Team and Leadership Aha’s! – August 2013
A guru once said; ‘The Teacher will arrive when the student is ready’ and I feel I am one of those students who are always ready and I am blessed to have so many teachers in my life. What about you?
I am happy to share the Team and Leadership Excellence AHA’s for the month of August 2013. An Aha is a term we use at Sensei to describe a new learning inspired by any event.
I started the month delivering the first two days of ‘Mastery of Self through Neuro Linguistic Programming [NLP] for Hirdramani. The session was highly energizing that gave an excellent start to the month.
Aha: Even if you keep doing the same work, we can make it look new and fresh and gain energy from it by focusing on the new elements such as the new set of participants I get at trainings, their attitudes, behaviours, challenges etc.
Then I travelled to Dhaka lead the team on the ground for one week and came back to Sri Lanka on the 8th for the Eid holidays. I spend a nice relaxing holiday and we went out to the costal city of Negamgo and stayed at a beautiful boutique hotel over looking the Negambo lagoon name Amagi Lagoon.
Aha: Use all the opportunities to spend family time, even if it means having to fly back home for a few days. The re-energizing and re-charging is worth the effort.
I returned to Bangladesh on the 13th and things were very laid back and quite as most people of Dhaka had not returned from their village’s after Eid Holidays. I got a lot of ‘buffer’ work done during this time. Buffer work is the type of work that help you clean up messes, improve systems, delegate, learn etc.
Aha: Buffer work is also very energizing. Seeing the inbox empty, files stored methodically, systems improved, new learning sec is highly energizing. We must use all opportunities to do ‘Buffer’ work.
During the month I was also fortunate to do trainings for GPIT and IFIC Bank on creating a culture of growth and leadership excellence. Both sessions were highly energizing although the profile of the audience in the two companies were so different.
Aha: Irrespective of the profile of people, they can also turn positive and become great sources of value to organisations.
The last part of the month was very interesting as we were preparing for the quarterly board meeting of the hospital. We had many proposals for the development of the hospital and almost all of them were approved. It was great teamwork and the confidence of the board of directors was the manifestation of the effort.
Aha: Work done with passion and genuine team effort is always rewarding.
I finished the month taking the top team of Eastern Bank on a leadership Journey. This is our signature leadership development process, a real journey to the unknown. We have many community, vocational, nature related, historic activities during the journey to help leaders experience and develop adaptability, flexibility, patience, empathy, courage etc. We had some great conversations and the team came back physically exhausted but mentally energized. Please click below for videos of leadership journeys and radical conversations and many more Sensei International offerings: http://www.sensei-international.com/ideas/videos/
Aha: leaders who travel together and do EQ generating activities have authentic conversations that deal with real adaptive issues. The ROI such teams generate are immeasurable.
My colleague Tanzi Samsudeen conducted a NLP playshop for Children [8 – 12 years] and I was fortunate enough to be able to see the closing minutes of the event after getting to the venue direct from the airport. My youngest daughter Radeesha also attended the playshop and it was great to see the children highly energized and happy after the two day experience. The mental strength, self discipline and focus on doing the right things they gain during the playshop is so essential for children living in todays world.
Aha: It is worth getting into positive arena’s even if it takes an effort to get there.