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I Will Tell You Why If There’s No Passion

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Written by: Rana Khaled Awwad

Edited by: Yara Mohamed

 

“life is not about only two choices; it is not about heart or mind; it is not black or white, for it is the mixture of all of them.A rainbow, you can say. Passion is the only thing that can lift you from ordinary to extraordinary.”

Rana Khaled Awwad

 

“- Many fresh graduates, middle age employees and professionals consider career shifting. What do you think about this move? And from your personal opinion, what do you think is the reason behind the increase in career shifting?

 – Hostile cultures, lack of vision or plan, lack of appreciation, course of monetary.”

When I read these lines in an article, I came to wonder: What about passion? Why is everything bound to positions, salary, prestige…etc.? Passion is the last thing taken into consideration. On the one hand, there are people who spend their entire lives searching for their passion; they keep getting and leaving countless of jobs, hoping to glimpse the light of their passion in any position they take. On the other hand, there are people who do nothing but the things they are passionate about, even if these things do not make them earn a good salary or have a normal stable life. The question is the following: Which one of these is the optimum? Which path of these should one take to be satisfied? Which choice is the best? The answer is NONE.

 

Kentucky spent his entire life having an unfulfilling job. Even though he was not satisfied by his position in a chicken-serving restaurant, Kentucky believed that this career is strongly related to his passion, and made up his mind that if he does not earn what he dreamed of, at least he is learning something as the base of his dream job. At the age of 60, Kentucky got fired from the restaurant. Even at the age of 60, he had not found his passion. Afterwards, he started applying what he learned and invented additives to give chicken its unique taste. After several trials and countless steps, Kentucky founded his franchise and found his passion, KFC, as it is known today, and lasted long enough until this day, even after his death. He stayed in a position that did not satisfy him originally, just to learn something which led him to where he wanted to be. He did not like his job, but he knew that he did love that career path. There is a difference, and this difference is the guideline for most of our choices: knowing that you are on the right track.

 

Sometimes most of our problems arise because we fail to recognize our own priorities; we have the misconception that if you are a successful practical person, you should spend each second working on reaching your aim, and when you do, you spend even more time to reach even higher ones. The more time you spend working, the greater the achievements. Ask yourself: Does it make sense? Is life all about working? Is your life work-centered? Is neglecting your family, health, social life, and your own passion for the sake of work the reason behind your existence in life?

To answer these questions, take a look at the following figure from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephan Covey:

 

We are all surrounded by these four categories; however, we always fail to prioritize our daily activities. If I ask you to determine which one of these categories would be your priority, which one will you pick? Mostly number one: “Important and urgent”.

 However, it is number 2: “Important but not urgent”.

Maybe our endless tasks, countless deadlines, and continuous exams are urgent. We all have obligatory tasks that we tend to forget what is most important to take care of: For starters, your health is important. If you neglect your health because you are so indulged in what should be done, you will suffer from health problems—maybe serious ones because of stress, and your health will be gradually transformed to something “urgent” to attend to. Your family is important; if you ignore this aspect of your life, other aspects will collapse. In many cases, the high divorce rates lead to dissociation of entire families, just because of the inability to make balance between priorities. Your passion is important; your passion is the reason behind your existence; that is what adds meaning to your life; that is what defines you and makes you unique. However, your passion should not be neglected for the sake of a good position or an extraordinary salary, and the career path, of your choice, should not be threatened by your passion. Let’s be even more specific: Your career should not be threatened by focusing only on passion.

 

One of the lines that caught my attention in one of the magazine’s interviews with one of the most successful people in his field and may validate my perspective is the following:

Interviewer: One of your hobbies is fishing (important), does this influence you or empower you in an indirect way at your work?

Interviewer: Helps me relax and think (effect of passion). I also love to travel which also helps.

