Vol 12, Issue No. 10 – October 2013

Dear Friend

Are you mentally and physically burnt out, due to pursuing the commercial modus operandi for a better life. Do you spend endless amount of time either poring over work or worrying about the future. Do you have trouble putting your mind to sleep at night – as it is on a constant whirl that never stops? Don’t worry its not a promotional add for magic pill or a panacea program to solve all your problems. This is a wake-up call, provided you are answering this ring and not busy on your smart phone!

How do you know you are burnt out? Take a look at the symptoms below and tick mark the ones applicable to you.

  • You don’t get time alone with yourself 
  • You are not exercising due to lack of time
  • You eat your meals in a hurry
  • You are addicted to coffee, smoking or alcohol
  • You are irritable and snap at your family members
  • You are restless all the time
  • You don’t relax on your holidays
  • Your social life is dwindling 
  • You have acquired no new skill, just capitalizing on past proficiencies
  • Your job performance has slowly declined
  • You look years older than your chronological age
  • You have succumbed to a few psychosomatic illnesses

You feel like a hamster on a wheel, constantly on the go, but never reaching anywhere
These are all repercussions of a stressful life and despite the intensity of stress, you usually forget that it is not tangible and can be vanquished through a systematic logical plan of action.  You need to detoxify your entire being! This means questioning each and every habit pattern, from eating, sleeping, thinking, working. A radical turn around for a few days is required to shake the core of your old routines, rattling you out of this inertia. Imagine it as a self-imposed boot camp to prepare for the surge of challenges round the corner.

You can start by a detox of the body; cutting down on fast food, red meats, stimulants like tea coffee, smoking, white poisons as salt sugar and white flour. Then introducing daily exercise of some form. Making an effort to sleep earlier than usual, to give body the rest support it needs during a ‘master cleanse’ program. The next major conscious purification is of negative thinking patterns. You keep rounding up the broken record of ‘what ifs’ in the thoughts. This is the toughest to break and needs self awareness at all times.

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Featured Articles
Effective Time Management

Many people go through life satisfied with status quo, stomping ants, handling the routine, not reaching their God-given potential. Others make Hippos fly, reaching their potential, accomplishing something major. Which type of person do you want to be?

The two major components of time management are practice and purpose. The practice component refers to what you do with the minutes of your day. The purpose component refers to finding and knowing your purpose in life. When you manage your time, the minutes of your life, and it falls in alignment with your purpose of your life, you have a fantastic chain reaction. This alignment can enable you to accomplish your tasks more effectively, to reach your goals more quickly, and to give you a greater sense of peace.

Quiet Time

God gave each of us a brain and a soul, but many of us don’t make time to exercise it. I begin each day with a cup of coffee on my front porch. I watch the sun rise, pray, and ask God for direction for this day. I think about my goals and projects, and I listen for new ideas. I then head off to my office to begin work. Every person must make time to think. Schedule an appointment with yourself, close yourself off, and don’t allow interruptions. You will be amazed how clear your life’s purpose as well as the quality of your life will become.

Create A Hippo Goal

The best way to accomplish a major goal is to break it down into smaller pieces. The old saying, “How do you eat an elephant?. . .One bite at a time.” The same is true with major goals. For example, when I wrote my first book, I broke the writing down into smaller pieces. I got up an hour early each day and wrote approximately 250 words. At the end of the week, I had completed a chapter. At the end of the month, I had completed four chapters. I continued on until I completed the book. This process can be applied to almost any major undertaking. Focusing on the smaller parts makes any task much easier and keeps motivation high. When you reach goals, reward yourself.

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Effective Ways to Motivate Employees

What’s The Drive

What is it that drives employee motivation? More specifically, what is it that causes to motivate employees to WANT to do their job? After all, the answer to this question is the key to the motivation of employees and employer happiness.  And, even more important than knowing what it is that motivates an employee is whether or not this motivation is something that will cause an employee to go through the motions of doing the job or instill actual desire for a job well done in the employee’s mind.

The answers to these questions and more are what should always be on every employer’s mind if they are to create effective, productive workforces. A lack of motivation is a true killer, as anyone certainly knows.

Show Me The Money or Not

Popularized by the movie Jerry Maguire, staring Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger, Show me the money has become a commonly used term in society. And, often, this is the basis for what most people think is at the top of the list for employee motivation. But, is it?

Naturally, higher pay is never frowned upon. There is not a person in the world that couldn’t use more money. Between bills, children, higher education, and personal desires, among many other reasons, money is a factor that can never be ignored. It is a need that we must all have filled.

Many companies use money as incentive for motivation. Is this wrong? Not necessarily. Big pay raises and bonuses are always something that a person can use and these are things that will certainly never be turned down. Cash is a motivator that will always be popular. And, if possible, money is always a good choice to use for employee motivation because who doesn’t like money?

But, money should not be the ONLY tool used from the toolbox of motivation. There are many other choices for motivational increase. In fact, many employees who claim money is the only thing that will drive their motivation higher do so because there is a lack of any other form of compensation. This frame of mind adheres to the comment so often heard, is well, they better pay me more money or give me a bonus because I’m sure not getting anything else out of working here. In other words, there sure isn’t anything else the employee is receiving that even remotely resembles compensation to increase motivation.

