Saturday, March 31, 2012

Realize the elephants in ourselves

Yesterday I attended a program organized by SIGN Jeddah chapter.

Padmasree Dr. Asad Moopan was the chief guest. Sign Chairman Munawar Ali Shihab Tangal inaugurated the human resource development week named as "Alchemy 2012". Brother Rashid Gazzali Koolivayal made a remarkable speech to the audience.

Dr. Asad Moopan narrated a small but interesting story.

A baby elephant used to be tied in the curcus tent with a small rope tied to a weak stake. Years passed the baby elephant became a huge African elephant. However the system of tying the elephant to the same small rope continued.
It is surprising that the elephant who has the capacity to topple the whole circus tent in a minute is not able to realize its size and power.
This similitude is applicable to most of us. The immense potential God Almighty has deposited in us are not realized by most of the people.
The day we are able to realize the elephants in us our success is guaranteed!

Key words: personality development, human resource development, training, train the trainer, youth empowerment, women empowerment, sign youself, marching to can count on SIGN for all such programs. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Over Confidence and the egg story of my daughter

Yesterday night my daughter Haniya came to me asked. Uppa, "do you know the story of the egg that fell down from the top of the building?". I said, no.

Her simple story went like this:
Question No.1: A hen laid an egg at the roof of a building and it fell down....Why?
I answered, but it was a wrong answer. She said, "the hen was not wise".
Question No.2: The next day the hen again laid an egg but it did not fell down. Why?
I answered, but answer was again wrong. She said, "the hen was now experienced".
Question No.2: The next day the hen again laid an egg but again it fell down. Why?
I answered and this time my answer was right. The answer obviously was "the hen was now overconfident".

Key words: Moral story, story for children, stories for children, wise man, wise man do not make mistake in the first chance, experience is the best teacher, over confidence is killing.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Vision Slogan

A vision slogan is most recommended for a company, organization or an individual himself.
One of the very simple vision slogan came across my way is that for Hyundai construction company.
"We Build Tomorrow"
Please visit below link which explains the philosophy behind this slogan.

From now try to have a vision statement for you, your family, the voluntary organizations you work with and the company you work for.

Key words: Vision statement, Mission statement, Vision and Mission, Vision, Mission.

SKANSKA : Green Urban Development Report No.3

“The water challenge: less misuse, more reuse” Troubled waters are rising. Rapid urbanization, population growth and climate change arecausing our planet’s water to behave in less predictable ways. Several regions will be affected heavily in the years to come. In many countries and markets, not just developing, but developed as well, the issue of water is real and must be solved. In this issue, solutions on both a local and global scale, are explored, together with experts in the field.

Key words: water shortage, war for water, water scarcity, ozone depletion, climate change, river pollution, urban water problems, green technology, green initiatives, water is the elixir of life, elixir of life

Monday, March 19, 2012

Paid in full with one glass of milk

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.

He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.

Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water! . She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, How much do I owe you?"

You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness."

He said ... "Then I thank you from my heart."

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Many year's later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.

Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.

Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once.

He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won.

Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words ...

"Paid in full with one glass of milk"

(Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.

Courtsey: Asokan K.K (By E-Mail)

Time & Circumstances can change

When a bird is eats Ants, When the bird is dead.... Ants eat the bird! 

So..Time & Circumstances can change at any time..

Don’t devalue or hurt anyone in life. 

You may be powerful today..But Remember..... Time is more powerful than You!!! 

One tree makes a million match sticks....

But when the time comes.. Only one match stick is needed to burn a million trees..

So be good and do good............. 

Mr. Aboobacker (E-mail)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Work visa limits on foreigners 'critical for Nitaqat success'

Jeddah, March 6: The policy of employing foreign labor under the Nitaqat program should be strictly implemented, a Shoura Council official said yesterday.

"A foreign worker's visa should be limited up to five years and during that period a Saudi should work with him and eventually replace him. This could be a practical solution to the implementation of Nitaqat and realization of Saudization," Saad Mariq, chairman of the Shoura Council's Financial Affairs, said participating in a panel discussion at the ongoing 12th Jeddah Economic Forum.

Upgrading vocational training to meet the requirement of raising the skills and qualification of Saudi workforce was also emphasized at the session on "Transforming Employment: The Job Creation Imperative."

Turki Al-Dakhil, an Al Arabiya presenter, conducted the session.

Mariq stressed that education, qualification and training were among the key factors in making the Saudi workforce capable of replacing their overseas counterparts. "Unfortunately, the scenario showed that only 30 percent importance was being given to education, and the remaining 70 percent was divided between qualification and training," he said, adding that Saudis remained far beyond in the race for jobs because they could not fulfill the requirement of qualification and training.

"We have to train Saudis and bring them to the level of the requirements in the employment market," he said and mentioned that four million of the eight million foreign workers lacked the right qualification and skills for the jobs they did.

Mariq called on the authorities to see that every dollar or riyal invested in the economy should be equally spent on Saudi education. "Merely educating them or producing graduates is not enough. It should go in parallel with capacity building so that the economy continues to create job opportunities."

Ibrahim Al-Moaiqel, director general, Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), said women constituted 75 percent of job seekers in the Kingdom. "While directing attention to the growing unemployment among women, I don't mean to suggest that unemployment among men should be overlooked."

The growing unemployment among Saudis is posing a serious challenge to the employers of both the public and private sectors, he said and mentioned that there is a general preference among women for teaching jobs. "When preparing the data under the Hafiz program, more than two million jobless people sent in their names for registration," he said.

Why always look around for jobs; they should also aspire to be entrepreneurs. "Entrepreneurship is the answer for new graduates," said Dalia Mogahed, executive director and senior analyst, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. However, she cautioned that the US experience shows that as many as 90 percent startups initiated by new graduates tended to fail. "Successful are those who have five to 10 years of experience, especially managing people at work, and then they launch themselves into entrepreneurship. Such successful entrepreneurs are extraordinary and a rare breed of people." She highlighted the fact that the region has the highest unemployment among women. "What dictates the need for employment among women is economics and not social factors. Also, strangely, as men's employment goes up, women's unemployment rises."

Professor Gerhard Bosch, director of the Institute for work, skills and training (IAQ) at the university of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, speaking on the "Changing employment relationship," said innovation, training and employment were the key factors that guided the creation of 40 million jobs in Germany. "Make high investments in R&D continuously and employ young people by providing them apprenticeships," was his call to the region's employers. North America and Europe have recorded a faster integration of young people through modernization and training, he said and emphasized the need for consistently upgrading vocational training.

Nada Al-Nashif, regional director, ILO Regional office in Beirut, said the region that grew at five percent in 2011 lacked quality jobs although it did not suffer from quantity of jobs. "The Saudi labor market is faced with challenges. There is a complex task of training jobseekers with the requisite skills. We need trade, investment and training to go hand in hand to meet the requirement of labor market. Thus, we need a strong and vibrant private sector to address such issues."

Jorg Schubert, a panelist, referring to the employment markets in the region said Middle East North Africa would need to create 70 million new jobs. Of them, the GCC will have to account for 8 million and Saudi Arabia 5 million in the foreseeable future.

Courtsey: Arabnews 6th March 2012