Visionary thought leaders and motivators from some of the most admired organizations around the world came together for the Global Leadership Boot Camp—a one-day workshop on how to best approach, engage, practice, and sustain effective leadership in an ever-evolving workplace.
Organized by award-winning HRD company, ITD World Manila, in partnership with Together We Can Change the World Foundation, the workshop hosted 10 acclaimed motivational speakers from different backgrounds and expertise to share their knowledge with current industry leaders, on how to best adapt, effectively influence, and impart positive impact in their own, unique work environments.
More than 130 executives from the country’s leading corporate organizations attended the workshop, including top-level managers from San Miguel Corporation, Wyeth, Landbank, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and major BPO companies.
Among the distinguished speakers were Scott Freidman, motivational humorist, author,and former president of the National Speakers Association (NSA); Debra Fine, former engineer, best-selling author and NSA member; and Rebecca Morgan, international speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in creating innovative solutions for workplace effectiveness.
Scott Friedman opened the workshop with an intelligent and witty take on leadership. Aptly entitled, Celebrate! Leadership Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Admired Organizations, his talk focused on celebration as an important engaging tool in the workplace by developing a festive culture from one’s attitudes of gratitude, play, and surprise.
Friedman said that when a culture of celebrationis achieved, “you improve your team’s performance because they are more creative, they’re more innovative, and you improve your bottom line.”It’s lightening up the work environment to create fun, innovative activities that nurture a more open and engaging workplace.
Furthermore, Friedman urged the leaders to embody the values of humility and self-accepting humor that build strongly-connected cultures. “As leaders, if you model that, taking care of people and truly being passionate about what you do, it becomes contagious and there’s no better way to get that back from your employees than simply modeling it yourself.”
Debra Fine’spresentation touched on the power of conversation in everyday engagements. Her talk, Global Leaders’ Key Skill: The Fine Art of Building Business One Conversation at a Time, helpedthe leaders gain insights on how to establish rapport that can leave a lasting, positive impression.
Fine encouragedthe leaders to interact with their colleagues and peers. “We must take the time for face-to-face communication or we will lose touch with our customers, our guests, our clients, and the people that work for us. We cannot be influencers unless we can go face-to-face and meet with other people.”
Through engaging activities, Fine also taught the attendees how to gain conversational tools, avoid sending confusing signals, prevent conversational blunders, master introductions, and demonstrate positive and self-confident professionalism during meetings.
For her talk on Becoming an Authentic Global Leader: Benefiting from Strategic Authenticity, Rebecca Morganshared how natural leaders, regardless of having a title or otherwise, can develop trust and a loyal following with their peers by sharing the key parts of who they are.
From her presentation, participants took home pointers on the significance of being strategic about how much to reveal of themselves in relation to accomplishing team goals, being savvy without being arrogant or manipulative, and to learn from other people’s mistake of unnecessarily sharing more than they need to.
“It’s my philosophy that true leaders attract followers. So, true leaders, in my book are people whom others say, ‘I wanna work with them!’, ‘I wanna be in that team!’, and ‘I wanna be in that department!’ and they don’t necessarily have a title,” said Morgan.
Seven other distinguished speakers shared their wisdom on arange of topics for the aspiring global leaders. These included finding your voice as a global leader, separating yourself from the competition, and innovating your life and business.
The Global Leadership Boot Camp was presented by ITD World Manila, the country’s leading multinational provider of quality organizational and human resource development solutions in the Asia Pacific.