(Note: Names of workshops/modules were named differently before 2015.)
I thought the first session, conducted with Mr Ravi’s facilitation style, was effective and to the point. This gave most candidates food for thought on where they stood (from a professional standpoint rather than personal) versus where they needed to be, in the organization. There was good small-group interaction and participation facilitated by Mr Ravi.
~ Senior Project Manager, Oil & Gas Industry
The programme helped me to discover my leadership/managerial/individual style. The facilitator was provocative and direct. He challenged participants to react, but stressed the importance of thinking before behaving. He has a unique method of facilitating. I found the materials on leadership, thinking and use of the brain to be very useful.
~ General Manager, Oil & Gas Industry
The programme has taken our minds to the next level, creating greater confidence levels – especially pertaining to senior management, paving the way for transparency and creating more teamwork. This is a good programme that has exceeded our expectation level. It opened our minds to think further and deeper. The facilitator challenged our thinking limit; he would provoke us until we could come up with ideas or solutions.
~ Senior Manager, Oil & Gas Industry
Till this day, some of us still speak of Ravi, our leadership development guru, who has certainly made a mark on us. I take this opportunity to thank him for revisiting the fundamentals and core values of good leadership, reminding us of our responsibilities and obligations as leaders, ingraining in us the importance of leadership alignment and shared core values, and much more, all of which constitute the leadership essentials that make a difference to our organization. Thank you, Ravi, for being the “shaker” and the “shaper”!
The Group IT leaders who participated in the programme now operate with a common leadership language and mindset. We practise formal and informal ways of cascading and sharing whatever we have learned with our teams.
~ Head of Group Information Technology, Global FMCG
A very good leadership course with real life examples and useful approach that can be applied at the workplace as well as in one’s personal life. The facilitator is well-versed with the subject matter. A very professional facilitator; he has done an excellent job!
~ Rosidah Bte Shamsul Annuar, General Manager (Finance) – Transmission Division, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
The workshop was very interesting – discovering the unknown about oneself. The facilitator demonstrated vast experience during knowledge sharing. He walked through with us how the thinking process should be for a leader.
~ Manager, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Interesting – I really enjoyed the workshop and I believe it can help me in my career. The facilitator is energetic, knowledgeable and honest.
~ Ismail Bin Haji Abd. Rahman, General Manager (Regulatory & Stakeholder Management) – Corporate Affairs & Services, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
The workshop offered valuable insights; it enhanced my self-awareness as well as provided ideas and clues to further improve one’s leadership qualities. This would also be beneficial/useful in the family setting. The workshop also reinforced the importance of doing the right things.
The facilitator was able to provoke the audience to provide responses. His sharing of experiences livened up the workshop. He was friendly and very helpful.
~ Anuar B. Abd. Shukur, General Manager (EWRM) – Group Finance Division, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Overall, the workshop has been very interesting, especially in discovering one’s true self. The techniques taught were easy to understand and easily relatable to one’s life.
~ Anida Ishak, General Manager (Investor Relations & Management Reporting) – Group Finance Division, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Provocative but stimulating. Good insights into how we think. The facilitator was blunt but pleasant.
~ Manager, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Practical workshop; stimulating questions that constantly spurred our thinking. Should have more theory/explanation/engagement sessions before practical sessions – unfortunately, there was insufficient time.
The facilitator was knowledgeable, able to give practical answers/solutions to questions. He was frank and authentic.
~ Dev Ananda, Regional Manager (Selangor) – Transmission Division, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
My first impression was that I was not able to find out what the objective of the course was because handouts were not given and the slide presentation was not in order. Finally, I found that this was done purposely to make me think, and that was the objective of the workshop. Overall, it was a very good workshop not only for leaders but also for managers.
The facilitator has more than enough experience to share and to answer all the questions raised. Overall, he is a very good facilitator.
~ Dato’ Mohd. Zahir bin Md. Nagor, General Manager (Regional) – Distribution Division, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Mind-provoking; pushed us to really think through any issue. The workshop taught us not to pre-judge and offered a new way of thinking. The facilitator was blunt but fair, excellent in controlling the workshop.
