25 Oct GLASS ICE – Refreeze your Game
The evening’s proceedings provided the platform that enabled the audience to actively participate in the workshop through an interactive session with four world renowned speakers, making this event a highlight of the year. Enlightening the audience by sharing their wisdom on Leadership, Career Progression, Work-Life Balance and Personality Enhancement among other factors of life which could be valuable for all those who desire a successful career. The event was graced by Mr. Dananjaya Hettiarachchi, World Champion of Public Speaking 2014, Mr. Dulith Herath, Founder and CEO of Kapruka, Mr. Kishu Gomes, CEO/Managing Director of Chevron Lubricants Lanka Plc, and Managing Director of Chevron Ceylon Limited and Ms. Selyna Peiris, Attorney-at-Law & Consultant (Social Business/ Livelihood Development) and entrepreneur of Selyn Exports (Pvt) Ltd.
With the aim of Professional and Leadership Development along with Youth Empowerment, a project of this nature would certainly contribute to the betterment of the youth of our country, by giving them the opportunity to learn and grasp knowledge from the best in today’s corporate world that would ultimately help enrich their lives and to move ahead successfully in their careers.
Mr. Kishu Gomes – ‘Powers’
The day’s proceedings started off with the first speaker of the event, Mr. Kishu Gomes addressing the gathering.
|Mr. Kishu Gomes
Beginning his career at a very young age in the field of marketing, Mr. Kishu Gomes has been a well known individual in the corporate world for his tremendous achievements and unique personality. His dedication and commitment has contributed immensely to what he has achieved today. Mr. Gomes who is a MBA holder of the University of Leicester, UK and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK currently serves as the CEO/Managing Director of Chevron Lubricants Lanka Plc, Sri Lanka’s No.1 lubricant marketer and Managing Director of Chevron Ceylon Limited, a fully owned Chevron company. He is also a Leadership Team member of the Asia Pacific Lubricants Team and an Extended Leadership Team member of the Global Lubricant operation, playing an active role in making strategic business decisions. Mr. Kishu Gomes created history by being Asia’s’ first and the youngest Sri Lankan to head two US multinational companies operating in Sri Lanka, Caltex Lubricants Lanka Limited and Caltex Ceylon Limited, as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in the year of 2001.
“The biggest asset we have as a country to be able to achieve economic prosperity, economic development and economic renaissance is YOU!”
– Mr. Kishu Gomes-
We live in a world, where we are constantly faced with numerous challenges in every area of our lives, but at the end of the day all of us have one broad objective in mind, and that is to be able to achieve ‘better quality of life in time to come’. Most people have a hard time accepting and dealing with these challenges that arise. The reality is that you will have to deal with difficult problems throughout your life, whether it is in your personal life or career. The main focus of Mr. Kishu Gomes’s speech was therefore, how we can overcome these challenges effectively and successfully in the modern world.
Mr. Kishu Gomes highlighted four types of ‘powers’ that he believes would help every individual to successfully overcome the challenges in the modern world. The first of which is the ‘knowledge power’. According to Mr. Gomes, the knowledge we need in the modern world to achieve our aspirations is not conventional knowledge, but knowledge which is of commercial value. We need to expand our knowledge and not just limit it to our core disciplines. This is because at present, it is the ‘teams’ rather than individuals that can perform in organizations and for a team to be able to perform, its members will have to synchronize and synergize their actions for which they need to have their knowledge expanded. The only way to be effective in a team environment is to understand what each and every member in the team does. Further he went on to say how important it is to keep evolving your knowledge as yesterday’s knowledge will not be enough for today and today’s knowledge will not be enough for tomorrow, so you got to let go of your old knowledge and keep on acquiring new knowledge which is current and valuable. He also emphasized on acquiring ‘random knowledge’ because if knowledge is not random, the worst thing that could happen to an individual is having knowledge the world would not understand.
