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Khan: Theme From Speakers Is Change Is Constant

The 2016 CPA Congress was a big success with more than 500 delegates participating. But the most important aspect of any such events is perhaps what participants take away from
04 Sep 2016 12:43
Khan: Theme From Speakers Is Change Is Constant
Participants at the 2016 CPA Congress sponsored by Vodafone Fiji and Westpac at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort on Yanuca Island on Friday. Photo: ISAAC LAL

The 2016 CPA Congress was a big success with more than 500 delegates participating.

But the most important aspect of any such events is perhaps what participants take away from the congresses.

Faiz Khan, the executive chairman of Airports Fiji and Fiji Pine Group, was a member of the panel discussions on day one of the event. He gave his thoughts over the event.

“The common theme from the speakers was that change is constant and we need to make decisions to grow,” he said.

“Manual books don’t exist to tell people how to make decisions in the environment of ever changing circumstances.

“People make decisions at the time.

“The speakers used various tools to challenge the delegates to tap into the power of their minds (mindfulness) and the power of their hearts (thoughtfulness) to continually grow, build effective teams and improve productivity.

“However, the speakers give us conceptual ideas to think about.

“It is up to each and every individual to apply the concepts to their own business or work environments.

“No two business environments are the same. So we cannot take examples given by the speakers as absolute.

“You need to work hard to find the pulse of your organisation to figure out how to best apply the concepts in ‘your’ workplace. The speakers cannot help you in that; only you yourself can.”

Mr Khan further stated that many of the examples of the speakers are from economies where businesses have fully developed their systems, processes and people.

“We have to be mindful of that. Netflix for example has an unlimited day’s leave policy for its human resources,” he said.

“Employees do not have to come to work and are only measured by the results that they deliver.

“With this policy Netflix claims that their productivity has skyrocketed.

“That works for them because they have the best people in roles that fit them; people have clarity in their goals – no one needs to be reminded; they have fully developed KPIs etc. We on the other hand are learning, growing and evolving.”

Asked what would be one key factor that could be a game changer for Fiji, Mr Khan replied: “I think we are already experiencing it.

“At the conference we get to meet so many young CEO’s and high ranking managers both from the private and public sector.

“My only criticism would be that more and more companies should be looking at empowering talented youths.

“Through the empowerment of people and through building a ‘culture’ of trust, we will see game changing increases in productivity and growth in all sectors of our economy.”

Feedback:  rachnal@fijisun.com.fj


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