(Note: Names of workshops/modules were named differently before 2015.)
I have learnt that I need to think out-of-the-box and remove preconceived expectations. I should always ask myself what the possibilities are, and view them from different perspectives. Once the expectation has been taken out from my mind, then I will be able to think more creatively; and hence, come out with more innovative product or solutions.
The evaluation I got from the assessment helped me to understand myself better. I would say the outcome from the assessment was quite close to what I was actually practising, be it at work or at home. During the programme, whenever Mr Ravi pointed out our behaviours, it often got me thinking.
I would like to express my deepest appreciation to Mr Ravi for being a thinker and for his guidance on my understanding of self-progression.
In this programme, I learnt the importance of “emotional” control and to be “neutral” in looking at each scenario. Controlling and looking at myself every night through meditation and chanting has been really effective. An emotional “let go” is really crucial to everyone, but self-esteem often gets in the way… To be perfectly and characteristically neutralized is really crucial to me and my future success – I’m still working hard towards it.
Again, thanks to Mr Ravi for his kindness and effort in guiding me to remove my own filters and to be able to think that every aspect is possible. Positive thinking does make one a better success and I truly believe that I will able to reach this level.
~ Willy WL Goh, Field Sales Manager
Overall the programme was interesting yet mentally draining. The facilitator, Ravi, gave most of us surprises and he let us guess what his next move would be. We had to think a lot to follow through and it activated our thinking mode.
Ravi, I must say, is a great co-coordinator in leadership programmes. The course materials, as always, were being displayed on the walls; they were attractive and illustrative. The best part was that we were asked to move around to read them. Besides, there were video presentations, games, etc catering for people with different learning orientations (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, sensory etc).
The programme was very “packed” and well-structured and the people could not have any chance of dozing off in class. The post-activity discussions were interesting; there were many brilliant points raised concerning innovations. I have learnt to see things in other perspectives, for example, an aeroplane does not necessarily have wings.
In summary, I am “evolving” in my leadership journey. I may not be there yet, but I believe I could become a better person in life and a better leader at work – “emptying” myself in order to embrace better ingredients in life, for sustainable performance.
I found the course enlightening in that it showed me possibilities. In life, we are very used to limitations and “filters”. And sometimes we KNOW that everything is a choice, and it’s up to us to make the choice we know we need, but a programme like this opens up your mind to what you can achieve if you let go of your filters. I felt that this course, while only giving me one tool – the Scamper model – to innovate, ultimately showed me that I don’t need models to innovate if I just opened my mind a little.
The course content was great. It was very interactive with a combination of knowledge sharing, charts, examples, videos, assessments and games. Mr Ravi knew how to keep the crowd awake and sustain our interest. I remember what he said – when you think a crowd is disengaging, try talking about something mysterious. There was a lot of knowledge to be gained, and I will try to remember all of them.
The best kinds of facilitators are able to gauge the level of interest in a room and adapt their presentation throughout. Mr Ravi knew each of us within a few minutes and he was able to tailor his facilitation to suit each of us in return, and that is the best kind of facilitator for a programme which needs to re-wire us. He also gave us the opportunity for a one-to-one session with him, and I value straightforward feedback (the truth will hurt sometimes, but if it shows me what I need to improve on, then so be it).
The course material was awesome. I have always believed that we don’t need a stack of papers on our table for each training programme we go for, as having papers in front of you will detract you from the speaker/facilitator/presenter. In this way, we were able to focus on the speaker and what was being delivered.
1) 21-day rule to change a habit
2) To keep an open mind and recognize that that may be more ways than one to accomplish something
3) To let go of your filters or your perceived limitations
Overall: Great stuff!
…a leader not only needs to innovate in coming out with solutions, he/she needs to also innovate in communicating his/her innovations depending on the filters/walls that has been erected by his counter-parties.
This programme requires us to let go of filters and step out of our comfort zone to effectively learn, not only from the training but also from each other. I am thankful to be in a group with a high level of openness and sincerity in sharing.
Overall I think the programme was good. The stories and the videos were inspiring and made me think. At the office, sometimes I’m so focused on the delivery of the result that I’ve ignored the importance of innovation. I tend to expect my team to do things my way (which I’m familiar with), to avoid delays when the deadline is closing in. After the programme, I wouldn’t say I’ve totally changed but I’m now trying to practise and spend more time in:
This training is the most different type of training that I’ve been to. The concept of training that is so different, with no module or name tag but with a free-flow schedule, really opened my mind to self-management. If you want more, you need to work harder. You want notes, you need to write it down, or you feel cold? You need to find a solution on how to increase temperature or turn off the air conditioner.
I would rate the programme as “good”. I would like to say that the rewiring of innovation within myself has helped me realize my mindset and thinking. This is a good thing as one of the steps to change in leadership is first, understanding how we think or behave.
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