What Do I See When I Look At Pakistan?
We all find it interesting to know what outsiders think of us. Sometimes we are delighted with their opinions, other times we loath the person for how they feel about us. Find out what I think below!
What do I see when I look at Pakistan?
First let’s answer, who am I and why does it matter what I see?
Well, first of all, I have directly represented Pakistanis to Americans for over ten years. It’s no secret that I started an offshore company with Pakistani software developers and teams ten years ago, and as such, I have had to defend hiring Pakistani software developers to American prospects at least a thousand times. Why do I continue to make counter-points to Americans that are uneducated on the subject of Pakistan? It’s because I believe in Pakistan, and the reason I believe is because I’ve rarely been let down by Pakistanis.
I have directly been representing Pakistan to Americans for over ten years.
I see a nation of highly energetic and highly passionate people. Passionate is an understatement. Whether it’s cricket fever, politics, love of country or unfortunately despise of a particular neighbor (name not mentioned), Pakistanis go all in with their feelings and emotions, and it’s unmatched from my experiences.
Miner-E-Pakistan – Lahore, Pakistan
I also see a nation on the rise. I have had many opportunities to speak to the young, budding entrepreneurs of Pakistan and their desire to learn and advance their careers is quite impressive. The questions they ask me are advanced, they are well thought out and they are forward thinking. So I feel Pakistan’s future is bright if we continue to educate the youth on professionalism.
With all this hope and promise, we need Pakistan’s business leaders focusing on how to keep their organizations operating professionally and producing high-quality outputs. Nothing hurts the reputation of a region or country faster than the perception of its population being uneducated about these vital details.
Here in the U.S.A., it’s commonplace to say that most of the toys and gadgets we buy for our children are not well-built and are low-cost pieces of shit from China. The perception here is that if it is made in China, then it is of low quality and less desirable. However, most of everything I see around me says, “Made In China.” The difference between Pakistan and China, in this case, is that China has dominated the manufacturing industry so much over the decades, that it is nearly impossible to have other choices. So American’s are forced to accept the lower quality. Pakistan doesn’t have this market dominance so it is easy for international markets to make different choices if Pakistani quality or professionalism is weak.
Pakistanis have to try extra hard to gain market share in the goods and services industries. Pakistan is competing with China on manufacturing and competing with India in the services sectors. Pakistanis need to highly concern themselves with professionalism in everything they do. When people scroll through websites like Upwork, Fiverr, or Alibaba, they see company profiles from all over Asia that have broken English, terrible images, and poorly thought out content. What if every single Pakistani company profile on these websites looked as if an Oxford English grammar professor wrote them herself? Don’t you think Pakistan would stand out from the rest? Don’t you also think people would start to take notice of Pakistan as being a place where professionals live, and therefore the quality must be high? Absolutely they would. This is just one small example of how it can be done.
However, not just slick marketing material will do the trick. The work or product still has to be produced. Pakistanis have to take professionalism and attention to detail to a whole new level. The service or product has to match the perfect marketing material that lured the customer to you in the first place. The responsibility falls on the leadership of Pakistan’s companies to have corporate cultures that are conducive to providing high quality. These leaders must align the middle managers with their company vision, mission and standards, so everyone in the company is living up to expectations.
I do hear about companies that allow “leg-pulling” or “politics” to occur inside their walls. If this is present, then these companies have poor leadership. Poor leadership hurts not just the company, but it hurts Pakistan’s image to the world. If you find yourself in such a company, you need to leave and join one where these things don’t happen and let’s all hope those companies fade away, so they don’t cause harm to Pakistan’s image.
I see great potential in Pakistan. Pakistan has the talent, it has the dedicated people that want to succeed, but there needs to be a higher focus on better leadership at all levels of business and government. I won’t get too far into politics or governmental issues within Pakistan because the U.S.A. has our fair share of issues these days, but it does start at the top. Everything trickles down from the top, and a vast majority of people live their lives according to how strong or weak the top leadership is. So if people view their country’s leadership as corrupt, inept and unhelpful, then the people will feel hopeless and not try as hard to lift themselves into better living situations. When people don’t try, then the country remains in a state of despair.
I want the best for Pakistan, I have thousands of awesome friends that live there, and I want their lives and other’s lives to be hopeful and fruitful. Keep following GoPakistan.com as I try my best to help shape the future leaders of Pakistan. Leaders that will run their organizations in a professional and high-quality way so that we can continue the progression forward for Pakistan. Thank you!