Saturday, February 26, 2011

A DIfferent Kind of Leader

This afternoon, I traversed to the other end of Sunway (or is it Subang?) to be at Taylor’s University which was hosting the Joint B1 & B2 International Speech and Table Topics Contest. There were close to 50 of us there, either as contestants, role players or audience. I came to participate in the Table Topics contest, representing Taman Indrahana Toastmasters Club. And I was the Area B2 champion! Fellow club member Chan Weng May (third photo on the right) also did well for she took first place in the International Speech contest. Both of us gave a good account of ourselves and I am glad we brought honors to our club. I have to admit that we were really good!

As for Area B1, Meyyappa (Deloitte KassimChan Toastmasters Club) and Bernard Louis (D’Utama Advanced Toastmasters Club) were the champions of the International Speech and Table Topics contests respectively. Personally, I believed Thiagarajah from MAS Melor Toastmasters Club (above right) should have won the International Speech contest but he only managed third place. As for Table Topics, I would have chosen Meyyappa as the winner but he came in second place. Sigh, maybe I really don't know how to pick the winners. Never mind, I stand by my own selection.

I found this video clip and I thought it is interesting because it shows a different kind of leader. When Japan Airlines hit hard times in 2009 and began to lay off staff, JAL CEO Haruka Nishimatsu cut his own pay to less than that of his pilots and eliminated all his perks. He even commutes on the city bus and eats in the employee cafeteria, standing in line with his colleagues. When is the last time you saw such a CEO?

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