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September 12, 2017

Ten Symptoms of New Managers

Organizations exert tremendous psychological pressure on newly hired or promoted managers which causes them a sense of insecurity. The new managers who lack proper leadership […]
May 18, 2017

When I Was Called Average

In one of my performance appraisals, I was rated as an “Average Employee”. This experience was so bitter that it took me going through the full drama cycle of receiving negative feedback before bouncing back.
March 21, 2017

Self-Limiting Beliefs of A Drowning Kid

Sam was a little kid playing by the beach when his friends decided to sneak into the fancy resort in their village. This meant that he had to swim around the huge water breaker – a task proved to change his life forever.
February 7, 2017

Emiratization: Serving Those Who Serve

Mike is an American manager who was recently hired by a major Abu Dhabi financial institution after his great success in his previous global firm […]
January 4, 2017

The Silent F*** You!

The type of job I do, my curiosity about people and my activity on social media all contributed to the blurry image of the status […]
December 30, 2016

Slow is Fast, Fast is Dangerous

Since childhood, I have poetically admired Vietnam and romanticized about the courage of the Vietcong. Few days ago, I went to Vietnam to tick off […]
November 30, 2016

We Do Not Teach Values

I frequently stay in hotels for business as part of my job and I have recently stayed in Dubai for a week. The hotel clearly […]
November 11, 2016

The Dutch – As Authentic As It Gets!

1- The Dutch – They Make You Appreciate Lying A Bit More They ride their bicycles because of utility not to look hip. They use […]
October 30, 2016

Daddy, I’m Frustrated!

I was sitting peacefully when Maria – my 4 year old daughter – suddenly approached me. “Daddy, I’m frustrated!” she said. I was simply amazed […]
September 13, 2016

Curiosity Killed the Cat, But Served the Team!

I have always been more tolerant, forgiving and accepting of those I trust. And I am more trusting of those who I connect with at […]
August 21, 2016

I Wish I Did Not Work That Hard

A few years ago, I had the chance to visit the cradle of Western Civilization – Athens, Greece. Our group gathered in The Plaka at the footsteps of the Acropolis planning the best route to climb up the hill to The Parthenon.
June 6, 2016

How Do You Want To Be Remembered?

Fast forward to many years from now, specifically to the last hour of your last day and ask yourself “what 3 adjectives would people use to describe you when you leave?”
March 12, 2016

Managing Accountability through Coaching

I received a call from Ahmad – a finance manager – asking for an urgent meeting. When I stepped into his office, Ahmad was furiously […]
January 17, 2016

Be A Mentor Today

Many years from now when you look back at your life, you will reflect on how you invested the opportunities you had and the talents you were given.
December 4, 2015

Find Your Talent, Serve Your Purpose

In a recent workshop, I was asked, “What is your talent?” The immediate response that came to my mind was, “I sound smarter than I really am!”
December 1, 2015

Listen, just LISTEN

Few years ago, I worked for almost two years with Sara – a finance director. Sara and I were neighbors and shared the same routine […]
November 28, 2015

The Drowning Kid

I was a little kid playing by the beach when my friends decided to sneak into the fancy resort nearby. This meant we had to […]
November 21, 2015

A Conversation with The Warrior Who Killed Time

It was 5 p.m. on a Thursday evening as my colleague Alex and I were about to get into his car for our daily trip […]
November 5, 2015

Invitation To A Strathclyde Masterclass Coaching: The Secret of Great Managers

STRATHCLYDE MASTERCLASS Coaching: The Secret of Great Managers With Maged Khalaf, Strathclyde MBA alumnus & Executive Coach Great managers facilitate positive change by improving the […]
November 3, 2015

My Employees Are Smarter Than Me!

Today’s managers are faced with a unique set of challenges that neither their business schools nor their bosses prepared them for. One of those challenges […]
October 24, 2015

You Are Not My Type!

One of my ex-bosses used to sarcastically tell me “you are born to be a boss… not because you are good but simply because you […]
October 14, 2015

The Dilemma Of Innocent Civilians

In the photo Marilyn Monroe is performing to entertain the American troops so they can resume their massacres during one of their many wars around […]
October 12, 2015

The Power of Coaching after a Failure

We have all experienced failure at some point in our lives; whether it is a lost job, a dysfunctional relationship or simply a terrible first date.
August 25, 2015

My First Trip To Canada

I was lucky enough to visit my best friends Ali & Samah in Montreal, Canada this summer (2015). My family and I spent a wonderful […]
December 18, 2014

Another Reason To Love LinkedIn

Since 2008, I got a great job through LinkedIn, I met wonderful people through it, and I learned a lot from the posts my connections […]
October 4, 2014

What Women Can Learn From Beirut

Women should be dangerous, unpredictable and forever young just like Beirut. The Lebanese capital was once the lighthouse of this Middle East when its rival […]
September 29, 2014

The Right to Return to The Land of Sad Oranges

For generations and centuries Arabs ruled Spain building an empire that lasted as if it will exist forever. Old cities underwent an extreme makeover where […]
September 15, 2014

Notes from My Trip to Watch The World Cup in Brazil 2014

These notes were written on my iPhone as I was waiting for my flights or on long bus trips, please ignore the typos. Global Talent: […]
September 12, 2014

Fifty Shades of Management

Business schools, management consultants and many leadership gurus suggest that management is the science of planning, organizing, and controlling resources. They sometimes describe management with […]
September 12, 2017

Ten Symptoms of New Managers

Organizations exert tremendous psychological pressure on newly hired or promoted managers which causes them a sense of insecurity. The new managers who lack proper leadership […]
May 18, 2017

When I Was Called Average

In one of my performance appraisals, I was rated as an “Average Employee”. This experience was so bitter that it took me going through the full drama cycle of receiving negative feedback before bouncing back.
October 30, 2016

Daddy, I’m Frustrated!

I was sitting peacefully when Maria – my 4 year old daughter – suddenly approached me. “Daddy, I’m frustrated!” she said. I was simply amazed […]
September 13, 2016

Curiosity Killed the Cat, But Served the Team!

I have always been more tolerant, forgiving and accepting of those I trust. And I am more trusting of those who I connect with at […]