 

Based on my experience as a clinical pharmacy student, my college always puts me in great stress because of our never-ending exams. Even though I did choose this major, I decided to cut off everything I am passionate about (important) in order to focus more on college (urgent). Unexpectedly, my academic progress was not as good as I expected. Consequently, I decided to proceed with what I am passionate about; I continued with my German course along with the new academic year. Even when I had an exam the following day, I insisted on attending my 4-hour German class. Because I balanced between my passion and my choice, I got high grades, even better than I had expected. It increased my sense of responsibility and decreased my stress. It added something not only to my day, but also to my soul. It let me do what I should do with passion, not obligation. 

 

Life is neither black nor white without a shade of grey. Why do we keep confining our choices between spending our lives doing either what we love or what we should do? Why is it either the heart or the mind, but not both, even though God gave us both of them? Never neglect your passion, but not on the expense of your career. Yes, life is not about only two choices; it is not about heart or mind; it is not black or white, for it is the mixture of all of them.A rainbow, you can say. Passion is the only thing that can lift you from ordinary to extraordinary.

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Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021 – where balance, resilience and authenticity break the Mental Health Stigma

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Written by: Cinzia Nitti

Globally, 2020 has been a year like no other. Coronavirus pandemic caused a massive business disruption; transformation has been key in supporting employees and catalyzing workplace changes. There was a rush to adapt and reinvent Business Models. Organizations had to rethink and reconsider how they deliver services and strengthen their Organizations through a forward-thinking Digital strategy. To be more agile and responsive in such uncertain times, we need to respond to challenges and adapt quickly to new scenarios by moving from rigid hierarchies to leaner and more flexible structures.

But what about Mental Health at Work, and why is it essential?

What’s the Office of the Future?

Within the Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021, HR Leaders tried to normalize the conversation about Mental Health by putting the topic first, enabling self-care and professional support, raising awareness, and building knowledge around its related issues. Nowadays, personal and work life are more intertwined than ever, so it becomes vital to create balance: the more employees feel free to talk about Mental Health, the more they can prevent struggle and breakout at the Workplace. HR leaders play a crucial role in making an IMPACT by pushing new solutions, promoting work-life balance, redesign workloads, and supporting their Teams.

In this general frame, Irada Aghamaliyeva (MENA Diversity, Inclusiveness & Wellbeing Leader at EY) affirmed: “Workplaces that are inclusive foster enhanced employee wellbeing; employees with high levels of wellbeing are more inclusive”. How can Organizations increase employees’ resilience and embed sustainable Leadership behaviors in the post-covid reality?

Dr. Irada Aghamaliyeva introduced the Mindfulness practice in the Workplace and highlighted its benefits on a large scale: improved wellbeing and resilience on a physical level; positive emotions, self-regulation, empathy and awareness of social dynamics; learning and innovation thanks to the implementation of flexible thinking, intuition and problem-solving processes. So breaking the stigma is possible, starting from personal wellbeing to sustain positive energy and fuel resilience.

About the Power of Empathetic and Authentic Leadership, Dr. Rima Ghose Chowdhury (EVP & Chief Human Resources Officers at Datamatics Global Services) stresses the importance of Leadership roles today. The virtual environment employees are working in, makes them more vulnerable due to a lack of balance between emotional and authenticity traits. Authenticity is the primary factor in effective leadership, regardless of the leadership style. Putting employees first as a strategic priority and hearing their voices to guide strategy; embracing agility to work more effectively in tumultuous time; including a multigenerational work-force: these are the key concepts within Dr. Rima’s motto “Empowering is to enable”. Through motivation and filling emotional support needs, the Empowering Teams Process leads to employees’ safety, esteem, and self-actualization. 

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. To know more about the FOW Future of Work Insights platform around the world, click here: https://fowinsights.com/

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The Wellbeing @ Work virtual Summit Middle East returns for its 5th annual event on 22-24 February 2021

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The summit provides an innovative and experiential virtual learning opportunity for our audience of CEOs, benefit and reward business leaders and senior HR professionals. The information and knowledge gained from attending this event allow the opportunity to make strategic wellbeing and mental health decisions within an organization, supporting our mission to create more flourishing and thriving workplaces. Never before has the mental health and wellbeing of your employees been so important. The Wellbeing @ Work Summit includes keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and fireside chats alongside unrivaled networking with leaders across the Middle East using our AI-enabled matchmaking platform. This is far more than a webinar! An engaging 3-day event providing you invaluable insight and tools to create thriving workplaces.

