Thursday, June 26, 2008

Off on an innovation quest!

Nightline with JAMES PIECOWYE will return on the 24th of August!


Jamal Al Falasi and I spoke about summer and the must have tips to make it a success!

Major Juma Bin Darwish, Director of the Rescue Department of the Dubai Police also joined us to offer his advice on water safety!

Thing safe be safe!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

June 24---- community mindedness!

Amazing what people are doing!

Listen to the podcast and try not to cry!

Blind Association----needs your help.
Muna Al Hammadi 06-724-7700 050-631-2422

SNAP---Special Needs Children

Small Kindness
Kutaiba Mawahili

Check them all out!

Do something!

Monday, June 23, 2008

june 23--child labour

How much attention do you give to child labour and the role you play in facilitating it?


Cloths manufacturing, fruit picking are just 2 things we fuel!

Sure there are family financial issues in the 3rd world BUT that should be a call for creative action NOT acceptance.

What are you doing?

Listen to the podcast for inspiration!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

june 22--innovation where is it?

This has got to be part 22 of our innovation and leadership theme and it never gets old!

I had a chance to meet Tom Kelley, author of the 10 Faces of Innovation today! WOW.

Tom Kelley is also the GM of IDEO an idea company in Silicon Valley.

Go give it a look!

It is all about environment and creating the space for innovation to happen in your company, place of work, home on a daily basis.

The best part? We all have a role!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

June 18---UAE national identity

My co-host Jamal Al Falasi and I tackled the topic of National Identity.

Joining us in studio were Khulood Al Atiyat and Ammar Sajwani of the Sheikh Mohammed Center For Cultural Understanding and Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori the Co-ordinator General of Watani.

We just scratched the surface!

Listen to the podcast.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

june 17---traffic

We had a conversation with Brigadier Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Director of the General Department of Traffic at Dubai Police.

Listen to the podcast!

From the RTA to the refusal of insurance companies to participate in white points, the conversation was enlightening.

Monday, June 16, 2008

june 16--- management innovation forum!

Purva Hassomal joined us to talk about her motivation, beyond the job, to bring the Management Innovation Forum to the UAE!

It is all about the team and pushing people to see, believe and do!

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Event Overview

Innovation is today’s new currency, as well as your catalyst for sustained growth and global impact. Innovation is vital to maintain and boost your market share, growth and profit margin.

With the global economy sitting on the precipice of what could potentially be a deep recession, management innovation could spell the difference between the companies that not only survive, but thrive and those that are carried away in the economic undertow.

The Leaders Presents team brings back the Management Innovation Forum 2008 to dissect the latest business innovative strategies, discuss the most successful case studies and examine techniques to practically implement innovation within your organisation and management team to create profitable growth.

Featuring Iconic Innovation Gurus including

Tom Kelley
General Manager, IDEO
Author, The Art of Innovation and The Ten Faces Of Innovation

Kjell Nordstrom
Author, Funky Business: Talent Makes Capital Sense

The Management Innovation Forum 2008 will:

Provide unrivalled opportunities to learn, be inspired and energised by iconic innovation gurus, world-class experts and practitioners
Present best-practice implementation case studies of management innovation successes and failures across departments
Deliver invaluable insight and practical advice on successfully implementing the latest cutting-edge strategies
Determine how to nurture talent and integrate a culture of innovation and blue-sky thinking in your organisation

This is an amazing opportunity!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

june 15---aggression

Dr. Singhania of the Singhania Children's Clinic talks us through aggression and children!


My Child Has a Problem - Aggression
From Kimberly L. Keith,
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Working with aggressive children, I like to keep in mind the model I learned from Assertiveness Training. When a child has a need or desire to communicate, he may present it in one of three ways:

1. Unassertive (passive) communication - I lose, you win.
2. Aggressive communication - I win, you lose.
3. Assertive communication - I win, you win.

It may seem odd that the best thing to do to help aggressive children is the same thing you do to help shy children, teach assertiveness! Of course you are coming at it from a different angle. The first step in changing the pattern of aggressive behavior in your child is to develop a sense of empathy. Observe and discuss with your child the emotions of others to help him understand how people feel when they are treated badly. TV and books are useful tools for teaching your child to recognize the feelings of others.
Treat your child with empathy and respect, and he will learn to treat others in the same way.

An ideal opportunity to teach your child how to handle angry feelings is when you and your spouse have an argument. Your child can learn principles of listening well, remaining calm, cooling off, and negotiating a solution by your example. Do you and your spouse ofen lose control emotionally? Name-calling, hateful words, and, of course, physical aggression by parents are directly modeled by aggressive children.

