Psychology Book Review – The Oman Daily Observer.
May 20 2009.
A.08 – Book Review – Psychology of Arab Management Thinking –
Arabian Management Series – Context and Perspectives!
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This is a must-read first-time written by an Arab (GCC) Management and Human Resources Consultant, Expert and Professional drawing on his own personal experiences and exposures and with live demonstrations, examples, narrations and illustrations with the aim for improvement in the especially Arab management spheres..
Psychology of Arab Management Thinking –
Arabian Management Series – Context and Perspectives
– By Majid Said Nasser Al Suleimany
May 20 2009 – Book Reviews – Weekend – The Oman Daily Observer.
It is a unique book, written in a unique style. The book is about the author as a manager and his experiences and exposures as an Arab human resources manager in his various jobs in human resources and management, with particular emphasis and specialization under Arab Managers.
It is a soul searching and critical evaluation of one’s own people in the field. He extols the culture and importance of work in his religion and the pitfalls and lackluster attitude of the managers in position about the principles of management.
Very candidly he admits that he has no intention to harm anyone but to speak about the realities in Arab Management with a focus, desire and objective to learn, correct and remedy, if not for now, for the future generations to come and for progress. He sincerely hopes for development and improvement in the management sphere.
The Arab countries are far richer with abundant reserves and more importantly with a healthy and young population. In spite of all these why do they lag behind others in many spheres? Is there anything wrong with the management? He says, “he is baffled and confused”, According to the author “it is not enough only to have your personal and job dedication and commitment – what is needed is complete abdication and surrender in commitment, dedication, loyalty, faithfulness etc to your work, job aspects, and responsibilities. Just your input is not enough, far more is required”.
“As Arabs, work is worshipped as if it is in praying. Arabs are also brought up to be polite, courteous and decent (at least a majority of us). Abrupt, ugly, rudeness and distort are discouraged. Also it is not easy to say NO – as part of the culture, customs, traditions and heritage. So what went wrong here – especially in management circles? Why are we behind the rest of the world, despite all our riches and resources?”
The author has tried to be as frank, open, forthright, honest, sincere and genuine as he can.
The Gulf Cooperation Council countries are some of the richest ones in the world. Despite the Middle East holding huge gas and oil reserves of the world, very little is known about the area, in particular about Arabian Management aspects.
In Chapter 11 “what is really wrong with the Arab Manager?” he recalls episodes from his own career and personal life.
In the ‘book introduction’ he says “for a long time now, I have been putting off the idea of writing this book – though it had been in my mind for a long time now. The mere idea of writing this book scared me to bits and pieces – for many valid and pertinent reasons”
It is a no punch-spared, no barrels held stuff, no frills – play but to be as frank, open and honest as possible 0 so it can be a learning process for this generation and others to come in the future.
The writer is a weekly Columnist in The Oman Daily Observer under ‘Between Us Only’. He has worked for over 25 years as a Human Resources Professional and Expert in mainly Oil Companies. He has also worked for over 8 years as a Management and Human Resources Consultant, Expert and Adviser. He has also been widely exposed to young Omani Graduates Intake Programme, their mentoring, coaching, guiding and counselling and for National Staff in general.
He holds an MBA in International Management (UK). The author has three other books to his credit – Between Us Only; The Sequel – Between Us Only, and Short Takes – Between Us Only!
In the book on management he is not quoting any authority (references) on the subject, but quotes from his own experiences. That is what makes this book unique.
Even though the book may not be taken as an authority in management all in itself – it is an eye-opener for the way things are happening in this part of the world.
Printed by Trafford Publishing (Canada, USA and UK)
Price US Dollars 60 (Sixty) – OMR 22 (Twenty Two).