a local newspaper – Muscat Daily of today’s date – found both residents and citizens against the intervention – because more innocent lives would be wasted away! So what to do now? The words of my ex boss still lingers on – You are damned if you do – and damned if you do not!  – Unquote.

Many liberal voices in USA itself are putting advertisements of being against wars! A very good friend from my USA Books Publishers has personally asked me to write a full column as to why The GCC Arabs themselves the citizens are against new wars being made in their name!

If people are talking so consciously and ethically about ‘helping the poor Syrian peoples’ – how come the same people are not talking about the brutalities and aggression of Israel against The Palestinians? They seem not to notice this part at all and does not count in their calculations a single bit! The hypocrisy and double standards are shocking – to say the very least here!

For two nights or more I could not stop seeing images of the dying gassed children. But like Hasan says in his article – Quote – Also, many countries have no right to make humanitarian and moral claims given their track record in Afghanistan, Iraq, Abu Ghraib prison, Guantanamo Bay detention camp, the infamous rendition programme, drone killings, and their support to Saddam Hussein’s use of chemical weapons against Iraqi Kurds. The large-scale and hugely costly US-led presence in Iraq and Afghanistan had little to show for the effort except a continuing cycle of bloodshed and instability. The attack on Syria will be the ninth direct Western military intervention in an Arab or Muslim country in recent years, following Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Mali, as well as a string of drone assaults on Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.

Most experts believe that a US attack against Syria could have unintended consequences; it is easy to start a war but putting an end to it will be beyond anyone’s control. Polls show many war-weary Americans strongly oppose US military action in Syria. In much the same manner, ordinary Arabs in the streets and Muslims throughout the world strongly oppose military action in Syria – Unquote.

I could not have put it any better – Hasan – my good friend!

We do Not Need Any More Wars Now!

With Sincere and Due Apologies.

Majid Al Suleimany

Morsi: A Management Issue? Reply

Morsi: A Management Issue?

Or more sinister forces at work and play?

I live in a posh area – I have a big villa – I have a good job – I drive a posh car – and my children go to the best expensive school – BUT I SIMPLY HAVE NO FREEDOM!Demonstrating Woman Against Army Take Over to Al Jazeera TV>

August 19, 2013

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Outpoint – Before I start on the topic.

I will try my level best to keep this article simple and apolitical – though I am still trying hard to understand and comprehend how GCC countries like KSA and UAE had supported the ‘military coup’ in Egypt – and even after massacres of innocent Muslims too – and despite the fact – whether we like to accept it or not – and whether we like Muslim Brotherhood or not – and of a first time elected government under Morsi after years in Egypt under Mubarak et al. This fact cannot be denied under any circumstances.

If it is a question of removing an elected government because of ‘gross mistakes violations and errors of judgment ‘ – then one can imagine of a lot of military coups would possibly take place in a number of places – using the same terms and references – as plausible strong reason and excuse?

In my article – Episode 14 – ‘Advice To A New CEO’ – dated August 27, 2003 in Book One – Between Us Only! – and over 10 years ago- I had said – Quote – .

The new CEO? Welcome Aboard! – …. But don’t change a thing! – The worst thing a new CEO can do is to sideline or marginalize those who have been actually running the establishment for many years (some very long plus 20 years!) and even before the CEO had joined. Key words are esteem, ethics, professionalism, esteem, respect and reciprocal good treatment!! And also leading by good examples and in leadership demonstrations.

DON’T CHANGE A THING! – In its October 2002 issue, Harvard Business Review – HBR (Ideas with impact), noted famous Management Magazine notes the following in one of its topics – New CEO, Welcome Aboard (But Don’t Change A Thing)” – some quotes: –

 “The folks at ……… were thrilled when they got a new CEO with fresh, bold ideas – until she started to act on them”

 (Old CEO to NEW) “Everyone here is in the slow lane. They are all wedded to the way things have always been done. You have to understand, this is a very old company. You may need to pull people along more slowly to make sure you don’t end up tearing the place apart”

 “She (New CEO) – if she is not clear with this team, she’ll be no better with the next. She should not make personnel (staff) changes until she has given the current team a chance.

