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OUR TALENTS, A DREAM, OR A NIGHTMARE?

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Since we were children, we’ve been raised in a society in which people believe that success is to be either an engineer, or a doctor, and other than that is complete failure.

Definitely many of us were asked during their childhood the type of questions as “what do you want to be in the future?” or “Do you want to have the same career as your mother’s, or as your father’s?”, honestly I wasn’t so good at answering such questions, because there were always other questions on my mind, I was always wondering why I had to be like someone, what if what I want was completely different? What if I have my own identity?

I don’t know why people used to ask us such questions, if they were always expecting us to have one of two or three answers they want to hear, what if I don’t want to be any of these? What if I want to be an actress, a writer, or a painter instead?

I never knew why none of these answers was ever enough, there must have been something else, something you have to do beside your talent, because your talent is never enough.

People always say that it’s ok to have a talent, but you can never take it as a job, you must have a different – traditional career, and your talent should remain as a hobby for you to go to when you’re bored, well, that’s ok, but there’s something that nobody ever thought about, how am I supposed to be creative and ambitious, when what I do was never what I dreamt of? How am I supposed to wake up every day having the energy to do something I lack interest in? How am I supposed to be motivated, if I don’t even have the passion? And why should I choose the stray, if I know quite well which path I have to walk in?

One day, I decided to accept the fact that I won’t be able to do what I’m passionate about, and study what I’m not interested in, I spent all the college years trying to accept it, and I thought that I already did, till I was graduated, and to my surprise, I realized that after all those years of studying, I failed to be part of this, and I had to face the fact, that I don’t belong there, and I won’t.

 But regardless what I realized and became clear to me, I worked at the same field I studied, and I chose the easy path for the second time, but the truth is, it was never easy, and deciding to spend the rest of my life passionless, was harder than what I ever thought.

During the college years, I’ve always thought that I forgot about my dreams, and that my passion was not there anymore, but after that I realized that it never left me, it was always there, but it was just buried at the bottom of my heart till further notice.

I found out that the time I spend doing the one thing I love, is the only time I feel the power of my passion, I feel literally alive, and that my wild soul could never be tamed, but this used to happen only in my spare time, till one day, I entered a bookshop, and I read those magical words at the back of a book I saw by accident:

“When someone you love plans a path for you, don’t follow, he wants to see himself in you, gratitude and acceptance don’t build great edifices, there’s something different inside you, something deserves to take care of, because it was meant only for you, and you were meant only for it…”

These words came to me just on time, and as I believe in destiny messages, I considered these words as one of them.

I decided to cut it short, and ask myself a few simple questions, what if I don’t follow my passion? What if I spend the rest of my life doing nothing but accepting and accepting? What will be the consequences? Will I regret?

And at that moment I found myself answering with yes, I will regret, and my dreams will turn into nightmares, I don’t want to do this to myself, and years from now, I don’t want to be this old woman who spent her whole life in vain, I want to be remembered, I want to do what makes people feel I’m still alive even when I’m not, I want to succeed and win awards, why not?? It’s the law of attraction, when we believe in our dreams, fight for them and struggle to reach them, that’s when we deserve to have our dreams coming true.

That was when I decided to listen to that inner voice, which keeps whispering to me “follow your dreams no matter what”, and to be wholly devoted to my passion, regardless what people say or think, some think I’m insane, others think I’m lost, and I think I’m neither this or that, I’m just destined to have different and sometimes weird dreams, and that doesn’t mean I’m lost, I know it, I’m on my way…

Written By: Nada Ashraf Ramzy

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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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