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Careers 4col

As we celebrate the 65th anniversary of our independence, it is a good time to invoke Mr Jinnah’s vision which should not be limited to matters of government but ought to be practised at the workplace.

In his Eid-ul-Azha message to the nation on October 24, 1947, Mr Jinnah said, “My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence. Let us mobilise all our resources in a systematic and organised way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with grim determination and discipline worthy of a great nation.” In examining the three principles that Mr Jinnah espouses in the above quote, we can create a model that can help Pakistani organisations effectively capitalise on their full human resource potential to drive economic development and transformation.

Hope. Although hope, according to conventional wisdom, is paralleled with luck which is seen to be the opposite of action, an article in the Gallup Management Journal alleges that hope is far more beneficial than fear based management tactics. This is because employees’ psychological resource capacities of hope, optimism and resilience have a positive impact on their performance, job satisfaction, work happiness and organisational commitment.

Courage. By its very nature courage requires facing fear rather than settling for the status quo. It is not so much a manifestation of what one does as who one is. It includes providing honest input and counsel, speaking up, rather than being complicit in silence, and standing up for what you believe in.

Confidence. This is one of the most important personal qualities for succeeding in the workplace. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you work or how skilled you are, it is how you project yourself that matters.

Self-confidence enables individuals to obtain control of situations or circumstances rather than being controlled by them. In doing so, it relieves anxiety or unnecessary and unhealthy fears. More importantly, it can set positive expectations for positive outcomes.

– Fauzia Kerai Khan
The writer is Chief Consultant, i&b Consulting, Training, eLearning. fauzia@iandbconsulting.com.

First published in the Careers Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on August 12, 2012.