Thursday, 26 December 2013

Tour and Discovery of Victorian Leicester, United Kingdom

Beautiful Victorian Spinney Hill Park in Leicester, United Kingdom.

I have spent my Christmas holiday on 25th December, 2013 taking a walking tour of the beautiful Victorian Spinney Hill Park in Leicester, United Kingdom. 

I live very near this park and have lived in this area of Leicester for over 40 years.  Mansoor Ismail, Leicester, United Kingdom.


Walking tour and family fun in Leicester, United Kingdom

I have spent my Christmas holiday on 25th December, 2013 taking a walking tour of the beautiful Victorian Spinney Hill Park and Fun Valley children playhouse in Leicester, United Kingdom. 
I discovered beautiful sunshine and rainwater in pleasant harmony.

It was really a very happy Christmas holiday for our whole family and friends who joined us at the party event in Fun Valley.

Mansoor Ismail


Fun Valley stream. Photo by Mansoor Ismail

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Volunteering with Empower Youth Academy

Empower Youth Academy has very good program of education for the 13- 16 years old in Leicester Muslim community, United Kingdom. I have today attended AGM of Empower Youth Academy Executive Committee and impressed with the Annual Report and Business Plan for making a new and prosperous future for the young Muslims. I have in the past attended Careers Fairs and Sunday school, seen so many wonderful displays of the work of creative and artistic youths of Leicester. It has support of Colleges and Universities, local communities and business.

What I would like to suggest for the future is to connect with and engage youths from across all communities of all cultures and religions. I think that diversity and multi-culture society does work very well as it has been proven by UK corporate organisations abroad. With good communication and training in cultural-fit the organisations have achieved remarkable success and excellent results shown by improved performances and higher profit and wealth for all. They have provided employment to large numbers of people and contributed to growth in business economics.

Communities in the UK need not fear Muslim youths, they need not to feel arrested and strangers in their own country just because Muslims are seen to walk freely and joyfully on the streets of Britain. Muslims are not in business to convert faith of nations and Islam is not a fastest growing thing in the world. Majority of Muslims read English literature, Shakespeare, history of Britain and the world. They do not criticise British Empire like how badly Indian and European media has criticised them. Muslims only strive to maintain good, friendly relations with British public, that is not meant to convert them or harm them in any way. They develop good business, professional and social behaviour. 

Muslim people are creative, artistic, intelligent, smart, dynamic, hard-working, professionals, scientists, business managers and responsible people of human civilisation. Empower had the group discussions seminar in June 2013 in which we tried to define what is extremism and terrorism, we explored Islamic teachings on attitudes towards behaviour and attitudes towards others. Our activities included spoken words, video shows and group activity making presentations to understand the role of the media. We have committed our time to reflection and learning. 

This year, interesting arts and fun sessions have been the Strictly Come Icing - designing and decorating cakes and biscuits, Who Do you Think You are - about brainstorming personal identities, group role plays, craft activities. Art Attack - fun arts and craft both for young men and women in same class.

After the AGM, we are starting a new marketing strategy team in order to create a new, modern, professional website, possess a blog portal for students and youths, form partnerships with local companies, develop an effective marketing plan, involvements in design and promotional work.

The chairman and founding member is the handsome young gentleman, Fasih Khan who is a doctor. Fasih and other medical volunteers provide career counseling and advisory to aspiring medical students.

Future strategies are:
(a) To deliver first aid courses effectively
(b)  volunteers empowerment - to work with volunteers on a one-to-one level to help build confidence in effectively working with youth, improve communication within the teams to ensure all individuals are aware of project and business plans.
(c) Extending People to People network - links with other organisations and communities to help Empower to deliver sessions
(d) Fund-raising - to cover costs of providing training courses, education, career management and development advisory and social events for the youth
(e) Increase opportunities for attendees to get involved in community activities
(f) Increase parental involvements and participation in projects


Training videos:

( a)   Guide to writing an article in 10 minutes


This guide for quick writing an article or chapter in less than 10 minutes will be a great help and encouragement to write daily and build up your blogs, articles, chapters, reports, essays and research notes. You may quickly publish them online within minutes.

To become an expert writer, it is recommended to write between 1000 to 3000 words every day and form a habit of reading and writing a lot.

Writing and speaking higher number of words very much depends on the profession, business, job or occupation.

I think what is most important is quality of the words and how they are used and spoken and in what context they are spoken and written to give more accurate and clear meanings. It's the quality that matters and not necessarily the quantity. The minimum words usage of 1000 to 3000 may be a general guide to put together an idea or a case study for discussion.

(b)  Guide to writing a science paper in 5 minutes


I have been wondering about being objective and to exclude subjective words. What could you write in 4 minutes that is objective and gives insight into new knowledge?

I should draw attention to the fact that although a report or science paper may be written within 5 minutes that does not mean that the observations and studies only took place within this time. It only means that at the time of writing you have all your notes and materials handy and have highlighted in them which statements you want to communicate to others and publish them.

You would pick and choose quickly and set out the text in the appropriate headings of the format of the report. Note that if you ignore the format or write lengthy sentences paragraphs you will not be able to complete writing within this time.