Key Reasons to Attend:

  • An engaging AI-enabled matchmaking platform to make invaluable connections & host virtual meetings up to 2 weeks before the three-day festival
  • Learn how multinational organizations are creating workplaces where employees thrive in the new world
  • Campfire panel discussions informing workplace change & mental health solutions
  • Middle East-based employer case studies providing the secrets to employee wellbeing success
  • International experts bringing best-practice from across the globe
  • Invaluable networking with business leaders from across the Middle East

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. The design and implementation of a holistic wellbeing and mental health programme that delivers healthy outcomes and a more productive organization is paramount right now. 

In addition, the results of the extensive Middle East region-wide survey on wellbeing and mental fitness in organizations across the region made in partnership with Cognomie will be presented during the event.

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DECODING FUTURE HR: Global 24 hour virtual event | 19 and 20 January 2021

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DECODING FUTURE HR: Today’s challenges are tomorrow’s trends and opportunities

Global 24 hour virtual event | 19 and 20 January 2021

www.decodinghrevent.com

The world in 2020 has changed to a ‘new normality’ but what’s that ‘new normality’ everybody talks about? Is it here to stay? How is it affecting us in our daily lives in the different versions of ourselves? As a customer, an entrepreneur, a parent, a friend…a worker…

Our job is a key part of our lives and we are indeed living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work. Automation and ‘thinking machines’ are replacing human tasks and jobs, and changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people. These momentous changes raise huge organisational, talent and other HR challenges. It has become clear that few organisations are likely to revert to pre-pandemic practices even after a vaccine is found.

Decoding Future HR 2021 is bringing you the ideology of how today’s challenges are becoming tomorrow’s trends and opportunities resulting in HR excellence.

Why you should attend:

  • Learn about the trends and best practices shaping future HR
  • Get valuable insights from expert speakers
  • Share ideas and research to help your organisation reach its goals
  • Understand what do employees want in ‘New Normal’
  • Develop new vision for HRBP and Centre of Expertise
  • Identify, integrate and understand stakeholders to create an intentional employee experience
  • Approaches and elements to leadership development.

Some of our confirmed speakers:

  • Tshepo Yvonne Mosadi , Human Resources Director, The HEINEKEN Company
  • Sarah Tabet, Global HR Director/ D&I Leader | Author for “Inclusion Starts with U”, Schneider Electric
  • Wadah Al Turki, Country Talent Manager KSA and Bahrain, IKEA
  • Lesha Chakraborti, Head of HR – EMEA, Travelex
  • Shaban Butt, Director HR & Administration, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Sajjad Parmar, Head of Rewards – APAC, eBay
  • Katey Howard, VP, Talent Management AMESA, Pepsico
  • Chen Fong Tuan, HR & General Affairs Director, Samsung Electronics
  • Prerna Ajmera, Senior Director, HR Experiences and Solutions, Microsoft
  • Václav Koranda, Vice President Human Resources / Member of the Board of Directors, T-System
  • Amy MacGregor, VP Employee Experience, Global HR, Manulife
  • Adwait Kashalkar, People Analytics and Programme Management Leader, APAC, Mastercard

Click here to view all speakers: www.decodinghrevent.com/speakers

At Wisdom we remain positive that ‘normality’ will soon return and that we will be able to physically meet together once again as speakers, delegates and sponsors at our beautiful venues around the world. But meanwhile, life continues and we need to keep in touch and learn from each other. This 24-hour virtual event will be of great benefit and value to your businesses and its continued development during these challenging times. While this virtual event comes at a lesser cost, it provides for now a wider reach into an international audience, with flexibility of access to content as well as allowing you to have the same opportunity as at a face-to-face session for one-to-one business meetings. We look forward to welcoming you in January.

Date and time: 19-20 January 2021Where: Virtual engaging platform
  Further information and bookings: www.decodinghrevent.com        Contact:
marketing@wisdom.events   #WSDM_BI
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