April 18, 2018

It was the year 1316. In Delhi, a Hindu conman pretending to be a Muslim holy man had gained such favor with the sultan that he was appointed at a senior rank in the court. By the year 1320 he had conspired to turn the courtiers against the sultan. He proceeded to kill...

April 11, 2018

So how smart are you? Pretty smart? Above average? You may be surprised to learn that more than 70% of people think they are pretty smart or above average. That’s most of us. Which is why, if someone questions our solution to a problem, we may get offended.  After all,...

April 4, 2018

When learning about something it helps to see it in it’s most extreme form. The most extreme form of problem solving situations I can think of are inflight emergencies. Pilots who must deal with such problems have to be at their best under highly stressful conditions a...

March 26, 2018

My firm sent me on a consulting assignment with a chemical manufacturer some years ago. I was working with a team trying to solve a business problem. Their customers, farmers, were complaining about a fertilizer product they produced. Farmers would find caked chemicals...

March 20, 2018

Perhaps you are a brilliant engineer, a highly skilled marketer, or a genius at Finance- but if you are not paying attention to these 3 factors, your career is likely to bomb.

1.    Become indispensable

The popular myth is that “people” are the lifeblood of an...

March 13, 2018

Regardless of the industry you work in and how much experience you have, your critical thinking skills can make or break your career plans. Your ability to process and analyze information effectively is the Achilles’ heel of your professional career.


Here are 4 ways yo...

March 6, 2018

Many years ago I worked for a large American conglomerate as a project manager. Among other things I had to look after employee motivation in our Asian operations. 

One of the major factors in motivation was a staff member’s relationship with their manager. Some people...

February 27, 2018

One of our customers, a large telecom company, recently came under new management. They asked us to find a fun, low-budget way to teach new company values. We built them an online game!


Building the game was easy. Getting people to play it was not. Eventually we got ar...

February 21, 2018

My father had a chauffeur (let's call him Rasheed) who couldn't read but he was a great driver. Once he was driving my mom and her friend from Peshawar to Islamabad. He missed the Islamabad exit and kept driving for hours until my mom noticed "Chakwal" on the signage....

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