Assess Your Organisation’s Culture


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CareersResearch conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) last month established a link between an organisation’s profits and its corporate culture, contradicting the traditional perception that streamlining processes alone can increase an organisation’s growth potential.

Warning signs of problems within your organisation’s culture can manifest in a variety of ways, all of which are detrimental to the business’s profits and can impede its growth if left unresolved. Continue reading

Auto Shows In Karachi


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AdBuzz LeadCar enthusiasts in Karachi, it is time to mark your calendars, since three auto shows and exhibitions are slated to take place this month.

1. The 12th Annual VCCCP Car Show will be held at Frere Hall on March 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.; it is organised by the Vintage and Classic Car Club of Pakistan (VCCCP). You will be able to view more than a hundred vintage beauties dating from the 1950s to 1980s there; these include a Corvette, a Ferrari Testarossa, a Lincoln Continental, a Mercedes 600, a Rolls-Royce Ghost and a Thunderbird, along with several Ford Mustang convertibles, Healeys and Morris Garages (MGs). What is more, plenty of food stalls will be set up there, which are sure to be a big draw for foodies

2. The Pakistan Auto Show (PAPS) will take place between March 6 and 8 at the Expo Centre, Karachi. Organised by the Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts & Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM), visit the Show if you are on the lookout for automotive components, spare parts, car accessories (including rims, wheels and tyres), performance systems, design ideas or repair and maintenance services. The Show will feature almost 900 exhibitors from 56 countries.

3. The Auto & Transport Asia Exhibition will be held between March 10 and 12 at the Expo Centre, Karachi. If you have a local or international transportation business, or are a dealer, distributor or agent of automotive spare parts and accessories, then visit the Exhibition; automobile assemblers and manufacturers, automotive repair and maintenance service providers, as well as testing equipment manufacturers and suppliers from more than a hundred countries will showcase their products and services. Continue reading

Pre-Constructed Or Not?


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Real Lead.jpg pre constructedMoving into a new house is an exciting experience and the quest for that perfect house – whether buying or constructing one – is just as exciting. However, there are pros and cons to buying a constructed house versus having one built. 

Factor in the following before deciding:

  • Buying a constructed house usually requires a single loan from a bank. On the other hand, if you are planning to have one constructed, you will require two separate loans – the first loan to purchase a plot and the second to finance construction – which takes longer to process. Continue reading

Meat Recipes From Around The World


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MeatIf you are thinking about how to serve all the meat stashed in your freezers post Bakra Eid, here are some recipes – most, a fusion of foreign cuisines flavoured to local taste buds – that will help you cook up a storm.

The latest trend on the meat feast front heads in a Mediterranean direction, with once popular Indonesian and Chinese dishes lagging behind. The countries around the Mediterranean Sea, including Egypt, Greece, Morocco, Spain and Turkey, and all the places in between, have long been renowned for their aromatically tantalising dishes which, with the addition of some heat, in the form of dried red chillies during cooking or with a plate of fresh green chillies on hand, are now gaining popularity across Pakistan. Continue reading

Olives And Their Leaves


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H 3Used for medicinal healing by ancient Egyptians, the olive leaf was once considered a symbol of heavenly power and continues to be used by alternate health practitioners, who believe that the olive fruit, its leaves and oil provide the following health benefits.

Prevents seasonal ailments. Mixing a teaspoon of crushed olive leaves in boiling water and inhaling the steam from the mixture for a few minutes twice a day can help relieve colds, sore throats, congestion and the severity of asthma attacks. For people vulnerable to migraines, massaging lukewarm olive oil on the temples and dabbing a few drops on the eyelids helps relax the nerves and provides immediate relief from the pain. Continue reading

The Benefits Of ‘Earthing’


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H 2Have you ever noticed how your stress literally evaporates as you sink your toes in the soft and silky beach sand, inhale the salty ocean air as you soak up some vitamin D from the sun’s healing rays? An emerging body of research attributes this to ‘Earthing Science’ – a belief that an early morning walk on any natural surface – be it soil, shale, sand or grass – enhances your well-being by restoring your body’s electron balance. Continue reading

Floodwater Management


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Real LeadDue to global climate change and rapid urban growth, Pakistan is hit by catastrophic floods every year, causing millions of people to suffer massive losses, be they physical, emotional or financial.

Floodwater management must therefore become part of the overall sustainable master planning of urban and rural areas, and several solutions can be employed to minimise the damage caused by floods. Continue reading

Bulletproof Coffee


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H 1Dave Asprey, an entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, drank       yak-buttered tea while travelling high up in the mountains of Tibet, and found himself instantly rejuvenated by it. This led him to experiment with coffee, and he created ‘Bulletproof Coffee’which he claims can lead to weight loss and improved brain function.

Despite its name, Bulletproof Coffee does not require bullets of any form – just a knob of butter (preferably grass-fed) or ghee in your coffee which should be brewed from beans, with a teaspoon of medium chain triglycerides (MCT) oil (such as coconut oil). Continue reading

Updating Salary Structures


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CareersIf your company conducts Employee Surveys, the one question you are sure to get a low score on would be about ‘satisfaction with your income’. One reason for this is because employees (probably) feel that it may encourage you to increase their pay. Another could be that you are not very transparent about your structure and processes.

An important element in the compensation space is communicating the ‘total rewards’ your company offers. Too often, employees see only the monthly pay slip, forgetting about the other benefits that go into your Employee Value Proposition. Continue reading

Under The Perfumed Arches


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Perfumed Arches

Making full use of available building space and beautifying your home surroundings is an architectural essential. Take for example, the passageways between a house and the boundary wall, house and garage and even the entrance gate, where all too often there is nothing but bare concrete.

And yet, it need not be this way. With a little – or a lot – of artistic imagination, these spaces can be transformed into stunning – even perfumed if you make the right selection – arches of roses, which in season, will be an absolute knockout.  Continue reading


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