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 A – The New Management Book – A Cry For Help!  – Context and Perspectives – Arabian Management Series.

 By Majid Al Suleimany

 Publisher Press Release.

 A frank, honest, transparent, open and call-a-spade-a-spade no punch-spared, no barrels held stuff and no frills play book exposing the increasing lack of ethics, principles, professionalism and tolerance – plus increased radicalisation, extremism and increased fundamentalism of the Offices environment and in similar to the overall similar fast changing facts of the ground in the region.

Addressing the increased extremism, fundamentalism, and lack of tolerance and forbearance in the Arab workforce, Author Majid Al Suleimany presents A Cry for Help!: Arabian Management Services — Context and Perspectives.

 In three parts, A Cry for Help! concentrates on the management styles and aspects of companies located in the Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council that encompasses Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

 It discusses the: 

• Growing radicalization of local staff

• Misbehaving expatriates

• Unhappy, dissatisfied staff

• Bad treatment of Staff especially by some Expatriates – mainly Indian, European and Western Staff on Locals

• Increasing extremism and fundamentalism in The Offices

• Sensitive, related issues

 In A Cry for Help!, Al Suleimany, A Management Expert, focuses on what is particular about the type of Arab management, its context and perspectives, and what is peculiar, special, or particular to that work in the context and comparison to management styles of other nations. Using personal experiences, examples, and illustrations, Suleimany exposes the new reality and truth and moves away from the trend and approach of hiding issues and problems.

 “It is a unique book, written in a unique style. It is a soul-searching and critical evaluation of one’s own people in the field. He extols the culture and importance of work in his religion and the pitfalls and lackluster attitude of the Managers in position about the Principles and Process of Management.” – - Editor Features, The Observer. 

 “Someone must have the guts and courage to write about this growing danger and phenomena with us here now – before it is too late for everyone!” – - American CEO

 “The book is critical but objective—and portrays the Arab mind and focus in its proper perspectives.” – -  Senior Omani Public Official

 “Your writing is quite exceptional, informative, and gripping.”  - Omani High Official

 “There is a great need for improvements and achievements in this particular arena – your book has tried well to cover all these to a very successful extent.” -  British CEO

 “Part of the problem of Arab Management is the inherited autocratic society we live in, and confronted by new Management concepts and innovation believing in freedom of expression, empowerment, delegation, transparency, ethics and accountabilities – and the clash between the two.” – - Indian CEO

 See what you are saying here is very true, especially in Arab Management – Arab CEO

 Please be the catalyst for change in your part of the world – – British CEO

 Frankly, you are the first Omani (Arab / GCC) to have looked at these issues critically and spoken outside. Let many more voices raise together to make this powerful movement of change across the Arab world – Indian HR Professional

 Please note that there are much more and many Book Reviews and Comments that can be found in www.majidbooks.com and www.alsuleimany.com

 B – Psychology of Arab Management Thinking – Context and Perspectives – Arabian Management Series.

 By Majid Al Suleimany

 Publisher Press Release.

 Written in a frank, open, and honest approach, Author Majid Al Suleimany’s Psychology of Arab Management Thinking: Arabian Management Series exposes his personal viewpoint on the critical realities about Arab Management, candidly admitting he has no intention to harm anyone.

 This book is a soul searching and critical evaluation of one’s own people—admiring the culture and importance of work in his religion—and the pitfalls and lackluster attitude of the managers viewed in the perspective of the principles of management. He points out important ideas with a focus, desire and objective to learn, correct and give remedy to any mistake.

 A must-read first-time book written by an Arab (GCC) Management Author and with the aim and focus for improvement in the especially Arab Management process

 There is a special segment dedicated to articles under His Majesty in this book.

 Readers’ Comments.

 * Your idea to concentrate on Arabian (or more AGCC) Management is very wise and right – because there are very few books written on Management aspects in this part of the world and by local writers. That is why it will get immediate recognition universally and be an educational tool too for everyone who reads it – Omani Human Resources Professional.

 * I will personally support the book and think it is a very good move and ‘you should finish it quickly’. You need to write on yourselves, as there is need for great improvements and achievements in this particular arena, despite noted some improvements lately – 2 European CEOs.

 * First congratulations for your second under developing professional book Part of the problem of Arab Management is the inherited autocratic society we have, and confronted by new Management concepts and innovation believing in freedom of expression, empowerment, delegation, accountabilities etc. and the clash between the two – Indian HR Professional

 * Regarding the proper covering title it will depend upon the focus issue or topic of the book. If the book talks about the local and Arabian prospect management, that is best name title or if the book is global, new title reference should be looked on, the name should be an eye catching name title, so that people will be attractive to it, like the title of the first book – Omani IT Specialist.

