Inspiring Change – 14th Achievers and Leaders Seminar
If you want to keep your skills updated, joining professional seminars would be a great idea. After all, they can give you a fresh mindset, plus the chance to learn new skills from the experience of real experts.
The Seminar for Leading and Inspiring Change
I recently attended the 14th Achievers and Leaders Seminars, produced and organized by Salt & Light Ventures. This professional seminar was entitled, “Inspiring Change: Featuring the Game Changers in Business, Leadership and Social Enterprise”. It infused a holistic approach as it included insights from the social enterprises, as well.
I did not regret taking a whole day’s leave at work to attend this event. It is very rare that the likes of Francis Yu (CEO of SEAOIL), Chot Reyes (GILAS Coach), Gang Badoy (Founder, Rock Ed Phils.) and many others gather to share their juicy success secrets and experiential lessons, after all.
Let me show you a glimpse of some of the lessons I picked up from some of these speakers.
1. Speaker: Francis Glenn Yu
SEAOIL Philippines’ President and CEO and 2011 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
Topic: “Secrets of my Success: How SeaOil Competes with the Big Boys and How You Can Too”
Did you know that husbands who get kisses from their spouses every morning earn 25% more and live 5 years longer from those who don’t? This was based on a German study and come on – there’s no harm in trying if this is true. Aside from this feel-good factual trivia, some positive vibes and a loot bag of souvenirs, I found out that there’s more to SEAOIL than selling of fuel. Instead, they intend to fuel the future as they maintain a remarkable reputation to their employees (“Go to work on Tuesday just to watch Cinema in Shangrila” practice) and to the country (consistently applauded as top taxpayer). They also embrace environmental and educational advocacies through active green efforts and scholarship. The best thing about his lecture, though, was the sharing of techniques, which have been proven successful in their company and industry.
2. Speaker: Ruben de Lara
Background: Innovative Social Entrepreneur; Founder, President, & CEO of Serving Humanity through Empowerment and Development (SHED)
Topic: “Shared Responsibility Brings Radical Change”
Companies seek insights from their customers only to find out the ordinary ideas that rarely spell a true solution to any problem. Ruben de Lara demonstrated that leadership should always come from the heart. Great minds are better utilized in solving the pressing problems that bogged humanity. He said, “Ending poverty is only possible when there is shared responsibility”. True leadership inspires genuine trust, empowerment and actions that outlast any corporate campaigns.
3. Speaker: Chot Reyes
Background: Head Coach of GILAS Pilipinas National Team – Men’s Basketball
Bootleg Innovation Design Founder and Ateneo Graduate School of Business Faculty Member
Topic: “Achieving Breakthrough Results Through Teamwork: How GILAS Surprised the Nation”
A heartfelt speech from a strong-willed man, Coach Chot convinced me — for the first time in my life — that there’s more to basketball than just fun and games. Aside from some juicy secrets about the GILAS team (which I refuse to spill), Chot demonstrated the way a coach and a real good basketball player think through various FIBA game video clips. He mentioned a quote that I will not forget, too: “A team wins when every man on the floor does his or her job, whether it’s celebrated or not” . At a time when stealing others’ spotlight is rampant, everyone needs more reminders about the true beauty of selfless service and servant leadership.
The Event Itself
What I loved about the event was the seamless execution, the fun and spontaneous hosting, and the way that the hosts, audience and speakers kid around and then score on truly meaningful, insightful topics. Gang Badoy, one of the speakers, encouraged the audience to move and make it possible to have February 8 as a National “Thank You, World” Day, as Philippines reaches its 3rd month after Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. True leadership begins in giving credit to whom it is due, and it is just proper for the country to thank everyone who selflessly helped the victims and volunteered.
The in-depth sharing, lessons, new mental frameworks to bring home, plus the good food, and elegant venue all makes this seminar a wonderful experience. To fully experience this, stay updated with the seminars and events of Salt & Light Ventures.
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