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  17. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  18. Shutting the Door on Refugees
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  1. Khalid Zahid: Transforming Saudi Art
  2. Now Walk the Talk, Imran
  3. Violence against Minorities
  4. Unsheltered
  5. Lumbering Giant with a Midget’s Mentality
  6. How to Encourage Terrorism
  7. Faisalabad in 2028
  8. Mental Illness & the Progress of a Nation
  9. Child Sexual Abuse
  10. Living amongst the clouds : Aalia Bux
  11. Mental health – What soldiers can teach us
  12. Many Cookies still to Crumble
  13. Steering Through Turbulence
  14. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  15. NAYA PAKISTAN?
  16. Making ADR work for Women
  17. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  18. Shutting the Door on Refugees
  19. Water Challenges and Opportunities
  20. In Conversation with Dr. Ghulam Rasul on Hydrology
  21. In Conversation with Shafqat kakakhel: Internal Water Management Practices
  22. Come on Skipper !
  23. GUMM
  24. Annus Horibilis
  25. The Inhumanity of Pakistan’s Coal Industry
  26. Iran Nuclear Deal The U.S Withdrawal
  27. Method in the Madness
  28. Legal System Reforms
  29. Power Over Impulse
  30. Refugees and Migrants are People too
  31. PTCL – A Nonstop Journey Towards Excellence
  32. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  33. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  34. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  35. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  36. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
  37. Keep Pakistan’s Wagon Hitched To The China Star
  38. Anique’s Chocolate Cake
  39. Selfless & Fearless – Lahore Qalandars
  40. NEWS PICKS
  41. Intellectual Property and Tourism
  42. Fitness with the Mughal
  43. REBEL WITH A CAUSE
  44. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-1)
  45. Mummy’s Recipes Roast Chicken & Veg
  46. ENGAGING HEADS HEARTS AND HANDS
  47. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-2)
  48. Q & A with Star of Parchi
  49. Addressing Sexual Abuse
  50. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
  51. Pakistan’s Lost Children
  52. ENGLAND AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
  53. STICK WITH FRIENDS AND DITCH THE ENEMIES
  54. The Phenomenon that Stephen Hawking was!
  55. In Conversation with ANUSHAY ZEESHAN
  56. Q & A with owner of District 6 – Anum Rafat
  57. Ali Rehman Khan – Naturally A Star
  58. MUNIBA`S Call for Tolerance & Justice
  59. Q&A Muniba Mazari
  60. Health Quotient (Dental health)
  61. Money for nothing, bits for free
  62. FinTech
  63. TRADING THREATS OF WAR
  64. Crisis of Civilization
  65. Child Sexual Abuse
  66. Education is the only Solution
  67. Fit for Purpose
  68. BLUE CHIP TALKS TO THE CREATOR OF TEETOO AND TANIA
  69. Mini meringue recipe
  70. NEW ANIMATED TV SERIES PAKISTANI
  71. Changing the Perception of Public Transport Motorway Express
  72. AUSTENISTAN DEBUTS WITH ELEGANCE AND ENTHUSIASM
  73. PAKISTAN’S WOMEN OF 2017
  74. THE BEAUTY IN BUSINESS
  75. PERCEPTIONS ARE ALSO REALITY
  76. Blue Chip Q/A with Atiqa Odho
  77. Five major political events of 2017
  78. WHAT DOES TRUMP’S TWEET MEAN FOR CPEC AND THE REGION
  79. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017
  80. AFGHANISTAN GOING DOWNHILL
  81. 2017 FOR PSX – THE CLIMB AND THE DECLINE
  82. What we can learn from Ghalib
  83. QUINOA SALAD WITH THAI DRESSING

“A leader’s job is to encourage people to think freely with responsibility and deploy their passion for meaningful ends.”

To get the best out of people we need to inspire them, listen to their deep-felt aspirations and discover to our delight that what they passionately desire is what your company also needs – ideas of value. Companies hire people to add value to their business in a variety of ways. Yet rarely do organizations create a climate that encourages creativity and innovation. What’s the point of having people on board and not benefiting from their unique perspectives?

To be meaningful in any way, we need to liberate our mind. And to be greater than we are, we need to broaden our mental canvas for entertaining better, bigger and richer thoughts. It sounds so simple, yet why is it that many managers have not attained their self-defined greatness in their lives? Could it be their fixation with status quo and redundant traditions? Could it be that they are caught up in a conceptual conundrum?

