Contracting needs someone with professional education, adequate experience, self motivation, enthusiasm…..
No doubt, as mentioned in previous articles, Contracting Dpt. of MTCC is the main column upon which the whole company stands. Though it was spoon fed with projects previously, in today’s market she has to compete with her counter partners for winning projects. But still she may get some freely as the major share of the company is held by the government.
So, when we talk about the head of this dynamic Department, we are talking about an ardent and prudent person with professional education and experience in a similar area. Someone wise enough to make clear cut decisions under unfavourable circumstances. Someone sound enough to handle people with inspiring leadership qualities. Someone who can foresee what is it going to be like, before things end up in a big mess (Well, of course no one knows unseen). This list can be continued like this. But I would leave it up to this, and if you feel this is not complete enough to describe the qualities of someone to be the HOD of contracting, just modify it according to your taste.
Shaheed (previous HOD I guess) is a professionally educated man who worked in Health Ministry giving consultancy in Civil Engineering projects before employed at MTCC. And at MTCC, he has been handling projects for about 5 years. But I can’t grade him as someone who has had enough professional experience. Rather he is a type of person where the leadership qualities can’t be inhibited through experience. From what I know, he is weak in handling people and making sound decisions under difficult circumstances. So my example of him for you would be a dough that could be made into any shape that the baker (staffs) likes. If the baker wishes, he could be made into a bun that looks like a penis even.
Thasleem (new HOD I guess) is a man with professional education but possesses inadequate professional experience to be the HOD of Contracting. I would say he can be better than Shaheed in controlling people and leading them ahead. And in my opinion, holding a Masters degree by course work is not something that needs to be given much credit to put him ahead of Shaheed educationally. A course work Masters Degree is more or less similar to a bachelor Degree. He was without professional education for most of the years at MTCC. But he has far less experience in the management level to be the HOD of a department like Contracting. I would say that he is just a toddler in this race of Head of departments.
Many of us have the idea that having a Degree (whether Bachelor or Masters) means that they deserve the prefix ‘senior’ to be added to their title or should be appointed as some form of Department heads. But in a practical environment like the construction industry, that can’t be the case. Thasleem became a senior Engineer just because he got a masters degree. And now he is to become the HOD I guess. How many years is it for today, since he got the masters degree? How much has he done to deserve to be the HOD? Can anyone mention the things he has done or improved or how his studies have contributed to the Contracting department? Without enthusiasm and self motivation we can’t actually see the good effects from anyone. What has he done to show or prove his motivation and enthusiasm to what he is doing? Well, the same questions can be asked regarding anyone who thinks he/she deserves to be the HOD or who is appointed as the HOD.
The fact that many staffs in Contracting like him doesn’t make him the man who can run the department. People may like him because he is a charming guy who get along with each and every staff and that is a good point, but still it doesn’t give him the capabilities of running a department like Contracting.
Though not professionally educated, Musthafaa Moosa would have more experience in the harbour construction area than the two guys mentioned above. But that is not just enough to be the HOD of contracting. Some say this guy is so proud and deceiving. In that case why don’t the guys who are senior to him (Musthafaa) handle him? Why don’t them (who call Musthafaa a proud guy) talk about those senior guys who give Musthafaa the chance to be like that?
If someone is to include more names to this list I guess it would be Shaamin and Saeed. Yes, Shaamin is a capable guy with potential. He might be more capable than the 3 guys I have mentioned even, but that fact that he is so cunning made him to sit aside. Indeed, he is or he could have been the best figure at Contracting. Alas! He just left all those chances he got to be a strong figure. Saeed is too young (not his age) to be counted in this list.
We know that nobody would be perfect in anything. So irrespective of the capabilities of a man selected as HOD we still need someone to scrutinise him (HOD). And this man is supposed to be someone who’s holding a higher authority than the HOD. Yes, who else could it be other than the MD? And when MD is in a worse condition than our HODs, what can we expect?
I wonder if there is anyone out there who really work for the goodness of the Company, even the MD (nafa kalhey) himself is not good enough to be a sincere man. So from whom else can we expect to have sincerity and love for the Company?
NOTE: As I am not from contracting I couldn’t get enough information about the people about whom I have tried to write. But I hope the few points I have got from my friends are true and correct. And other than facts all ideas and thoughts expressed in this article are my thoughts which can differ from yours.