This page shines light on Qamar’s management and leadership style and his approaches and philosophies in work and life. As a highly ambitious professional and a deep observer, Qamar constantly builds and applies his learning to practical problem solving and innovation. Qamar coined the term macroism which emphasises the foundational need for leaders to be visionaries with strong macro-thinking abilities. According to Qamar, without macroism at the heart, an organization cannot develop effective strategies and solve hard problems.
HUMILITY WITH FIERCE RESOLVE
Qamar believes in Jim Collins’s popularized level 5 leadership style in which a great leader builds enduring greatness through a paradoxical mix of genuine personal humility coupled with extreme professional will. According to Jim Collins, level 5 leaders have a burning, passionate and obsessive ambition for the cause, for the company, and for the work, and they have this utterly stoic will to make good on that ambition. Qamar finds himself filling the shoes of such a leader.
BUILD CULTURE AS PART OF STRATEGY
- Qamar believes that creating and maintaining the right culture sets a foundation for strategies to succeed.
- A company’s strategy provides focus and direction while its culture serves as an emotional habitat in which its strategy lives or dies.
- Strategy is defined in more structured terms where culture needs a clearly understood common language to share a company’s mission, vision, values, and clear expectations.
- Strategy is about intention to win and culture determines desire and engagement to execute the strategy.
- When culture embraces strategy, execution is scalable, repeatable, and sustainable.
FOCUS ON "THE ONE THING"
- Qamar believes that the ability to exercise sustained focus is the single most valuable asset that one can possess.
- Focusing on the one most import thing at time leads to much higher value cumulative returns.
- Single focus learning leads to effortless mastery in a skill or a subject matter.
- We have more time then energy in a given day, so energy management is more important than time management.
- Investing our energy in the highest priority task of the day helps us meet our productivity goals and prevents us from endless multi-tasking with very little productivity.
- Focus on signal and tune out noise. Signal in this case is "The One Thing"
- Qamar uses Agile and Design Thinking methodologies for innovation and problem solving.
- The Design Thinking approach employs logic, imagination and systemic reasoning to discover possibilities to create desired outcomes that benefit the end user (the customer).
- Design thinking can be applied to products, services, processes and so many other areas.
- When design principles are applied to strategy and innovation the success rate dramatically improves. Design thinking needs to be is at the core of effective strategy development and organizational change.
FOCUS ON OUTCOMES
- Qamar believes that a measurement scale applied to an outcome determines the level of achieved success in a given venture. This makes outcome a prime focus for any venture.
- Quite often, projects and initiatives fail due to lack of focus on the ultimate desired outcome. This happens when the focus is on performing and completing tasks while being disconnected from the outcome that a set of tasks is supposed to achieve.
- Successful organizations and leaders ensure that outcomes of goals and their measurement criteria is clearly defined and understood by all players involved in a project.
THRIVE ON UNCERTAINTY
- Qamar naturally exercised this principle all his professional life but became a true practitioner after reading Nasim Nicholas Taleb's 2012 published book "Antifragile".
- In the face of change, comfort zones provide false sense of certainty on the surface with an undercurrent of fragility which in turn takes its toll. Fragility, unfortunately, does not have an upside. All fragile things eventually seize to exist. Uncertainty, on the other hand, pushes us off the cliff so we learn to deal with challenges and become resilient on the path of uncertainty.
- Being resilient is not enough. Thriving on uncertainty really means to be antifragile. Antifragility is about using disorder or chaos to one's benefit by gaining from it.