Team and Leadership Aha’s! – September 2013
Some people prefer to stay in the same industry for most of their life so that they can continue to master than industry and rise to the top. Some others like to switch industries and gather a variety of experiences. There life is rich due to the diverse experience and perspectives they have. Both these approaches have their benefits. I personally prefer the second category and I am fortunate to be in a vocation that gives me that variety.
I am happy to share the Team and Leadership Excellence AHA’s for the month of September 2013. An Aha is a term we use at Sensei to describe a new learning inspired by any event.
I started the month with a few free days with the family in Sri Lanka interspersed with some team and client interactions. While it would have been wonderful to focus on one group at a time, the limited time did not permit it. However the variety did help to make the most of the time.
Aha: While focus is the best form of work, variety of work that requires switching into different mental activity helps get more things done in limited periods.
Next I had the pleasure of running a 1-day ‘Communications Excellence’ training for Pearson Lanka as a part of a leadership development process we are conducting for them. Since this group is very advanced it was interesting designing and delivering a path-breaking programme filled with a variety of unique communications tools.
Aha: Working with top teams helps raise the game.
Thereafter I delivered day 3 & 4 of ‘Mastery of Self through Neuro Linguistic Programming [NLP] for Hirdramani. The participants came back after one-month of applying the NLP tools into their lives after the first two days the previous months.
Their achievements were amazing and the session was highly energizing and inspiring.
Aha: Working with people interested in using what we teach is one of the best energizers one can find.
Thereafter after few more days with the family, I travelled to Bangkok to attend the Hospital Management Asia [HMA] conference and awards. The conference was amazing in-terms of learning and networking as it helped me to learn about the new industry [Health Care] that I am now apart of. The leadership innovations at the hospital I lead [Apollo Hospital Dhaka] enabled us to win the award of excellence for innovation in hospital governance and management. I also had the privilege of making a presentation with regard to the innovations we did to win this Asian award.
Aha: A variety of experiences; learning, networking, teaching and being recognized helps raise confidence levels to a different height.
Then I travelled to Dhaka lead the team at Apollo Hospital on the ground. This period was interesting, as we had to face 3 major challenges. Dealing with them in addition to the usual leadership work was challenging but interesting and growth giving.
Aha: While challenges help us grow, having a variety of challenges at the same time makes that growth of a far superior quality.
I ended the month with a one-day sales training titled ‘Boost up your sales’ and 2 day personal excellence through NLP training for GPIT. This is another brilliant company I am privileged to work with. On day 2 of this 3-day process I developed a soar voice, as I had to speak for long lengths without a microphone due to a problem in the sound system. However it is amazing how I was back to normal by the end of day 3 as understood my conditions and took care of it, despite having to speak most of the day on day 2.
Aha: Passionate work and proper care with the right understanding of a condition can help rejuvenate rather than deteriorate.