* I personally prefer it (the book) to be a global perspective book on the ground that all races would be interested to purchase it rather than if the book talks only on local or Arabian management collaborations – Omani IT Specialist.

* Now think of general issues rather than focus on what is called Arabian Management since the idea of the globalization is the main issue of the entire World – Indian CEO. 

* Please be the catalyst for change. It is high time some Omani local wrote on the book – Several. 

* I know of the feeling – DO NOT rock the boat syndrome. But this boat is not just sailing. The Omani way is to go by the tide and wait for your salary on 25 to 27 every month. It is just not enough to expect your salary at the end of the month, and do not do anything in return – British CEO. 

* Are you really going to write on the subject? Make me believe you – Omani Accountant. 

* To be honest, to see this happening in front of my eyes makes me burn inside. You may face strong local opposition, because some peoples do not want the truth to be told. Please be the catalyst for change in Arabic Management Styles – Indian CEO. 

* You should look at a neutral place to publish this book, if you really want it to come out – Several. 

* You have my full support on this. Frankly, you are the first Omani to have looked at these issues critically and spoken outside. Let many more voices raise together to make this powerful movement of change across the Arab world – Indian HR Professional. 

* See what you are saying is very true, especially for the Arab Manager. He will try to copy and emulate what advancements in HR have reached, but fail dismally in implementation. Best example is 360 degrees evaluation that failed to take off at all in Gulf. So was the empowerment syndrome! – Omani HR Professional.

 * I am very happy and glad for you to let me know about your book and I fully agree with you – you must write the book! – Indian HR Professional.

 * Fundamentally speaking, this is a topic on which I have been researching a lot on these past few months. Further, looking at a whole lot of topics written on the same as well as UN’s Arab HRD reports, one thing which comes to my mind again and again how this much number of people lies between Illusion and reality? How can hypocrisy be accepted so widely by the population without a single revolt? Being in the HR field for the past few years, it becomes sad for me to realize that none of our friends in the Arab world tries to understand the concept of human resources and the importance of human development. 

The very same people who complete their Master degrees and Doctorates in HR do not actually buy the concepts because it fundamentally conflicts with what has been taught over a period of time. With all of this money through oil, can you believe only 2% of the Arab world have access to the internet?  – Indian HR Executive.

 * To be honest, I believe that this topic assumes a lot of significance at this stage as the youth of the region are looking for answers. Many of these boys and girls who pass out from universities are unclear of what they should do to make the region a prosperous one.

 The most important step for an Arab manager is to understand the importance of Empowerment, whether it be your own nationals or expatriates. The expatriates working in this country directly or indirectly contribute to the growth of the region as well. To consider them as people who are taking your wealth is foolishness. They are not the enemy; the enemy is within yourselves as Arabs and Arab Managers. – Indian CEO.

 * The fundamental concept of localization is based on this fact that we have to move the Hindis, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis who are swindling our wealth etc. This is baseless. I have been in this country for the past 23 years and consider this as my own. However the look I receive when I go to the Ministry and some other places is as if I am here to swindle your wealth – Indian CEO.

 * What we need as a Region is a paradigm shift. The Almighty has given the same brain to you and myself and everyone else in this universe. However it is of no use if you do not apply it. What should happen is that there should be the rise of reformers such as you and an open representation in the public. It is really challenging but I believe that something has to be done. The time is NOW, not tomorrow – Indian and British CEOs – together!

 C – Short Takes – Between Us Only!

 By Majid Al Suleimany

 Publisher Press Release.

 This is Short Takes – Between Us Only – Book Three – from his First Book of the same name – Between Us Only! The Author is a recognized famed Omani Author who writes in English and he has published other books in the series – The Sequel – Between Us Only – Book Two – and Between Us Only (The Original – Book One). He is also the Author of Psychology of Arab Management Thinking Book – Context and Perspectives – Arabian Management Series. He is on final touches to produce his second book on Management titled – A Cry For Help!

The book contains series of selected articles that had appeared during the last five years in his column in The Oman Daily Observer (English Daily). The subjects cover varies from week to week but range from Socio-political, Social, Economic, Family, Educational, Omanisation (Localisation), Training & Development, International arena and scenarios etc.

