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Increasing Student Success Through Instruction in Self-Determination

An enormous amount of research shows the importance of self-determination (i.e. autonomy) for students in elementary school through college for enhancing learning and improving important post-school outcomes.

Findings

Research by psychologists Richard Ryan, PhD, and Edward Deci, PhD, on Self-Determination Theory indicates that intrinsic motivation (doing something because it is inherently interesting or enjoyable), and thus higher quality learning, flourishes in contexts that satisfy human needs for competence, autonomy, and relatedness. Students experience competence when challenged and given prompt feedback. Students experience autonomy when they feel supported to explore, take initiative and develop and implement solutions for their problems. Students experience relatedness when they perceive others listening and responding to them. When these three needs are met, students are more intrinsically motivated and actively engaged in their learning.

Numerous studies have found that students who are more involved in setting educational goals are more likely to reach their goals. When students perceive that the primary focus of learning is to obtain external rewards, such as a grade on an exam, they often perform more poorly, think of themselves as less competent, and report greater anxiety than when they believe that exams are simply a way for them to monitor their own learning. Some studies have found that the use of external rewards actually decreased motivation for a task for which the student initially was motivated. In a 1999 examination of 128 studies that investigated the effects of external rewards on intrinsic motivations, Drs. Deci and Ryan, along with psychologist Richard Koestner, PhD, concluded that such rewards tend to have a substantially negative effect on intrinsic motivation by undermining people’s taking responsibility for motivating or regulating themselves.

Self-determination research has also identified flaws in high stakes, test focused school reforms, which despite good intentions, has led teachers and administrators to engage in precisely the types of interventions that result in poor quality learning. Dr. Ryan and colleagues found that high stakes tests tend to constrain teachers’ choices about curriculum coverage and curtail teachers’ ability to respond to students’ interests (Ryan La Guardia, 1999). Also, psychologists Tim Urdan, PhD, and Scott Paris, PhD, found that such tests can decrease teacher enthusiasm for teaching, which has an adverse effect on students’ motivation (Urdan Paris, 1994).

The processes described in self-determination theory may be particularly important for children with special educational needs. Researcher Michael Wehmeyer found that students with disabilities who are more self-determined are more likely to be employed and living independently in the community after completing high school than students who are less self-determined.

Research also shows that the educational benefits of self-determination principles don’t stop with high school graduation. Studies show how the orientation taken by college and medical school instructors (whether it is toward controlling students’ behavior or supporting the students’ autonomy) affects the students’ motivation and learning.

Significance

Self-determination theory has identified ways to better motivate students to learn at all educational levels, including those with disabilities.

Practical Application

Schools throughout the country are using self-determination instruction as a way to better motivate students and meet the growing need to teach children and youth ways to more fully accept responsibility for their lives by helping them to identify their needs and develop strategies to meet those needs.

Researchers have developed and evaluated instructional interventions and supports to encourage self-determination for all students, with many of these programs designed for use by students with disabilities. Many parents, researchers and policy makers have voiced concern about high rates of unemployment, under-employment and poverty experienced by students with disabilities after they complete their educational programs. Providing support for student self-determination in school settings is one way to enhance student learning and improve important post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. Schools have particularly emphasized the use of self-determination curricula with students with disabilities to meet federal mandates to actively involve students with disabilities in the Individualized Education Planning process.

Programs to promote self-determination help students acquire knowledge, skills and beliefs that meet their needs for competence, autonomy and relatedness (for example, see Steps to Self-determination by educational researchers Sharon Field and Alan Hoffman). Such programs also provide instruction aimed specifically at helping students play a more active role in educational planning (for example, see The Self-directed Individualized Education Plan by Jim Martin, Laura Huber Marshall, Laurie Maxson, Patty Jerman).

