After 5 days packed with inspiring speakers and project visits, the Mosaic Summit delegates settled into their new space at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.
It was not an easy task, finding our rooms. As the college is very old, and therefore efforts have been made to preserve such a heritage building, thus not much renovation has been made for the ease of guests.
I spent a lot of time huffing and puffing, dragging my bags around to find my room. And when I found it at last, oh… what a wonderful sight! It was a lot roomier and nicely furnished, even with a kettle, and tea and coffee! Already I felt right at home.
We moved in on Friday afternoon right after visiting Community Links and had all weekend free to do what we wanted to do. So what can we do? Sightseeing of course!
I just really love old buildings and architecture, and there’s no place better than that than in Cambridge. And I noticed there was also quite a number of markets around, which I love.
I was also pleased to note that St Catharine’s is where Tunku Abdul Rahman, the founding father of Malaysia, read law! Very significant, since we spent Malaysia day here as well.
On Monday we started the second week of the Mosaic Summit. This time, the content was more on learning leadership skills, facilitated by Professor Binna Kandola and Stuart Duff of Pearn Kandola.
Pearn Kandola are the Business Psychology experts – helping organisations function at the optimum level by helping clients to understand what motivates individuals, teams and leaders. The solutions provided by Pearn Kandola motivates and challenges managers to understand their leadership style and consider the options available for developing themselves. Because they believe that the best businesses run on motivated and inspired team members.
Or that’s what I think I’m reading. With such experts at the Mosaic Summit, we are in good hands.
Binna Kandola has us reflecting and discussing in his sessions. Stuart Duff has us standing up and talking to delegates we had never spoken to before and learn hands on about coaching and negotiating.
Binna has us thinking and reflecting about what truly motivates us, and our working style. What makes a good team and what does not.
I think what I especially enjoyed from all these sessions is learning about coaching, as I think this would be something very beneficial to bring back home. I would definitely love to learn more. I especially liked the part of reframing something that you think is a challenge, and then presenting it as an opportunity.
It was also this week that all the groups have assignments to complete. On Monday, my group did a presentation on what we thought is essential of a leader – a blend of a thinker and a manager.
At the end of the week, we had to make a presentation on the 3 things we learnt from the Mosaic Summit. It wasn’t easy, but we managed to pull off something anyway, which is a collaboration of 3 things that we thought should be included.
We did a short skit, followed by a video presentation and finally… an art piece. The guys were not too eager about the art piece, but in the end, Uzma’s persuasion skills won them over.
Everyone really came up with absolutely brilliant presentations on graduation day.
All was not entirely about working hard, we played hard too! Being in Cambridge and away from the distractions of London, I felt it helped tremendously in building stronger bonds and friendships among the delegates.
We had a really good time singing along to YouTube karaoke music, playing pool or foosball, and teaming up to play Charades with the assistance of an iPad.
By the time Thursday rolled around, we felt like all too soon the Mosaic Summit was coming to an end and the looming sense of dread that the next day we had to part ways after the graduation. We are family now!
We had a formal sit-down dinner with HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan that evening, once again dressed in our best.
Friday, the last day of the summit, came all too soon. We were assigned mentors for our next leg of the Mosaic journey – preparing an action plan to be implemented in the next 12 months. I was lucky to have Zul from Prudential Malaysia, who was also at this summit as a Group Leader, to be my guide for this journey.
And then it was graduation time!
I definitely feel like the summit has changed me, or at least given me a chance to see the world with different eyes.
I wrote this poem during the Summit, had planned to read it out during the Open Forum, but decided to give a brief overview of my home town and my movement Borneo Youth Revolution instead. It’s not a world-shattering poem (It is like my only… urmmm… 3rd poem I’ve ever written), but I try *winks
The Pieces That Make A Whole
The coldness of the air that greets me
is no match for the warm energies
radiating from sunny smiles that envelop me
as I step into the room filled with a sea of new faces
Peals of laughter echoes in the hall
As new seeds of friendship are sowed
Blossoming across countries, across nations
Has it really been just two weeks
That our lives have intertwined?
Just as quickly as we have entered
It is already time to part our ways
To leave the once lively hall empty and silent
But remembered fondly with sweet memories
And a promise to lead for better tomorrows
We may come from different corners of the earth
But in spirit we are brothers and sisters
In many ways we may be different
But just like the pieces that form a mosaic
We are different pieces that make a beautiful whole.
Cheers to the my new family, the wonderful people of Mosaic Summit 2013!
– This post was first published by Sabrina Aripen on www.sabrinaaripen.blogspot.co.uk.
- Putting the Pieces together – Mosaic Leadership Summit 2013 Part 1 (diaryofamosaicmentor.wordpress.com)
- Putting the Pieces together – Mosaic Leadership Summit 2013 Part 2 (diaryofamosaicmentor.wordpress.com)