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 Pasqual

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 heart.

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 (niruban@n-able.biz).