Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy and LUMS Management are the focal points of discussion by the concerned academic circles home and abroad. The point is not what Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy advocates and his debatable exit as a celebrated faculty by LUMS management. The one and the only point is how these academic and communication gurus, trend-setters for students, faculty, and management, are at an unfortunate short and loss of tact and technique to communicate and convince on their respective stands with grace, dignity, and honor amid vociferous alarms of chaos and callousness.
It is humbly submitted ‘to err is human’ even with the ‘gurus’ of brands and brand-makers! In question here is mostly a rampant crisis of communication referring to students, faculty, researchers, professionals, and mass media so erroneously addressed by brand names in communication without naming but sharing respectfully for rectification. The reality check of academic, professional, and corporate nature and for social, print, and electronic media shows an alarming lack of concentration spans in verbal and written communication. Despite lofty ideals and rosy claims in educational, business and media excellence, lack of communication skills, continues to rip social fabric apart at personal, professional, and political levels. Lack of concentration span and lack of communication skills are two glaring question marks in this regard.
First, ‘gurus, experts, specialists’ can answer with all the wisdom linked to their branded names or titles. For example, communication experts cut a ‘sorry figure’ when they present marathon, complicated and distracting courses in communication skills. It is a test of their devising and conducting courses catering to a low concentration span of students, teachers, researchers, media, and professionals; for instance, reducing four long and boring pages of a course into a couple of clear, comprehensive, and convincing paragraphs of a course outline! That means short, crisp, interesting, value-adding.
Secondly, with all the worldly and branded dignity and honor associated with our communication maestros and mistresses, they are expected to deviate from the set and stereotype methods in communication skills to innovate and present the same with convincing and overwhelming traits and habits in positive thinking so that future professionals and politicians become accustomed to and acclimatized with learning to co-exist mutually and cheerfully with conflicting views. Tough ask in innovation and insight from none but our illustrious and branded communication gurus! #