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Emad Barsoum writes: Conquering the Tribulations

A few days ago, young assistant at my workplace hopped in my office like a sparrow, with a cheerful smile and shiny eyes, not without few tears, cried: "Finally!" I stared at her in amusement and asked: "what? Did you win the lottery?" She sarcastically replied: "No I wish, then added, my wedding day has been set!" I remembered; her wedding was postponed three times in over 6 months due to the unwelcomed vi ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: How to slay a horse

My very dear friend the intellectual and decent Sawsan Daher known as Sue, argued with me persistently, after my last article where I emphasized the state of restlessness among our society nowadays, insisting that happiness is just a state of mind! Although generally this could be true, the state of mind can only be shaped by the collective current conditions. People in modern societies and technically adva ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Restless Society

Every time a group of friends, who have crossed the age of forty and fifty, get together they start to growdepressed and their voices switch from laughter to quietness, their eyes dropdown and the fun is gone, when they remember how life used to be two or three decades ago. Those friends who were born in this land or who have left their motherland and moved to a new chosen homeland. The common issue would b ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: There will be Hope

My brother came to me in an anxious manner wondering why my last two articles expressed no hope for a better job nor a better workplace, due to the unfair acts of some of the entrepreneurs and the business owners from one side, and some managers as on the other. “It left me with a bitter feeling” he added. I smiled, calmed him down a bit, and said, before I explain to you why I see that the employment marke ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Killing the hope…(2)

We have seen how some business owners and entrepreneurs, who lack the perception of the importance of Human assets to any organization, are abolishing the hopes of their human assets for progress and security in their jobs. Yet there are other individuals and factors, who would deliberately or ignorantly assist in creating the sense of insecurity and oppression among the employees, they are the employed top ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Killing the Hope

Progressive school of management views human assets as the most valuable for the existence and survival of any organization, whether for profit or not-for-profit one. For a moment we might think that this is a characteristic of how to run organizations in the modern world of the advanced countries, where management sciences were created and being taught. But if we stop for a while and realize what is the de ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Man, Dog, and Hyaena

My friend called me few days ago, with a loud questioning tone asking me, are you a fortune teller? I smiled in a sarcastic way and replied, of course not, but why? He followed by another question, do you remember your article few weeks ago when you expressed your worries, when life would start to go back to its normal pattern after the lock-down, about how some business owners and entrepreneurs would take ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: The right to Equality

One afternoon my phone rang and on the other side, in a serene voice, a lady confirming my name, then introducing herself as the human resources manager of a group of companies that work in retail business of a major product. Swiftly but with the same monotonous tone she said, - You have applied for the position of the general manager of our branch in the city of (…….) - Yes, - But why this city in particul ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Social Responsibility (3).. The Aftermath

Since the beginning of the global quarantine, the ban of free mobility, and the self-detention of mankind due to the pandemic of the 21st century, countless opinions and speculations expressed their fear, pessimistically, about what is next! What is after the end of this mass anxiety? The vast majority spoke about a new world free from emotions, social life, or even interpersonal human communication, that i ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Social Responsibility (2) and the Planet of the Apes

Both Federal and Provincial government(s) are doing a good job in their endeavors to contain the spread of the pandemic, but is it their best? Or is there more that could be done? Indeed, the relief funds that were approved to financially assist those who are suffering from the economic losses due to the Corona virus, for businesses and employees, act as a strong pain killer. But the disease still exists. I ...

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Emad Barsoum: Capitalism, Democracy and Social Responsibility

Quite number of countries around the world adopts a strategy known as “preparing the Nation for war”, in which formerly designed measures and procedures are established to allow the State to function and operate under certain unusual circumstances such as wars, natural catastrophes or pandemics. However through history it was observed that such measures would vary according to eras, regimes and cultures, wh ...

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