I along with all fellow workers went to a personal development workshop arranged by our Samaa TV on Saturday at a local upscale hotel. The phenomenally funtabulous funshop under the aegis of Funverks—named Renovate, Innovate—proved immensely fruitful for the participants.
The trainer, Mr. Farhad Karamaly possesses special credentials in pulling things off to a complete turnaround. So kudos to the chap who is exceptionally gifted and has an amusingly playful aura about him!
The trainer recommended Gung-Ho element to be introduced into workplace mechanism in order to make things turn around in terms of employees’ performance and their interactivity.
The Gung-Ho element is a combined effect of inspiration taken from animal kingdom, namely squirrel, ants, and goose. FK says a motivated and smart worker is always on the go never letting a fraction of his time to go waste just like a squirrel. You will find a squirrel always busy doing something or the other to snag a good deal for it, despite the fact it has six months stock of food at a given point in time. Even when it is not running, it keeps its energy going through its body with visible shakes through its body. Hence, squirrel-like enduring activity is needed to make for a powerful worker.
Ants also have something to offer to us to improve workplace sanity, productivity and connectivity. Ants who walk in line one after the other symbolize the importance of being a role model. Every ant is both a leader and follower—leader for who is just behind it and a follower of the one who is just a step ahead. Ants epitomize the sincerity of purpose and an accompanying zest to feverishly pursue until the goal is achieved.
At workplace, ants teach us, in a way, to be responsible to get at the target but without leaving out the collective discipline.
Third and last is goose that again represents shared responsibility for a common cause. By flying together in a flock with a V-shape formation, a goose that flies at the head of group, takes a bit more responsibility than others and faces sharp and tumultuous winds. Battling against the fierce torrents of winds, it gets fatigued and moves towards the tail of formation where air pressure is at the minimum. Now, the formation is spearheaded by the bird that was flying just behind the first one. Thus, the flock covers a considerably vast distance without much of damage and without having to take rest.
This behavior of the goose graphically teaches us the same principle of shared responsibility for the common good. The goose example re-accentuates the rule of thumb that everyone is a leader in whatever he does. Those in position are the ones who timely grabbed the opportunity to offer their services and, in the process, to rise into eminence.
While on long flights, geese keep on creating loud squawking sounds. This practice helps them to sustain the energy they need for the long haul. The same holds true for human beings. You may specify a sound like Gung-ho slogan as you may like to keep the energy flowing and restored in case you sense it languishing on the backseat.
The Funverks workshop—Renovate or Innovate—was full of brilliant ideas excellently interspersed by the very fun-loving Mr. Farhad. He kick started the funciliation workshop with an intriguing challenge of teaching Japanese counting from one to ten. He pulled off making the participants learn the counting in just one minute. But, though Mr. Farhad is very articulate and impeccably communicative in making his point clear, the purpose of this Learn Japanese Counting exercise was far from making any sense.
He began his interaction with emphasis on creating fun and humoristic element in learning. Practically, we cannot elicit any benefit from Japanese counting. I guess, if I am corrected otherwise.
But, the point that I gathered he was trying to impress upon was that if we attach physical movement, certain emotion or a peculiar similarity that the new word has with what we already know, it will be far easier for us to learn that new thing quickly.
At the very outset, he sounded out the audience what they expected from the session. I responded I am looking forward to learning something new. Mr. Farhad elaborated the concept of sense of responsibility and called upon every participant to ‘Own Your Responsibility as you own your child without fail.’ He exhorted the participants to shift their perspective from ‘Our work’ to ‘My Work’.
Once armed and ingrained with ‘My Work approach’, a worker will be more willing to perform a bit more than he is required to.
Last but not the least; my attention was caught by ‘Leaders are created in vacuum’. Though I already knew this, the rendition of this canon by Mr. Farhad was par excellence. From the session, the takeaway for me was to always offer some extra. I like the quotation, ‘Giver receives.’ I believe it as the foremost principle of God that says, ‘Give love to be loveable. Be respectful to be respectable.’
I have a lot of good wishes of career successes and a fulfilling life ahead for Mr. Farhad and his team. And, I hope to learn from his pearls of wisdom in order that we may introduce into our life that combo of serenity and sincerity with fun and frivolity that his Funverks is all about.
May his endeavors continue to bear fruits! Long Live Funciliation!
Story first published: 21st March 2017