Perception Is Reality

Management & Legacy

Posted on: March 1, 2009

Many of you know that I am the editor of a publication at York University.

The Winters Free Press has existed for quite a few years, however, there has never been consistency. Seasoned community members have never mentioned the Winters Free Press, only Mondo (the predecessor). Mondo had what Winters Free Press lacked: a system.

Without a system, the Winters Free Press had been in turmoil. In re-evaluating the way we worked, I decided to lay down a foundation for the Press. With the CUPE 3903 Strike, I was situated in the perfect position: to start from scratch. This has been undoubtedly difficult, and has taken its toll on the York community. However, in darkness, it is easier to see the light (and the source of the light). We were able to look at what we were doing wrong, and by experience deduced what needed to be done to make things right.

In Islamic teaching, one must leave the world in a better condition than which one found it in. This, I paraphrase from His Highness the Aga Khan’s speeches. The same is true for communities. When you leave even a small community or student group, the impact of your actions when you were present still echo when you are no longer present.

The new system has kinks which we are ironing out. But it works. However, It doesn’t stop there. I am actively working on a document, a bible of sorts, to outline best practices and the method by which things got done. This is my legacy that I would like to leave behind, so that when the next editor is appointed, they can build up from there. They will know what works and what does not, and based on their circumstances, may be able to use the system, revise it and work it to their advantage. The point is, there will be a system to revise in the first place.

Be self-reflexive, manage well based on your reflection, and leave a legacy behind so that others too may reflect, manage well, and leave a legacy behind. This legacy may be built up on top like floors of a building. But you laid the foundation. And for that you will be remembered.

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Born in Karachi, Pakistan in an Adventist hospital, I grew up in a city where on one side I experienced poverty and oppression, while on the other I had the good fortune of Tabish Bhimani being a member of an upper middle-class business family...more...

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