Sunday, August 31, 2014

Business Psychology

Editor’s Introduction to Vol.3.1 Summer 2014

Always a pleasure to hear from my Professor and see what the alumni is up to, some great articles focusing on Business Psychology. The transactional analysis caught my attention, but the journal covers a wide range of topics that should be beneficial for all.

“Carnevale and Probst (1998) showed in their study that individuals who expected cooperation achieved better results in the tasks they performed. They had a broader range of attention and formulated better solutions (Fredrickson, 2004), whereas the thinking of the individuals who anticipated conflict was limited and rigid (Le Doux, 1998; Panskepp, 2005; Kahneman, 2012). Being altruistic means striving to do the right thing for ourselves and for others (De Young, 2000). It also means being thoughtful about our consumption and making more constructive choices which is only going to be possible if we can transcend our automatic tendencies.”

We particularly want to hear from you if you have ideas for future articles.
Our next publication will be in November 2014. 
This Issue’s Editorial Team: Katharina Wittgens & Nigel Marlow. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

'GIGO' Garbage In equals Garbage Out

TGIT GIGO: If I remember anything from my high school IT classes, it's 'GIGO' Garbage In equals Garbage Out. This acronym always stuck with me because well computers are based on the human brain, and just like them what we consume equals what we produce whether that be on a mental, emotional, spiritual or physical level. But while computers are run on binary codes, us humans are far more complex to say the least which is why our advances are not as simple, efficient or straight forward as technology is. In order for us to advance or be successful, we must first accept that it is a continuous effort so pick a goal so ridiculous and outlandish that the challenge to achieve it only makes you stronger. Second, surround yourself with like minded individuals they don't have to share your goal but sharing values, principles and morals is a necessary foundation. Third, accept that success is not linear which is why those who surround you are vital, for at your peak you lift them but when you need lifting will they return on the investment? It's all about give and take, success isn't an individualistic approach no matter how you break it down.

P.S. Wishing you a blessed and joyous Eid in advance.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Last Piece of the Puzzle...

Avoiding one question only leads to answering another, or so it is in my case. How do I start, at the beginning as I guess this is a continuation of the playground. Healing & scars, that's the focus. How do you deal with the scars, how do you heal the wounds? Are you ready, because this is about everything from science to religion, from spirituality to humanity.

With Respect to all religions, they all teach a set of rules the basis of good and bad. Sins & Good Deeds, Love & Hate. Now in Islam (we're going to go back & forth, connect the dots at your own time) it is believed that the faithful will suffer in the real world in order to enter Heaven & not set foot in Hell (or decrease their duration in Hell, however you see fit).

With that in mind, think of the struggle, the balance we try to keep between our desire to be good and the temptations of the real world. It is how we grow isn't it though? Where is growth without the experience, the turbulence, the insecurities, the understanding, the acceptance and finally overcoming and moving on to the next life lesson.

Let's go back to faith, the guilt and shame associated with each wrong doing, small or large is a measure of our faith. Just as how the pain we experience when losing a loved one is a measure of our love for them. How we choose to absolve the pain, guilt or shame is a measure of both our faith and growth. Hope your still with me.

Here's the plot twist, if we were to act on the knowledge that suffering in this life is a direct measure of God's mercy for the afterlife then we must also act on the knowledge that the pain or negative emotions we experience are our own personal Hell, on earth.

Resolving this hell on earth can only be done with faith. It is just a lesson and if we take accountability and hold on to our faith then our personal hell resolves and we are once again centered. This occurs from love, with love and through love. And what is God but love.

Once centered, it is easier to see Heaven through Peace. If you truly love, then you are at peace with yourself and cannot help but wish everyone to experience love and therefore ultimately peace. It comes as no surprise and every surprise to realize that the wounds that are too deep, that have engraved and etched themselves into our heart will relate to the pain of the world. Which leads us to lashing out. At times with no direction, in fury, at times hurting not just ourselves but others in the process. But if we focused on the ultimate goal, the hereafter, the Heaven, the Paradise call it what you may; if we keep that focus then it becomes familiar to us almost habit to return to it by shedding the weight of our negative and self-created hell to return to our peaceful state of mind back on track to that awaited hereafter.

And every answer becomes available to you, to help you find the love by overcoming hate, shame, guilt and what deters us from our faith. Now here's the faithful humanitarian aspect, the pain that we experience is often dulled by comparing ourselves to those who are less fortunate. Whatever we experience could not possibly relate to another who is war torn, starved, unsheltered, oppressed or treated inhumanely. Though this may dull our own personal pain, through empathy we have attached ourselves to committing absolving their hell as well as ours. So we tie ourselves, or our hopes, or our dreams, or our ambitions to creating a better world not just for us but for all those that suffer around us. Pure love is both selfish and selfless in the sense that the gain of others is also our gain.  Just as their pain is our pain.

