Friday, September 21, 2012

My First Lesson in Leadership

I watched with disgust as an employee blatantly, and with no reserve, insulted the boss, to his face, at a meeting table. I was baffled, struck with anger at his disrespect and ready to take the boss' defense, until I took a moment to stare at the boss' reaction. To my dismay, he held his temper, displayed a poker face, and continued as though nothing has happened. 
I raged into his office after the meeting. 'I would have fired him right away', I said still appalled by what had happened, and completely baffled by the reaction. He just smiled and calmly replied still unmoved 'you have to think about the other employees reaction'. That was my first lesson in leadership. 

I couldn't understand back then. How could letting an employee insult you to your face be thoughtful to other employees? If anything, it would teach them that they could do the same and not face any consequences, I thought. 
Further down the road, as things unfolded, I realized that not taking his own defense made other employees, just like me, ready to reprimand the insulter. I learned that the boss, by not reacting, had the sympathy of his staff. 'Turning the other cheek' as against our nature as it can be, is a valuable lesson. Everyone sympathizes with the victim, and sometimes taking the defensive might be just as bad as an offensive in people's perceptions and only aggravates the issue. 
I strongly believe that evil breeds evil unless countered with good, as hard to implement as it might be.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Media & Money 'Unconference'

Are you a digital media enthusiast or an entrepreneur? 

Mark your calendars: Saturday, September 29, 2012, 10am-5pm.

Ok, so this is not just one of those events strictly targeted at marketing fans. If you understand and value the opportunity to network, you might want to spare some time for this too.

Let's cut to the chase; I am referring to a barcamp event organized by Altcity (and at Altcity), 'Media & Money Unconference'.

The names of the people on the panel alone should get you all excited. If you haven't heard of them yet and care about the Lebanese online scene, Google might be very useful right now:
  • Wais Bashir, Chief Editor/Editorial News Manager, Demotix 
  • Nina Curley, Editor-in-Chief, Wamda
  • Omar Christidis, CEO & Founder, ArabNet  
  • Marc Dfouni, CEO/Managing Partner, Eastline Marketing 
  • Moderated by Munir Nabti, CEO/Co-Founder, AltCity 
To register, just head to this page and yes, it is free. See you there!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Designs and Promotions in Lebanon - What My Brain Perceives

 Ted - This promotional stand was placed at Abc Dbayeh's Grand Cinemas. I wonder how the mothers will be able to convince the kids that this movie is not for them!

Talking of which; isn't Grand Cinemas logo a bit similar to Genova's bags' logo?

 Haier had something fun in football/ soccer season - they even managed to make the glass look as though it was broken. Beautiful.

Now, I am not sure what's up with this 'new world' but was it trending on our streets or something?

 Have you seen the Bank Audi personal loan ads - what's MSN buddy doing there?!  :)

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Now you know what crosses my mind when I see some of the promotions out there...

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