M. Yawar Baig
Personal Vision To enable people to leverage their strengths to achieve their potential Work Experience: International Speaker, Trainer, Consultant with 16 years in Corporate General Management, 20 years in Training & Organizational Development. 1994: Founded Yawar Baig & Associates in Bangalore, India. 1997: Established YB&A in the USA 2002: Founded Leadtrain, a company in the training seminar business. 2003: Establishing Leadtrain in Saudi Arabia and Malaysia Member Consultant Panel USA GE Corporate University Oracle Corporate University AMA International Andersen Corporate University India Osmania University IIM Bangalore Clients GE, Oracle, Motorola, Microsoft, IBM, Digital-Compaq, National, Unilever, BSNL, Indicom, Colgate, NPA, Asian Paints, Siemens, YBA Kanoo, Bangalore Labs Certifications: IIM-A , P-CMM®, MBTI©, WSA©, ISABS 2

What do you want to be What do you want to be remembered for? remembered for?
A time for reflection

Role Model
Think of your Role Model Who is it? For how many of you is it a parent?

What do you think your child will say What do you think your child will say when s/he is in the place you’re in today? when s/he is in the place you’re in today?
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com 5 .Food for Thought “There is no right road for the one who does not know his destination. you need perspective But to know the way.” But to know the way. you need perspective yawar@yawarbaig.

Perspective “Perspective is the ability to hold two pictures simultaneously in your mind… where you are and where you want to be.” The differential fuels growth The differential fuels growth yawar@yawarbaig.com 6 .

yawar@yawarbaig. courage.com 7 . chivalry. and justice which they demonstrated in all aspects of their public and private life. For 800 years they set the standard of morality.Standard setters vs followers The Prophet changed the perspective of his Companions by giving them a Standard.

But the good deeds which endure are better in thy Lord's sight for reward. and better in respect of hope. 8 .Wealth and children are an ornament of life of the world.

com 9 .The Peak was the Decline When the focus shifted from setting standards to imitating and competing … the decline began Which is more visible in our lives. Which is more visible in our lives. Setting standards or imitating? Setting standards or imitating? yawar@yawarbaig.

So where are we now? Remember: The key is perspective .

Window of Opportunity In the life of every man and woman comes a time when they have a unique opportunity to make an impact and influence others. Those who succeed. Will you be ready when your window opens? Will you be ready when your window opens? yawar@yawarbaig. are the ones who anticipate and prepare for it and recognize it and act when it opens.com 11 .

Two kinds of Knowledge Experiential Knowledge What mankind discovers through their own experience and experimentation Revealed Knowledge What Allah revealed to mankind through His Prophets yawar@yawarbaig.com 12 .

Experiential Knowledge Always changing Dependent on who is experimenting and what theory they are trying to prove Today’s ‘truth’ becomes tomorrow’s ‘falsehood. Always raises new questions yawar@yawarbaig.com 13 .

Revealed Knowledge Always the same: Tawhid & Risalat Revealed by Allah mankind for the benefit of No hidden faults as the author is the Creator Himself Answers questions yawar@yawarbaig.com 14 .

The Qur’an’s prescription About the proper sequence to acquire education .

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and Allah has power over all things.com 17 . yawar@yawarbaig. Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of night and day there are indeed Signs for men of understanding. Men who celebrate the praises of Allah standing sitting and lying down on their sides and contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heavens and the earth (with the thought): "Our Lord! not for nothing have you created (all) this! Glory to You! give us salvation from the penalty of the fire.3:190-91 To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth.

Islamic Perspective Develop Experiential knowledge based on the guidance of Revealed knowledge There is no conflict between ‘science’ and ‘religion’ in Islam due to this Conflict comes when we want to ignore the Creator and develop our knowledge yawar@yawarbaig.com 18 .

Two Major Confusions ‘Purpose’ versus ‘Activity’ & ‘Why’ versus ‘How’ .

‘Purpose’ versus ‘Activity’ What we have choice in and what we don’t .

Purpose versus Activity ‘Purpose’ is that of the Creator Only the Creator can say what is the purpose for which He created us Activity is our realm of operation The best activity is that which fulfills the purpose of our creation The Shari’ah is guidance on the best way to conduct that activity yawar@yawarbaig.com 21 .

Purpose of Our Creation According to the Creator .

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obeying. No sustenance do I require of them nor do I require that they should feed Me. and remembering in all aspects of life yawar@yawarbaig.com 24 .51: 56-8 I have only created jinn and men that they may worship Me. Verily Allah is He Who gives (all) Sustenance Lord of Power Steadfast (for ever). Worship in the broader meaning includes recognizing.

