The Workshop with No Name in Singapore

I’m in Singapore for a few weeks and would like to test an idea out. I always find myself very inspired to ‘give back’ when I’m in Singapore and Chennai. Perhaps that’s because I studied in these place and feel like I “received” a lot.

After previous experiments with workshops in schools, universities, I’d like to try out a new idea – I call it “The Workshop with No Name” and I’ll now answer a few obvious questions.

Why? I’ve been learning a few concepts of late that have begun to have a profound impact on me. I’d like to learn them and create habits around them. The best way to learn is to teach and discuss.

How? The idea is to do a 2 hour small group workshop on the NUS (i.e. National University of Singapore) campus next weekend, sometime in the morning/afternoon. Date and venue to be decided.

This is the kind of workshop where we will all be attendees. The facilitation will be more directional, than specific.

What? The what question is tougher to answer. So, I will break it down.

What are we looking to achieve? Actionable next steps on these ideas that we can implement in our lives to be “awesome.”

What are these concepts? Regular readers will be familiar with “deliberate practice.” That’s an easy example – how do we apply deliberate practice into our lives?

Also, if you do have a specific problem you need help with, you are welcome to bring it in.

What will it be like? Geeky. Tough (potentially). Learning filled.

I am determined to ensure it’s a very small group and thought I’d extend the invitation to those of you who read this from Singapore. If you like the idea and want in, please send me a note on rohan@rohanrajiv.com and I’ll let you know.

PS: Of course, like all things on this blog, it’s free..

Stating Biases

Of late, I’m working hard to ensure I qualify my opinions with my biases. This happens naturally at work because every presentation or data crunch is preceded by assumptions. The way I see it, assumptions are to analysis what biases are to opinions.

And stating my biases helps me in three ways.

First, it reminds me that I have my own (strong) biases and my opinions would be different if these biases were different.

Second, I take my own opinions less seriously because these biases are subject to change.

Finally, it helps the person on the other side. Thanks to having strong opinions that are subject to change, it leads to people feeling less disoriented. (What? Didn’t you just say the exact opposite 6 months ago?)

All in all, it’s something that just seems to be adding value, and is a habit I hope to keep up.