By Majid Al Suleimany -
From A Bouquet of Quotes.
♦ The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything!
♦ A gem is not polished without a rubbing – Nor a man perfected without trials!
♦ Falling down is not defeat — Defeat is when you refuse to get up!
♦ Even if you are on the right track — you will get run over if you just sit there!
♦ If everybody agrees with you — you are probably wrong!
♦ All actions are judged by the motive prompting them — The Islamic Sayings — The Hadith
♦ The search for someone to blame is always successful! — Robert Half
♦ Whatever side I take; I know that I will be blamed! — Louis XIV
It is of great concern, alarm and worry to me to watch the so-called ‘fast and latest development news’ — and frankly I cannot comprehend or can try to understand what is going on in such a beautiful and marvelous thing that we have here — and instead of protecting and preserving — and letting to increasingly grow, nourish and prosper — this is what some elements are doing now!
We need to move away from this Blame Culture thing! There is the expression said many times that those in glass houses should not throw stones! These attitudes and focuses of comparing and contrasting — jealousies and envies streaks — and narrow minded subjective outlooks and focuses — need to be curtailed now — before it is too late for us all — and everyone else will suffer — because of the mistakes of a few such people and die-hards!
I will share with you these personal experiences I had lately at the workplace. God is my witness there is no willful or evil intention to get back at anyone — but hopefully we can all learn from these experiences of mine — for the good of our own society.
People can give me any label or colouring they want — but at least two things they cannot deny me — however adverse and being against they can be with me — and as a person individually.
The two things are trying my best in speaking the truth always — and however painful and hurtful — it can be to some — and with some that they simply do not want to hear it being said to them! Even if in e-mails — if not face to face!
The second is always being caring, feeling and being very Nationalistic — loyal and faithful — even if with some other experiencing similar — with what I am going through now — may even want to think and act differently!
My peers Human Resources Professionals were saying to me that I was very lucky to have been out of the scenes with the last year’s labour unrests! My preferences have always been to do Consultancy and Advisory works — temporary in nature — and from the home.
In that way, I do not have corporate formal bosses and reporting relationships — and if I did not like the direction of where the works were going — I could quit at anytime — and even not ask for any payments for any works already done. People have done that already to me in not paying me for the completed works — so what else is new here?
Against my better judgement — I was persuaded to go back into formality and into operational side of Human Resources — to the Consultancy works being done in addition — for the same one price. They say beggars cannot be choosers — That I can fully agree with!
After a lapse of over 4 years since my last operational HR job — it was a great shock and eye-opener for me! The atmosphere, culture, attitudes, focuses, outlooks — and whatever else — had changed dramatically — and in adverse nature and negativities! It really shocked me to smithereens! I could not believe what I was seeing and experiencing now — from the top guys to the Trainees! Things had completed changed!
Sorry for me to repeat it — it was for the adverse!
One may say perhaps because I was dealing with a smaller company — and perhaps ethnic and polarisation aspects were coming in! These things do not bother me — I have experienced day one when I started my working life — with being told — ‘go back home — you…!’ — in that distant land by few elements — and not feeling welcomed in some other places — but they needed all the educated people they could get at the time — and more if you could write and speak English for that matter! It is a long story — no need to go through it again!
What shocked me the most is these elements of wanting to control, dominate and subjugate in the old days methodologies — and in the old guards doctrines — from the higher levels — even to a fellow educated, qualified and experienced fellow peer Omani!
But allowing flexibility and freedom to the expatriate clans — and not your own! Like I always say — Like that General shooting at one’s own troops metaphorically speaking here!
But the bigger shocks were with The Younger Generations — and I have all the proofs and evidence with me — from Training Institutes Reports — to Company Reports — and from others.
Look at these examples:-
● Not attending classes for no strong reasons.
● Care-free and lax attitudes in classes – and in dealings with Instructors (many Expatriates!).
● Lack of even trying and in applications to the tasks, aspects and responsibilities
● Do not want to go out to field assignments — it was too hot!
● Lack of observing Hygiene and HSE Safety factors.
● Always comparing and contrasting to others — without knowing all the facts beforehand — the Biggest problem here!
● They choose whom to deal with — not following formal reporting relationships!
● Worse part allowing them to do so! Polarisation!
● Some feeling that they are related to the Top Guys – so cannot be touched!
● Worse allowing them to continue to feel so!
● Polarisation and ethnic differences emanating from even the Top — exceptions being expatriates — for them it is okay!
● The National and State funds and support being given and diverted for these projects — but the outlooks are all subjective, individualistic and — with a heavy heart to say it — ethnical and regional!
● Other areas in the nation did not get these same supports. Privileged few only!
● Again all oil and gas related!
● And so many others — it will take a full book to bring them all in!
But the worst part is being told — as a National — Omani Local — experienced, educated and qualified — that it was Hobson's choice to have selected me for the job – and their preferences were still 'for a boy from their own homes' — but they could not find one — and we are still looking for one!
Certainly, I needed the money — but I needed respect and esteem more — so I quit immediately on my own. I was thinking of writing my next Arab Management book after this — www.myown-ebooks.com — but I then thought to myself — what else can I write about? I have already said all I wanted in my cries for help book! A Cry For Help! Published one year before all the troubles had started!
Frankly and honestly speaking — I am more and really worried and concerned now — even if in my last article — Trying to shake off Writer's Block!
Before we want to even question others first and or to start to blame others and to look for scapegoats — we need to look deep into ourselves first in our own consciences — and in self-analysis and soul-searching! If you do not know all the truths and the facts — do not start now — and more importantly — please do not try to judge anyone that quickly too! May Allah God Protect and Preserve us all — Amin Amen Take Care!