Hundreds of professionals and leaders from various companies convened inside the SMX Convention Center at the SM Aurafor the 15th Achievers and Leaders Seminar last October 28, 2014. With the theme “Crucial Leadership During Critical Times,” the seminar featured 3 speakers who talked about influence as the most critical aspect of being a leader.
The first speaker was Senator Bam Aquino, who mainly talked about young leaders of today. He describes today’s youth as a “Me” generation, and explained how to transition them to a “We” generation. His speech was centered on the infamous metaphor of the “elephants in the room,” which he represented with the top 4 issues the world is facing today: social unrest, climate change, hunger and poverty. He then featured 4 youth organizations that help in combatting these top 4 issues he identified.
The next part of the event was the talk of Joseph Grenny, the main speaker for this event. Grenny is one of the co-authors of the popular self-help books “Crucial Conversations.” In his two-and-a-half hour talk, he explained the three keys of influence and expounded on each of them: sources of influence, vital behaviors and measurable results.
Grenny also shared the main principles of holding a crucial conversation, whether it is in the family, workplace or among friends. He explained that in order to hold crucial conversations, both parties should feel “safe” through mutual purpose and mutual respect. Grenny’s talk ended with a Q&A.
Last but not the least was Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes. He discussed the four important factors of leadership – trust, effort, accountability and motivation – by dissecting the last 3 minutes of their team’s play against Korea, which won them the semi-finals.
The half-day seminar ended with a raffle and book signing with Joseph Grenny.