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Opinion: Top 4 Supply Chain Drivers of Shareholder Value

| 01/01/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Top 4 Supply Chain Drivers of Shareholder Value

Excellence in supply chain management is a combination of operational effectiveness and added value performance. Each participating enterprise must skillfully manage all the functions involved in fulfilling its stage of the extended supply chain.

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Opinion: Inbound Marketing and Instant Gratification Don’t Mix

| 01/01/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Inbound Marketing and Instant Gratification Don’t Mix

The reality today is that even though execution is instantaneous and measurement velocity has vastly improved, it still takes time to fully assess the efficacy of your marketing activities. Typically, where the manifestations of instant gratification pop up is right after a campaign execution.

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Opinion: Cross examining Islamic finance

| 30/12/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Cross examining Islamic finance

Why aren’t more Islamic financial institutions sponsoring events that connect them to the young people, the next generation of clients and employees? Are Islamic banks and funds focusing too much on Shariah and less on the value proposition?

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Opinion: Why Corporations must invest in Spiritual Intelligence

| 22/12/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Why Corporations must invest in Spiritual Intelligence

Unfortunately, the topic of spirituality is often considered taboo in our society. It is especially taboo inside the corporate world. Much care is taken to avoid it. We are afraid to open the topic because of its close relation with religion. Spirituality is an enlightened focus on who we really are.

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Opinion: Distill Your Message to as Few Words as Possible

| 29/11/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Distill Your Message to as Few Words as Possible

One of the most valuable skills in the world is the ability to explain complex concepts in simple, easy-to-understand terms. Writing lots of words is easy. Making your point with an absolute minimum number of words is really hard.

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UK: How Christians and Muslims can marry – the official guide

| 26/11/2012 | Reply
UK: How Christians and Muslims can marry – the official guide

Christian pastors and Muslim imams have come together to draw up guidelines detailing advice on how to deal with inter-faith marriages. The new guidelines by the Christian-Muslim forum reinforce the need for religious leaders to accept inter-faith marriages.

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Demystifying social media

| 22/11/2012 | Reply
Demystifying social media

Social media is extending the disruptive impact of the digital era across a broad range of functions. Meanwhile, the perceived lack of metrics, the fear, and the limited sense of what’s possible are eroding. What we hope to do here is to demystify social media.

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Opinion: Why marketers need to get mobile

| 20/11/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Why marketers need to get mobile

As consumers choose to spend more time with their mobile devices, it becomes paramount for brands to get going with mobile marketing. But why are some brands dragging their feet? Simply put, many marketers are unsure how to harness the power of mobile.

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Islamic Finance: Does it include you?

| 19/11/2012 | Reply
Islamic Finance: Does it include you?

Who represents the financial interests of the super-majority of 1.8 billion Muslims comprised of have nots, students and the youth? Are they ‘bankable in the wait’ for Islamic finance for sizing and seizing.

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Opinion: 5 reasons people fail (and what to do instead)

| 10/11/2012 | Reply
Opinion: 5 reasons people fail (and what to do instead)

Why do some people achieve their goals while others fail? Perhaps it’s because successful people manage to overcome five barriers that, in many cases, guarantee failure. Here are those barriers and how to overcome them.

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Opinion: Why Executives Are So Bad At The Behavioral Side Of Management

| 10/11/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Why Executives Are So Bad At The Behavioral Side Of Management

For too long, we’ve thought of “hard skills” and “soft skills” as mutually exclusive. Hard skills are supposed to provide the value, and soft skills supposed to be subordinate, inferior, and all about feelings.

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Opinion: Malaysia’s commodified Islam

| 09/11/2012 | 1 Reply
Opinion: Malaysia’s commodified Islam

The rise of religious commodification has been argued to go hand in hand with the emergence of ‘Islamic modernity’, a political and cultural sensibility whereby modernity is embraced alongside a commitment to Islam as part of the project of modernity.

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Opinion: Capital with a human face

| 04/11/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Capital with a human face

The forty-year old, $1.2 trillion Islamic finance industry needs to take stock and look in the mirror and examine the reflection holistically. Have we arrived at the ‘reset’ moment that every relationship, in this case, faith and finance, must surely undergo?

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Opinion: How to Prevent 50% of All Hiring Mistakes

| 01/11/2012 | Reply
Opinion: How to Prevent 50% of All Hiring Mistakes

Hiring is too important to leave to chance. Here’s the problem: if you like someone when you first meet, you maximize their positives and minimize their negatives.

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Opinion: Post Hajj quotient real test of taqwa

| 28/10/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Post Hajj quotient real test of taqwa

The Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca is the fifth of the five obligatory pillars for Muslims. It is a human-defining, behaviour-refining and life-revitalizing moment that is supposed to endure until our last breath.

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The Story Behind The Stuff: Consumers’ Growing Interest In “Real” Products

| 18/10/2012 | Reply
The Story Behind The Stuff: Consumers’ Growing Interest In “Real” Products

There is a powerful urge to get in touch with what they believe is a more “real” world, and it’s leading us to a place where signs of realness take on greater value.

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23 Rules for Face-to-Face Meetings

| 16/10/2012 | Reply
23 Rules for Face-to-Face Meetings

While a lot of business is conducted today over the Internet and the telephone, customers often want to meet you personally, just to make certain you’re the kind of person who can be trusted to deliver what you promise.

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Online passwords: keep it complicated

| 13/10/2012 | Reply
Online passwords: keep it complicated

By now, you probably have about 20 different passwords you’re struggling to remember. There must be an easier way. How do you stay one step ahead of the hackers – and still stay sane?

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Opinion: Why entrepreneurs need to learn from their mistakes more than their successes

| 13/10/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Why entrepreneurs need to learn from their mistakes more than their successes

James Caan recently carried out a performance review of one of his senior managers and gave him an overall score of seven. The guy asked why he had not scored him higher and he told him that he had not made enough mistakes in the last six months.

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Opinion: The Shift From Chief Executive To Chief Influencer

| 08/10/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The Shift From Chief Executive To Chief Influencer

Instead of a strict authoritarian top-to-bottom style as in the past, the head honchos now have a more participatory viewpoint towards their duties, allowing for more individualized thinking and ownership amongst their colleagues.

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