BOOKS

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Rasoolullah 

There is a distinct difference between how one whose core faith is that Muhammad  was the Messenger of Allah and how someone who does not hold this belief, writes about him.

This book, however, is not simply an analysis of history. It is a labor of love and reverence while being analytical and objective. It is an attempt by one who not only believes that Muhammad was the best leader that ever existed but who believes in him and his message and wants to share it. The life of Muhammad the Messenger of Allah is rich and full of lessons. It has been so well documented and so much has been written about his life over the centuries that another attempt is almost unnecessary. However, I decided to write this for two reasons: to make the lessons from the life of Rasoolullah relating specifically to leadership easily accessible to the seeker, whether Muslim or not; and to make an attempt to see how these lessons are applicable today in a world that is in principle, very similar to the world he lived in.

My premise is this: Since he was able to change his world and take his people from being the most insignificant, oppressed and weakest to becoming the predominant, admired and strongest in just one generation; if we learn how he was able to do it, we will be able to learn how to succeed in our world today

It’s my Life

“In life, not everyone’s dealt a good hand, but that shouldn’t stop you from having a good game.”

My name is Mirza Yawar Baig and this is my story.

I was born into a middle-class family, with an honorable name but with very little money. Not one to be restrained by my circumstances, very astutely, I used my life situations to my advantage . Thereby, leading a life of great variety, excitement, and success. And this I believes is something we all can do.

It’s My Life is a book about how to succeed, no matter where you start in life. It is a book about ordinary people, their dreams, goals, fears, successes, and failures; seen through the lens of my own life. It is a book about me, yes, but it is also a book about you.

The Business of Family Business: How to grow the business while keeping the family together

Family businesses need a similar transformation if they seriously intend to become global players in the world market.

A transformation that is intrinsic, primordial, intense and painful but which then opens the doors into a world that they did not even know, exists. A world of global influence, great wealth and power and the potential to leave behind a legacy that lives on long after the founders have gone the way of all life. The choice is ours. It is not an easy choice. It is not a quick fix transformation that will happen without serious effort. It is not a course of action that will not meet opposition from other caterpillars. However, as I said, the choice is ours to make.

An Entrepreneur’s Diary

We are living in exciting times (2009). I am not sure if everyone will agree with my description of these times as ‘exciting’, but I know the entrepreneurs will.

This book is for them. I have been an entrepreneur, formally (in the sense of owning my own business) for the past 26 years. I started while I was in a regular full time job and worked at learning and building a management consulting business for 12 years. This book is the result of a lot of questions that I have answered over the years. Today, as I look at the world around me, the landscape of the so-called global meltdown, I see opportunity. I believe that it is entrepreneurship that will solve this crisis.

Entrepreneurs who are not afraid. Who refuse to recognize boundaries imposed by others. Who march boldly where others fear to tread. This book is about the ‘How’ for those who would like to try. This book is about what worked for me. I don’t pretend or position what I have written as some sort of ‘universal laws of entrepreneurship’. So try them out. Use them if they work for you and forgive me if they don’t. What I do know is that in the 26 years that I have been an entrepreneur, to date, I have advised a large number of people using these very same principles and not one of them came back to tell me that they did not work for him/her. I believe the key is to apply them sincerely, flex them to suit your own unique style and persevere towards your goal.

Hiring Winners: How to Hire the People You Need to Succeed

In my practice of helping business leaders develop a winning culture, the thing that I have been most keenly aware of, is the need to hire winners.

It is true that good training can achieve much. But it is equally true that no matter how good the training course or the trainer there are some things which can’t be ‘trained in’. Losers will never become winners because of training. The qualities, characteristics, behaviors, values and beliefs that make a winner must necessarily be hired. Effective interviewing is the best and perhaps the only way to ensure that this happens. Skills can then be taught by focused training. What are these qualities? What is the best way to identify and ensure that the person I am hiring has them? Are there any tools to help me in achieving this goal? That is what this book is all about.

Journey of Faith

Though I was born in a Muslim family, belief is a matter of conscious acceptance, not of accidental birth.

Some of my friends have been asking me to write about my own spiritual journey in Islam. How did it begin? Maybe why? What did I find useful and beneficial? What was difficult and what gave me the most joy?

Though I was born in a Muslim family, belief is a matter of conscious acceptance, not of accidental birth. What we choose to believe or reject must be done thoughtfully after due reflection and investigation because our present and our everlasting future both depend on it. It can’t be left to the incidental following of traditions and customs we don’t even know the origin or meanings of just because our parents or elders used to do them. One’s spiritual journey is as important, if not more than one’s journey in this life in terms of one’s career or other criteria and so deserves equal mindshare and effort.

Life lessons of 55 years

This book is a distillation of lessons learnt over 55 years of a life lived on 3 continents. Meeting, sharing and knowing hundreds of people.

It is a book about the richness of diversity. It is a tribute to all those who shared their lives with me. It is my way of saying thanks to them. Mirza Yawar Baig 20/10/2010

Life is but a dream: or is it?

My father would always ask me, ‘So what did you learn?’ I found so much value in this question that it became an operative reality for me.

I would ask myself this question, especially for anything important that happened to me. In other cases, I would also ask it just for fun. For example, I once looked at a man weighing grain and asked myself, ‘So what did I learn?’ This resulted in one of the most valuable life lessons that I’ve ever learnt – that nothing will happen until 19.5 kg and at 20 kg the balance will tip. That is an article on its own and I won’t elaborate here. I would condense my learnings into a one or two line statement which reflected the essence. I would share these with my friends and students during my training courses and many people enjoyed the one-liners (though all are not one-liners). That gave rise to the idea to publish them as a book where people can refer to them and use them – most importantly for their own reflection.

Understanding Life

This is the second book in the series of books of my quotes. I have always enjoyed conceptualizing my life experiences in the belief that what you don’t conceptualize you don’t learn. I would condense my learnings into a one or two-line statement which reflected the essence. I would share these with my friends and students during my training courses and many people enjoyed the one-liners (though all are not one-liners). That gave rise to the idea to publish them as a book where people can refer to them and use them – most importantly for their own reflection.

Reflections on Life

This is the third book in the series of books of my quotes. I have always enjoyed conceptualizing my life experiences in the belief that what you don’t conceptualize you don’t learn. I would condense my learnings into a one or two-line statement which reflected the essence. I would share these with my friends and students during my training courses and many people enjoyed the one-liners (though all are not one-liners). That gave rise to the idea to publish them as a book where people can refer to them and use them – most importantly for their own reflection.

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