Second blunder managers in Kuwait make…

I have had my share of managers in Kuwait, and have discussed with many of my peers, friends and colleagues how projects are handled in Kuwait. I am pleased to say, that some know their business quite well. I assume these individuals were the astute type, that understood every syllabi and gesture the professor made during his lecture. What is unfortunate is to find companies recognized as blue chips, and others sought out as pioneers and leaders in their field take planning for granted. Good planning produces good results, coming from great market research. Without the right foundation you cannot build. If a person wants to make the right decision, he needs to make sure that the right research is done; the right questions are studied to make sure the right answers are appropriate. Every manager prior to execution of an idea should follow the following steps: Market research, Planning, Budget against your plan, Execution against your budget, then finally you evaluate your results, and correct the plan accordingly.
A CEO finds three companies he own making profit at the end of the year. Company 1 makes KWD 500,000/– net profit, so he award 10% bonus. Company 2 generates KWD 250,000/–, and 15% bonus was awarded accordingly. The 3rd company profits were KWD 2,000,000/– and the CEO fired his manager! Why you ask? Simple, the first company, was based on a market research that showed a market worth KWD 1,000,000/–, so 50% market share is not bad. The Second Company had a market share worth KWD 3,000,000/– so it made sense to grant a bigger bonus. But the third company generated profit out of a market share worth KWD 50,000,000/–.
Without market research, there cannot be any future visibility, and therefore, there cannot be any justified expenses.

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5 blunders managers make in Kuwait

One: Recruitment quality is not at its best. The role of human resource is tightened, more so, psychological review and evaluation on candidates is absent. The person hired as a qualified candidate for the position, should be tested if the position in the company is ready for him. Sounds weird? The individuals ambience should fit with the company. The company has to have the culture that will allow this type of person to excell. Also, the managers personality should match and be complimented with the new individual, to have the new recruit adjust to add something new. In essence a recruiter should locate the missing puzzle with the hired person, that the manager was looking for, as an extension to the manager. Finally, only hire smart people that can add something new, and remember that you are only as strong as your weakest link.

To be continued…

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Ma’hthoutha & Mabrouka Part 2

We all remember the light hearted comedy we grew up in. Well some of us grew up in them. My wife made me memorize the songs to some of them during our honeymoon, and every time she gets distressed about something I play (sing!) a part of “شهر العسل” a 1978 production named “the honey moon operate” can be viewed on this link

can you guess which part I had to sing?; and the funny must see in Eid “Operate of the poor man’s rug” “اوبريت بساط الفقر”

The funny “Aunti Qumasha” “خالتي قماشة”; at

Can’t forget “To Dad and Mom with Regards”, “الى أبي و أمي مع التحية”,

and “Nanny Muneera”, “أبله منيره”,

and so much more.

What do we have this year, and the last year, and the year before. It is like the Kuwait culture wants to be in turmoil, like our life is full of desperate acts of indecency! What happened to all the jokes? Where are our creative writers? Last year there was a story of a man with daughters he hated, this year a story of a man who loves his six daughters; Wow! What a catch! And what is up with the series having to end in 30 days! Someone let the producer knows that we will live longer, and life doesn’t end after Ramadan, and finally, we would like to laugh during this beautiful holy month. So what I vote for, is for the gracious Hayat Al-Fahad and Suaad Abdulla to give us a Ma’hthoutha & Mabrouka part 2, 30 years later… Now that’s comedy.
Note: English is obviously loosely translated, and here is the link to the old episode:

With the ending:

I hope you enjoyed these links, obviously sorted out from http://www.youtube.com/

AlGhanim Fiasco

Can it get any worse for a politician? Really? I have not read any of the articles, and doubt I will for several reasons, I have better things to do in my life, and Kuwait has bigger concerns to battle. For the politician himself, the charge to allegedly exchange the amounts mentioned would not make any sense for him, unless it is for political support; if that is the case, I think of it as fair game. What interested me were not the allegations, but the people’s reaction as judge and jury. The people condemned a politician based on the only source a German newspaper! What I keep hearing is the following: The German newspaper is a perfect newspaper, which never gets bribed, or never follows a political interest or agenda, and has all the supporting details and evidence prior to presenting any accusations. News flash, all newspaper follow an agenda, one way or another, how deep the rabbit whole goes, is a politician and a writer game, not the average reader. People should study the news, and like good cheese, have it age and mature, only then can you decide on the quality of the product, and the value it presents.

Time off from the kids

Time off from the kids

To those who have kids, planning on having kids, or expecting to be an uncle or aunt, or a Godfather you need to know what to do with them so that you end up with a moment of piece and quiet. Here are the tricks, and the hints you should use in Kuwait:

– Tools: wet wipes, a box of tissues, dry milk, hot water, and a bottle set.
– Barney: make him your friend, he will save your life. Or as my son calls him “I yay you.”
– MBC 3
– Magic planet, Cartoon Network, Discovery Mall, 360 mall, and Souq Al Salmiya
– Football clubs
– Summer camps
– Day Care
– Aqua park, Shaab park, Entertainment City
– Sultan center; they love two things, kids feel they are contributing, and the different colors of fruits and vegetables
– The beach
– IMAX, and Aquarium
– Imaginary characters, but none that can fly, stop cars, or beat up people

If you have more tips, do tell.