Drs. Field and Hoffman developed a model designed to guide the development of self-determination instructional interventions. According to the model, instructional activities in areas such as increasing self-awareness; improving decision-making, goal-setting and goal-attainment skills; enhancing communication and relationship skills; and developing the ability to celebrate success and learn from reflecting on experiences lead to increased student self-determination. Self-determination instructional programs help students learn how to participate more actively in educational decision-making by helping them become familiar with the educational planning process, assisting them to identify information they would like to share at educational planning meetings, and supporting students to develop skills to effectively communicate their needs and wants. Examples of activities used in self-determination instructional programs include reflecting on daydreams to help students decide what is important to them; teaching students how to set goals that are important to them and then, with the support of peers, family members and teachers, taking steps to achieve those goals. Providing contextual supports and opportunities for students, such as coaching for problem-solving and offering opportunities for choice, are also critical elements that lead to meeting needs for competence, autonomy and relatedness and thus, increasing student self-determination.

Cited Research

Deci, E.L. Koestner, R. Ryan, R.M. (1999). A Meta-Analytic Review of Experiments Examining the Effects of Extrinsic Rewards on Intrinsic Motivation. Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 125, No. 6, pp. 627-668.

Deci, E.L. Schwartz, A.J. Sheinman, L. Ryan, R.M. (1981). An instrument to assess adults’ orientations toward control versus autonomy with children: Reflections on intrinsic motivation and perceived competence. Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol. 73, pp. 642-650.

Field, S. Hoffman, A. (1994). Development of a model for self-determination. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, Vol. 17 (2), pp. 159-169.

Hoffman, A. Field, S. (1995). Promoting self-determination through effective curriculum development. Intervention in School and Clinic, Vol. 30 (3),134-141.

Ryan, R. M. Deci, E. L. (2000). Self-determination theory and the facilitation of intrinsic motivation, social development, and well-being. American Psychologist, Vol. 55 (1), pp. 68-78.

Ryan, R.M. La Guardia, J.G. (1999). Achievement motivation within a pressured society: Intrinsic and extrinsic motivations to learn and the politics of school reform. In T. urdan (Ed.) Advances in motivation and achievement. (Vol. 11, pp. 45-85). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Urdan, T.C. Paris, S.G. (1994). Teachers’ perceptions of standardized achievement tests. Educational Policy, 8, pp. 137-156.

Wehmeyer, M.L. Schwartz, M. (1997). Self-determination and positive adult outcomes: A follow-up study of youth with mental retardation or learning disabilities. Exceptional Children, Vol. 63, pp. 245-255.

Wehmeyer, M.L. Palmer, S.B. (2003). Adult outcomes for students with cognitive disabilities three years after high school: The impact of self-determination. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 38, pp. 131-144.

Additional Sources

Field, S. Hoffman, A. (1996). Steps to Self-determination. Austin, TX: ProEd.

Martin, J.E. Marshall, L.H. Maxson, L. Jerman, P. (1998). The Self-directed IEP. Longmont, CO: Sopris West.

Field, S. Martin, J. Miller, R. Ward, M. Wehmeyer, M. (1998). A practical guide to teaching self-determination. Reston, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.

American Psychological Association, July 21, 2004


8 Successful Online Entrepreneurs You Should Be Following #inspiration,online #business,entrepreneurs,success #stories,success #strategies,inspiring,how #to #make #money #online,how #to #start #an #online #business,how #to #become #an #entrepreneur,entrepreneurship #characteristics


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8 Successful Online Entrepreneurs You Should Be Following

There isn t a single entrepreneur out there that can t benefit from some extra inspiration and motivation. We can all learn something by following successful individuals. It sparks inspiration and learning from their real-life business experiences can help us all on our own entrepreneurial journeys.

I have put together a list of eight online entrepreneurs that I personally follow and have worked with — individuals that all entrepreneurs can learn something from, especially those interested in starting or growing an online business.

1. Jeff Taylor

As CEO of DEVISE. Jeff Taylor has extensive experience building profitable online businesses. What began as a web design and marketing firm eventually transformed into an entity that creates, markets, monetizes and then eventually sells websites. Taylor and his partner Evan Lisabeth have the ability to grow online businesses at an incredible rate.

I have first hand knowledge of his success, as my company brokered the sale of a seven-figure website Taylor s team created.