Harsh physical punishment and abuse also lead to an aggressive pattern of externalizing painful emotions. Aggression in children is related to Oppositional Defiant and Conduct Disorders. These disorders set the stage for many long years of delinquency, substance abuse, poor relationships, and maladaptation in young adulthood. The destructive cycle is only stopped by learning self-control, a lesson best learned in childhood.

Children need to understand the difference between right and wrong. A healthy sense of guilt when they do wrong is a good thing. Feeling " shame " rather than "guilt", however, is associated with aggressive behavior. What is the difference between shame and guilt, and why is it important? Nancy Eisenberg writes in Emotion, Regulation, and Moral Development, Annual Review of Psychology , "Probably because guilt is focused more on the transgression than the self, guilt seems to motivate restitution, confession, and apologizing rather than avoidance". Now you know why experts say condemn the behavior, not the child. It's a delicate balance for parents, but an important one. In the same vein, parents should be realistic in their praise of the child. As children reach the elementary years, they need to have an accurate perception of their abilities and relationships. Some interesting current research suggests that children who have an unrealistically positive perception of themselves are more aggressive.

Children DO model aggressive behavior from TV, movies, and games. This has been demonstrated convincingly in the research . If your child has a problem with aggressive behavior, you should definitely limit or eliminate his viewing of this type of programming now.

Parental practices that are associated with aggressive behavior in children include:

1. Poor supervision
2. Harsh or erratic discipline
3. Parental disharmony
4. Rejection of the child
5. Low involvement in the child's activities
6. Lack of encouragement and reinforcement of polite or considerate behavior in the child, combined with giving attention and reinforcement to the child when he yells or throws a tantrum.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

june 11---peak oil

Robert Dowling joined us to talk about the issue of PEAK OIL.

I think this is by far the best show we have ever done on NIGHTLINE!

Peak oil debate will rage as long as doubts remain over Opec’s reserves

Last Updated: 12:15am BST 08/06/2008

The debate over the cartel's capacity rages as American legislators look to make it pump more black gold, writes Elizabeth Eldridge

It takes a staggering 20 million barrels a day to feed America's addiction to oil. Two thirds goes on keeping America on the move. And, with fuel costs at record levels, the nation's car drivers, airline travellers, haulage firms and train companies are feeling the squeeze.

American consumers now pay the equivalent of 54p a litre to fill up (it costs about 116.7p in the UK), a 26pc rise since this time last year.

They, along with households and businesses facing higher bills, want someone to blame and the country's politicians who depend on their votes are more than willing to point the finger on their behalf.

Opec is in their sights. Legislators are going after the cartel because they believe it will not - or cannot - produce more oil, and the No Oil Producing or Exporting Cartels Act (Nopec) is making its dangerous way through Congress despite objections from the White House.
# Oil price pushed to new records as US economy plunges further
# More on oil

The trouble is, the collusive gang of sovereign states are already pumping out all the black gold they can. With oil at record levels, why wouldn't you try to earn as much revenue as you can while the going's good?

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Qatar, Libya, the UAE, Algeria, Nigeria, Ecuador and Angola) produces 40pc of the world's oil, about 32m barrels per day (mbd). The de facto leader of Opec, Saudi Arabia, produces the most at around 9.25mbd, or 30pc of total Opec output.

So how much oil is Opec holding back from the American consumer?

"Effective Opec spare capacity stands at 2.3mbd on paper, although refinery outages, crude quality and high prices mean much of this oil would be difficult to [bring to] market," said the International Energy Agency in its May oil market report.

As it is the IEA's job to advise the world's major crude consuming nations, there should be little doubt in capital cities that just opening the pumps is not as easy as it sounds. It takes about 10 years or more from exploration to recovery of an oil field. The less spare capacity, the more minor supply disruptions will cause price spikes.

Saudi is thought to account for 80pc of this "paper" spare capacity. Oil data has been treated as a state secret by Riyadh since Saudi Aramco was nationalised in 1988, making accurate assessment of reserves very difficult.

Matt Simmons, author of Twilight in the Desert, a book arguing that the sun is setting on the giant oil fields of Saudi Arabia, said: "The odds of the kingdom having any spare capacity, in my opinion, are low. The odds that their crude oil production is now starting into permanent decline are getting quite high."

If Saudi Arabia ever admitted that its reserve and production figures were inflated, it would weaken the country's political clout within Opec, and also as an ally of the US. The cartel has already shown sharp divisions. Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, and Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad want to use Opec as a weapon against America.

But within Opec it is King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia who calls the shots. Oil, he says, is for wealth creation and prosperity, not a source of conflict. He can resist the "politicisation" of Opec only so long as the world is in awe of Saudi's oil resources.

