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Thu, Sep 20, 2018
  1. Steering Through Turbulence
  2. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  3. NAYA PAKISTAN?
  4. Making ADR work for Women
  5. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  6. Shutting the Door on Refugees
  7. Water Challenges and Opportunities
  8. In Conversation with Dr. Ghulam Rasul on Hydrology
  9. In Conversation with Shafqat kakakhel: Internal Water Management Practices
  10. Come on Skipper !
  11. GUMM
  12. Annus Horibilis
  13. The Inhumanity of Pakistan’s Coal Industry
  14. Iran Nuclear Deal The U.S Withdrawal
  15. Method in the Madness
  16. Legal System Reforms
  17. Power Over Impulse
  18. Refugees and Migrants are People too
  19. PTCL – A Nonstop Journey Towards Excellence
  20. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  21. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  22. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  23. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  24. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
  25. Keep Pakistan’s Wagon Hitched To The China Star
  26. Anique’s Chocolate Cake
  27. Selfless & Fearless – Lahore Qalandars
  28. NEWS PICKS
  29. Intellectual Property and Tourism
  30. Fitness with the Mughal
  31. REBEL WITH A CAUSE
  32. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-1)
  33. Mummy’s Recipes Roast Chicken & Veg
  34. ENGAGING HEADS HEARTS AND HANDS
  35. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-2)
  36. Q & A with Star of Parchi
  37. Addressing Sexual Abuse
  38. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
  39. Pakistan’s Lost Children
  40. ENGLAND AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
  41. STICK WITH FRIENDS AND DITCH THE ENEMIES
  42. The Phenomenon that Stephen Hawking was!
  43. In Conversation with ANUSHAY ZEESHAN
  44. Q & A with owner of District 6 – Anum Rafat
  45. Ali Rehman Khan – Naturally A Star
  46. MUNIBA`S Call for Tolerance & Justice
  47. Q&A Muniba Mazari
  48. Health Quotient (Dental health)
  49. Money for nothing, bits for free
  50. FinTech
  51. TRADING THREATS OF WAR
  52. Crisis of Civilization
  53. Child Sexual Abuse
  54. Education is the only Solution
  55. Fit for Purpose
  56. BLUE CHIP TALKS TO THE CREATOR OF TEETOO AND TANIA
  57. Mini meringue recipe
  58. NEW ANIMATED TV SERIES PAKISTANI
  59. Changing the Perception of Public Transport Motorway Express
  60. AUSTENISTAN DEBUTS WITH ELEGANCE AND ENTHUSIASM
  61. PAKISTAN’S WOMEN OF 2017
  62. THE BEAUTY IN BUSINESS
  63. PERCEPTIONS ARE ALSO REALITY
  64. Blue Chip Q/A with Atiqa Odho
  65. Five major political events of 2017
  66. WHAT DOES TRUMP’S TWEET MEAN FOR CPEC AND THE REGION
  67. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017
  68. AFGHANISTAN GOING DOWNHILL
  69. 2017 FOR PSX – THE CLIMB AND THE DECLINE
  70. What we can learn from Ghalib
  71. QUINOA SALAD WITH THAI DRESSING

A quick review of history may help us gain valuable insights. From the beginnings of creation to the present day, we see stories replete with examples of survival of the fittest.

The word ‘fit’ though deceptively simple, has pervasive significance for us all. The random House College Dictionary describes ‘fit’ as: proper or becoming; adapted or suited; qualified or competent; worthy or deserving; prepared or ready; in good physical condition or health; of the right size or shape – all keys to survival and possibly endurance.

Why then, the hostility in some quarters, to a management philosophy which promulgates that only the fit must survive, particularly in the underdeveloped and developing economies?

This philosophy holds that the ‘fit’ continue, while the unfit either improve their act, or find other avenues for sustenance. One factor that explains antagonism to such a thought is the lack of social safety nets in our society for those who are rendered jobless as a consequence of ‘right-sizing’. For instance, lack of employment opportunities helps the ‘unfit’ justify absorption of the jobless.

We are trapped in a vicious cycle which legitimizes hiring people regardless of merit. It is believed that at least this way we will have fewer disgruntled job seekers on the streets! As a consequence, most of our public-sector corporations and government departments, in particular, are grossly mismanaged and inefficient. To witness glaring examples of poor governance and inefficiencies in large entities like Pakistan Steel, Pakistan Railways, PIAC, OGDCL and others is heartbreaking.

