Posts Tagged ‘sycophants’

Response to “We stay united, says Shaikh Saud”

Posted on: May 6th, 2012 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

I greatly admire His Highness Shaikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

I was fortunate to live and work in Ras Al Khaimah for five years. I was honored to tutor two of his nephews. I met and became friends with people of all nationalities and religions.

While in RAK, I taught at the HCT Women’s College, started my own business, and was the corporate trainer for RAK International Airport.

As a Human Resources consultant and trainer, I prepared and conducted seminars for Ras Al Khaimah government and private organizations.

(The parents of a young Muslim woman ex-pat from Jordan allowed me to teach her how to conduct a 1-hour Motivation and Communication workshop. (Allow me to again offer a sincere thank you to government organizations in RAK who permitted her to conduct five workshops (for which she received my MacBook Pro!).

Those five years allowed me to experience the professionalism and friendship of the citizens with whom I interacted; the court, both hospitals, RAK Tourism, the Police, my Emirati sponsor (she and her family looked after me!) and all of the wonderful people at the RAK International Airport.

The one constant during that time was the leadership of Shaikh Saud. Echoing his many comments, I certainly support the commitment he, his family, and the citizens of Ras Al Khaimah, have made to protect their culture, their history, and their voice.

Justice Louis Brandeis (Dissenting, Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438 (1928).) opined: (précis) All leaders must be on guard, regardless of how honest, sincere, loyal, and honorable, against the “insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”

The United Arab Emirates must cease to listen to and follow the advice of those “without understanding.”

My greatest regret about my time in Ras Al Khaimah was my inability to help Emirati students overcome the UAE education system staffed by ex-pats “without understanding”.

The reality is that  “behind closed doors”, UAE citizens and their leaders were both denigrated and patronized. Sycophants promoting their own agenda are the bane of trusting and honorable leaders. My friends, my students, their parents, and RAK leaders deserve more.

A country must wrest control of their future from the experts (and consultants) who appear to be erudite and wise but are in fact unethical and immoral.

As the UAE continues to further trust its ability to analyze, choose and implement decisions, ways will be found to fulfill their commitment to preserve and protect their Arab culture.

I hope one day I may return to RAK to renew my acquaintances and to admire the changes and progress taking place.

Thank you to His Highness Shaikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, for allowing me to experience a very meaningful five years.

(As an aside, please note: my daughter, using a picture I took in 2008, created the image (attached) of the RAK International Airport covered in snow. If this does not come through, please contact me and I will send separately.)

UAE Frustration

Posted on: October 23rd, 2011 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

I very much respect and admire Emirati youth, especially the young women.

I am passionate about teaching and training.

I believe that all investments, projects, and strategies must be proven by achieving the objectives set and agreed to by the initiators – from lowest rank to President.

“If you can’t do it, you don’t know it.”


“Performance is the only measure of success.”


There is such a disconnect between the reality of education effectiveness and the falsified dreams and self-serving projects proposed by sycophantic education bureaucrats.

These self-described “experts” then “manipulate” those in power who seem more influenced by credentials than credibility.

It is an axiom of personal growth that if you are constantly blamed for your failure to learn, rather than looking at the teachers, trainers, and processes, you, the learner, will become discouraged, cynical, and de-moralized.

The projects ARE NOT WORKING because the objective is to look good, look advanced, look impressive, look logical, look future oriented, and look “obvious”.

I cannot possibly express how angry I am at the “experts.”

The leaders Sheikh Nayan in particular I give the benefit of the doubt.

Those advising Sheikh Nayan however are the sycophants who are satisfied to sell what looks good, rather than something that has a chance of succeeding.

The UAE is squandering its future by trusting those who care only about filling their pockets (ex-pat “experts” and “professionals”) and maintaining that revenue flow.


These experts believe, that in order to ensure this revenue flow, it is better to “manage a problem than solve a problem”.

(Many of those “consultants” and “experts” when asked their company’s or personal mission will respond if they are honest, “the government has money and we want it.”

Yes I am fed up.

Yes I want the very best for Emirati youth.Yes I am a catalyst.

I keep trying, I will keep trying.