Taylor stresses the importance of taking action immediately, stating, I ve had thousands of ideas, but unless you put action behind them, nothing will come of the idea. There s no reason to wait for the perfect time to start a project. Start working on it today.

2. Tim Seidler

Tim Seidler is a husband and father of two children that used online entrepreneurship to completely turn his life around. He was once in a place that many individuals find themselves — utilities turned off and bills he couldn t pay. He did something that many don t have the courage to do — Seidler quit his job and put 100 percent of his time and effort into creating an online income, recently selling a portfolio of websites for six figures!

Through his website, Get Niche Quick. Seidler blogs about the highs and lows of his entrepreneurial journey. His transparent approach is beneficial, as entrepreneurs will see that there are good days and bad days in any business. Seidler shares his current and future projects and also openly discusses his income — sharing both his best monthly earnings as well as daily earnings. There definitely isn t a lack of inspiration and I highly recommend following Seidler s online business journey.

3. Dom Wells

Affiliate marketing is a huge business, but the truth is that many entrepreneurs quit because they get discouraged when they don t see instant results. It takes time and a well thought out strategy to make sizeable earnings through affiliate marketing. Dom Wells. a highly successful online marketer, offers guidance to entrepreneurs that want to learn how to make money online.

His website, Human Proof Designs. offers training through its blog to those who want to learn how to start a niche website the correct way — everything from niche research to monetization is covered. Wells doesn t just talk the talk. He walks the walk, constantly creating new niche sites to add to his portfolio and turning his experiences into case studies for his readers.

4. Steve Rendell

Steve Rendell is the man behind Texfly. an online resource for entrepreneurs who are interested in creating profitable niche websites and ranking them high in search results using the power of private blog networks. Rendell s website stands out because he isn t afraid to talk about what really works.

Several SEO professionals will dance around the topic of private blog networks, instead just saying that quality content should be the main focus. Well, private blog networks rank websites and many of the elite SEOs use the same methods — they just don t openly discuss it. The blog and private blog network blueprint that Rendell makes accessible on Texfly are well worth the read and something anyone with an online presence will benefit from greatly.

5. Stuart Walker

An entrepreneur that specializes in online niche marketing, Stuart Walker shares his insight and knowledge on his website, Niche Hacks. Walker is an under-30 entrepreneur that travels the world and makes money from a wide variety of online assets. He is living the dream many aspire to reach through online businesses.

Since so many people fizzle out and give up before reaching their potential, Walker decided to start a blog that focuses on niche research and the shortcuts he personally uses to create a sizeable full-time income while living location-independent. His best information is free and something that all online entrepreneurs can find value in — and his blog posts about growing traffic and promoting content is something that every business owner will learn from.

6. Tung Tran

To be successful online you have to have a strong understanding of how to rank organically in the search results. This is beneficial to entrepreneurs that want to start their own online-based businesses as well as those that want to rank their brick-and-mortar business websites. Tung Tran is an online entrepreneur that documents his success and strategy on Cloud Living .

Tran discusses how to start an online business and how to drive traffic using several strategies. I hear so many people talk about how they would love to earn a living through an online business but they aren t sure where to start. It s entrepreneurs like Tran that provide the inspiration and hand-holding that helps numerous people become successful online business owners.

7. Alistair Gill

With an online presence being such a crucial part of every business s marketing and promotional strategy you can never learn enough about content management systems, search engine optimization and web analytics and metrics. I follow Alistair Gill to stay current with SEO trends and because I enjoy his in-depth analytical posts on his personal blog .

Gill s blog posts are packed of useful information and he likes to put together pieces of content that feature several months of data and research. I really like reading case studies and guides with data — these are the types of blog posts that you can read and take the findings and apply them to your own business.

8. Melanie Duncan

Melanie Duncan is a true inspiration to entrepreneurs around the world. She cites the following as a problem many of us have: If you don t learn how to effectively work on your business, instead of in your business, you will never be able to strategically grow and you ll sacrifice the quality of life you deserve.

For those of you still grinding out 80 hours a week, that quote will resonate deeply with you.