 

Past experiences and environmental factors have shaped our attitudes, beliefs and perceptions. I call these “in-box” thinking. Some influences on us are harmful and damaging, blinding us to opportunities in our uncertain and ambiguous environment. It is only through greater self-awareness, confronting our fears, engaging in rigorous self analysis and review of all those things that have influenced us in the past that we can begin to liberate our minds from the shackles of the past.

Both “in-box” and “out-of-box” thinking are both equally important. “in-box” helps us to remain rooted to our core beliefs and identity, while “out-of-box” thinking helps us to reinvent our future with greater confidence. Our thoughts guide our actions and our actions or inaction lead to outcomes we experience in life. If we don’t like the outcomes we experience at work, or at home, the message is clear: We must change the way we think, instead of forever trying to change others. The latter is an exercise in futility.

By thinking ‘outside-the-box’ we acquire a new way with which to view our world. An open and receptive mind helps us engage in genuine and meaningful conversations with others. We become better able to challenge status quo, and in particular, those practices that are hindering our progress. Study of the lives and times of great minds inspires. Sadly, reading has yet not become a habit for many. As a result, we witness the prevalence of mediocrity, apathy, ignorance, arrogance and lack of analytical thinking in our society and in some of our organizations, particularly those in the public sector.

On the flip side, several major companies in Pakistan have achieved significant breakthroughs in recent years by engaging heads, hearts and hands of people. Organizations like Pakistan Tobacco Company, Unilever, AkzoNobel, Engro Corp are just a few glaring examples that come to mind. The good news is that many managers in our country, who were previously trapped by frivolous customs and traditions, have broken loose. They have found ways to save costs by reducing wastage; they have enhanced top-lines and bottom-line by improving quality of products and services and have grown their own capabilities and those of others.

Individuals can contribute astonishing results in a company once their mind opens. Opportunities for improvement are always there. They just need to be found. A variety of learning programs that focus on creativity and innovation in the workplace are being offered in Pakistan since 1991. These programs incorporate relevant and contemporary concepts and tools. The aim is to build capacity in managers that empowers them to add ever greater value in companies they work with.

Managers and employees become useful to organizations by using their unlimited creative potential intelligently, particularly when they are coached and mentored effectively. You care for them, and they are very likely to care for you. Here is a memorable story of the empty soap box, which happened in one of Japan’s biggest cosmetics companies. The company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soap box that was empty. Management immediately  isolated the problem to the assembly line, which transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department.

For some reason, one soap box went through the assembly line empty. Management asked its engineers to solve the problem. Post-haste, the engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine with high-resolution monitors manned by two people to watch all the soap boxes that passed through the line to make sure they were not empty. No doubt, they worked hard and they worked fast but they spent a huge amount to do so.

But when a rank-and-file employee in a small company was posed with the same problem, he did not get into complications of X-rays, etc but instead came out with another solution. He bought a strong industrial electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan on, and as each soap box passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line! Dr. Edward de Bono is regarded by many as the leading world authority in the field of thinking and creativity. He is the inventor of the phrase “Lateral Thinking” which is now in the Oxford English Dictionary. Lateral Thinking acts like the laxative of the mind and is based directly on how the brain functions as a self-organizing information system. Dr de Bono has worked for well over thirty years in the field with major corporations all over the world.

Another example of creative thinking comes from NASA. When NASA began the launch of astronauts into space, they found out that the pens wouldn’t work at zero gravity (Ink won’t flow down to the writing surface). In order to solve this problem, it took them one decade and $12 million. They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on practically any surface including crystal and, in a temperature, range from below freezing to over 300 degrees C. And what did the Russians do…………………?? They used a Pencil!!!

We need possibility thinking and learnings from our past mistakes. Creativity is about using our imagination, exploring probabilities while dealing with uncertainty! This involves risk. Venturing into the future with risk-averse thinking is madness. Liberate your mind. Don’t be trapped by traditional thinking – thinking which is only logical, sequential and selective. Logic is about hindsight. We can all be wise after the event. Learn to become wise before the event as well! Work on your concepts and perceptions and comprehend the mysterious possibilities that lie ahead! Your job as a leader is to encourage people to think freely with responsibility and deploy their passion for meaningful ends.

 

By Kamran Rizvi

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