STC CLOUD

STC Cloud

TECHNOLOGIES USED:

  • HTML5
  • JavaScript
  • SASS
  • Python / Django

CLIENT:

Saudi Telecom Company Solutions

WORKING POSITION:

Front End Developer @ UXBERT

PROJECT URL:

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SAWWAGY

Sawwagy

TECHNOLOGIES USED:

  • HTML5
  • JavaScript
  • SASS
  • PHP

CLIENT:

Saudi Telecom Company

WORKING POSITION:

Front End Developer @ UXBERT

PROJECT URL:

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STC MYGATE

STC MyGate

TECHNOLOGIES USED:

  • HTML5
  • AngularJS
  • SASS
  • LifeRay

CLIENT:

Saudi Telecom Company

WORKING POSITION:

Front End Developer @ UXBERT

MISK GLOBAL FORUM

Misk Global Forum

TECHNOLOGIES USED:

  • HTML5
  • SASS
  • AngularJS
  • WordPress

CLIENT:

Prince Mohamed Bin Salman Charity Foundation – Misk

WORKING POSITION:

Front End Developer @ UXBERT

PROJECT URL:

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SMART EGAL

Smart Egal

TECHNOLOGIES USED:

  • Design Thinking Sessions
  • Brainstorming
  • Prototyping
  • HTML5
  • JAVASCRIPT
  • SASS
  • GULP

CLIENT:

UXBERT

WORKING POSITION:

Front End Developer @ UXBERT

Top 5 Challenges a Manager Faces Daily

Although my journey as a manager hasn’t been so long I will tell you 2 things that most of the managers that will read this will understand and you “the guy who is aspiring to be a great manager in your organization” will understand one day when it hits you.

  1. The hardest part of becoming a manager is the start, facing the change, filling another manager’s shoes and everybody around you are waiting for your failure, this is the first time it hits you, it feels like you bought a luxuries house in an area full of gangs and crimes, you are expecting yourself to fail, you feel you are an imposter, this is not your place, but you also feel great, that all the years’ efforts have finally paid off, you are going to be great.
  2. You realize the challenges that your managers have gone through, how they were as clueless as you, scared to make a mistake, scared to give you vacation and then regret it, want to hear comforting talks from their teams and doesn’t always have an answer.

The below article is inspired but the book “Work Happy” by Jill Geisler, I highly recommend this book for every manager who wants to be a great manager ad leader, So here are the top 5 challenges you will face while being a manager

Managers disappoint people every day

80% of your time will be communicating and making decisions, most of this decision will be in favor of one side over the other, you will favor ideas that you don’t prefer, assign tasks to employees, enforce rule you are not convinced with, resolve conflicts, criticizing employees work and deciding on employees raises and promotions. And sometimes it gets much harder, deciding on cutting salaries and letting people go, good luck with this :D.

Managers push people out of their comfort zone

Today’s workplace is very challenging, every other day there is a new technology, new tools, new process, and new methodologies, you have to push your team to cross the boundaries, fetch their old ways, increase productivity while maintaining quality, you have to be the first to learn these stuff and keep a high moral along the way, sometimes your older team members will have to learn from younger ones and you have always to watch competitions and be ahead of them in adopting these new technologies.

Managers are always caught in the middle

You have to learn to manage up and manage down, to meet upper managers expectations and hold employees to their commitments, you have to influence people to do things without having using your position and in all of this you are in the middle, a translator, a negotiator, and a shock absorbed, advocating employees ideas, issues and ambitions, you enforce upper management deadlines and you always try to satisfy and reconcile all the parties, this is my friend the one that breaks many of the managers that I have met, the continuous pressure from all side, the low stamina in handling conflict and meeting expectation.

Managers can’t always tell people what they want to know

As they say “Knowledge is power” and it truly is, and one of the most frustrating and scaring thing that can happen to a member in your team is not being in the loop, feeling left out, and it’s your responsibility to feed information to your team but in the same time, choose the right information and the right time to do so, and as it’s most important for a great leader to be transparent with his team it’s also9 very important sometimes to be discrete, whether it’s business information or employees personal matter, sometimes you better leaving this information disclosed and this can lead to many frustrating situations that you will have to learn how to handle gracefully as a seasoned manager.

Managers make mistakes

You will spend most of your days making different kinds of decision, some are big and some are small but you will not get it right every time, you have to live with that and to take it gracefully, sometimes you are unprepared or over confidant, sometimes you are biased or blindside but in all means, you have to take it all, be responsible, not blaming anybody, learning from your mistake and move on trying to rebuild your credibility again and again.