Kuwait Mubarek & Iraq

Kuwait was always the center of growth and modernization in the past. It has contributed throughout the gulf region various buildings, schools, and hospitals. It was also the refuge for vacation for various parts of the world. It had one of the richest sea fronts in the world, and had ample opportunity to grow even further. Kuwait probably was the first in building commercial airports, airfield and airplanes, the first skating ring, the first private grocery store, the first innovative outlet or mall. All beautiful and wonderful achievement to Kuwait’s credit, which earned Kuwait the name “The Pearl of the Gulf”, and “The Arabian London.”
With wealth and shift of power, with men being men, with greed and excessive and uncontrolled control, Kuwait unfortunately started to deteriorate and wither as the leaves in the fall, whither and fall away. Unholy men were considered holy, with cabinet officials off to their own needs, and key positions awarded to non-credible individuals. The balance of power started to shift, and the country stopped growing and advancing as the potential it was awarded by law, people, and nature, started to fade, until there was no light.
Thirty years later, Kuwait is struggling from within, like a chick hatching its way out of its egg, or a caterpillar shedding its cocoon to spread its wing and fly like a butterfly would; Kuwait will emerge again. The law of the land is prevailing, the people have better understanding of democracy, the government understand better the mistakes they have made, and the people have not to blame but themselves for the outcome. Aside from the Mishref scandal, and electricity shortages, and the fight for land and licenses and the misdirection of where Kuwait is heading, and the confusion between whether Kuwait is a socialist or a capitalist; Kuwait came up with two positive flares, or beacons of hope: “Thikhir” a team of educated young individuals getting restructured to help build the country, and the “Tanmiya” or re-growth (prosperity) projects such as: The Jaber hospital, the 1st ring road, Fourth oil refinery, Mubarek port and much more.
I believe that Kuwait, Kuwaiti People, Kuwaiti Governments, and Kuwait Royal Family, along with Kuwait democracy all fought for the survival of Kuwait. We are strong and resilient individuals, which understand strength in number, strength in reason, and strength in friends. We fought hard to get where we are, and to get to where we want to go. Port Mubarek is an additional aspect of the planning and growth, as we grow and become stronger, our neighbors will become stronger through us and by us. The fact that a decision is made, is miraculous enough, now that funds are placed, that is a huge improvement to the sector, and credit to the think tanks of the country; furthermore that execution is on its way; my hats off to a speedy progress. You will find the same progress with the other projects mentioned. Therefore I would like all who participated in making these ventures work.
So the question is why Iraqi people are not happy with the new port planning and execution? What makes the new port a disadvantage to them? Do they understand the progress being made? Did Kuwait work on marketing this project to them? Did we spend time and money to sway the individual Iraqi citizens who have seen enough bloodshed in their life, and tired on the battles in and out, how this will promote life in their neighborhood, and how it will create opportunity for them and for their kids, how product can be cheaper, and how the Basra Port and the Mubarek port are one extension of the other! If not, why didn’t the Kuwait PR & Marketing move in that direction, don’t they know that communication should not be kept in the hands of opportunists and politicians after their own score of things?
A bird in the hand is better than ten on the tree. Wouldn’t the Iraqi citizen appreciate that at least we are doing something about it, and moving forward with it?

Negative in Kuwait? Not me!

My wife keeps saying I am a negative person, that I keep saying one thing or another about Kuwait. She hears me talking about the problems of Kuwait acting as a socialist country, how the government officials and employees have little regards, because they have little incentive for growth, how the police is not respected enough, and part of the reasons is disregard of the police management in allowing policemen to smoke in airports and hospitals, and in malls, as an example. Also the fact that construction and demolition, is done without any rules or barriers, one way streets are disregarded, non licensed engineers doing licensed engineering jobs, and non certified contractors doing engineering jobs, and labors that used to do jobs for the contractors now think they can do contracting jobs. And what makes it worse,companies are allowed to do business with lesser unlicensed unstructured individuals, leaving structured and licensed companies to fight for scraps.Where does the trail end?

The pollution is at an increase from smog, sea, noise and eye. The people drive carelessly. The world seems in turmoil. Even if you wanted to be part of something to help out, legislation and minutes of the National Assembly are not public on the official website. Other problems also persist such as bad roads, bad manners, and bad for the sake of being bad.

Kuwait is a wonderful country, we are proud of having a democracy, in the summer traffic is less, food is abundant and great. You can have a tan in less than 10 min, you can also fry an egg in 5. There is a golf court, 24 hour gym and coffee shop, plenty to read and socialize with. You have a shooting club, a bowling, a skating, soap football, volley ball, tennis, and full arcade arenas for kids and adults. You can also perform several water activities such as island hopping, skiing, snorkeling and some diving places. If you get bored you can go country or city hopping, Basra, Dubai or Bahrain or Qatar.

Life here is pleasant with the family around, and the kids, and the peacefulness in a way, but could always be better, and that is what we are fighting for.