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Editor’s Choice

Book of the Month / Previous Workshop / Psyche’s Realm

The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE

by: Thomas J. Peters


No one has had more influence in shaping the idea of modern management than Tom Peters. An avowed enemy of conformism and the status quo, Peters is a necessary voice of experience to guide us through times of financial uncertainty.

In The Little BIG Things, he provides essential wisdom for everyone—from the freelancer to the small business owner to the head of a major corporation—offering 163 ways to excel at the “people side of business” by pursuing excellence at every level.

“The ‘Excellence Standard’ is not about Grand Outcomes. In Zen-like terms, all we have is today. If the day’s work cannot be assessed as Excellent, then the oceanic overall goal of Excellence has not been advanced. Period.”

“If membership in your club (organization) is not aimed at ‘mind-blowing’ development for each staff member and ‘window rattling’ service for each customer and other extended family members, then . . . just what the hell is the point?”

ISBN-10: 0061894109
ISBN-13: 978-0061894107

A Glimpse of Intek’s Previous Workshops

Attention to Leadership Workshop
Customised for Doha Petroleum Construction Company
Doha – Qatar 2013

Psyche’s Realm: 50 Quotes That Will Free Your Mind

You have a train of thought on which you ride when you are alone and quietly thinking.  The self-worth you feel, as well as the happiness your life brings, depends upon the direction in which this train is moving, the baggage it carries and the emotional space through which it travels.  Between life’s stimulus and your reaction is where this space exists; within it is your power to choose how you react, and in your reaction lies your growth, freedom and happiness.
If you truly want to change your life, you must first change your mind.  You must free it from the restrictive thinking that holds you back.
Here are 50 thought-provoking quotes that will help tweak your thinking and set your mind free.

  1. You are only destined to become one person – the person you decide to be.
  2. Do good and feel good.  Do bad and feel bad.  It’s that simple.
  3. You are what you do today, not what you say you’ll do tomorrow.
  4. We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.
  5. Ultimately, it’s not what you do every once in a while; it’s what you dedicate yourself to on a regular basis that makes the difference.
  6. Stay true to yourself.  Never be ashamed of doing what feels right.  Decide what you think is right and stick to it.
  7. If you don’t stand for anything, you will remain forever on your knees.
  8. No amount of money will make you happy if you aren’t happy with yourself.
  9. You know you’ve made the right decision when there is peace in your heart.
  10. Don’t worry if your goals seem crazy to other people; oftentimes the crazy ideas are the ones that have the greatest impact.
  11. If you’re thinking like everyone else, then you aren’t thinking.
  12. Control your own destiny or someone else will try for you.
  13. Sometimes standing up to your friends can be just as difficult as standing up to your enemies.
  14. The unhappiest people in this world are the people who care the most about what everyone else thinks.
  15. When people undermine your dreams, predict your doom, or criticize you, remember, they’re telling you their story, not yours.

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Cross Cultural Awareness

Global Non-Verbal Signals – Kuwait & Bahrain


  • Kuwaitis are hospitable; however, it is important to behave according to their cultural norms.
  • Greetings are therefore between members of the same sex. In all cases they are given with a sense of enthusiasm and general pleasure at meeting or seeing the person again.
  • Show respect for the elders by greeting them first.
  • Eat only with the right hand.
  • Kuwaitis judge on appearances so dress and present yourself well.
  • They respect education, so carefully mention if you have an advanced degree, especially if it is from a prestigious university.
  • Try to schedule meetings in the morning when meeting with government officials, since they are restricted to a 6-hour day.
  • Many businessmen prefer to meet in the early evening.
  • Kuwaitis are shrewd negotiators who are especially interested in price.
  • Do not use high-pressure sales tactics. They will work against you.
  • If you change the lead negotiator, negotiations will need to start over.
  • Proposals and contracts should be kept simple.
  • Although negotiating is done in English, contracts are written in Arabic. If there is both an English and Arabic version, the Arabic will be the one followed.


  • Loyalty to the family comes before other social relationships, even business.
  • The family is very private. Prying questions should be avoided.
  • Women are more publicly active in Bahrain than in most Arab countries.
  • Bahrainis are tremendously friendly.
  • Smiling and direct eye contacts are crucial.
  • Men shake hands and kiss each other on the cheek.
  • When Bahrainis greet each other they take their time and converse about general things.
  • Under no circumstances should you slap a Bahraini on the back or point at them with your finger.
  • Appointments are necessary for meetings.
  • Morning meetings are generally preferred.
  • Avoid looking at your watch when speaking with Bahraini businesspeople, as it is a sign of disrespect.
  • Companies are hierarchical. The highest-ranking person reaches decisions.
  • Decisions are reached slowly. If you try to rush things, you will give offense and risk your business relationship.
  • Have one side of your card translated into Arabic.
  • Present your card so the Arabic side is readable to the recipient.



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