Questions about whether Saudi Arabia has little or no viable spare capacity resurfaced last month when President George W Bush went calling on King Abdullah to plead for him to turn on the taps. Bush's reward was a mere 300,000 barrels a day more, an offer deemed so derisory it caused an increase in the oil price.

Opec secretary general Abdalla Salem el-Badri recently announced $160bn of investment over the next three years, increasing production capacity by 15pc to cope with global demand. Maybe Bush's successor will have more luck once Opec has built its new capacity.

Critics of Nopec say the legislation is self-defeating because it assumes Saudi Arabia is capable of turning on the taps at a moment's notice - despite evidence to the contrary. Yet the Nopec Bill cleared the House of Representatives last month with a majority of more than two thirds, making it immune to presidential veto.

It has yet to pass the Senate. Harry Reid, majority leader in the Senate, folded the Bill into the Consumer-First Energy Act. This Act would create a tax on major oil companies' "windfall profits", suspend the filling of America's Strategic Petroleum Reserve (700m barrels kept in underground salt caverns along the Gulf of Mexico), punish price gouging (when any company uses the higher price to make more profits), and limit excessive speculation in the oil markets.

The vote-winning legislation is supported by Democrat Presidential candidate Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton.

The big impact of Nopec is that it changes the US anti-trust laws to allow the prosecution of sovereign states. The US Justice Department would be given the power to sue Opec in the US courts.

The primary sponsor of the Bill, Senator Herb Kohl, said: "Without this legislation, we are powerless to stop Opec from engaging in blatantly anti-competitive practices like collusion and price-fixing that leaves us at their mercy. If private companies engaged in such an international price-fixing conspiracy, it would be illegal. Nopec will give our government a crucial tool to combat the illegal actions of the Opec cartel."

A spokesman for the White House said: "This Bill has the potential to lead to oil supply disruptions and escalations in the price of gasoline, natural gas, home heating oil and other sources of energy." Furthermore, it could prompt Opec to take retaliatory action, seizing US assets abroad and shutting down oil production.

Opec has refused to lift production quotas, maintaining that the market is well supplied. There are no obvious signs of a shortage. The amount of oil that economies are holding in stock, particularly America, is rising steadily. And there is no rationing at the pump.

Other factors, such as oil trading and geo-political tensions, are pushing up prices, says Opec president Chakib Khelil. "These prices do not reflect the market fundamentals but are due to other factors linked to speculation, sub-prime crisis and the depreciation of the dollar," he said.

Since September 2007, when the chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, started to slash interest rates, investors have hedged against the depreciation of the dollar with commodities.

Krchoksey, a Mumbai-based brokerage firm, argues that the oil market is a bubble, and a number of supertankers chartered by oil-producing states are floating in the Gulf with inventories of oil they cannot sell.

"The situation is similar to the bubble in credit markets a year ago, where nobody wanted sub-prime mortgage bonds, but there was plenty of demand for 'financial derivatives' that allowed investors to bet on the future value of these bonds," writes Amit Anand of Krchoksey.

Nopec intends to break up the Opec cartel and therefore free up global supply, but debate rages over whether there is enough to go around.

And as Rembrant Koppelaar, from the sector forum, points out: "The question of spare capacity is a difficult one because it is based on trust, not on any fact."

Moreover, the continuing refusal of Opec member states to allow independent examination of their oil reserves will only increase the likelihood of minor supply disruptions causing price spikes as a lack of accurate information keeps the markets on edge.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

june 10--ethics of youtube

Is it possible that social networking technologies such as youtube have worked against our common sense and morality?
YouTube Criticism Continues

A coalition of Japanese companies has critiziced YouTube for not doing enough to prevent unauthorized use of their copyrighted materials. The Associated Press reports that

The group also expressed skepticism over an automatic video recognition and purging system being developed by YouTube parent Google Inc. (GOOG), questioning the reliability of the technology and saying it was taking too long.

"YouTube has to stop how it runs its site and get rid of the illegal clips. We want them to reset the service," composer Hideki Matsutake told a joint press conference in Tokyo Thursday. The coalition met with YouTube and Google executives earlier in the week, the second such meeting this year.

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

June 8---parents creating a wimp society

This evening we spoke about the idea that maybe, we as parents, are doing too much for our children!

Educational toys
Guided direction

When do the children have a chance to actually learn by doing and learn by not doing so well?


Anu Nampilly of the Child Guidance Medical Centre in Sharjha 06 562-6900 joined us for a bit of a UAE perspective.

