Pakistani culture 6D model

A miracle has happened – at least academically speaking.

For over 20 years, I have been teaching leadership to MBA students in Pakistan’s premier business schools in Islamabad (IIUI), Lahore (UMT) and Karachi (IBA, CBM, Zabist).

To teach the cultural aspect of leadership, I have been using a cultural tool developed by Geert-Hofstede, a Dutch social psychologist and the founder of comparative intercultural research.

Through various stages of development, the tool is now called 6-D Model. D for dimension.

One of the six dimensions is called Long Term Orientation (LTO).

The miracle is that while all these years, Pakistan’s score in LTO had been Zero (yes, 0), this year, it is now showing a score of 50.

It may not mean anything to you. But to me, it’s a miracle.

My alumni would remember that all these years I moaned about Pakistan’s lack of LTO (read this) and kept on contrasting it with China, India, US or even Bangladesh, hoping one day it will change.

Finally, it has changed.

The good thing is that I predicted this in my piece for The News on 14 August 2014. See: Wali on Pakistan of future. My wordings:

‘The second thing that will change in the Pakistan of future is that we will start talking about our current issues without unnecessary windows to the past. And more importantly, we will start planning for the future – both short and long term. Our TV talk shows will highlight the challenges we will face in 2025, 2040 or even 2050.’

The Geert-Hofstede 6-D Model is in real time and an interactive tool. Try it here.


This article has appeared in the Management Accountant, a journal of ICMA Pakistan, in its July-August 2015 issue. Link here.


Another independent data supported this.

UK’s The Guardian newspaper in early 2013 published a ranking of top 45 world economies, titled Future Orientation Index (read this). Germany topped the list, and Pakistan came last.

So, what has happened in the past couple of years that the Pakistan score changed from legendary Zero to a reasonably 50?


I tend to think Nawaz Sharif happened.


[Nearly all of the corporate executives and CEOs I have taught, trained or coached over decades are Sharif-hating and PTI-loving creature. But instead of trashing Sharif and leaving the post, keep reading it.]

With Sharif, came Pakistan Vision 2025 (I was part of the first V2025 planning meeting Minister Ahsan Iqbal convened at the Planning Commission Islamabad in August 2013).

My latest: Back to the future: Pakistan in 2050

In our neighbourhood, China, for the first time crossed USA in GDP (PPP) as the world’s largest economy.

China leads GDP PPP 2014

The bight side of Pakistan economy

Harvard predicts Pakistan GDP to grow by 5% over next 10 years

Pakistan is the world’s fastest-growing Muslim economy: The Economist

Pakistan outperforms 26 frontier and emerging markets in 2016: Bloomberg

Pakistan to become full member as SCO shifts focus from security to economy

Pakistan GDP set to grow by 5.3% by 2020: IMF

$10B TAPI natural gas pipeline to be operational in 2020

Pakistan is less corrupt than last year. This is good news. What’s the bad news?

Pakistan petrol prices 18th lowest in the world

Pakistan is now world’s 40th largest economy

Worried about Pakistan’s $73B debt? You must see this

It’s the economy, stupid


For its currently expensive and long 13,000km Beijing to Persian Gulf sea route, China found a shorter route replacement: A 2,400km Kashgar-Gwadar CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) land-based route.

China sealed this opportunity with $46 billion investment in Pakistan in President Xi Jinping’s Pakistan visit in April 2015.

CPEC is a 15-year initiative to be completed in four phases and through 40-plus early-harvest projects.

Now, this is future. This is Long Term.


Have you seen CPEC & OBOR stories on this blog?

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: A timeline

16 CPEC projects in Balochistan, 8 in KPK: Chinese Embassy

Chinese Embassy shares progress on CPEC projects

40 CPEC projects in 4 photos & 60 seconds

CPEC gets 4-layer security as Gwadar to be weapon-free

China’s world-reshaping One Belt, One Road (OBOR)

China Beijing to Persian Gulf sea route vs Kashgar-Gwadar CPEC

With CPEC came SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation). Led by China and Russia, Pakistan gained full-time membership in SCO. SCO is likely to change the destiny of the countries in the region.

