Even a snail will eventually reach its destination

Abdulhusain-Mohamed-Tejani Abdulhussain Muhammed Tejani (Dubai, UAE) is a Change Architect in Leadership and HR and has been involved in many capacities in the community and through pro bono work with youths. Presently, he is the Chief People Officer in Leadership and HR at People Matter, and an accredited Trainer for the Human Capital Institute (US).

Human Resources Vice President focused on designing and delivering effective people management, talent development and workforce planning strategies to create a high-performance culture. Built a 24-year career encompassing HR and Learning and development directorships within global healthcare, banking, education, petroleum, market research and information companies covering the MENA region.

Effectively led pre and post-merger initiatives to integrate and harmonise HR personnel, systems and functions. Developed trust and credibility of the HR function, embedding processes and systems within wider business strategy and monitoring their operational impact. A key influencer and change agent who skilfully liaises with board-level executives, senior management and business unit heads in securing commitment to change management initiatives, as well as policy and procedure implementation. An engaging and inspirational leader adept at coaching, mediating and resolving employee relations issues. Experienced in modernising compensation and benefits structures, as well as establishing strategic partnerships to aid people development and the accomplishment of overarching business objectives.

Organisation Design and Restructure People Management Talent Development HR Strategy Workforce Planning Recruitment & Selection Change Management Employee Relations Compensation & Benefits Industrial Relations Training & Development Mediation, Negotiation, Dispute Resolution Project Management Policies and Procedures Development Performance Management




n the one hand, we want to compete against others to prove ourselves as being better and on the other hand we want to be treated differently as individuals because we are unique. Do we see the irony here?
This dilemma is best encapsulated in an ‘whoa’ moment I had as I watched a young boy and his sister throw water bombs from their dark balcony to unsuspecting individuals passing by their building in a well-lit street below.
As you can imagine, the passerby’s were angry but could not see who it was as they were in a well-lit street looking up at darkened balconies, thus blinded.
At this point a thought entered my mind. In the English language, those that are in the know are seen as enlightened and those who are not, are deemed to be in the dark. Why then can those sitting in the dark see better than those sitting in the light? Obviously, this is a simplistic interpretation of the concept, but one that got me thinking.
Should we consider the past generations as enlightened because they were in the dark versus the current generations who seem to live in the dark in an enlightened era given the state of the world today?
Someone once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.
When I look back at my younger self, life seemed so simple whereby everything was ok no matter what, despite having very little. The essence of growing up today seems materialistic and perpetually a never-ending race.
If an archer shoots just for fun, he has all his skill. If he shoots for score, his hands tremble and his breath is uneasy. If he shoots for a golden prize, he becomes mad and blind. His skill was not lessened, but the vision of the target changed him. Have we prioritized the target over the journey or worse still has the prize blinded us!
Has the cancer of comparison led kids to being forced to grow up faster, and we adults to become more individualistic than collaborative?
It seems failure has become the new four-letter word because by its very connotation is negative. This fear of failure which we hope not to suffer unfortunately has us suffering what we fear. Sigh!
Darkness and failure matter as they are just as important as light and success!

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