Kimberly Bezaire a doctoral student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in education joined us for a chat about what the research is telling us.

The short answer is there are no rules just be realistic and balance what you do!

“A Nation of Wimps” by Hara Estroff Marano
on May 25, 2008
in Podcast
. Tags: college culture, depression, hara estroff marano, mental illness, nation of wimps, parenting, teenage suicide.

Noboby likes to be called a “wimp.” The Urban Dictionary defines “wimp” as: “A person who is scared or WEAK or cowardly.” I am not sure that definition encompasses all that Hara Estroff Marano envisions in her book “A Nation of Wimps.” Hara is an Editor-at-Large for Psychology Today and has an intense desire for parents to understand what it means for a child to grow up.

When I was a child, if you complained to your parents about how someone treated you, you might have gotten a spanking. Oh, there were some parents that were always going to the PTA meeting or to the principal to get something fixed, but even the kid thought their parent was a nut. As Hara emphasizes, those days are gone. The new phenonmenon: growing numbers of parents who are not only determined to fight their children’s battles, but whose goal is to make the road to adulthood and success paved and smooth for a bump-free ride.

Of course, that kind of parent could never be–me! Before you exclude yourself, I suggest you take a few minutes and read Hara’s article, A Nation of Wimps, which appeared in Psychology Today in 2004 and which led to the book. If you don’t see yourself, read it again! Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Parents need to abandon the idea of perfection and give up some of the invasive control they’ve maintained over their children. The goal of parenting, Portmann reminds, is to raise an independent human being. Sooner or later, he says, most kids will be forced to confront their own mediocrity. Parents may find it easier to give up some control if they recognize they have exaggerated many of the dangers of childhood — although they have steadfastly ignored others, namely the removal of recess from schools and the ubiquity of video games that encourage aggression.

Then, listen to the interview and hopefully, you will have a deeper appreciation for why kids binge drink, why teenage suicide is on the rise and why college kids experience depression and other aspects of mental illness at ever increasing rates.

For the most part, all of our kids that are wonderful, highly intelligent, and brillant are average and mediocre. That “B” in English is their fault, not the teacher’s. They don’t know what to do, because we have never let them decide what to do without telling them what to do. When they call to talk to mommy on the phone for an hour every day, feeling their pain is one thing, trying to eliminate it is another.

The bottom line: grow up, so your kid can, too!

Friday, June 06, 2008

June 4---what are we doing to make the world better

We talked about global priorities!

What should they be?

As you said!

-population control
-realistic costing

Copenhagen Consensus 2008
Outcome documents

Press Release (30th May 2008)

Results (30th May 2008)

The world’s best investment: Vitamins for undernourished children,
according to top economists, including 5 Nobel Laureates
Over two years, more than 50 economists have worked to find the best solutions to ten of the world’s biggest challenges. During the last week of May, an expert panel of 8 top-economists, including 5 Nobel Laureates, sat down to assess the research.

The result: A prioritized list highlighting the potential of 30 specific solutions to combat some of the biggest challenges facing the world.

Combating malnutrition in the 140 million children who are undernourished reached the number one spot, after economist Sue Horton of Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada made her case to the expert panel.

Providing micronutrients for 80% of the 140 million children who lack essential vitamins in the form of vitamin A capsules and a course of zinc supplements would cost just $60 million per year, according to the analysis. More importantly, this action holds yearly benefits of more than $1 billion.

In effect, this means that each dollar spent on this program creates benefits (in the form of better health, fewer deaths, increased future earnings, etc) worth more than 17 dollars.

CC08 - read more about it
CC08 - download the papers
CC08 - for the media

The Copenhagen Consensus Center analyzes the world's greatest challenges and identifies cost efficient solutions to meeting these challenges. The Center works with multilateral organizations, governments and other entities concerned with mitigating the consequences of the challenges which the world is facing.

With the process of prioritization, the center aims to establish a framework in which solutions to problems are prioritized according to efficiency based upon economic and scientific analysis of distinct subjects.

The Copenhagen Consensus Center is headed by Bjørn Lomborg.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

June 2--Food Safety

Abdulaziz Bashir Elshaikh and Bobby Krishna from Dubai Municipality join me to talk about food safety and many of the myths that we continue to fuel!

800-900 is the municipality hot line for everything... use it.

Health Canada is a great place for information as well!

Summer Food Safety

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The Issue
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Summer Food Safety and You
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The Issue

The risk of foodborne illnesses increases during the summer when temperatures are warmer and people are more likely to be cooking outside at picnics, barbeques, and on camping trips. You can minimize your family's risk of food poisoning by following some simple guidelines about food safety.