70% of decisions taken by people across the world are made based on their emotions, although a rational person might not let his emotions influence his decisions. So in that world you got to be a very powerful communicator for which you need to have the second type of power, the ‘skill’. It is your skill or the ability to influence someone’s’ mind, that will enable you to make favourable decisions. Moreover, you must have the skill power to process information you receive day in day out, analyze them and come up with alternative solutions and select one through which you can achieve the ultimate results.
|Mr. Kishu Gomes at Glass Ice|
|Ms. Selyna Peiris|
- Keep your name short and stick to it! People will remember you then and being remembered is one of the integral parts in getting ahead.
- Always sit in front! Sitting at the right place at the right time is also a component of being remembered and then you will be standing ahead of others.
- Always do your best! Everything that is beneath you is what’s going to help you rise up and never be afraid to admit that you’re wrong.
|Ms. Selyna Peiris at Glass Ice (Source: Xtream Youth)|
|Ms. Selyna Peiris at Glass Ice
(Source: Xtream Youth)
Although most of us believe that our opportunities in Sri Lanka are very limited and the opportunity for us to grow is actually beyond domestic boundaries, Ms. Selyna believes it is not so. Pointing out how she would choose to address this problem, Ms. Selyna is of the opinion that it is not the fault of the government. As the younger generation, we are duty bound to have that social consciousness so that our children can live in our island and grow and that social enterprises and businesses are the kinds of things we need to get into so that we can build up our country as well as provide for ourselves.
Mr. Dulith Herath – ‘Sustainability’
|Mr. Dulith Herath
People who are accustomed to online purchasing are often faced with the problems of high shipping rates, custom duty, regulations etc. This is where the Kapruka Global Shop will come in and allow Sri Lankans to order items from popular websites such as Amazon.com, Ebay and get them ordered for a very reasonable price. The core solution created for the above problems by Kapruka is what Mr. Dulith called the ‘Import simulator’, a program that accurately calculates the costs, duties, and taxes of importing any item into any country based on data given on the government regulations and the item. This was one solution that none of the e-commerce giants have been able to figure out but has been figured out invented in Sri Lanka at Kapruka! “All, the customer has to do is, purchase the product online via the Kapruka Global Shop and we will do all the hard work including transport to Sri Lanka, paying taxes and duties, and getting it cleared from customs and so on” Mr. Dulith stated.
Mr. Dananjaya Hettiarachchi – Bring out the Champ in You!
|Mr. Dananjaya Hettiarachchi
(Source: Xtream Youth)
Inspiring everyone in the audience to learn the practical and actionable steps to achieving their ultimate goals in life, Mr. Dananjaya shared five valuable self leadership lessons learnt in his ten year journey to win the World Championship of Public Speaking in 2014.
- Believe in yourself! Always believe that your vision would be successful for which you need to develop the attitude.
- Be ready to take risks in life! A secret behind most successful people is their ability to take risk. Sometimes in life we analyze things until we lose opportunities. People who are educated try to analyze everything and apply their education but those who don’t just grab the opportunities. So if you see something, just take it! It is a key part of being successful.
- Little things matter! A small change can make a huge difference. The more you grow up, the older you get, what matters is these small things in life that will add incremental value to your life.
- Learn to have a mentor! If you really don’t know what you want in life, think about who you want to be like and there is no point asking for advice if you don’t use it. Being mentored is not about obtaining advice. It’s about doing something with it. Also ‘learn to unlearn’; you got to unlearn the personality qualities that are stopping you from becoming successful. When you have the right qualities, you would have the right behaviour which would lead to high performance.
- Sustain your success! Be a student throughout your life. Keep going ahead. Be humble and willing enough to become a student.
|Leos of Negombo Host with Mr. Dananjaya Hettiarachchi (Source: Xtream Youth)|
|FMFers with Mr. Dananjaya Hettiarachchi (Source: Xtream Youth)|
|Rtr. Dinath Federico, Rtr. Ruvindi de Silva & Leo Sajith Fernando- The chairpersons of Glass Ice
(Source: Xtream Youth)
|Rtr. Ranithri Samarawickrama