It’s always healthy to keep these challenges in mind, knowing that in the territory of management you have to be vigilant yet not paranoid, learning to deal with consistent pressure and building up your stamina to make decisions and handle problems, and it’s very important to constantly develop your skills and strategies to tackle these challenges and this will be the subject of our article, see you there

Office Politics part 1: Classical Conditioning

Hi my friend, I see you came here seeking a solution for your career problems, don’t worry my friend I got you covered, through this series of office politics articles we will discuss the ins and outs of the secret weapons your boss uses against you, to mold you into a consumerist slave who takes his salary each month to spend it on stuff you don’t need with the money you don’t have to impress people you don’t like just to come back next month to get more of that salary.

We will start our first part of the office politics series explaining classical conditioning and how your brain can be programmed without you knowing but first let’s watch a very funny clip from ” The Office” series and then come back to the real business

Jim uses classical conditioning to prank Dwight

As you can see in the video after a while Dwight started to crave mint candy as soon as he hears a certain small sound clip, how can that happen? and can our complex brains be tricked using such a simple trick?

What is Classical Conditioning?

First, let’s go back in time to understand how we discovered classical conditioning by chance.

Back in 1897 The best-known and most thorough early work on classical conditioning was done by Ivan Pavlov, although Edwin Twitmyer published some related findings a year earlier. During his research on the physiology of digestion in dogs, Pavlov developed a procedure that enabled him to study the digestive processes of animals over long periods of time. He redirected the animal’s digestive fluids outside the body, where they could be measured. Pavlov noticed that his dogs began to salivate in the presence of the technician who normally fed them, rather than simply salivating in the presence of food. Pavlov called the dogs’ anticipatory salivation “psychic secretion”. Putting these informal observations to an experimental test, Pavlov presented a stimulus (e.g. the sound of a metronome) and then gave the dog food; after a few repetitions, the dogs started to salivate in response to the stimulus. Pavlov concluded that if a particular stimulus in the dog’s surroundings was present when the dog was given food then that stimulus could become associated with food and cause salivation on its own.

The basic classical conditioning procedure goes like this: a neutral stimulus is paired with an unconditional stimulus (UCS). The neutral stimulus can be anything, as long as it does not provoke any sort of response in the organism. On the other hand, the unconditional stimulus is something that reliably results in a natural response. For example, if you shine a light into a human eye, the pupil will automatically constrict (you can actually see this happen if you watch your eyes in a mirror as you turn on and off a light). Pavlov called this the “unconditional response.” (UCR)

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To put it in simpler terms, when you play a bell before you give a dog his food he will start drolling over the food and after a while if you play the bell the dog will start drolling without even giving him food as his brain has associated the sound of the bell with the upcoming of food.

And it’s not a surprise that we as humans can be affected by similar tricks, and of course, you are thinking to yourself that I never been tricked like this before, no my friend, you have been, multiple time, let’s take for example TV ads, especially carbonated drinks like Coca-Cola or Pepsi and who they play their ads everyday conditioning your brain to associate thirst with their products so as you hear the bubbling sound of opening a can you immediately feel thirsty.

I swear I just got thirsty while I am writing this sentence and I bet you are probably the same, let me just go drink a cup of water and come back.

I hope this article gave you a simple overview of the technique of classical conditioning and how it’s used everywhere around us, join me next time to discuss how such trick can be used in office and workplaces to program emploeeys and mold them to their managers’ bidings.

Office Politics: introduction

I remember when I first graduated, I thought that the hardest thing that would face you while working is a technical problem, a code that you can’t write, or an issue you can’t solve, but how naive was me!

Let me tell you my friend, the moment that I joined a company, the guy next to me was trying to be my manager in any way.

I remember that day, the first day that I joined work at Ccomibasal – a huge semi-government company works quality assurance and multiple other stuff – at that day the guy next to me asked me to go to the HR and ask them to bring him a pen, for you it may seem as a simple question to ask… how naive you are my friend, from day one he is trying to put the rules…the limits, who gives orders and who receives it,who is the master and who is the slave while delivering this message to the company’s HR, and that’s my friend was the first time I came face to face with office politics, it’s the way how every average guy reach to the top of the career hierarchy, how to create allies and how to destroy enemies, how to do minimal work but be the star of the team, and how to program people around you to perceive you in a higher place than you should be.

This was just the beginning of our journey together in the realm of office politics, next time we will take about the first technique of office politics…classical conditioning.