Follow Duncan closely and you ll learn all about growing your online business. With a weekly newsletter and regular blog posts, there is just the right amount of content to properly digest and apply before moving onto the next!

While these are my suggested online entrepreneurs to follow, there are certainly a lot more. Do you have any to add to this list? I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments section below.

Thomas Smale

Thomas Smale co-founded FE International in 2010, growing the business with zero funds from scratch to a seven-figure-a-year business. Specializing in advising and brokering the sale of established websites and online businesses, FE In.


Off hours: No shortcut to success for UAE – s Finance House manager #ford #finance


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Hamid Taylor is the general manager of Finance House, one of the UAE s first independent finance companies. The banker, from India, has more than 45 years of experience at financial institutions in the UAE. Mr Taylor, 69, has a son, daughter and three grandchildren two girls and a boy.

What are you favourite things to do on the weekend?

For me, the weekend is essentially catch-up and family time. I try to spend time with the family and with my grandchildren entertain them, take them out. I like to do a few odd jobs in the garden and I spend a lot of time outdoors in the fresh air. Sitting in the office for long periods daily makes the fresh air a wonderful change of ambience. I also like to catch up with extended family and friends, both in India and here. I have recently started swimming, albeit not regularly, which I find extremely refreshing.

What do you consider to be your favourite hobby?

I would say reading. I am fascinated by some biographies and autobiographies, especially those related to politics, personalities and contentious issues in today s world. A book is a very faithful companion, and ensures that you are always occupied no matter where you are.

What can t you live without?

Work and family are the first two things that jump to mind. Being a confirmed workaholic, I cannot imagine life without it. I belong to a generation where family means a lot, where family ties and bonds are meant to be cherished and maintained. This holds a lot of value for me, even in today s fast-paced world.

What do you consider the secret to your success?

Honesty, sincerity, dedication, commitment, an eye for detail and lots and lots of hard work. None of these factors are replaceable and I would not have reached the position I am today without any of these. I have put in an unimaginable amount of time and effort, and by the grace of God it has paid off. While I am definitely not a strong believer in luck, I would not hesitate to give some credit to it. I believe that one just had to be in the right place at the right time. I have always believed in humility and giving back to the society in some form or act, and I feel that there are a lot of prayers and wishes from well-wishers that have helped me achieve my goals. I cannot fail to mention the immense support and encouragement my wife has given me throughout these years, which has allowed me to dare dream bigger and achieve greater heights.

What advice would you offer others starting out in your business?

Be transparent, work hard, be frank and do not compromise on integrity. There are no free lunches in this world. If you want to reach somewhere you need to be willing to go that extra mile, but make sure that you are acknowledged for what you do. Accept positive criticism and learn from others; do not feel that extensive degrees make you more knowledgeable than very highly experienced people.

How do you achieve a work-life balance?

It is difficult to achieve an acceptable balance, and at some stages of life the scales tend to tip more in favour of work. That, however, is a necessary evil and when possible it is important to try to make up the deficiency by having some quality personal time. Regular getaways, quiet weekends and caring for the family all go a long way to improving your personal life. Work is definitely my passion, but it is equally important to pay attention to personal and life issues.

How do you relax after the working day?

News channels are my major entertainment. Catching up on what is happening around the world is one of my passions. I also enjoy sitting outdoors in the fresh air, on my garden swing relaxing with a cup of tea total bliss or playing football with my grandchildren. As far as possible, we try to all have our dinner together. This is our time to exchange stories about our day and relax with each other.

If you weren t the general manager of Finance House, what would you be doing?

It is difficult to envision gear change. With finance as my mainstay, I could have perhaps ventured into an advisory or consultancy role in the financial world. This financial world is a part of my blood now, and I cannot imagine not being involved in it in some form or fashion, even in a limited sense.

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What Measures Success of an EHR Implementation? HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News #success #ehr


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What Measures Success of an EHR Implementation?

