I served as an executive with the Canadian subsidiary of Merck and retired from this global pharmaceutical company after 32 years. During my time with this organization, I have had the opportunity to spearhead a number of strategic and operational initiatives resulting in enhanced work efficiencies and improved professional capabilities within the areas of Training & Development, Marketing Communications and Sales.
My experiences over many years have bolstered my belief that developing effective competency in People Skills is the basic foundation for any employee in any industry whose desire is to one day manage and lead people. Oral communication, therefore, remains an integral part of People Skills. My passion has always been to work on different models pertaining to People Skills, through which one's competency in this soft skill area could be ameliorated. While I have conducted several live seminars with managers and executives on People Management, I have also had the opportunity to develop and successfully put in practice various concepts and models on the topics of Training, Coaching, Counselling, Handling Objections, and Task Specific Competence & Commitment to name a few.
My book, Managers, Stop & Have Another Look! is my recent effort to put together my years of experience on the 'How-To' when it comes to effectively managing Human Capital. Readers will be able to capture a vast amount of information on People Management, the topic that I learnt on-the-job for many years, mastered it and disseminated the valuable principles and techniques to scores of managers and executives over the past four decades.
Effective listening is another area which interests me a lot, and as a principle partner of Pharma-Comm Resource Centre Inc., I have also developed a very captivating computer-based interactive learning program on the subject of listening. This unique self-learning program is titled: Listening: The Missing Link in Communication.
I love to write on a broad range of topics on social media and have had the opportunity to publish my work on a few different topics. Being an ordained Zoroastrian priest, I have always been fascinated by the ancient history of my heritage. I have spent countless hours compiling a synopsis of the Iranian epic, the Shahnameh, which was written by legendary Persian poet Firdausi Tusi over a thousand years ago. I have incorporated my work in a series of four museum quality coffee table books, titled, Iran's Shahnameh: Illustrated Legendary Stories. These books contain scores of episodes from the Pishdadian, Kayanian (Part 1 & Part 2), and Achaemenian Dynasties of ancient Iran. The Shahnameh’s stories are presented in my books with around 500 relevant images of the original miniature paintings that were commissioned by later rulers and royalties of the land. I trust that those who are familiar with the stories of the Shahnameh, as well as those who are not, will find my books enjoyable to read.
I also spend time with my grandson to create 3D models. My other hobbies are cooking and engaging myself in studying the genetics of racing thoroughbreds. I am blessed to have a family who shares my interests.