 The concentration here in this book has been the human interest stories touching lives of the peoples (and residents) of Oman and The Gulf Region as a whole. Some of them have been made out as stories, but the messages coming out are openly vividly and crystal clear to all, in many cases it comes out outright and facing the Reader without any doubt or innuendos.

 This is the only of his books with pictures, cartoons and caricatures – and would appeal especially to the younger generation – and those that like Short Stories with human touch feeling and caring touches.,

 The Author admitted that he had a difficult time to choose which stories to reproduce in this book from his column. In the end he went on the responses received from his fans to which articles that had touched them the most – and most of these were reproduced in the book.

 A lot of questions were raised by Readers – especially by the youngsters – if the stories were real and had actually happened – or were just made up or were expanded from real life cases.

 His response had been that some were real, but he had made them as short stories to protect the identities of the people involved in his stories – and using alphabets (not of real names) to identify the characters in his book.

 The youth will especially this book as it is written with a light touch but tackling serious issues and topics in the society.

 Please note that there are much more and many Book Reviews and Comments that can be found in www.majidbooks.com and www.alsuleimany.com

 D – The Sequel – Between Us Only!

 By Majid Al Suleimany

 Publisher Press Release.

 Demonstrating his sharp eye, value for culture and tradition, and fearlessness, acclaimed columnist Majid Al Suleimany upholds the witty bravado of Between Us Only to bring forth the second volume of his great collection of commentaries from The Oman Daily Observer.

The Sequel once more invokes Al Suleimany’s clever and arresting writing, including his frank analyses, outlooks, perspectives, and views of the international arena, and as an author from The Moderate (GCC) Camp. Touching readers with clear, elegant prose, and that ever-present humor even in the most serious of topics, Al Suleimany brings his twenty-first century Arabic point of view to enlighten, inform, and charm you once more.

This is The Author’s Third Book – The Sequel BETWEEN US ONLY – from his First Book of the same name. His Second Book is Titled Short Takes – Between Us Only.

 He has also published another book titled Psychology of Arab Management Thinking – Arabian Management Series.

 Your style of writing is ‘with a fresh approach and direct from the heart’ and as

if speaking to us directly – and giving personal examples to illustrate your points, views, and suggestions – this we like! – British Director.

 ‘’The incidents you are talking about have occurred in front of our eyes and we have seen people suffer for what they have done’’ – Omani Lady Fan.

 ‘’Your Book was compulsory reading to all my Staff’’ – – American CEO.

 “Most of your articles are cautionary and advisory’’ – – Omani CEO.

 “It feels great to read your human interest stories … The facts, which are objectively outlined, need to be studied in finding a solution to the many problems that haunt families today in our Society” – Omani Lady Fan.

 “I have read your article, and it made me real cry. I gave it to the wife, and she too cried with me. Thank you! We both needed that cry to unwind! – – Indian CEO.

 This is The Sequel – Between Us Only – Book Two – from my First Book of the same name.

 The book contains series of articles that had appeared during the last three years in The Oman Daily Observer (English Daily). The subjects cover varies from week to week but range from Socio-political, Social, Economic, Family, Educational, Omanisation (Localisation), Training & Development, International arena and scenarios etc.

 Amongst his famous widely acclaimed read articles in Book One are – Burning Homes; Advice To A New CEO; The Land Rover Story; The Power Of The Media; The Humane Face Amongst War; Are You Afraid?; What Is Happening To Us Now?; Keeping Up With The Changes; How Much Dowry For Your Daughter; Do Not Be Worry – Be Happy; There Is No Urgency; Learning To Say No; Soul-Searching and Self-Analysis; No Money No Honey; Decision Making; Tragic Love Story; Why we Lie and Cheat; Why Are We So Bad?; and How To Apply For A Job?- varied articles for different tastes and likes – covering almost everyone – from the Student to the CEO, from the child, teenager to Grand Parents!

 Book Two contains equally interesting subjects and topics. When I asked The Editor of The Oman Daily Observer (see Indebtedness) on what articles to produce in Book Two, he said – All of Them. That is the best compliment any Author can get! Thank you Mr. Editor (Sh. Ibrahim Al Hamdani).

 Please note that there are much more and many Book Reviews and Comments that can be found in www.majidbooks.com and www.alsuleimany.com


E – Between Us Only!

 By Majid Al Suleimany

 E.01 – The Oman Daily Observer Book Review

By A Staff Reporter – August 2005.