Before you start writing, you must have gained lot of knowledge and experience from observations, thinking, reading, research, analysis, studies, evidences and even experimental projects. Your notes and queries in written material, audio and video must be of a reasonable volume which would back up your summaries.

What you would be reporting in 5 minutes would be your brief summary on one particular object or a matter of interest.

I have given an example in this nature report in 5 minutes based on the object of a Frog. My background experience is for over 40 years of thinking about and observing frogs and recently I have read an article about the difference between toads and frogs.

What has interested me this time is to pick up my observation about the birth of a frog which I saw over 40 years ago. My idea is to write about Frogs. A frog grew from a tadpole in rainy season, under a tree in the town of  Fort Johnstone, Nyasaland (Malawi), Africa. I have never seen any writing in a book, magazine, article or any presentation on a documentary or film exactly what I saw. So, I have knowledge to share which has been retained in my memory for so long and I am writing some of it.

To become an expert nature observer, it is recommended to form a habit of doing own empirical research in every environment and to give time to thinking, analysing and summarising your findings. This is best done by writing down by writing down first in your nature diary and them in a logical format in the form of a science report with relevant headings.

Writing and speaking higher number of words very much depends on the profession, business, job or occupation.

I think what is most important is quality of the words and how they are used and spoken and in what context they are spoken and written to give more accurate and clear meanings. It's the quality that matters and not necessarily the quantity.

Writing in very little time means your words must be very good, attractive, meaningful and well chosen to convey the truth and facts. You should ideally read and master the science dictionary and encyclopaedia so that the words may quickly come to mind as you write. You should give lot of thoughts to those words and also experience using them frequently. As you use the words in conversations you will soon realise that the meanings change under different environments and in communicating with different people in the general public.

Science writing requires you to be objective and not subjective, so you should not introduce in them words that convey emotional meanings or any faction, fantasy or imaginations as you would in writing novels, stories, poetry, marketing literature and for entertainment.

Friday, 28 September 2012


Book Title: Career of Lifetime - A Muslim's Thoughts
Publication/ Publisher: United P.C.

Author: Mansoor Ismail,  Leicester, United Kingdom.
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Date of Publication:           18th October, 2013

ISBN:                                 978-3-7103-0794-2

Brief Description:  Discussing and reflecting on Islamic ideas of careers. Included are subjects of career of lifetime and economics with interesting metaphors related to nature, environment and sustainability.

My book  "Career of Lifetime" has important topics for discussion.

(a) Re- think about how we can try to overcome some of the current problems in the world so that we achieve success in managing the economy and our own careers for our own future.

(b) When honesty has disappeared from peoples' lives, what hope will they have of successful career in life, in future? Bad habits only develop more bad habits and truth eventually catches up.

(c) We learn from religion that those who tell lies and earn by dishonesty will not prosper in future; they will meet failure !   

Managers' ethical behaviour and the moral maze is of great concern throughout the world today.

Survey by professional managers in 2013 has shown that about 50% of managers in productive workplace are ineffective and over 75% of workers do not agree that their managers set good moral examples for others to follow and train to be good working population.

This means that in our world today about 50 % managers tell lies at workplace and the workers and those related to their business or organisation know it. About 30 % of the Managers bend the rules, that is evade the law rather than avoid the fines and penalties. In principle, tax evasion is a crime but tax avoidance  is skillful management. The managers are so lax that they take advantage of their power and position to do what would be criminal if prosecuted, and liable to heavy fines. The financial crisis, fall in profit and rising costs with burden of taxation motivates the managers to ignore the ethical standards. How can there be good management standards when there  is no moral concern with the laws and regulations?

About 50 % of employees are persuaded, pressurised or bullied by managers to overlook ethics and just do the job without giving much thoughts to ethics and moral behaviour.  Organisations very much depend on the managers and about 50 % of the Managers do anything to get higher pay and promotion. Workers, too, entirely depend on the managers. This brings into question what values and beliefs do they uphold?

Are the business owners, shareholders and leaders hypocrites and force the managers to do anything for profit maximisation and creating wealth for them? This reminds us of the recent allegations against the bank executives and members of parliament.

Only about 20% of workers are aware of their organisation's mission, values and beliefs.

Some of the adverse effects on the morale of the workers are that about 10% of workforce steal from company stock and cash and about 10% of job-seekers inflate their C Vs.

I have written this personal management book and continuing with my on-going research studies and training in career management and development. My book includes parts of my course work desertion in this subject during my MBA studies during 2005 to 2006 and my training in international development volunteering with VSO UK during 2011 to 2012.

I have also discussed important ideas relating to the questions of "Styles and Designs" which are currently being sought out by many growing organisations. My book is therefore of importance to managers and leaders in organisations as much as it is valuable career guide for individuals at any level of studies and activities.

During 23 rd November, 2012 to 25th November, 2012 the manuscript of my book was proposed for the members and speakers at The Minara Chamber of Commerce International Islamic Business Conference in Durban, South Africa.

A University professor said: " book shows originality which is appealing and very interesting. It could be writing Shakespeare type of literature ".

A Doctor in Canada said:  " think of another title which reflects the originality more at a glance."