18 Dec 2017
The Singapore Management Festival (SMF), SIM PD’s flagship annual
event, brought together the world’s best management thinkers, local and
international business leaders to share thought-provoking ideas on best
practices and management trends that are essential to dealing with an
ever-changing and unpredictable business landscape.
Led by a trio of keynote speakers, the Festival drew hundreds
of participants over three days at SIM’s Performing Arts Theatre. Here are some
key learnings from the event.
To Act Differently, We
must Think Differently
All our actions and behaviours come from how we feel and
that comes from the words and pictures in our head. To act differently, start
by looking at how we think by changing the pictures and words in our
heads. This will in turn affect our actions.
Reframe Questions to
Questions can be asked in interesting and fun effective ways
to help reframe the way we think. For example, to evaluate our productivity at
work, one might ask “What if I only had four hours a week to work?”,
“Which aspects of work do I spend my time on?”, and “How would I prioritise my
time on the things that matter?”
Trust (T) = [C
(Credibility) + R (Reliability) + I (Intimacy)] / E (Ego)
Trust is the social capital we all need to build with our colleagues,
staff, family, and friends. To boost this, focus on increasing your
credibility, reliability, and intimacy, and reducing your ego. Trust is needed
in the 6C’s of high performance (Cooperation, Collaboration, Cognition,
Coaching, Communication, and Challenge) for them to happen.
Performance psychologist Jamil Qureshi drew on his concept of the 6C’s,
Cooperation, Collaboration, Cognition, Communication, Challenge and Coaching,
to demonstrate how a team can build trust internally.
Change of Perspective—making
a One-Degree Change
Sometimes it is easier to change a hundred things one per
cent then it is to change one thing 100 per cent. It’s about taking one of two
parallel lines and moving it by one degree – it may not seem much when you
start, but it will be a huge difference when you finish.
Ninety-nine per cent of the time, we think that creativity
and innovation is about coming up with a big original idea, but it’s not. The
hard part is in making things happen despite our fears and doubts about it – start
with small pieces and achievable chunks. This allows for flexibility and growth
along the way.
Artist Red Hongyi encouraged the audience to start small, even if it seemed daunting – many small steps equal a big step forward.
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