Majid and Book (Photo)

MUSCATMajid Said Nasser Al Suleimany’s recently released book Between Us Only! has now been launched at bookshops in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

In Oman, the 434-page book is available at Borders, WHSmith Turtles Bookshops and Family Bookshops. Sponsored by MB Petroleum Services LLC of Mohamed Al Barwani, the book contains more than 84 articles that have appeared in the Author’s column in The Oman Daily Observer.

Majid has a very interesting and straightforward way of putting things. For example, in one of the articles, Majid explains in a very lucid style that ‘The beauty of Oman is that the nationals do not impose their customs, habits, heritage, behavior and values on others. We make room for accommodation and acceptance, to give chances in errors of judgement and in perceptions. We are moderate and flexible. Ask an Omani a direction, if he is free, not only he will direct you to it, but even take you there!’

To elaborate further on this point, Majid shares a very interesting, short and real story about how he got a job in Abu Dhabi. The General Manager had travelled to Salalah and lost his way on the trip. He was not only shown the direction, but this was done after he was given a meal with his family by one Bedouin family! When this GM saw Majid in his Omani attire, he said – ‘No interview – just give him the job, let him start tomorrow! The panel thought he was joking but he was dead serious!

Another interesting aspect of Majid’s writing style is that he can explain most burning complex and contemporary issues in a few sentences with unqualified clarity of thoughts.

It is part of personal thoughts of the Author on the day-to-day happenings in the society, part satire, part analytical, but in the long run, it does really matter – it is cautionary and advisory. It is the second book on the same line, and while it is overdone at times, it is still a fun reading enjoyable experience.

In his impressive style, Majid skilfully combines the pride and prejudices of the society, love and hate, vanity, pomp and show with a mixture of elements of caution to show that somewhere something is lacking and eventually leaves the readers to find out the answers.

E.02 – An author in search of values and ethics

 Majid Al Sulaimany is a well-read, witty and prolific writer who often makes you laugh and sit up and think on ordinary but often neglected and not so cared matters in the society. He also writes about social evils prevalent in the society with a funny touch and lashes it with heavy blows. This unique style and way we rarely find in other writers. His prose is simple and clear and elegant.

The collection of his columns published in the Observer and some unpublished ones appear in a book form — Between Us Only.

The title itself tells the reader the topics he talks about are not so sweet many times, and many of the articles irritate somebody or other.

Since it is ‘between us only’ and whispered in to your ears he often talks about matters which many are scared to touch. He talks about burning homes, divorce, pride and prejudice, human suffering, human fears, social trends and changes and people’s idiotic concerns to keep up with the Jonesses.

As a human resources professional, in his essays Majid gives very important and valueable tips and notes to company executives and chiefs.

Looking at the society’s craze for materialism and vanity the writer asks: “What happened to the sanctity of marriage as the highest institution in our lives according to our Islamic teachings — the sunnah and the hadith? Our customs, traditions and heritage?”

Divorces are happening at the drop of a hat. So he advises “we need to impart to our younger generations the sanctity and high importance of the institution of marriage. The importance of patience, harmony, tolerance, trust, faith, and confidence. This is in order to save our society for future generations.”

In another article he asks: “What is this new ugly and unpleasant developments now in our homes? This ‘domestic violence’ thing? Do we have an excuse for this? The satellite dishes, and the foreign films and dramas that are beamed to our homes? Or is that the new in-thing fashion now, the provocations and ‘do not care stuff’ — followed by lifting of hand and beating out that poor creature that bore you babies that you call your own and have made you proud too? Do you consider the effect on the children? Hey, what is wrong with us nowadays?”

In an advice to chief executive officers and managers the author reminds “what happened to all the principles of treating staff with respect, with utmost ethics, professionalism, kindness, cordial reception and courtesy? Whether they are Omanis or others, people need to be treated properly and with more esteem and respect.”

As a human resources consultant, Majid is giving valueable tips to job applicants in his article “Applying for a job”. Some very important dos and don’ts for the aspiring job seekers. “Send your application with jus Photostat copies of your certificates and other documents.

“When you are called for an interview do not tremble and show fear and worries. Remain cool, collected, calm and in control. “Never ask ‘how much you will pay me’ until an offer has actually been made. “Prepare your CV (maximum two typed pages only) and a covering letter (one page only) with your application.

Majid’s “Between us Only” is a sincere attempt by a simple human being who cherishes his culture and traditions, and wanted it to be preserved for the coming generations. It is a labour of love with keen observation of the society in the 21st century Arab world in particular. It also carries warnings, resentments, fears and advises for all.

