Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Speaker Series - Dean Steve Reinemund

Whatever your faith:

  • You should be free to share your thoughts.
  • You should not object to others thoughts.
  • You should make a conscious effort to respect the thoughts of others.

Talks about leadership or success have always sparked my interest. Last week, I had the opportunity to attend our Dean Steve Reinemund's speech on leadership, success and significance. He shared his leadership stories and his success journey. I would like to share some of the highlights from his speech, a few quotes, and a particularly interesting question from the audience.

Success comes from three C's:

  • Character (1st most important attribute for success)
The biggest attribute for success in business is "Character". It determines success vs. failure. Character is built from beliefs. It comes from commitment to a particular faith. It comes from belief in God. But character will be challenged and tested many a time. He said that "Character" is one of the attributes CEO's look for while recruiting.
  • Commitment (2nd most important attribute for success)
It is the second most important attribute for long term success. And long term success is based on a series of short term successes.
  • Competence (3rd most important attribute for success)

Talking about his last business trip, the Dean said that it is intimidating to be in Silicon Valley unless you are a genius. To be successful in business, everyone should work hard with his or her God-given IQ. It is important that we take our intellect to the highest level possible.

Quotes from Dean Steve Reinemund:

"If leaders believe that they are right all the time, then they are doomed to fail."

"The right job is not the one that your parents think you should take."

A very interesting question from audience:

When do you become angry, and how do you control your mind?

"Leaders closely control their emotions. Most of the time, we don't know whether they are angry or not. Anger is OK as long as it is not disrespectful and not selfish."

It is a great experience, learning from the industry leaders. We can learn a lot just by listening to their stories. I recommend everyone to attend the Speaker Series.

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