And Xi is no ordinary Chinese leader. See our report on China’s leader: Xi Jinping: most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong

With CPEC and SCO came China-led AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) that is likely to challenge The World Bank.

With 1.2 percent stake in AIIB, Pakistan became the founding member and the 17th largest shareholder. AIIB is going to change the rules of game in the world.

With this came Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers, reshaping the ties between Iran and the West. Which means revival of Rs 1 trillion 2,775km Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline (IP Gas) and LNG smart gas projects. See this: Is trade with Iran a Godsend after CPEC?

Now, this is future. This is Long Term.


Pakistan’s travel infrastructure

Mass-transit transport in urban Pakistan starting to get a facelift

Take a Metro bus from Pindi to Islamabad and pay 20¢

Lahore awaits its Orange Line Metro Train

e-ticketing on Green Line train from Islamabad to Karachi

Karachi to get Green Line bus service by end-2017

Karachi may have Yellow Line bus service in 2 years

Fascinating: Multan to have its own Metro bus soon

How Pakistani culture compares with China

To be the neighbour of the superpower that is going to change the world isn’t bad, after all. How our scores compare with China on 6-D Model, above.

PS: There is still a worrying score: Zero on Indulgence. Shall we hope that it too will change over the coming 5-10 years?

Also: When Chinese Leadership style meets Pakistani: Wali’s Talk PPt for China Mobile/Zong strategy team

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Some other indices on Pakistan

Pakistani nationality ranks second least valuable in the world

Pakistani passport ranked second worst for international travel

Pakistan 11th strongest military in the world

Pakistan ranks 11th worst in Global Hunger Index

Nuclear warheads down worldwide, up in South Asia

Pakistan’s global competitiveness – in 11 photos

Pakistan at rock bottom in Human Capital Index

Pakistan world’s 14th most fragile country

Will Pakistan risk falling behind when S Asia ups economic game

Karachi 6th least liveable city in the world

Peshawar is the world’s second most polluted city

Pakistan among top 10 global improvers in World Bank’s 2017 Doing Business rankings


A tailpiece:

OPTIMISM: As an aside, in a 2015 PEW survey, over half of Pakistanis are now optimistic about their next generation that they will be better off than them. Good news, isn’t it?

Pakistanis optimistic about next generation

Wali Zahid is a futurist, disruptor, blogger, social media strategist, reformer, LinkedIn writer and author of iBook, Great Training in 10 Steps.

He runs a #Pakistan2050 hashtag on Twitter and appears on national TV on issues of significance to Pakistan.

On walizahid.com, he’s writing a series called How We Messed Up Pakistan.

Twitter @walizahid


Understanding Pakistan Series

Back to the future: Pakistan in 2050

Wali on Pakistan of future

Long Term Orientation in Pakistan: from Zero to 50 in 2 years

Pakistani culture through 6-D Model

Native languages in Pakistan

Pakistan: How future oriented are we?

How we messed up Pakistan: A series by Wali

Pakistan’s two value crimes no one talks about

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  • Frah Mukhtar

    mjhy apki optimism py rashk ata hy!

    • Wali Zahid

      Shukria Frah. Aur ye bilkul unfounded nahi. Yaad hai apko 2013 ki classes? Aur jab data share kar raha tha?

  • Rana lutfullah

    Things are going well.
    I agree.
    We are winning the battle but the war has just started .
    I see a major conflict coming up in this region. The government should take precautionary measurements n to safe guard assets. Both human and nuclear .
    Let’s see who click it first as university chancellor has part of the code too.

  • Muhammad Zubair

    Mere words can’t make the miracle happen. The premise: Talk of future without any reference to past. Yes it is ideal for every political regime as it translates into: Make tall promises for a bright future for prolonging your hold to power since nobody is going to be held accountable for the fallacious propoganda!!!!