This is a commonly held Management Concept for Success for the CEO – especially the new one!

The role of the Chief Executive Officer – including especially The New!

Refer to any Management expert or books on Management, the one fundamental advice that is always given to a new CEO or Official in joining an organisation, is never to ‘rock the boat’ on day one of joining! – However, good sincere and genuine your intentions may be!

In his book ‘7 habits of highly effective peoples’, Dr. Stephen Convey, a Management ‘guru’, says that in addition of being proactive and think win/win, ‘it is very important to seek first to understand and then to be understood’. Others are Begin with the end in mind; Put first things first; Synergize, and sharpen the sword (socially, spiritually, physically & mentally).

Other references and quotes –

‘It is impossible for anyone to perform well in these continually changing roles without help from his subordinates in the organisation – he needs to have a well – informed objective understanding and supportive sounding board with whom he can freely discuss his doubts, fears and aspirations’.

– Robert L. Katz ‘Skills of an Effective Administrator’ – Three Skills Approach (Technical Skill, Human Skill and Conceptual Skills).

‘The first duty – and the continuing responsibility of the Business Manager (CEO) are “to strive for the best possible economic results from the resources employed or available – by Peter F. Drucker – another Management guru.

Good Ideas – Bad Implementation Practices!

Where have we heard this one before? Many establishments, some of them international Conglomerates, have collapsed because a new CEO was installed who wanted to make fast, rapid and drastic changes, without first getting to know the establishment well and its peoples, and what made them tick.

Success may have seemed to come with immediate effects (with the usual ‘colourings’ of press and for coverage) but in the medium to long term, the consequences are detrimental to the healthy running of the establishment and in its eventual early collapse and demise.

The worst thing a new CEO can do is to sideline or marginalize those who have been actually running the establishment for many years (some very long plus 20 years!) and even before the CEO had joined. When you transgress such a group, you are not only asking for trouble, but also putting your own neck on the line (shooting oneself in the foot too!).

The resentment, antipathy, anger, fury, animosities, frustrations and disappointments felt by such peoples (maybe results not visible immediately) but eventually can cause havoc and disaster to the organisation.

Many CEOs do a fundamental (grave) error of judgement when they remove (enmasse especially) the ‘old guards’ and put in their place ‘new likeable faces of his own’ choice into positions of power and authority. Not only these old guards pretend and act to go along with the changes, but they sure take aim and target to ensure the ‘introduced changes’ are sabotaged and killed from within.

They do these carefully and viciously, because the least thing they want are to be found out and be caught in the process. The process is exacerbated when you have still in-fighting within this group too (some at even senior levels), but who will attempt to come together against the new CEO and his intended changes per se!

For the short span of time and duration, things may even seem to work with new creativity, ideas and innovation coming from those ‘replacing new bright younger brains’ – but eventually we are all human beings, and the fear and dread of what may turn up next gets the better of all of us!. This is especially when the new CEO keeps asking ‘for more and more’ ideas and innovations to keep him in the limelight and in coverage! It puts a lot of pressures on the work force, with the ‘bubble bursting’ in the final analysis.

The ‘new blood’ start to feel (as they are all human too) that if an ‘uncle’ or ‘elder relative or fellow worker’ was so easily sidelined and marginalized in his duties and in his responsibilities (he saw it too, perhaps they came to his office to ‘cry’ too), why the same cannot be matted out instead to them eventually and in the course of time.

This creates uncertainties, apprehensions and worries and instead of being a morale booster, actually turns up to be quite the opposite in results, outcome and in consequences.

The new CEO may find support and encouragement from the Board of Directors and in the Chairman, but when morale, motivation and performance and profits (for which results are all paramount oriented and based) fall, ‘heads will definitely roll, however, they liked you before!’

