Thursday, 4 July 2013 00:00
Following the sessions facilitated by five eminent speakers, the summit hosted two panel discussions which were an extension of the presentations. Moderated by CIMA Past President Aubrey Joachim and Hemas Holdings Advisor to the CEO Steven Enderby, the short panel discussions were along the lines of leading to win in a globalised market, and staying REAL.
Q: Value system is built into person in the first 12 years of his life. Given the different demographics, the value systems are also different. Is there a level playing field for this?
Leeuwen: The theory of Generation is a global theory. The key is to look at different countries, the trends prevailing there while understanding its impact on the children within the first 12 years. What we find is that while globalisation becomes a bigger issue, the different sets of generations across the world are become part of these values. So for leaders, the will find that Generation X and Y in different countries have very similar mindsets and view. So there is a convergence of value system.
Q: Of the four shifts that you mentioned, which shift is the most important one that a leader will have to consider in a globalised environment?
McKenzie: I think all four are interrelated. However, if I were to pick the most important one, I think knowing your purpose is critical. Without knowing that, there is no way to go, since you have no idea which direction you are heading.
Q: You are a young energetic person who was on the path of a lucrative career. What made you choose to be a leader of a youth lead organisation with such an audacious purpose?
Benjamin: I don’t have any other answer except for that I have seen my friends go into a machine. I am a law graduate, although the career there is promising no doubt, it wasn’t what I wanted. For me, I wanted to look back and say, wow I did this. Life is incredibly short, so what I am going to do within that time is important. For me, I couldn’t just go down the conventional path.
Q: So you are not missing out on any excitement of being a leader?
Benjamin: I don’t think I am missing out on anything at all.
Q: How do you see the human values issue in terms of interactivity and connectivity?
Bratasanu: One of the key rules in the human value context is never to make assumptions, since you never know what the other person is going through at the moment and what impact your assumption will have on him.
Q: Talking about social context and human values, if I try to take this to a more practical area, what will your advice to me be?
Gopalakrishnan: I want to say that am not perfect with models and all. We are all left brained creatures in the business world. A left-brained person is often said to be more logical, analytical and objective, whereas a right-brained person is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful, and subjective.
By the time we are done with education, you naturally become a left brained person, this is me included. We need to find a balance here and that is the key, that is to get both sides from an individual.