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This blog has been designed most for the benefits of my students. I am interested in spiritual intelligence because I believe it leads to happiness and resilience. If you want copies of my published research (conference papers or articles in journals), feel free to contact me.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

5 seconds claim to fame....

Just to prove that anyone can get their picture in the newspapers. ....

Friday, June 20, 2014

Strategic Management from an Islamic Perspective: Key Concepts

The key to success: Providing customers with products and services they want and that they can afford Plan: Continuing the current business model by extending it in the future Strategy: Creating a new business model in the future Strategic conversations: Discussion between leaders and followers about the future of the organization Strategic flexibility: An organization has more strategic choices when it has more efficient business processes than its competitors. The biggest mistake: Thinking that strategy is about "beating" your competitors - it is not. It is always about satisfying your customers. You can beat your competitors and still disappoint your customers. The second biggest mistake: Think that profits is the only measure of success of a strategy. A simple way to increase profitability is to increase risk. A better measure of success is profits divided by the amount of risk that the organization takes. Good organizations must develop a culture of risk management. Every organization must do two things at the same time. It must operate as it is currently and think about how it will be different in the future. The essence of strategy is engaging key leaders and subordinates in strategic conversations. A key goal has to be that the organization is more efficient than others so that it develops strategic flexibility. In my experience, people get so excited about the tactics of strategy ("lets beat our competitors")that they forget that the purpose of strategy is to provide customers with products and services that they want at a price they can afford.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Challenging Mental Models Using Ted Talks

Keeping yourself up to date is very difficult because most news portal focus on events rather than trends. Once you observe trends, the true picture emerges. This true picture is necessary to challenge mental models (yes, this is written for my MGT6610) students. A great source of information are Ted Talks. These are updated daily and they are often very good and challenge conventional wisdom. Here is a talk that challenges the pre-conceived ideas between the West and Third World countries.....Enjoy :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Four teams

Mom Mgt6610

Week 3 system.....

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Intrinsic Motivation

I would like all my students to understand the difference between intrinsic motivation (you do things because you have to) and extrinsic motivation (you do things because other people are putting pressure on you). To achieve your full potential, intrinsic motivation is the only way. Enjoy !

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Using Project Based Learning To Develop Softskills

Since early February 2014, my students have been working with students at SMK Hillcrest and SMK Sri Gombak. Having read the literature since 2010, I have an idea of the theory behind happiness. With IIUM students, I can get them to listen to Islamic talks once a week and they - as an indirect consequence - become happier in 75% of the cases. But how to apply this in secondary schools? My conclusion is that Project-Based Learning (PBL) can help. Many kids at secondary school have a choice: To have an easy life or to have a good life. Happiness requires some sort of planning and this is what most kids at secondary school lack. PBL - in our case, getting secondary school kids to make videos - forces them to consider alternative life options. It helps them to think about the difference between having an easy life and a good life. Sounds simple right? Believe me, it is a lot of work and I have to thank my facilitators for doing most of it.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Productive Teens Project launched in two schools

Since 2010, I have - alhamdulillah - quite a clear idea of happiness from an Islamic perspective. Helping my students become happier is quite easy. Their lack of happiness is rooted in a lack of understanding of Islam. By asking them to listen to Islamic talks every week, I am "forcing" my students to improve their knowledge - and this helps them to develop a more optimistic and happier outlook on life. As an incentive, I dangle very good coursework marks to push them forward. The trick is whether I can use a similar (but different) approach with school kids who I cannot reward by giving them coursework marks. One idea is to get teenagers to make videos about other successful teenagers. I launched this project today with two schools in Gombak. Hopefully, through a process of vicarious learning, they will find that their life (and level of happiness) improves.

Another soft skills session