I guess all this leads us to another question or set of questions, what is the measure of your love, your compassion, your empathy, your desire to find peace? What is your focus going to lead you to accomplish? What will you allow to flourish from your pain?

Think of all the accomplishments of those before us and those with us. What have we created in our lives to help ourselves and others? However you look at it we are linked, our actions affect those around us repeatedly. Now it isn't far stretched to look around you and see the products (literally) of others and how they affect our daily lives, what you choose to work on and invest in be it science, technology, medicine, engineering, business, marketing, fashion or any other field will last. And if it doesn't last it evolves for the better.

My own imperfections can be pointed out easily but I do not let them define me, instead I use them as a catalyst for positive change. And it's a work in progress, as long as I breath I will keep going through these cycles or personal evolution's in the hope that I do enough for that awaited promise. I hope you made it this far as I'm aware that I over share, but if you look at the Dream Wall somewhere on it you can see my dream.  As well as the dreams of others.

Sharing my experiences might help someone with theirs and I realize I owe a lot to those that keep me grounded, so this is for anyone that has stood by me through good and bad. This is also for those that I might have hurt, discomforted, crowded, lashed out at or behaved in any way inappropriately. Forgive me, I often get so caught up in trying to find an answer that I do not pay as much attention as I should to my surroundings.

So that's the last piece of this puzzle, whatever puzzle that comes next in life I'm sure will benefit from the accumulation of experiences that have lead me to this. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Fragmented Conscious

The Fragmented Conscious:-

Every day I realize that we are a community of Fragmented Consciousness. Over the past several weeks, I have found myself in different yet similar social or professional settings; where when we as individuals group & discuss a certain topic the majority agree on a preferred ‘ideal’ set of actions or solutions.

We all crave positive change, yet very few of us take the first step out of fear; fear of rejection, fear of ridicule, fear of resistance, fear of humiliation, fear of ignorance, fear of peer pressure and insert other fears continued here!

What we fail to realize and what is increasingly evident is that we are a Fragmented Conscious, disorientated by our own insecurities propelled further by obligations, culture and media (to name a few variations).

We all generally have the same wants and needs; no bloodshed, less bloodshed, no corruption, less corruption, increased security (physical, emotional, religious, spiritual, financial), success and generally self-actualization though how we prioritize our needs directly affect our actions.

We just don’t realize that we have the power to promote and lead these changes if we grouped our Fragmented Consciousness to become a Collective Conscious. 

*off-site for the rest of the week so an early TGIW

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Concept of Beauty

I was told recently that I use the word 'Beautiful' frequently and in doing so I devalue it, just to clarify where I stand:-

Beauty falls under different concepts based on the culture, values and attitude of the individual (to name a few variables). My concept of beauty is simple, the collective whole compounds the whole.

We have far exceeded the imagination of each generation by advancing in Medicine, Technology, Production, Products, Marketing, Consumerism, Brainwashing etc

It is far too easy for us today to dismiss, neglect or under prioritize the simple pleasures of exploring because we are being conditioned on a daily basis to be attracted to what is relevant at a particular point in time.

My concept of beauty allows me to digest the small matters, the flaws, the blemishes, the history, the approach, the detail given or lack there of, the colours, the textures, the list is truly endless. Because these details are what make a whole, what an individual is likely to overlook because the finished product doesn't fit the commercialized trend, I savour.

I savour it or parts of it, I allow myself to look beyond the finished, presented product, piece, article, individual and so on.

Granted this may be difficult, especially to explain adequately. But my concept of beauty allows me to explore, to interact, to study, to understand, to appreciate, to push forward and to influence. This concept allows me flexibility and freedom of choice.

My concept of Beauty is not Rigid, it flows. Perspective is a Beautiful Tool.

WARNING: Those who fear scratching the surface in case it shakes their values or beliefs are not advised to dabble in this concept. The weak minded are not able to accept paradigms or diversity, simply because they fear they will lose their way or be swayed in to uncharted territory. I am able to hold on to my values & beliefs because I am able to dissect and relate, dissect and refute using flaws and inconsistencies in an opposing stance, dissect and appreciate, dissect and believe, dissect and...


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

TGIW Story

TGIW Story:

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles roll
ed into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.