EHR Implementation Completion and Success

A recent exchange with a colleague about his institution’s forthcoming EHR replacement project included the notions of when an EHR implementation was “finished”, and determining whether the adoption and implementation has been a “success.” I first asked if EHRs where ever finished, especially given the still evolving Meaningful Use (MU) requirements. In this regard Stage 3 will certainly require new EHR capabilities, so that the product will have to at a minimum be “upgraded”, and in a logistically worst case abandoned and replaced. The colleague’s answer to this was that the implementation was by definition finished when the vendor and consultants, if any, were paid in full. Any work after this would be of necessity a new project, although maybe some additional effort would be covered under a warranty of some kind, if one had been well defined. This issue may be complicated by having multiple outside suppliers including the EHR itself and any interface systems. Such multiple providers invites multiple finger pointing when something doesn’t work.

As for success, I suggested that any measure of success should include all of the multiple audiences, including direct users and others, and that the measurement would be enhanced by defining the attributes of success in advance rather than trying to do so during the assessment, if there was actually going to be a formal assessment in the first place. This suggestion elicited the friendly rejoinder that I was being naïve. The answer I was told was that success would be determined ad hoc by senior management and that when they declared the system was worth the money that had been spent on it, then the implementation would be declared a success. Of course since senior management had committed the money in the first place, they might be biased toward a conclusion that it had been well spent. In addition, senior management probably didn’t deal with the anguish of getting it all to work, although past anguish is well in the past. Nor are senior management personnel the actual users of the system which reminds us that one group’s success can be another group’s ongoing frustration.

I suppose another definition of success would be qualifying for Meaningful Use incentive payments, including successfully weathering any audits. While achieving MU is certainly important if you want the incentives, and want to avoid the later reimbursement reductions, success in this regard is actually a limited accomplishment. That is unless you believe that MU is the perfect embodiment of the best use of EHRs.

So after implementation is finished, and success declared, where will you be? For many users the answer apparently is struggling to use the EHR in a way that is reasonably useful and reasonably efficient. And if one were to have the temerity to say that the EHR doesn’t mesh with the existing workflow, they will be told that obviously your workflow is inefficient and out-of-date and that what you need to do is revise it to match the performance (idiosyncrasies) of the EHR. While existing workflow is certainly open to review, it has not been established that EHR driven workflow is superior, other than in the circular argument that since the EHR requires things to be done in a certain way, then doing them in that way must be the best way to use the EHR.

I wished my colleague good luck in his new EHR endeavor.


Off hours: No shortcut to success for UAE – s Finance House manager #kerala #finance #department


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Hamid Taylor is the general manager of Finance House, one of the UAE s first independent finance companies. The banker, from India, has more than 45 years of experience at financial institutions in the UAE. Mr Taylor, 69, has a son, daughter and three grandchildren two girls and a boy.

What are you favourite things to do on the weekend?

For me, the weekend is essentially catch-up and family time. I try to spend time with the family and with my grandchildren entertain them, take them out. I like to do a few odd jobs in the garden and I spend a lot of time outdoors in the fresh air. Sitting in the office for long periods daily makes the fresh air a wonderful change of ambience. I also like to catch up with extended family and friends, both in India and here. I have recently started swimming, albeit not regularly, which I find extremely refreshing.

What do you consider to be your favourite hobby?

I would say reading. I am fascinated by some biographies and autobiographies, especially those related to politics, personalities and contentious issues in today s world. A book is a very faithful companion, and ensures that you are always occupied no matter where you are.

What can t you live without?

Work and family are the first two things that jump to mind. Being a confirmed workaholic, I cannot imagine life without it. I belong to a generation where family means a lot, where family ties and bonds are meant to be cherished and maintained. This holds a lot of value for me, even in today s fast-paced world.

What do you consider the secret to your success?

Honesty, sincerity, dedication, commitment, an eye for detail and lots and lots of hard work. None of these factors are replaceable and I would not have reached the position I am today without any of these. I have put in an unimaginable amount of time and effort, and by the grace of God it has paid off. While I am definitely not a strong believer in luck, I would not hesitate to give some credit to it. I believe that one just had to be in the right place at the right time. I have always believed in humility and giving back to the society in some form or act, and I feel that there are a lot of prayers and wishes from well-wishers that have helped me achieve my goals. I cannot fail to mention the immense support and encouragement my wife has given me throughout these years, which has allowed me to dare dream bigger and achieve greater heights.