~ Khamarudin Mohd. Isa, General Manager (Special Projects) – Transmission Division, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Overall, an excellent workshop! The contents guided us on the right behaviour and attitude, and offered knowledge on how to be a good leader. The facilitator was excellent. It was easy to understand his interesting mode of presentation. I didn’t feel bored listening to his explanation or stories.
~ Noraida Bt. Ahmad, Head of Strategic Supplier Management – Procurement Division, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
The workshop was an avenue for us to learn about how our brain functions in relation to knowing oneself. The facilitator was able to relate his experiences on leadership training and knock some sense into our thinking.
~ Manager, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Interesting due to its unique nature and the way the workshop has been carried out. Lots of learning to take home; it has given us insights into one’s self. The facilitator succeeded in keeping participants interested/motivated throughout the course. In view of his vast knowledge and experience, he is a skillful facilitator.
~ Ahmad Zamri Hamdan, Sourcing Controller – Procurement Division, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
The programme was somewhat different from the normal leadership training programmes that I had attended. It provided a personal evaluation through various methodologies/questionnaires to give an indication of the participants’ profiling. The facilitator used a direct approach, saying things as they were and providing honest feedback to participants.
~ Roslan, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
The workshop opened my eyes and provided me with tools to gauge myself. It prodded me to think about what I have done all this while – on track/logical or just doing something just because it must be done. It gave me a choice – to better myself or stay the way things are.
The facilitator had the skill and knowledge in what he was talking about. He was willing to engage his students and presented us with stories/experiences that made us think and challenged us to better ourselves.
~ Manager, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
The workshop was just magnificent and able to enlighten me on the science behind the process of thinking. The self-assessments were amazingly accurate and helped me understand myself better. Examples and case studies reinforced the understanding on how to enrich my leadership skills further. Bravo!
The facilitator has vast experience and credentials which made the entire course exciting from start till end. Very captivating behavioural reading on individuals; he made good references to books, videos and visual aids. Honest, bold and sincere.
~ Mohd. Thushan, Regional Manager (Kuala Lumpur) – Transmission Division, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
I would definitely recommend and encourage my fellow colleagues to participate in this programme. It’s a thumb’s up for me. In today’s day and age, it is vital for us to equip ourselves with the right knowledge and attitudes to take on the many challenges that the world throws at us. This is one of the programmes that I believe will be able to add value to the company as well as for the participants involved. People make up the company and not the other way around, so equipping the people is definitely of significant importance.
This programme continually challenges us to think beyond our own measure and provides good guidance towards becoming a better leader through our thinking mind and our behaviours. In the programme, we learned about filters and how we constantly filter many things around us which causes us to react and do the things in a behavioural way. Do we actually think before we react?
It also provides a platform and avenue for the participants to open up their minds and really see things in a wholly different light. We are able to open up and receive constructive ideas, and share our opinions and practices, which results in a better understanding of the businesses around the Company as well as the marketplace dynamics.
This programme has opened up a whole new window for me to improve and challenged me to step up. Ravi has constantly challenged us to become a better person and a better leader. His experience speaks for itself and truly extrudes authentic leadership. He is direct and never holds back to share his honest views to push you to another higher level as a leader. It is the choices we make that determine the outcome at the end of the programme. Positive attitude is everything.
In all honesty I was one of those skeptics when this programme began, but as the programme progressed, I realized it had a profound effect on me as a person. It gave me a feeling of being a better person at work with my colleagues, associates, friends, family and even people that I meet on a daily basis.
It’s almost like being in a meditative state unconsciously, thanks to filters that have been chucked out the window and being aware of the state of emotional quotient we are in and the environment of the people we are with.
We have been armed with many tools but it will be deemed useless if we do not step up and make a conscious effort or commitment to master these five components of emotional intelligence: Self awareness, self regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. I have begun pasting little notes around my workstation to remind myself and also with the hope to create a viral effect on my colleagues, too.
In this programme, I have made many “new” and special caring friends despite already knowing or working with some of them for a couple of years. I am sure there are many more of them out there that I have not had the opportunity to get to know.
I would recommend my fellow colleagues to take this given opportunity for self mastery, personal development and enhancement; coach Ravi will be the right person as he has the passion, patience and knowledge to lead them on this epic journey.
“To move the world, we must first move ourselves.” SOCRATES, Classical Greek Philosopher.
