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Think Outside The Box And Generate Ideas, Leaders Told

  Leaders need to keep improving themselves in terms of where they are and where they want to be. This was highlighted by the international leadership coach, corporate trainer and
14 Oct 2016 13:35
Think Outside The Box And Generate Ideas, Leaders Told
Mayur Kalbag

 

Leaders need to keep improving themselves in terms of where they are and where they want to be.

This was highlighted by the international leadership coach, corporate trainer and author Mayur Kalbag from India at a workshop co-hosted by Pacific Training & Management.

This was held at Victoria Palms Hotel in Suva on Wednesday evening.

“One of the things I have felt is that leaders today are very stagnant in their thoughts. I don’t mean that in a disrespectful manner,” he said.

“What I mean is there is a need today to innovate; there is a need to think out of the box.”

Mr Kalbag encouraged participants at the workshop to generate ideas and encourage the teams to do so as well.

“At present what is happening is people are thinking within the box, as they say, though it may sound very clichéd,” he said.

Mr Kalbag said one of the reasons a leader hesitates or is a little reluctant to open up is stress.

“He is busy and stressed out with what is happening at the moment. You tell him to think of a new idea, he says are you crazy I’m already busy with what I’m doing,” he said.

Mr Kalbag said there is frustration and a little bit of irritation.

“He is upset and these barriers can affect the leader’s intent to ideate,” he said.

The session talked about ways to decrease stress by redefining CEO- a chief executive officer or rather awaken a CEO (conviction, empowerment and being an opportunist).

“So a CEO must be a real CEO. He should strengthen his conviction  towards what he believes wanting to be innovative an inspiring leader, empowering or creating challenges for his people and creating accountability.”

According to Mr Kalbag, what is happening today is, a lot of organisations think they have done it.

“They should not be frogs of the well but go out and see opportunities,” he said.

 

Stress buster

Apart from this, Mr Kalbag played the African drum not to entertain only but to drive a point.

He said in the whole process of averting the CEO don’t forget music, because these are the stress busters.

The session also revolved around the axis of how leadership should look at himself in terms of his conviction, his ability to empower and also to be an opportunist in a positive way.

“I think that along with innovation, inspiration- things which I will be focusing on. It was an interactive session because one way traffic is boredom,” he said.

Mr Kalbag further said the people in Fiji need to read more.

“That habit is very important because reading makes you absorb so many new things,” he added

Mr Kalbag added everybody stresses a little or more in some point of life because we are all humans at the end of the day.

“No one can say that they have not stressed,” he said.

“I think in Fiji it is not only stress but the competition. Fiji is now the leader of Pacific Island and I guess it wants to go beyond other nations.

“The moment issue arises, responsibilities grow and when responsibilities grow stresses does come.

“In today’s world, we must not use yesterday’s methods to be tomorrow’s business. And I think that’s the philosophy that I would like to live my life.”

EDITED BY: RACHNA LAL

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