What advice would you offer others starting out in your business?

Be transparent, work hard, be frank and do not compromise on integrity. There are no free lunches in this world. If you want to reach somewhere you need to be willing to go that extra mile, but make sure that you are acknowledged for what you do. Accept positive criticism and learn from others; do not feel that extensive degrees make you more knowledgeable than very highly experienced people.

How do you achieve a work-life balance?

It is difficult to achieve an acceptable balance, and at some stages of life the scales tend to tip more in favour of work. That, however, is a necessary evil and when possible it is important to try to make up the deficiency by having some quality personal time. Regular getaways, quiet weekends and caring for the family all go a long way to improving your personal life. Work is definitely my passion, but it is equally important to pay attention to personal and life issues.

How do you relax after the working day?

News channels are my major entertainment. Catching up on what is happening around the world is one of my passions. I also enjoy sitting outdoors in the fresh air, on my garden swing relaxing with a cup of tea total bliss or playing football with my grandchildren. As far as possible, we try to all have our dinner together. This is our time to exchange stories about our day and relax with each other.

If you weren t the general manager of Finance House, what would you be doing?

It is difficult to envision gear change. With finance as my mainstay, I could have perhaps ventured into an advisory or consultancy role in the financial world. This financial world is a part of my blood now, and I cannot imagine not being involved in it in some form or fashion, even in a limited sense.

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Off hours: No shortcut to success for UAE – s Finance House manager #masters #in #finance


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Hamid Taylor is the general manager of Finance House, one of the UAE s first independent finance companies. The banker, from India, has more than 45 years of experience at financial institutions in the UAE. Mr Taylor, 69, has a son, daughter and three grandchildren two girls and a boy.

What are you favourite things to do on the weekend?

For me, the weekend is essentially catch-up and family time. I try to spend time with the family and with my grandchildren entertain them, take them out. I like to do a few odd jobs in the garden and I spend a lot of time outdoors in the fresh air. Sitting in the office for long periods daily makes the fresh air a wonderful change of ambience. I also like to catch up with extended family and friends, both in India and here. I have recently started swimming, albeit not regularly, which I find extremely refreshing.

What do you consider to be your favourite hobby?

I would say reading. I am fascinated by some biographies and autobiographies, especially those related to politics, personalities and contentious issues in today s world. A book is a very faithful companion, and ensures that you are always occupied no matter where you are.

What can t you live without?

Work and family are the first two things that jump to mind. Being a confirmed workaholic, I cannot imagine life without it. I belong to a generation where family means a lot, where family ties and bonds are meant to be cherished and maintained. This holds a lot of value for me, even in today s fast-paced world.

What do you consider the secret to your success?

Honesty, sincerity, dedication, commitment, an eye for detail and lots and lots of hard work. None of these factors are replaceable and I would not have reached the position I am today without any of these. I have put in an unimaginable amount of time and effort, and by the grace of God it has paid off. While I am definitely not a strong believer in luck, I would not hesitate to give some credit to it. I believe that one just had to be in the right place at the right time. I have always believed in humility and giving back to the society in some form or act, and I feel that there are a lot of prayers and wishes from well-wishers that have helped me achieve my goals. I cannot fail to mention the immense support and encouragement my wife has given me throughout these years, which has allowed me to dare dream bigger and achieve greater heights.

What advice would you offer others starting out in your business?

Be transparent, work hard, be frank and do not compromise on integrity. There are no free lunches in this world. If you want to reach somewhere you need to be willing to go that extra mile, but make sure that you are acknowledged for what you do. Accept positive criticism and learn from others; do not feel that extensive degrees make you more knowledgeable than very highly experienced people.

How do you achieve a work-life balance?

It is difficult to achieve an acceptable balance, and at some stages of life the scales tend to tip more in favour of work. That, however, is a necessary evil and when possible it is important to try to make up the deficiency by having some quality personal time. Regular getaways, quiet weekends and caring for the family all go a long way to improving your personal life. Work is definitely my passion, but it is equally important to pay attention to personal and life issues.