Our world has become very competitive and fast-paced, where only the ‘fit’ will survive. This oft repeated notion is driving many managers and CEOs to high levels of stress caused by fear of the increasing uncertainty in the corporate world. A common consequence of heightened sense of insecurity is mindless frenzy. This entails huge economic and social costs. Bad decisions, strategic or tactical, made in haste, are a case in point.

With the disruptive changes taking place around us, we need to counter the ‘waste of haste’ effectively through better planning and looking ahead. Dr H J Witteveen quoting Hazrat Inayat Khan says:

“Every plan has a period of development and if man has power over his impulse by retaining the thought silently in mind, he allows the plan to develop and to take all necessary changes that it may take for its culmination. But when the impulse expresses the thought, it – so to speak – puts out the flame, thus hindering the development of the plan. The wise speak with their mind many times before they speak to anybody.”

It is only calm and patient minds that ‘nurtures the flame’ of creativity and innovation by making sense of the complexity in the socio-economic and political environment.

The fastest is not necessarily the best and the strongest is not the only basis for endurance, as strength can easily be squandered. Something has to be said for our innate ability to act with patience and in an appropriate manner in a variety of situations. Our ability to adapt, reflect, change and transform is what makes us fit.

Fitness applies to individuals, organizations and nations. It is the leadership team in organizations, both commercial enterprises and non-profits, that need to shoulder responsibility for preparing people to deal with the changing environmental dynamics – locally and internationally. For example, the inspiring change led by Dr Ishrat Hussain at the State Bank of Pakistan in early 2000 shows what is possible if we become sincere to our role as leaders.

Wouldn’t having healthier and fitter organizations stimulate a nation’s economy, increase employment opportunities, attract investment – local and foreign, and provide greater revenues to the exchequer? Triggering a virtuous spiral can benefit us all by ensuring that only the ‘fit’ lead the much needed transformation in their respective organizations.

Building responsiveness, flexibility and agility in any enterprises will remain the key leadership challenge. This is achieved by having power over impulse to successfully involve people at different levels within the organization in decision making and orchestrating plans for continuous capacity building. Adherence to principles of good corporate governance points the way.

Every discipline in life, whether worldly or spiritual, has a clear sense of what is fit. The quote from Hazrat Inayat Khan points to what is needed in managers in most situations. Patience, reflection, contemplation, discernment, analysis and timing are essential ingredients that contribute to fitness of any professional.

Setting new standards of performance and quality is therefore of the essence. Commitment to excellence is just that. However, pursuit of excellence remains a pleasant abstraction if we fail to embed tangible dimensions of caring; dreaming; expecting; and risking in the entity’s corporate culture.

Conduct an honest self-appraisal now as a leader, by asking yourself the following questions:

 

  1. Am I prepared and ready for what I need to do today, next week, next year and in the coming decades? This can only be determined if I know where I am headed; if my goals are clear, for the immediate, medium and the long term. It is one thing to wish for things to happen. It is quite another to actually make them happen! Can wishing alone qualify me as being fit?

 

  1. Am I worthy and deserving of what I am getting and hope to achieve? This largely depends on my self concept. How I see myself. Many think they are mere cogs in a big wheel. While others think no end of themselves i.e., they view themselves as gifts from God to mankind, without doing a thing about it. Both views are extreme and quite counterproductive. This begs a moment for reflection. Is your potential infinite? Is what you do contributing to the big picture?

 

  1. Am I adapted or suited to my environment? Am I flexible enough to adjust my behavior to different people and situations? Am I like water in a stream that flows freely around obstacles and meets with the ocean? Am I open to learning and new ideas? Do I display empathy – being able to see and feel the pain or joy of another?

 

Reflect. Make time to plan. Involve your team, your internal and external stakeholders, to positively transform your organization, thus putting it on track for sustainable growth.

Residing deep within us all is our potential to excel in any chosen field or vocation. Tap this infinite potential in you and in your team or embrace mediocrity which stems from apathy and ignorance.

It is worth remembering that we are seduced by the comfort of status quo when we don’t exercise power over our impulse.

By Kamran Rizvi

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