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CCC organises 2-day leadership workshop for boosting corporate performance


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To overcome increasingly complex challenges in a fiercely competitive business world, commercial enterprises need leaders who can retain their staff and inspire them to serve fast-changing market needs better than their competitors. However, sharpening the leadership skills of managers is hindered by the absence of a simple and actionable framework for leadership skill development. 

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) in collaboration with Intrinsic Leadership Academy is organising a two-day workshop on practical leadership skill development aimed at boosting corporate performance under challenging conditions. It will be held at Movenpick Hotel Colombo on Wednesday 31 October and Thursday 1 November from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CCC has invited Dr. Asoka Jinadasa to conduct this important workshop. He is a UK Chartered Engineer with a US PhD in Business Strategy and decades of top-level management experience in USA, Europe and Asia. He will share his award-winning new methodologies for leadership and human capital development, presented at 15 international conferences in seven countries. 

Managers vs. Leaders

As Dr. Jinadasa explained, “Being a leader is very different to leading a team or activity. Managers lead from the front while leaders lead from the back. Leaders must inspire and guide others to create the future of their organisations while consolidating present successes. They must nurture new concepts that pave the way for future success, while recognising the underlying foundation of business uncertainty. Leaders thus need the Wisdom to know what to do next under unpredictably fast-changing conditions, and the Skills to do what is needed or get it done through others.”

Character-Based Leaders

Not having a clear leadership model led to the proliferation of Position-Based Leaders where people in higher positions were considered leaders, without considering their ability to inspire and lead others. This has been one of the biggest obstacles to organisational success. The flattening of organisational structures in response to fast-changing market conditions has created the demand for leadership skills at every level. This requires Character-Based Leaders who adopt a leader’s attitudes and behaviours, regardless of their hierarchical position in the organisation. That is why great companies spend about 32% of their training budget on company-wide leadership development with the aim of becoming learning organisations.

Intrinsic Leadership Development

“Intrinsic Leadership Development unleashes the natural abilities people at all levels instinctively use to guide their families to success, often under difficult conditions. This new approach helps them sharpen their vast inborn skills and helps them adopt a leader’s attitudes and behaviours during their everyday work. Intrinsic leadership development is based on the finding that companies cannot sustain success in a turbulent world simply by following a specific set of steps,” explained Dr. Asoka Jinadasa. 

He and Lean Six-Sigma expert Arosha Jayasundera founded the Intrinsic Leadership Academy. Their 8,000-word website provides a wealth of insights into intrinsic leadership development: www.intrinleaders.com He will base this workshop on his six-dimensonal foundation introduced in his international award-winning self-coaching book ‘Flying Penguin’, and his five-step framework for leadership development.

Six-dimensional foundation

His six-dimensional holistic foundation for leadership skill development is symbolised by: Heart (intuition, and caring for all living beings and the environment); Mind (concrete, abstract, emotional and spiritual intelligence); Body (physical, mental and emotional energy); Passion (emotional fuel to achieve outstanding results); Focus (resilience to reach difficult goals despite setbacks) and Health (natural health under stressful working conditions).

Five-Step framework

His five-step framework for developing intrinsic leadership skills through human potential development: Leadership Foundation (Heart, Mind, Body, Passion, Focus and Health); Emotional Intelligence (understanding and managing negative emotions); Coaching and Mentoring (unleashing inborn human potential), Creativity and Innovation (nurturing creativity for focused innovation); Speaking and Presenting (speaking clearly and influencing others). 

Target group and program benefits

CCC member companies and other organisations can benefit from this workshop by nominating their managers for sharpening their leadership skills and identifying new ways to guide their teams to reach higher levels of individual, team and corporate performance. Participants will receive comprehensive course notes, a certificate, and a soft copy of the book ‘Flying Penguin’.

CCC responds to a national need

Responding to national needs in the promotion of business is a major objective of CCC. One such need is the lack of practical leadership training geared to sustaining corporate performance in a turbulent business world. As a result, the corporate resources including human capital available in our country are not fully exploited. This has a negative impact on both corporate health and national competitiveness. This two-day leadership workshop for boosting corporate performance addresses this need. 

Register on or before 29 October

Participation is limited to 50. For registration and pre-payment of fees, please call 011-5588877 or email sriyani@chamber.lk or events@chamber.lk.


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