How do you relax after the working day?

News channels are my major entertainment. Catching up on what is happening around the world is one of my passions. I also enjoy sitting outdoors in the fresh air, on my garden swing relaxing with a cup of tea total bliss or playing football with my grandchildren. As far as possible, we try to all have our dinner together. This is our time to exchange stories about our day and relax with each other.

If you weren t the general manager of Finance House, what would you be doing?

It is difficult to envision gear change. With finance as my mainstay, I could have perhaps ventured into an advisory or consultancy role in the financial world. This financial world is a part of my blood now, and I cannot imagine not being involved in it in some form or fashion, even in a limited sense.

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Off hours: No shortcut to success for UAE – s Finance House manager #degree #in #finance


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Hamid Taylor is the general manager of Finance House, one of the UAE s first independent finance companies. The banker, from India, has more than 45 years of experience at financial institutions in the UAE. Mr Taylor, 69, has a son, daughter and three grandchildren two girls and a boy.

What are you favourite things to do on the weekend?

For me, the weekend is essentially catch-up and family time. I try to spend time with the family and with my grandchildren entertain them, take them out. I like to do a few odd jobs in the garden and I spend a lot of time outdoors in the fresh air. Sitting in the office for long periods daily makes the fresh air a wonderful change of ambience. I also like to catch up with extended family and friends, both in India and here. I have recently started swimming, albeit not regularly, which I find extremely refreshing.

What do you consider to be your favourite hobby?

I would say reading. I am fascinated by some biographies and autobiographies, especially those related to politics, personalities and contentious issues in today s world. A book is a very faithful companion, and ensures that you are always occupied no matter where you are.

What can t you live without?

Work and family are the first two things that jump to mind. Being a confirmed workaholic, I cannot imagine life without it. I belong to a generation where family means a lot, where family ties and bonds are meant to be cherished and maintained. This holds a lot of value for me, even in today s fast-paced world.

What do you consider the secret to your success?

Honesty, sincerity, dedication, commitment, an eye for detail and lots and lots of hard work. None of these factors are replaceable and I would not have reached the position I am today without any of these. I have put in an unimaginable amount of time and effort, and by the grace of God it has paid off. While I am definitely not a strong believer in luck, I would not hesitate to give some credit to it. I believe that one just had to be in the right place at the right time. I have always believed in humility and giving back to the society in some form or act, and I feel that there are a lot of prayers and wishes from well-wishers that have helped me achieve my goals. I cannot fail to mention the immense support and encouragement my wife has given me throughout these years, which has allowed me to dare dream bigger and achieve greater heights.

What advice would you offer others starting out in your business?

Be transparent, work hard, be frank and do not compromise on integrity. There are no free lunches in this world. If you want to reach somewhere you need to be willing to go that extra mile, but make sure that you are acknowledged for what you do. Accept positive criticism and learn from others; do not feel that extensive degrees make you more knowledgeable than very highly experienced people.

How do you achieve a work-life balance?

It is difficult to achieve an acceptable balance, and at some stages of life the scales tend to tip more in favour of work. That, however, is a necessary evil and when possible it is important to try to make up the deficiency by having some quality personal time. Regular getaways, quiet weekends and caring for the family all go a long way to improving your personal life. Work is definitely my passion, but it is equally important to pay attention to personal and life issues.

How do you relax after the working day?

News channels are my major entertainment. Catching up on what is happening around the world is one of my passions. I also enjoy sitting outdoors in the fresh air, on my garden swing relaxing with a cup of tea total bliss or playing football with my grandchildren. As far as possible, we try to all have our dinner together. This is our time to exchange stories about our day and relax with each other.

If you weren t the general manager of Finance House, what would you be doing?

It is difficult to envision gear change. With finance as my mainstay, I could have perhaps ventured into an advisory or consultancy role in the financial world. This financial world is a part of my blood now, and I cannot imagine not being involved in it in some form or fashion, even in a limited sense.

Follow The National s Business section on Twitter