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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Goal oriented people

Since I don't have a car anymore \yet I'm taking taxies to work. With the usual cab driver philosophy, view on politics and his life story chit chat. They told me another thing about their personality that I bet they did not know they were saying or for that matter have.

I get into the taxi and tell the driver Um Utheina (going to the office) and some just go in the direction of Um Utheina and when we pass the 7th circle, he asks: " min ta7t elnafaq wila min elsades ? " which translates to: Via the tunnel or the 6th circle ?. Now other drivers will ask me as soon as I name the place, where in Um Utheina? And they have me detail the root to them before we even reach the 8th circle. And the same goes to the way back home.

It's interesting how some people start implementing a particular task and ask questions later. Others need a clear goal and then they contemplate the best way to go about the task, only then do they proceed to do the work. The first type of people are not as effective in a work environment and at some times even costly and dangerous to have around, they will never be " in a perfect world" team leaders or project mangers, and if they do they are the worst possible ones. And if you are goal oriented and you have one of them as a supervisor…well good luck!

It may not make a big difference in the taxi driving business, but its strange to see very useful characteristics not being utilized to the best of their potential, again it makes me think what a great team leader this young man would have made had he had the proper drive and initiative, since no one quality will get you to the place you want to be. But such a natural disposition will definitely help

Makes me think how many wasted talents are out there.


Anonymous said...

I loved the way you thought about it Tamara!

Very good post!

Tamara said...


Thanks : ) glad you liked it

Mrs. Al Ramahi said...

i was just thinking about that TODAY when i was in a taxi going home! I was thinking what if these txi drivers had degrees.. wht if they really carried one but all the job they can find is a taxi driver thingy.. Allah ye3eenhum.. that doesnt stop the fact that i hate them!:)

Tamara said...


Don't get me wrong, I hate most of them ! but you cannot deny good qualities when you see them.

Mrs. Al Ramahi said...

yea i know what you mean :)

Anonymous said...

I met today a lovely 3ammo taxi driver..he is so kind ..friendly his 60's ..he does not the roads very well..but really I can learn from him how to be patient and friendly with people aside from el wish el seme7 he has .

Tamara said...

Red Rose

yes there are always this ocassional nice taxi driver.

Anonymous said...

Good for people to know.