Issue Number:224, August 2017

Should innovation be left to your creative teams?

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because… they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesise new things.

            - Steve Jobs

Turning small talk to big talk

Recently a colleague recounted a story from an event she attended, which was preceded by a cocktail party. She lamented that an hour of inane conversation felt like an eternity and that everyone in the room probably could have made better use of the time by doing something else. Why can’t we agree to eliminate these events altogether and end the small talk? 

Performing acts of kindness: The winningest of all habits

Scientific research has shown time and again that people who regularly perform acts of kindness are happier, healthier and more successful. 

Disrupting banking: Anybody can dance

In most sizeable financial markets, there has been an emergence of fintech companies that have attacked, and in some cases, grown well, to solve parts of banking

Fitness: Staying fit during holidays

Summer is here and with it, the holidays. This is the time when many of us travel, exploring new cities with family and friends and indulging in the culinary delights of different cultures. 

Long road to success

Higher borrowing by the government through Sukuk provided an initial push to Islamic banking, but the sector still has to overcome many hurdles

The way forward in Oman is to have a multi-channel approach

Anwar Hilal Hamdoon al Jabri, chairman of National Life & General Insurance Company, talks about the factors that have helped it achieve the milestone of crossing RO100mn in gross premiums

Test Drive: A magnificently grand cruiser

The Mercedes Benz S-Class is a much beloved car across the world and it also comes as a two door coupe, the S500 Cabriolet, which is something special.