It was an energizing two days of new ideas and
collaboration. Now it's all come to an end, and everyone's waiting for the after
party. But just before we call it a day, Peter goes on stage to close the
event, and quickly condenses all the learning over the last 48 hours, into four
points - stemming from quotes made by our speakers. And If you really think
about it, and apply it to yourself (which I've been trying to do over the last
week) you start to realize it has a profound impact on how you add value to
yourself and to others.
1. "Wake up, wanting to make an impact" - Achalanka Dalawella
What's the first thing on your mind when you wake up? Hold
on to that thought. What many of us are not intentional about is the kind of
impact we want to make, whether it be in our homes, workplace or our community.
We tend to float through time, only to barely get by. Achalanka spoke about how
to have meetings that actually have outcomes, but the core of his session is,
impact. whether it be meetings or anything else, we need to be intentional
about the outcome we want from it, and only then can we actually make impact.
2. "Master the Technology" (or Master your key capabilities) - Dr. Ajith
Dr. Pasqual's speech was one of the highest rated at the two-day
event. That??s because what he spoke about resonated with many of us, technical
staff and otherwise. He spoke about staying away from the hype, and to
differentiate yourself through mastery of your chosen technology. This is very
important, as the trend these days seems to be to ride the wave of whatever
that is popular, without having in-depth grounding in a chosen area. This is
not to say that specialization should be our prime goal, but rather digging
deep and having mastery in our chosen area is what will help us to see what
others couldn't. How many of us can comfortably say that we've mastered our key
capability / technology?
3. "Make partnerships work for you" - Kasturi Wilson
Kasturi's speech was the equivalent of watching a
high-stakes-action film. But once we remove the adrenaline rush, we realize her
story is about how to make partnerships, and to make them work for you. The
term partnership refers to not just principals or vendors, but even colleagues.
Two things stood out particularly in her story. The first is how they made
themselves indispensable to their partners, by providing value that is more
than just transactional. She set up MIS systems and dashboards, which was a key
factor in retaining her principals and be financially competitive at the same
time. The second is she knew who to draw on, and what role they should play to
achieve a certain outcome. The takeaway? Partnerships are only as good as you
knowing when and how to draw on those partners.
4. "Be Unique, Be Engaged" - Steven Enderby
The final speech for the conference was from the group CEO,
Steven Enderby, and although he rightly said that the worst time to give a talk
is either before or after lunch, he turned things around by giving the highest
rated speech at the event. And that's because his message, although simple,
resonated strongly with everyone! Steven's point was that all of us are unique,
and we should aim to position ourselves to create the most impact from our
uniqueness, which also subconsciously fortified Dr. Pasqual's message about
mastering your technology/key capability. Coupled with this, should we chose to
be engaged with what we do, we have the power to make tremendous impact in
everything we do, personal or professional.
5. Activity gets you busy, productivity gets you free
Peter's last point was about a story; a conversation between
Ananda and Lord Buddha. Ananda shares his troubles saying "I can't find time,
life has become hectic" to which the Lord Buddha responds "Activity gets you
busy, productivity gets you free". Peter drove home the point that we are
unable to achieve what we want because we simply are not productive. We fill
our lives with 'Activities', and forget about value, or the time/resources
needed to get that value. If we want ourselves and the company to grow, we need
to be productive. And that's something that everyone needs to take to
Although Peter closed with those points, There's a lot of
knowledge that was dispersed at the event, and we're trying to bring more of
that to you over the next couple of weeks. If there's anything specific you've
learnt at the event, and you'd like to share it with everyone, please do send
it over (firstname.lastname@example.org).