FIFA World Cup, Brazil 2014

  With the FIFA World Cup just around the corner, football (or soccer as it is known in some countries) is the defining factor in planning our personal calendars, schedules, holidays or even date night with the missus. Hypothetically speaking, if research were to be conducted, statistics would prove a significant increase in domestic problems…

The Joy of Books: Why I Read?

Nothing is more powerful, yet vulnerable, than the infinite permutations and combinations of words scripted on paper. With the monumental thought process that goes into authoring a novel, when the writer believes he has exhaustively portrayed his imaginative world, as readers all we get is but a peephole into the realms of his fictitious world.…

Family businesses in the Middle East

Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson may or may not pass on the reins of his $4.2 billion business empire to his children. Even if Branson’s dynastic succession does materialize into a successful transition, generational transition and succession is usually seen as the exception rather than the norm in the business world. In the Middle East,…

The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Oman

The Sultanate of Oman, situated in the south-east corner of the Arabian Peninsula, borders with Middle Eastern giants Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates giving the nation a strategic edge desired by many. With a population of just 3.3 million growing at a little of 9% per annum, the mountainous terrain of the sultanate…

Smart Giving: How ADP is changing lives in Pakistan

When eighth-grader Ayesha scribbled “thank you ADP for giving us a place to learn and grow”, little did she realize the powerful impact her tiny expression of gratitude would have. The innocence of her gratitude exemplifies the juxtaposed world we live in, wherein basic amenities like clean drinking water and hygienic sanitation facilities are but…

Raging Driver, Forbidden Survivor

The funny thing about driving a car, is the not so funny road rage that inevitable is part of the deal. Almost intuitively, even the most caring, nurturing and patient of people, both men and women alike, can savagely metamorphosize into the Jason Statham character from Death Race. Blaring horns, swerving vehicles and narrow escapes…

Is Maslow Rating Security too high?

In 1943, Abraham Maslow created the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (see triangle below) which is built on the premonition that people are motivated by needs, much like animals, as opposed to various scholars who focused on cognition as a driving force for the “intelligent” human race. Seventy years later, comfortable in our element, we bracket…