This book focuses on how to assess and manage your professional relationships in order to succeed, particularly in the complex and diverse workplaces of the UAE and wider Middle East region. The engaging ‘fable’ narrative style in which the book is written makes it stand out and ensures that the skills are more easily absorbed by the reader. With successful business leader fans such as Ziad Makhzoumi, the former CEO of Arabtec and current CEO of Prime Strategy, and Farah Fostouk from Lazard, it is a must read for those looking for the secret to progression. The book is available in English and Arabic via Jarir Bookstore www.jarir.com/sa-en/jarir-publication-426258.html
Almost everyone dreads Q&A, although they should be the most interesting and productive part of any speaking event – speakers are often worried that they’ll be put on the spot and unable to answer and listeners don’t want to be subjected to long, boring diatribes by audience members who are riding a particular hobby horse. If you’re the facilitator or moderator here are a few ways you can be sure to annoy everyone in the room at once.
I was very proud to be asked to be the Chair of the recent Human Capital Forum and even more so when I realised I was the first woman to do it. This shouldn’t be something that is surprising in 2016 but, of course, it is: there's even a Tumblr called Congrats you have an all-male panel. And, according to the Independent, it even has a name - a manel.
Whilst some people make big mistakes that destroy their reputation in one go, the majority of us put our reputation at risk through a series of smaller mistakes and choices. It is true that without great performance and results nobody is going to rise through the ranks (or even keep their job) but the impression we create is important too.
According to research done by Tiziana Casciaro at Harvard Business School, people would rather work with a likeable person who is incompetent than with someone highly competent but obnoxious. She also found people are more likely to notice an increase in your likeability than an increase in your technical skills.
It’s not much use being told in July, that the presentation you did the previous August wasn’t up to par.
Networking is important. Of course it is. Who you know is always important. But it’s not more important than what you know- and your wasta, guanxi, or your connections won’t get you (or keep you) where you want to be, unless they are very good indeed (and you’re not dreadful).