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Toastmaster’s International Virtual Convention 2020 Saveen Hegde: Design Thinking – A Way of Life

Toastmaster’s International Virtual Convention 2020 Saveen Hegde: Design Thinking – A Way of Life

Toastmasters International is having its first-ever virtual convention from the 24th to the 29th of August, and it is absolutely free! Speakers and experts from across the world are coming together during these 5 days and talking about what they know best. 56,000 people from across the world have registered to watch this event – 6 speakers from the United States, 1 from Canada, 1 from the United Kingdom, 1 from Pakistan and 1 from India, Unbox’s very own Saveen Hegde!

Saveen is speaking on Design Thinking and how it is a way of life, with the ability to implement it in every aspect of our lives.

Please find the link below to Saveen Hegde’s Educational Session powered by Toastmaster’s International Click Here – https://registration.allintheloop.net/register/event/toastmasters-international-3sn5

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“Think from your heart or feel from your mind?” with Vibhuti Sharma

“Think from your heart or feel from your mind?” with Vibhuti Sharma

This situation has impacted all of us, no doubt. How we can change our mindset to adapt to this ambiguous situation? Unbox’s quest for answers had us knocking on the doors of three distinguished panelists. In the second webinar of the ‘Unquarantine Your Mind’ series, titled ‘Unquarantine Your Mind – Mindset Shift’ held on 28 May 2020, the focus was on –
  • Positive Psychology for better mind management
  • Leveraging self-awareness and Emotional Intelligence
  • Effective crisis management with a future-focused approach
In a three-blog series, we elucidate the insights given by each one of the panelists. Our first panelist is Ms. Vibhuti Sharma. She is an Executive Coach for Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Presence. She is also a seasoned Leadership Facilitator – BFSI expert and NLP practitioner with over 20 years of experience in Business Operations and L&D
  1. What do you see most of us doing today?
The concerns of a slow down are hitting all of us and it is an opportunity for us to metaphorically pause, slow down and focus on what really matters – the people around; they are the most important. Despite the diversity, people have collectively stood up to this pandemic as one. The one thing that stands out while people are trying to adapt to the new normal is the united human spirit and all the acts of kindness and compassion that we see around us.
  1. What is the one essential skill to navigate this?
The one skill that needs to be demonstrated is mental toughness and as the saying goes, “Tough times don’t really last but tough people do.” The centerpiece of mental toughness is the ability to see opportunity and at the same time, act upon it. Mentally tough people are emotionally intelligent, resilient to change, relentlessly positive, and most importantly, they are action-oriented.
  1. How does the role of a leader change now from what it used to be?
Leaders need to become more people-centric and show that they really care about their team. Initially and logically, a leader’s role was that of a problem solver. However, there is a tilt towards Affiliated Coaching Leadership Style. Leaders are spending more time coaching and speaking with their team. They need to become more empathetic. They need to be good listeners and enablers who initiate conversations that are far deeper than just transactions. So just be there and navigate through this process of change in a positive direction.     4. How can leaders be more ‘human-centric’ in their everyday transactions? Empathy is the cornerstone to lead in tough times. You can move teams forward only if you have empathy and compassion. The kinds of empathy that a leader could use are:
  1. Cognitive empathy – pertains to the understanding and perspective aspect of empathy. It is about understanding what is going on and having conversations where you try to know what people are going through.
  2. Emotional empathy – is about the We understand what is happening, but can we really step into the other person’s shoes and relate to how they are feeling? You get into the journey with the person to embrace the feeling of what really is happening.
  3. Compassionate empathy – is more about ‘taking action’. Tough times are about taking action. One of the most essential things a leader can do is step up, hold the hands of the team members, and move them forward.
     5. What should we do now? Any situation, adversity in life can become better if you’re ready to relook at it from a cleaner lens. Something that the pandemic has taught us is to self-reflect and be self-aware – look at what you want to stop doing and what you want to continue doing in the coming days to stay relevant. If you’re relevant, you’re in the business, in the game!

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How to have GRACEful conversations during a crisis?” with Harsh Johari

How to have GRACEful conversations during a crisis?” with Harsh Johari

This situation has impacted all of us, no doubt. How we can change our mindset to adapt to this ambiguous situation? Unbox’s quest for answers had us knocking on the doors of three distinguished panelists. In the second webinar of the ‘Unquarantine Your Mind’ series, titled ‘Unquarantine Your Mind – Mindset Shift’ held on 28 May 2020, the focus was on –

  • Positive Psychology for better mind management
  • Leveraging self-awareness and Emotional Intelligence
  • Effective crisis management with a future-focused approach

In a three-blog series, we elucidate the insights given by each one of the panelists.

Our second panelist is Mr Harsh Johari. He is an Executive and Leadership Coach with over 25 years of diverse professional experience across the shipping and financial services. He is also the Ex Senior VP of Goldman Sachs and an Ex-Captain of the Merchant Navy.

  1. What do you think is happening now and what do you see most of us doing?

We are dealing with a situation for which there is no reference point. Be it in our personal life or in the professional world, we have always had some sort of playbook to refer to. And as they say, “well planned is half the work done”. In this case, however, there was never a plan. The biggest struggle that people are facing is to work without a reference point.

  1. What is the one essential skill to navigate this?

Adaptability is the most essential skill. Be it at a personal level or at a professional level, you as an individual, a member of a team or organization need to find ways to adapt yourself to deal with this crisis effectively.

  1. What are your views about leadership styles that are important today?

  • Be vulnerable – it is a great time for leaders to show their human side. This builds more trust and intimacy in people. When you as a leader expose your vulnerable face, help can pour in from all quarters. This also encourages the hesitant team members to reach out and ask for help.
  • Engagement with compassion – Each team member is impacted uniquely, and you need to understand their distinct circumstances. Don’t just stop there; try to see what can be done about it.
  • Speed of decision making – sometimes during a crisis, speed is more important than precision. Take accountability and do not delay taking some critical decisions.

4. How do we manage the key face to face interactions that are now conducted virtually?

A key business challenge in this situation is managing performance appraisal and giving feedback virtually. An efficient way to do this is the GRACE framework –

  • Gratitude – take this opportunity to express gratitude to all your team members because they have stood by you and have gone out of their way to help you and each other.
  • Response – not everybody has responded equally to the crisis. Lot of people have risen to the occasion and shown great leadership abilities. As a leader, be aware of how different team members have reacted and responded to the situation.
  • Accountability – look at how people have stood up and taken ownership in terms of making sure that business continuity and level of productivity is maintained.
  • Community – look at how people have gone beyond their team and impacted the community in a positive manner. This could be done as a personal initiative or leading some of the CSR activities of the company.
  • Empathy – irrespective of the outcome of the conversation, be empathetic. The times are tough, so being empathetic and compassionate is necessary.

5. What should we do now?

This is a good time to revisit the visions of the organization and look at whether and how the current crisis has changed the visions. If it has, then sit with your team, revisit it, and redefine what the new vision would look like. This is relevant in the personal context as well. A lot of our personal priorities have changed owing to the current scenario.

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