In this scenario, the CEO will be required to change his outlook, focus orientation and in pursuits. He has to do this immediately if he is to survive. Otherwise it will mean that he will need to ‘Update and Validate’ his CV in pursuit of other new job venue and opportunities – if any – especially if history will record his ‘killing off and collapsing’ an otherwise operation of a successful and profitable establishment (killing the goose that laid golden eggs) – be it that there were even a lot to be desired to be modified or changed in the old structure of the establishment.

Continued – I had said – It is also in Countries and in Politics!
These things do not only happen to establishments but even to countries (example recently in Iraq and in Peru).
This situation goes on to even to the highest office in some lands. A new President is elected by popular vote- he gets a popular rating. Greater percentages of the population have voted him in.  So what is the first thing he does? He removes all those in top positions (early retirement is a good option!), and puts his crony friends in their places. He feels now confident that he has the support of all his friends.
He removes all the top brass professional Generals and puts his cronies in their places instead. History then proves the rest – one of his most reliable and trusted General ‘takes over the helm of leadership’. The man ends up in jail, or he is allowed to ‘abdicate’ if he is so lucky. The ‘cut outs’ professional but not trusted other Generals ‘shake their heads in sadness and disbelief – perhaps if they were still there, this would not have happened!
The General is a human too. If he saw his peers sidelined, what guarantee is there that it will not happen to him – especially in a disagreement or confrontation module with the boss!

In life we all go on to do the same things, at our own levels in life. As the CEO, we remove the assistants we think we cannot trust, or move them to positions of less significance but of grand newly designed titles – ‘Head of IT Development and Implementation’, or ‘Strategic Management Business Head’ (early retirement here too is a good option!).

‘Live Personal Examples’ per se!

In my life career, I had one Company Director who wanted to make drastic and rapid changes on day one he came in! As is my usual self, I always try to maintain a balance of being pragmatic and proactive vis-à-vis to follow formal instructions (for my next pay cheque), so I had the ‘guts and the audacity’ (catching the bull by its horns, so to speak!) and to tell him that these changes he wanted would not augur well with affected staff, especially local.

I had also cautioned him of the ‘consequences of making many changes rapidly and in a short tenure of time. It is not only peoples getting lost, but the antipathy, cynicism and the disenfranchise elements emanating from the ‘affected Staff’ per se.

Though initially he was taken back by this response from the good self, but to his credit – being an educated, proactive, and pragmatic and highly profile person, he was able to see my views and points, and more importantly the dire dangers and consequences that he wanted to drive us all through.
Some of my friends thought I was ‘naïve and a fool’ to risk my career (putting a rope around your own neck to hanged!). “You could have been sidelined / marginalised or even be terminated’, my good friends advised, ‘why bother? He wants it that way, just do it – it is his own funeral!

Not many senior peoples inhigh echelon positions take kindly to be “confronted” by those junior or lower to them, and these “brave and courageous’ peoples found too late that their careers were not only dented, but faced an early death. Early Retirement is what ‘the game is nowadays!’

This Director – we still correspond, at least at the end of the year. He keeps referring to me as ‘a friend’, but also as ‘a best example of a risk taker’ he ever knew for a while!

There is nothing so bad and damaging than frustrated staff that suffer in disdain and in quiet, frustration, rancour, bitterness and in apathy and in disappointments. When staff are ‘not healthy’ the organisation also suffers eventually. Productivity is affected. You can forget ideas of expansion; survival of the establishment is highly taxed and put to great risks, deprivation and in detriment.

The concepts of Change Management are in itself complex in that even the Management do not agree to each other on what is the right approach and perspective to ‘influence change’ in itself per se.

Recommendations.

It is essential and vital to get everyone on board when contemplating and formulating changes. The underlying factor is that the new CEO especially has to understand and appreciate that he is dealing with the most complex of his resources (albeit it being the most paramount and important one too).

