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Top Talent Investment

Top Talent Investment

The previous CEO of Engro Corp, Asad Umer, did what most leaders should do – he directly interacted with the talent in his organization. He invited them over for special events in which he engaged them in conversations that were important for the company and took the opportunity to directly … Continued

The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

Anyone who has ever been deeply committed to their job, knows that managing a successful career while having a healthy personal life is almost next to impossible. Professionals deal with the challenge of trying to find the perfect balance between family and work life on a daily basis … Continued

2012 Best Place to Work Highlights

2012 Best Place to Work Highlights

Over the past three years, Engage Consulting has gained a tremendous amount of insight into what makes a company the ‘best place to work’ in Pakistan, and together with research done across the world we know that organizations whose employees are strongly engaged with the … Continued

Learning with Leon: My Q&A with Leon Menezes

Leon Menezes’s 18 year work experience in Human Resources, Marketing & Sales, and Customer Services provides him with an imperative perspective in understanding and maximizing business opportunities. Leon joined Shell Pakistan Limited in early 2001 and since then he has been serving as General Manager Human Resources – Pakistan. – PK: Do you think HR … Continued

Yes Sahib (Yes Boss)

Having spent almost a decade in South Asia, I am still not used to the “Sahib” culture. Maybe my Dutch egalitarian values are so deeply rooted that I still can’t get used to it, or maybe it is my aversion to being given a specific title of importance. Some of my desi friends who are … Continued

A Positive Reinterpretation

Last January I went to Panama with Earth Train’s Mother Nature CEO Program, jointly led by Lider Sucre and Nathan Gray. Both Lider and Nathan are truly inspiring figures and recently Nathan proved why I hold him in such high regard. In one of his emails, Nathan shared that following a 2008 surgery to remove … Continued

Rooting Out Corruption at KESC

Rooting Out Corruption at KESC

Having worked in Asian developing countries for almost 15 years, I have come to learn that corruption and people trying to obtain undue benefits, has always been part of this working culture. I am always surprised by the ingenuity of their schemes. For example, I came to learn that bosses … Continued

Accountability: A Leadership Test

Accountability: A Leadership Test

I have found that for leaders, including many CEO’s, holding people accountable is their Achilles heel. They feel uncomfortable and shy away from confronting employees about their behaviors. They procrastinate instead of getting to the (sometimes difficult) conversation … Continued

Death by Conference

Death by Conference

– I have not been to a conference in quite some time and I must admit… I hate them. They don’t add any value and the only thing you get out of it, is that you are able to reconnect with colleagues you haven’t seen for a while. . The standard conference flow goes like this An opening … Continued

Name Dropping

Name Dropping

I have a confession to make… Yesterday for the very first time I did something that I always detest when I see other people do it: I was name dropping in order to get things done. Let me justify myself first! After many attempts at trying to collect, a client had still not paid an outstanding … Continued

The Holy Month of Golf

The Holy Month of Golf

Ramadan is upon us! I love Ramadan. In my first year here in Pakistan, whilst not fully understanding the meaning and context behind Ramadan, I started fasting to prove to my colleagues that it doesn’t have to impact your work or output – especially if you are a white collar worker, enjoying … Continued