Adapt­ing to change tack­led

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Three high-pro­file speak­ers from very dif­fer­ent back­grounds shared in­sights into thriv­ing in the mod­ern busi­ness world, at a first-time Kar­ratha and District Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try event last week.

So-called de­mo­ti­va­tional busi­ness speaker and trainer An­drew Hora­bin, sur­vival spe­cial­ist Mike House and in­ter­na­tional crim­i­nal and hu­man rights lawyer Rabia Sid­dique pre­sented at the Lead and Adapt work­shop at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex func­tion room on Tues­day, Septem­ber 20, at­tended by about 140 lo­cal busi­ness­peo­ple.

The speak­ers, who are all based in WA, said they joined forces with agency Mar­ket Creations last year to de­liver a pre­sen­ta­tion specif­i­cally de­signed to be, as Ms Sid­dique put it, “not just an­other lead­er­ship sum­mit”.

“(The seed) was this con­ver­sa­tion that we had last year, about how peo­ple are do­ing it hard, par­tic­u­larly since the boom bub­ble burst, and we wanted to do some­thing that was uniquely serv­ing peo­ple in re­gions, peo­ple in West­ern Aus­tralia, who are hav­ing to sud­denly come off very good times into these very dif­fi­cult volatile un­cer­tain times, and how could we do that with heart,” she said.

“We can all get through this, if we’re will­ing to chal­lenge our per­cep­tions and if we’re will­ing to look at the big­ger picture and if we are will­ing to adapt, be­cause that’s the key.”

Lead­er­ship and adap­ta­tion was ex­plored from three dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives, with Mr Hora­bin speak­ing about bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion with less ego and Mr House ex­plor­ing how peo­ple’s re­ac­tions un­der pres­sure in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions spell the difference be­tween life and death.

Ms Sid­dique har­nessed the power of sto­ry­telling in retelling some of her key life ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing ne­go­ti­at­ing an Iraqi hostage cri­sis and win­ning a land­mark dis­crim­i­na­tion case against the UK Min­istry of De­fence.

“I think for me, my jour­ney has taught me that ac­tu­ally we can be de­fined by those things that we feel are be­yond our control, es­pe­cially the neg­a­tive things, or we have a choice,” she said.

“Life is a choice. And we can choose to re­spond to those things in a dif­fer­ent way and see them in a way as gifts and op­por­tu­ni­ties to be­come wiser and stronger.”

Kar­ratha is only the work­shop’s sec­ond re­gional lo­ca­tion af­ter its de­but in Perth last year.

KDCCI chief ex­ec­u­tive John Lally said he had or­gan­ised for the speak­ers to come here af­ter hear­ing good feed­back in Perth, as their mes­sage tied in well with the cham­ber’s goals for this year.

“Our strat­egy this year is it’s not how you do things with busi­ness, it’s your at­ti­tude and the men­tal side of it,” he said.

“It’s all about how you think and how you re­act.

“And I think, when you get mas­sive change, which we’ve had, then this is re­ally im­por­tant for peo­ple.”

“I’ve no­ticed, with the busi­nesses in the cham­ber, the peo­ple that have de­cided to change the way they do busi­ness and adapted the way they do busi­ness, they’ve thought a bit dif­fer­ently, they’re the ones who are start­ing to do (bet­ter).”

Picture: Ali­cia Per­era

KDCCI Lead and Adapt Work­shop speak­ers Mike House, Rabia Sid­dique and An­drew Hora­bin, Mar­ket Creations man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dar­ren Lee and KDCCI chief ex­ec­u­tive John Lally.

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