Team and Leadership Aha’s! – November 2013
During a top team brainstorming of a client organization recently, the CEO of the organization, in his opening remarks mentioned that what made people of the calibre of Jack Welch and the late Steve Jobs different from other is because they believed the ‘We don’t win a Silver, We lose a Gold. Another quote attributed to UCLA Bruins football coach Henry Russell ("Red") Sanders, ‘Winning is not everything, it is the only thing.’
While I respect those who are attributed in the above quotes, I find it challenging to accept these viewpoints. I believe that one will get the gold when they are ready for it. Everyone can’t win the gold; it is just one person in a race. My personal philosophy is that while we should aim at the gold, if we end up winning the silver, we need to still celebrate it, respect the gold winner, take learnings and inspiration from him/her and keep improving. We will win the Gold when we are ready.
I do also agree winning is the only thing. However that should be based on a definition I believe and profess and I feel only a few will agree on this definition of winning. For me winning is beating your own score. Improving your self step by step. Have a faster rate of growth when compared to the previous time. In the race of life, the starting line is not straight. We all start with different conditions. Given this it is important to re-define the definition of ‘Winning’ and I believe this will help the world become a happier and more productive place for us to live in.
My Journey in November 2013
Like other months, November 2013 was also a month that helped me to live my purpose.
We started the month running day 3 & day 4 of our signature programme, the 4- day Mastery of Self through NLP playshop for the public on the 1st & 2nd. It was rewarding as usual to see the participants returning after a month having applied the learnings and plans from the first 2 days, having enjoyed the benefits of growth. Please see details in; http://www.ranjandesilva.net/#!mind-power/cpqz
Then I travelled to Dhaka on the 3rd of November to continue my leadership assignment as Apollo Hospital Dhaka. It was an interesting time as we went through an exciting process of finalizing the Annual Business Plan for 2014 that was presented to the board. I always consider what is more important is not the plan, but the planning process. The process was enjoyable, team bonding, creative and aspirational.
During the month I had the pleasure of doing top team brainstorming sessions for GSK Bangladesh, Hirdaramani [Woven Cluster ], Sri Lanka and Haque Group Bangladesh. I also had the pleasure of conducting a personal excellence through NLP training for GPIT Bangladesh as a part of their ‘Lets Grow Together’ culture transformation process.
Perhaps the highlight for the month was my good fortune of being able to deliver a training, which was led by daughter Natasha De Silva. She is a International Stakeholder Engagement Manager for the Olympic True Peace Campaign Network. She organized a 4-day workshop Youth Empowerment for peace and Development in Colombo. It was great watching her in action and delivering a session titled ‘Purposeful Living through NLP’ as a part of this event.