 Oman Daily Observer – Features Editor – September 10 2005

Majid Al Sulaimany is a well-read, witty and prolific writer who often makes you laugh and sit up and think on ordinary but often neglected and not so cared matters in the society. He also writes about social evils prevalent in the society with a funny touch and lashes it with heavy blows. This unique style and way we rarely find in other writers. His prose is simple and clear and elegant.

The collection of his columns published in the Observer and some unpublished ones appear in a book form — Between Us Only.

The title itself tells the reader the topics he talks about are not so sweet many times, and many of the articles irritate somebody or other.

Since it is ‘between us only’ and whispered in to your ears he often talks about matters which many are scared to touch. He talks about burning homes, divorce, pride and prejudice, human suffering, human fears, social trends and changes and people’s idiotic concerns to keep up with the Jonesses.

As a human resources professional, in his essays Majid gives very important and valueable tips and notes to company executives and chiefs.

Looking at the society’s craze for materialism and vanity the writer asks: “What happened to the sanctity of marriage as the highest institution in our lives according to our Islamic teachings — the sunnah and the hadith? Our customs, traditions and heritage?”

Divorces are happening at the drop of a hat. So he advises “we need to impart to our younger generations the sanctity and high importance of the institution of marriage. The importance of patience, harmony, tolerance, trust, faith, and confidence. This is in order to save our society for future generations.”

In another article he asks: “What is this new ugly and unpleasant developments now in our homes? This ‘domestic violence’ thing? Do we have an excuse for this? The satellite dishes, and the foreign films and dramas that are beamed to our homes? Or is that the new in-thing fashion now, the provocations and ‘do not care stuff’ — followed by lifting of hand and beating out that poor creature that bore you babies that you call your own and have made you proud too? Do you consider the effect on the children? Hey, what is wrong with us nowadays?”

In an advice to chief executive officers and managers the author reminds “what happened to all the principles of treating staff with respect, with utmost ethics, professionalism, kindness, cordial reception and courtesy? Whether they are Omanis or others, people need to be treated properly and with more esteem and respect.”

As a human resources consultant, Majid is giving valueable tips to job applicants in his article “Applying for a job”. Some very important dos and don’ts for the aspiring job seekers. “Send your application with jus Photostat copies of your certificates and other documents.

“When you are called for an interview do not tremble and show fear and worries. Remain cool, collected, calm and in control. “Never ask ‘how much you will pay me’ until an offer has actually been made. “Prepare your CV (maximum two typed pages only) and a covering letter (one page only) with your application.

Majid’s “Between us Only” is a sincere attempt by a simple human being who cherishes his culture and traditions, and wanted it to be preserved for the coming generations. It is a labour of love with keen observation of the society in the 21st century Arab world in particular. It also carries warnings, resentments, fears and advises for all.

Book Review

E.03 – The Write Stuff

The Week – Issue 135 – October 2005.

Our Correspondent

The Week talks to Writer Majid Al Suleimany about his recently released book Between Us Only!

Majid (Photo) Drawing on daily experiences.

Human Resources Professional Majid Al Suleimany describes his recently released book Between Us Only!, a collection of columns he has written for The Oman Daily Observer as ‘messages to the people of Oman’. Using his personal experiences, Majid has written on a variety of issues like ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’, ‘The Tsunami Disaster’ and ‘Cynics and Sceptics’ among others.

‘I would like the Omani people to move ahead in the world while maintaining our traditional values. I hope to help in this process through my writing,’ Majid said. The Writer, who enjoys watching documentaries and reading about world politics, says that he writes mainly on socio-economic issues. ‘Since I am in the human resources field, I also like to provide pointers on topics on how to prepare their CV. I also write on articles in Management and Human Resources which might be of help to the Society – and working environment in particular’.

Majid hopes more Omanis will begin writing in English. He said ‘It is very important to inculcate the reading habits in the youngsters and the children for our future. Parents and teachers have a huge role and responsibility in it. Schools should conduct essay competitions regularly so that children can improve skills in literacy, writing, reading and of expression. We need to improve fast and rapidly our generation reading habits in line with the global village and the rest of the world’ – he added.

The book is available in all bookshops in Oman and soon in

 More information at

www.majidbooks.com

www.alsuleimany.com

Please help to support Omani Human Resources Development, Innovation, Talents and Skills, Entrepreneurship and Self Employment in the country.

Few Books have been written especially on Management in English and by The Locals themselves – a fact confirmed by The Publishers too in USa and in Canada.