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Vol 12, Issue No. 1 – January 2013

Dear Friend

Happy New Year to all our readers. May 2013 bring peace, serenity, fulfillment happiness and success in all aspects of life.

There is always so much said about new years resolutions and how and why they aren’t implemented; but it is always a good start of any beginning to go into some form of self reflection. Beginnings could be a birthday, marriage, birth of a child, new job, new relationship, onset of any medical issue etc, but new year takes the cake as we reflect on the successes and disappointments of the past year and a verve to start afresh.

We usually live our lives by the standards of society, culture, family, bosses, and we forget who we are and what we want in the small time frame called life. For a few minutes ponder on this question, “what if there is a parallel universe, how would your alternate half be living in that plane?

  • Will he/she be stuck in a rut, working on a job he/she hates?
  • Be wary of the spouse/partner; always quibbling?
  • Afraid to take risks, always scared of consequences?
  • Living someone else’s life rather than their own?
  • Concentrating on the future or hanging to the past, ignoring the ‘ever present moment?’
  • Never taking the road less travelled?
  • Stuck between “what ifs” and “if only’s”?
  • Would the alternate being, be more selfish or more compassionate than your current mode?
  • Be like a hamster on a wheel running without a purpose in life?
  • Have a more outgoing energetic personality?
  • Living life to the fullest?
  • Would be saving the world rather than saving the hide?

If the multiverse theory  is ever proven and by chance you run into yourself, what would you ask your body/soul mate? Would you switch places with him, if you felt that he was having a better, more fulfilling and original life than you? Read More

Featured Articles
Interpersonal Conflict and Effective Communication

Conflict between people is a fact of life – and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, a relationship with frequent conflict may be healthier than one with no observable conflict. Conflicts occur at all levels of interaction – at work, among friends, within families and between relationship partners. When conflict occurs, the relationship may be weakened or strengthened. Thus, conflict is a critical event in the course of a relationship. Conflict can cause resentment, hostility and perhaps the ending of the relationship. If it is handled well, however, conflict can be productive – leading to deeper understanding, mutual respect and closeness. Whether a relationship is healthy or unhealthy depends not so much on the number of conflicts between participants, but on how the conflicts are resolved.

Sometimes people shy away from conflict, and the reasons for this are numerous. They may, for example, feel that their underlying anger may go out of control if they open the door to conflict. Thus, they may see conflict as an all-or-nothing situation (either they avoid it altogether or they end up in an all-out combative mode, regardless of the real severity of the conflict). People adopt a number of different styles in facing conflict. First, it is very common to see a person avoid or deny the existence of conflict. Unfortunately, in this case, the conflict often lingers in the background during interaction between the participants and creates the potential for further tension and even more conflict. A second response style is that of one person getting mad and blaming the other person. Read More

Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

 Learning How to Be More Aware

When you think of a “perfect leader,” what comes to mind?

You might picture someone who never lets his temper get out of control, no matter what problems he’s facing. You might think of someone who has the complete trust of her staff, always speaks kindly, listens to her team, is easy to talk to and always makes careful, informed decisions.

These are qualities of someone with a high degree of emotional intelligence.

In this article, we’ll look at why “Emotional Intelligence in Leaderships” is so important – and how you, as a leader, can improve yours.

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to understand and manage both your own emotions, and those of the people around you. People with a high degree of emotional intelligence usually know what they’re feeling, what this means, and how their emotions can affect other people. Read More

 

Editor’s Choice

The Greatest Salesman in the World 


by: Og Mandino

Description:

The Greatest Salesman in the World is a tiny book, and it is a treasure. First published in 1968, Og Mandino’s classic remains an invaluable guide to a philosophy of salesmanship. Mandino’s clear, simple writing style supports his purpose: to make the principles of sales known to a wide audience.
A parable set in the time just prior to Christianity, The Greatest Salesman in the World weaves mythology with spirituality into a much needed message of inspiration in this culture of self-promotion. Mandino believes that to be a good salesperson, you must believe in yourself and the work you are doing.