I would strongly encourage colleagues to participate in the Take Charge Leadership programme.
As a manager, I am tasked to manage people and the business. The “trick” was to have everything appear to look good and feel good. I often acted before thinking, for example, turning down a request by simply replying, “That cannot be done” based on the filters at the back of my mind. That was the behavioural response.
The programme is excellent for personal development where it develops one’s self-awareness through a combination of tools like Johari Window, Keiser Temperament Sorter, 360-degree Checkpoint, Leadership Style and Multiple Intelligence. These tools often point out the gap between reality and the perception I have about myself. It was all about self-mastery, the basic fundamental of leadership, i.e. before one is able to lead others, he must be able to lead himself in the first place.
To relate it to the organization and its business units, which are now going through transformation driven by the need of business sustainability and market expansion outside of Malaysia, we must not only be ready to face the challenges, but also to act as the change agent to drive the change of the organization. Therefore I strongly recommend my fellow colleagues to participate in this programme.
The outcomes of this training were priceless. We want to create excellence work place relationships where everybody loves to come to work; he/she knows what specific goals need to be accomplished in order to achieve the company’s vision. Motivation drives success, and customers will love to do business with us. In essence, we need to develop more positive managers and role models in this organization.
Initiatives in my department in running a massive IT system upgrade for our Division include punctuality and efficient time management in ensuring members to remain focused on project status updates and the issues addressed; weekly 15-minute of pause check meetings to allow voices of dissatisfaction and improvement, encouragement and motivation; and a monthly eat-in lunch leadership forum by managers to share learning and encourage interaction.
The knowledge that I acquired and consciously apply daily helps in my personal life, especially with my two teenaged daughters. Taking away the expectations and filters help greatly in dealing with my daughters’ studies. Yes, they both achieved good results and will be awarded in this coming Chairman Award 2012!
I must say that not everyone is suitable for this programme if he or she is not ready to commit. It involves time commitment to lot of reading materials and assignments. Our daily thinking, behaviour and actions have got to be aligned. Active participation to emails during this period helps us to embrace leadership skills.
In addition, I appreciate Mr Ravi’s assertiveness in giving us sensible cues regarding our decision making process. It reminds me that further behaviour change is required during decision making.
In summary, continuous learning and embracing our leadership skills can inspire innovative thinking and achieve top performance. It will benefit individuals to start implementing their skills in alignment with the company’s vision. Creating workplace excellence will open up new ways to engage colleagues and jointly build an army of loyal customers to our organization.
I recommend the Take Charge Leadership course for those who are going through a crossroad/dilemma or having many questions at work or in life as a whole, and need that extra lift…that extra push to deliver another breakthrough;
I believe the Take Charge Leadership programme is a very good platform for us to improve further. We should align internally on the same vision and mission to take the organization to another peak, and at the same time, this organization could produce and develop more leaders than managers… In these challenging working environments, we must be well equipped with right mindset and attitudes to take us through the long-haul journey. This is the programme that could lead us to be more assertive and add value to the organization and to ourselves individually.
Prior to this journey, I have attended various seminars, workshops and training, but I was not as clearly guided on my weaknesses, compared to this programme where our weaknesses were thoroughly identified with Personal Assessments, 360 Degree Assessment, Johari Windows etc.
Throughout the workshop, I have been changed to look at challenges in very different ways. The theory of Think before Behaving and then followed by Action has been a frequent weapon for me for the past 60 days. Some colleagues have improved despite the individual challenges among them. Of course, some of them were looking at me differently…
What I really learnt a lot was emotional intelligence. Previously, I had always jumped into conclusions before I fully understood the questions. I seldom gave others the opportunity to ask further and my answer would already be out from my mouth! I never practised and managed self-awareness at all, but now I realize that we need to be in control of ourselves to understand first before we react. We need to know all these by ourselves and control of our emotions first.
In my opinion, Take Charge Leadership is a good platform for us to acquire and execute the basic fundamentals required of a leader. To live up as a manager in a normal working environment is easy, but the paradigm is totally different when it comes to being a leader. It’s not as simple as learning from our parents when we were young; learning from the teacher when we were in school, or even learning from our direct superiors.
We develop Leaders…Leaders develop Leaders…Leaders lead Companies.