Primary Activity Choice The Activity that fulfills our Purpose .

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com 27 . I and whoever follows me: Glory to Allah! and never will I join others with Allah! Our Primary responsibility Our Primary responsibility yawar@yawarbaig.12:108 Say thou: "This my way: I do invite unto Allah on evidence clear as the seeing with one's eyes.

“Why” versus “How” The problem with Western education .

com 29 . actions must change first yawar@yawarbaig. science tells you “How” it happens Allah has linked our life conditions to our actions and not to our possessions For conditions to change. actions must change first For conditions to change.“Why” versus “How” When you ask “Why” something happens.

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yawar@yawarbaig. Say: "Travel through the earth and see what was the End of those before (you): most of them worshipped others besides Allah.com 31 30:41-2 Mischief has appeared on land and .sea because of (the deeds) that the hands of men have earned that (Allah) may give them a taste of some of their deeds: in order that they may turn back (from Evil).

comfort.com 32 . plenty. adult consent and so on.Today’s paradox To disobey Allah is not only accepted but is considered the ‘right’ of the individual We call this. safety But goodness lies only in the obedience to the Creator But goodness lies only in the obedience to the Creator yawar@yawarbaig. Yet we want peace. life style choice.

So where do we go from here? Stances of Success “Master” or ‘Victim’ .

com 34 .2. Critical parameters Time Implications of our ‘time’ in history Space Implications of our ‘place’ in today’s world People who don’t learn from their own history People who don’t learn from their own history are condemned to repeat it are condemned to repeat it yawar@yawarbaig.

com 35 . What lessons can we learn from history that can be applied to the time we are living in? 2.Time – 2 questions 1. How can we leverage these lessons? Public interest has to take precedence Public interest has to take precedence over Self interest over Self interest yawar@yawarbaig.

How can we leverage the assets of our place? Challenge: Become role models for ‘How to live’ Challenge: Become role models for ‘How to live’ in whichever country. sphere of life we are in yawar@yawarbaig.com 36 .Space – 2 questions 1. What is our place in the overall scheme of things? 2. sphere of life we are in in whichever country.

Creating a “Life Goal” Without a goal no road is the right one .

What is Your Life’s Goal? Today is your retirement day. There is a farewell party for you and a batch mate of yours is giving a speech about you and your achievements What would you like to hear in that speech? What do you want to be What do you want to be remembered for? remembered for? yawar@yawarbaig.com 38 .

The Spiral of Life Idealist Optimist Realist Pessimist Cynic Indifferent You cannot light a fire from a dead lamp You cannot light a fire from a dead lamp yawar@yawarbaig.com 39 .

“Master” or “Victim”? Choose Your Stance in Life .

com 41 . organization etc. environment.The Essential Truth Living life is about making choices: Choosing to be a “Victim” Or choosing to be a “Master” Both stances are subject to the same givens of society. But have very different implications in terms of our development and happiness yawar@yawarbaig.

Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise 2. Dreaming more than others think is practical 4.com 42 . And expecting more than others think is possible Possible only when we can transcend our fear Possible only when we can transcend our fear yawar@yawarbaig.Excellence 1. Risking more than others think is safe 3.

has a price. This depends on its definition. What is the price of your success? What is the price of your success? Are you willing to invest this? Are you willing to invest this? yawar@yawarbaig.The Price of Our Success Success.com 43 . Most people don’t define their ‘success’ so they don’t know its price.

And those who strive in Our (Cause) We will certainly guide them to Our Paths: for verily Allah is with those who do right.69. The Promise of Allah ‫ﺳﺒﺤﺎﻧﻪ و ﺗﻌﺎﻟﻲ‬ The Promise of Allah ‫ﺳﺒﺤﺎﻧﻪ و ﺗﻌﺎﻟﻲ‬ 44 .

The Only 2 things that matter In the Life of this World Hidayah: Guidance In the Aakhira Maghfirah: Forgiveness The Pathways of Allah ‫ﺳﺒﺤﺎﻧﻪ و ﺗﻌﺎﻟﻲ‬ The Pathways of Allah ‫ﺳﺒﺤﺎﻧﻪ و ﺗﻌﺎﻟﻲ‬ have both have both yawar@yawarbaig.com 45 .

The ‘Operative’ Question How much do we TRULY How much do we TRULY want Jannah? want Jannah? .

Our Window Very small in time in relation to the life of this world Very important and significant in relation to its impact on our Aakhira It’s time to make a choice It’s time to make a choice yawar@yawarbaig.com 47 .

The World is waiting to be introduced to its Creator. Are we ready to Are we ready to make the introduction? make the introduction? .

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