The risk of foodborne illnesses increases in the summer for two main reasons. First, summer weather is often hot and humid, and the kinds of bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses, such as Salmonella and E. coli 0157:H7, multiply quickly in warm, moist conditions. The "danger zone" for the rapid growth of bacteria is from 4º C to 60º C (40º F to 140º F).

Second, summer brings an increase in outdoor activities. When you cook or eat outside at picnics or on camping trips, you don't always have easy access to the safety features found in kitchens, such as refrigeration and washing facilities.

It's always important to use safe practices when handling and preparing food. However, there are extra steps you can take to minimize the additional risks of foodborne illnesses in the summertime.

Health Canada and Food Safety

Health Canada sets policies and standards governing the safety and nutritional quality of all food sold in Canada. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) enforces the policies and standards, and ensures that all necessary warnings are released quickly to the Canadian public.

As a founding member of the Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education, Health Canada also participates in public awareness campaigns about safe food practices. One example is a program called Fight BAC!™, which encourages Canadian consumers to think of food safety at every step of the food handling process, from shopping for groceries to re-heating leftovers.

Summer Food Safety and You

The government plays a role, but you are your family's last line of defense when it comes to food safety. Here are some guidelines to help you Fight BAC!™ in the summertime.

Clean: Wash hands and surfaces often to avoid the spread of bacteria.

  • Wash your hands with hot, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before handling food, and after handling raw meats or poultry, using the bathroom, changing diapers, or touching pets.
  • When camping, or going on a picnic, find out if there will be a source of clean water. If not, bring water for preparation and cleaning, or pack disposable wipes and/or sanitizing lotions and paper towels.
  • Take clean plastic bags or containers to store leftover food.
  • Always wash raw fruits and vegetables in clean water. You cannot tell whether foods carry surface bacteria by the way they look, smell, or taste.

Separate: Keep raw foods separate from cooked foods to avoid cross-contamination.

  • When you pack a cooler for an outing, wrap raw meats and poultry securely, and put them on the bottom to prevent juices from dripping onto other foods.
  • Wash all plates, utensils, and cutting boards that touched or held raw meat or poultry before using them again for cooked foods.

Cook: Make sure you kill harmful bacteria by cooking food until it reaches the proper temperature.

  • Don't guess! Take a digital instant-read food thermometer along to check when meat and poultry are safe to eat. The safe temperatures for cooked foods are:
  • 71º C (160º F) for ground beef
  • 74º C (165º F) for leftover food
  • 85º C (185º F) for whole poultry
  • If you have to check more than once, clean the thermometer before using it again.
  • Eat cooked food while it's still hot. Remember, bacteria can grow when food is allowed to cool down slowly.

Chill: Keep cold food cold. Letting food sit at unsafe temperatures puts you at risk for foodborne illnesses.

  • Perishable foods that are normally in the refrigerator, such as luncheon meats, cooked meat, chicken, and potato or pasta salads, must be kept in an insulated cooler with freezer packs or blocks of ice to keep it at 4º C (40º F) or below.
  • Refrigerate or freeze food the day before you pack it for a trip.
  • When packing a cooler, put your meat or poultry on the bottom, and then pack food in reverse order, so that the foods packed on top are the ones you expect to use first.
  • Keep the cooler in the coolest part of the car, and place it in shade or shelter, away from direct sunlight. Keep the cooler closed as much as possible.
  • Consider using one cooler for beverages and another for perishable foods, since the beverage cooler is likely to be opened more frequently.
  • Put leftovers back in the cooler as soon as you are finished eating.
  • Discard all perishable foods once the ice or freezer packs in your cooler have melted.
  • The simple rule is: When in doubt, throw it out.

Need More Info?

For more Next link will open in a new window Fight BAC!™ tips.

For more information about Health Canada's Food Program.

You can also find out more about food safety by visiting the Next link will open in a new window Canadian Food Inspection Agency Web site.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

June 1---Change with John Kotter

How ready are we for change?

Funny change is the only constant thing in our lives YET we resist it!

Professor John Kotter has a few ideas!
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The Iceberg Manifesto

We strongly believe that the world needs much more action from a broader range of people—action that is informed, committed, and inspired—to help us all in an era of increasing change.

This web site, and the bodies of knowledge on which it is based, is offered here in the hope that others will join us and together we can create a global source of information and inspiration for those committed to help lead successful change.

For more insights about taking action in a changing world, click on these resources:

Succeeding in a Changing World
John Kotter in a 4 1/2 minute video

The 8-Step Change Process
A summary of Kotter’s research on successful change

Web Seminars on Change
View excerpts from three seminars offered over the web