It is critical and extreme too if these changes would incorporate drastic changes or reversals in peoples entrenched formal positions (worse in informal leadership positions!) or their continued existence in the Organisation, that the new CEO uses all his tact, interpersonal and managerial skills to see participation and involvement of all the staff (or majority) in these changes per se.

It is very important to make Staff feel that no particular polarization or group is being targeted in these changes, even if the intentions maybe good sincere and genuine, and this was ‘not in the plans’ per se!

My advice and counsel to CEOs and ‘the new man in Charge’ is that not many of our subordinates are ready to take a risk to tell you exactly what they think or feel – especially when they see very bad and raw treatment vetted out on the long serving staff.

It is not a question of just getting rid of only old staff who perhaps may be truly ‘transfixed and rigid in their outlooks and approaches, or even ‘dead wood’ for that matter.

It is a question of how you get to know the establishment well first, to get to know its social culture and its environment and modus operation, and how you tackle the issue and convince people.

Even armies if they are not convinced, they will surrender and let the enemy take over. We saw that even in Iraq just only recently! The same ‘convinced army’ will fight to its death in protecting and honouring those it is supposed to serve and protect. We have already seen examples of that recently.

The thing is called “tact” and the right and correct approach and how equitable, ethical and right approach and cohesion is taken.

Key words are esteem, ethics, professionalism, esteem, respect and reciprocal good treatment!! And also leading by examples and in demonstrations.

This is my (humble) advice to any CEO who wants to make a niche and name for himself, and to be acknowledged as a ‘successful CEO’ – and not a loser (and either be sidelined / marginalized or even eventually be jobless, what goes around, comes around!).

Remember you are the driver of the car, when your passengers are scared, they will not tell you of the obstacles you cannot see. You will only see after inadvertently you have hit them!

That is the worst-case scenario for any CEO! New or Old!

The rest is history on what had happened to Morsi. A lot of ‘Conspiracy Stories’ are now emerging as to why he was removed from power – including The Ethiopian Dam Link – The Israeli-Saudi link – and the usual of The West not wanting an ‘Islamic Government’ to succeed in Egypt – after The Turkey and Senegal experiences etc – and ‘refusing to accept ‘Democracy results’ in previously Algeria and Gaza.

Anyway, as I had promised in the beginning I will stop here – as my usual style in writing of ‘taking you up to the bridge – and then letting you decide if you want to cross it – or go back.

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Images – For and Against Morsi – For Demonstration Purposes Only!

This article is dedicated to the innocent lost lives and maimed ones in the ‘unneeded and unwanted called for’ massacres – instead of following our Religion and The Hadith in solving our own problems our own ways – by frank honest sincere genuine one-to-one – give-and-take – face2face discussions – and in making hard, difficult complex decisions for compromises, settlements and solutions.

Let us only hope and pray MB does not go underground – as Muslims (Arabs) lose confidence in Elections! Making Another Syria – the worst nightmare scenario!

May Allah God Guide us and Protect and Preserve us all from His Anger and Fury – Amin

With sincere and due apologies,

By:

Majid Said Nasser Al-Suleimany

August 19, 2013

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The Writer is a weekly Column Contributor in The Oman Observer Features under ‘Between Us Only’. He has published 10 books – more details here at http://www.myownmajid.com

He has worked for over 25 years as a Human Resources Professional in mainly Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). And a Management Expert, Consultant and Advisor for the past 12 years – now fully retired. He holds an MBA in International Management (UK).

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Everything good has to come to an end one day! ALR.

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Wishing All My Readers and Fans All The Best.

And apologies to any of my adversaries – and those who did not like me – and my articles!

Goodbye – And Maa Salamah!

Best wishes and regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

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As you mentioned in one of your previous mails after some time one would give up. How long one would swim against the tide, either swim with them or die trying for a change. LOL

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