The rationality of irrationality


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

ave you ever pondered over the rationality of irrationality?

We are brought up to be disciplined and focused to live a life that runs like a well-oiled machine. Then lethargy creeps in. This eventuality becomes an anathema in a life filled with twists and turns.

When life eventually throws us a curve ball, as it most certainly will, and forces us to deviate from our routine, it becomes problematic for many of us to cope. Here rationality meanders into irrationality.

Living in a world that prides itself on instantaneous gratification, this true story sounds fictional when narrated. During the Covid pandemic in North America, it was utterly a nightmare, whereby medical practitioners were stumped when teenagers suffered anxiety attacks because Amazon could not deliver their purchases within the 24-hour timeframe they were used to. Unbelievable! What stumps us?

Difficulty is what wakes up the genius. We have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link. This is but half the truth. You are also as strong as your strongest link as well. To measure you by the smallest deed is to diminish the power of the ocean by the frailty of its foam as it is to judge you by your failures as it is to cast blame upon the seasons for their inconstancy.

Men do not mirror themselves in running water – they mirror themselves in still water. Only what is still can still the stillness of other things. Every new day is a step away from the past we leave behind. As parents, we need to teach kids to see the beauty of irrationality as part of character building.

As rational leaders, our conscience has to be the voice of our soul. Emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence or the triumph of heart over head – it is the unique intersection of both.

Wisdom comes with time, not during our youthful days. This price of experience we pay is the rent for a life lived well or otherwise. We all make mistakes, but second chances are rare. So let us use our second chances wisely. Listen and learn from the mistakes of others as we will not be around to make all of them in our lifetime.

Pay attention to your patterns. The ways you learned to survive, may not be the ways you want to continue, shift and adapt. Contentment will increase by learning to seek comfort in discomfort.

If your mind is still lucid after the above, permit me to plant an even more perplexing aspect; have you ever pondered over the irrationality of rationality? God help us!

A fresh start isn’t a new place. It is a new mindset.

Irrationality and discomfort matter!

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