ISBN-10: 055327757X
ISBN-13: 978-0553277579

A Glimpse of Intek’s Previous Workshops


Interpersonal Communication Skills
Customised for Pepsico International
Pakistan – December 2012
Psyche’s Realm
The Power of Positive Thinking And The Law Of Attraction

The Power of Positive Thinking was ѕоmеthіng I had experienced іn mу life mаnу years bеfоrе I hаd heard аbоut thе Secret оr the Law оf Attraction.

Since the release оf the film “The Secret,” millions of people all over the world аrе nоw experiencing hоw thе Power of Positive Thinking and the law оf Attraction wіll create miracles fоr уоu іf уоu саn grasp the concept аnd apply іt іntо уоur life оn а daily basis.

If уоu аrе unhappy with уоur life аѕ іt іѕ rіght now, thеn change іt rіght now! The Law оf Attraction teaches uѕ thаt wе create оur оwn lives thrоugh оur thoughts.

“All thаt wе аrе іѕ а direct result оf whаt wе hаvе thought.” Buddha (563 BCE-483 BCE)

If уоu wake uр іn thе morning feeling dоwn аnd negative аbоut уоur life thеn bу thе Law оf Attraction уоu аrе gоіng tо attract mоrе thіngѕ tо bе negative about. But іf уоu саn јuѕt switch уоur thoughts іntо mоrе positive thoughts bу thе Law оf attraction, уоu muѕt attract mоrе positive thіngѕ іntо уоur life. The good news іѕ thаt thrоugh positive thinking аnd thе Law оf Attraction уоu саn change уоur life іn аn instant! How powerful іѕ that! If уоu аrе unhappy wіth уоur life уоu саn change іt rіght now!Here аrе а couple оf thіngѕ I uѕе thаt work for me. Read More

 

Cross Cultural Awareness
Global Non-Verbal Signals – Morocco & Saudi Arabia

Morocco

  • Greetings are important in Morocco but they vary according to location. In bigger cities, good friends greet each other by brushing or kissing cheeks. Many kisses signals close and sincere ties of friendship. In rural areas, you may see handshakes accompanied by touching the heart with the right hand. When Moroccans greet each other they take their time and converse about their families, friends, and other general topics.
  • In any greeting that does take place between men and women, the woman must extend her hand first. If she does not, a man should bow his head in greeting.
  • When entering a social function, shake hands with the person to your right and then continue around the room going from right to left.
  • Expect to be served mint tea whenever you meet someone, as this demonstrates hospitality.
  • When dining, guests may be offered water and a basin from their host to wash their hands.
  • It is quite common to eat with the fingers particular types of food. However, follow the actions of your hose, and always only use your right hand.
  • Say good-bye to each person individually when leaving.

 

Saudi Arabia

  • If a Saudi man is accompanied by a veiled woman, he will most probably not introduce her.
  • Many Saudi men accompany their greetings with an embrace and cheek kissing.
  • The “salaam” greeting is also popular among the elderly in Saudi Arabia.
  • Saudis will signal “YES”, by swiveling their head from side to side. They signal “NO”, but tipping their head backward and clicking their tongue.
  • When walking down a corridor or street, your Saudi host may guide a Western male by gently holding his elbow or even taking his hand and continue walking along hand-in-hand. this is a sign of respect and friendship.
  • Joint meetings may be encountered wherein several groups of business visitors may be seated in separate parts of the same room, with your Saudi host moving from group to group.
  • Your Saudi host may interrupt your meeting or conversation, leave the room and be gone for 15 to 20 minutes. this usually means that he has gone for his daily prayers.
  • Women in Saudi Arabia are not permitted to drive vehicles.

 

 

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Editor-in-Chief: Zaufyshan Haseeb

 

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