Walk and Talk with YSPN Melbourne

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YSPN Melbourne's Walk and Talk event was the perfect opportunity for us to meet our fantastic members in a casual environment, and to give everyone an opportunity to meet the team and find out what YSPN is about.

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    On the 24th of November, YSPN Melbourne hosted the final event for the year, ‘Walk and Talk with YSPN’.

    Despite the unpredictable Melbourne weather, the event was an opportunity for the us to chat and mingle in a casual setting walking through the banks of the Yarra through Birrarung Marr. Walking in pairs overlooking the river, we spoke of our backgrounds, career and journeys then breaking off into groups to learn and perform a short Bhangra segment – an apt way to break the ice, learn and stay connected to our roots!

    Ending with a coffee and delicious YSPN 5 year celebration cookies at Federation Square the morning allowed us to unwind, appreciate our surroundings and community before heading into the festive season.

    Looking forward to 2019 - stay tuned we have great things planned!

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    Melbourne event 2: Connect and Grow

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    YSPN Melbourne hosted an open networking event at Melbourne Business School. The event was attended by professionals of all experience levels

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      The ice was broken early on in the evening – despite there being a diverse range of attendees, the atmosphere was warm and lively. Jokes were shared over finger-food and drinks as professionals of all ages and backgrounds got to know one another.

      The evening was divided into group activity and then lecture-style segments to provide attendees with practical networking strategies they could implement in their conversations.

      Attendees were given the opportunity to ‘work the room’ through group and pair activities. It was a great chance for professionals with less experience in networking to practice introducing themselves and getting that follow-up, as they were encouraged and reassured by the event hosts and other attendees. This allowed professionals who felt less confident to feel comfortable, step outside their comfort zone, and grow.

      In this way, the best part of the event was the support provided – we could practice networking strategies in an environment that was encouraging, friendly, and casual. By the end of the evening, everyone had built new connections and friendships with people both in and outside of their fields.

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      Sydney event 2: Getting the Yes

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      YSPN Sydney held their second event for 2018, Getting the Yes, hosting a negotiating masterclass with seasoned negotiator and academic Noa Sheer and sponsored by Allen and Overy.

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      The YSPN team identified that negotiation was a critical skill underpinning career and commercial success, and a skill that people use multiple times per day. Most interactions with colleagues are a form of negotiation. From a request for a file, a phone call or a simple task – all are examples of negotiations.

      Most interactions with colleagues are a form of negotiation

      The key insight Noa brought to the table to build on “Getting to Yes” (the negotiating bible) built upon behavioural research and managing or exploiting cognitive biases. The two focus points during the masterclass were Anchoring, and Framing; and understanding how to either mitigate them if used by your negotiating counterpart, or use them to your advantage.

      Noa used a cycle of Understand, Predict and Control in order to improve success in negotiations. In order to do that, negotiators need to:

      1. Have a sense of self-awareness
      2. Be able to identify the type of negotiation and select the right approach
      3. Be able to plan strategically for the negotiation that will unfold
      4. Be able to implement strategic rhetoric in the negotiation itself to achieve the sought outcomes

      Self Awareness

      This is important in identifying interests that underpin and drive the negotiation and resulting behaviours.

      Interests are abstract motivations, in contrast to goals or targets which are highly specific, and narrow. For example, an interest is ‘to get warm’ in contrast to ‘to get someone else’s jacket’ or ‘to get someone to turn on a heater’.

      Interests are abstract motivations, in contrast to goals or targets which are highly specific, and narrow

      A strong self-awareness will enable negotiators to not only identify their own interests, but also enable them to empathise with their counterpart to reveal the interests driving their counterparty. The overlap between these interests—the Zone of Possible Agreement, or ‘ZOPA’—is where any potential deal will happen. Additionally, coming up with a broader set of interests results in a strong best alternative to negotiated agreement or ‘BATNA’, in turn reducing the likelihood of confrontation.

      Approaches

      There are various different types of negotiations which are defined by their structural characteristics. For example, wrestling (value capture), gift exchange (value exchange) and mining (value creation) to be successful in each type of negotiation however, we learnt to always use an interest-based approach when you’re expecting an ongoing relationship and require commitment to the negotiated outcome.

      Wrestling: Use anchoring through your listing price, and framing through the existing range of prices in addition to supporting evidence to improve your tactical position, capturing the most value.

      Gift Exchange: Use bundling to aggregate value for your counterparty but do not cost you anything to provide. Software sales is a good example of where gift exchange is used particularly in the framing of sale options.

      Mining: Use questions in order to gather information about what is valuable to your counterparty and create a more valuable position for both parties. The key difference between gift exchange and mining is in the strategic (ongoing) versus tactical (one-off) nature of the negotiation and the relationship.

      More information

      The information in this event summary is a fraction of what was covered during the event. If you’d like further information or bespoke consulting and training, contact Noa Sheer, our masterclass facilitator at the below details.

      Sheer Negotiations - Bespoke training in the art and science of negotiations

      noa@sheernegotiations.com | 0410632216 | sheernegotiations.com

      Alternatively, reach out to events@yspn.org.au to speak with one of our Executive team who participated in the event to hear about their experiences.

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        Auckland Event 1: Your Career Journey with Sarv Girn

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        On Friday 4th May, YSPN Auckland held ‘Your Career Journey’, the first keynote event for 2018. The event featured Sarv Girn, arguably the highest ranking Sikh in corporate Australia and New Zealand, with the title of CIO of The Reserve Bank of Australia as one of his most recent accolades.

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          The 2018 inaugural event, hosted by the Young Sikh Professionals Network (YSPN) was opened by Sarv Girn, the CIO of The Reserve Bank of Australia. Girn has a career spanning of over 25 years within the global banking industry and is one of the highest ranking Sikhs in Corporate Australia. Sarv Girn is a banker, visionary and a truly transformative individual with firm cultural grounding as a Sikh. The ambience in the room was one of respect and awe as a person of such calibre walked to the podium with such grace and humility, resonating with the concept of ‘nimrata’ as we all hear in the Gurbani. Mr. Girn’s addressed the YSPN network with grace and humility; his interactive keynotes inspired the urge to encourage change, challenge ourselves and accelerate growth within our professional lives.

          Sarv opened his keynote by sharing with us the most significant and impactful events of his career journey with lessons learned thus far and stressed upon the idea that “education does not finish upon the completion of a degree”. Girn highlighted the importance of planning versus being spontaneous or in the moment and this resonated with most of the audience as millennials confirmed, through a show of hands, believing in ‘just do it.’

          Education doesn't finish upon the completion of a degree

          The importance of branding yourself as an individual while, detaching yourself from a comfort zone and the importance of networking were all topics that were portrayed along with examples from his own life. Girn shared with us his regret of not pursuing law because of his fear of not being able to succeed in the industry due to his cultural background.

          Girn’s life is one filled with success, failures, and opportunities. He believes that the key ingredients to having a fulfilling career are all about finding the right mentor, wise networking, practical experience and development planning. This information, to a younger audience, who at this stage were internalizing their progress, proved to be invaluable. However, as a room filled with young professionals, the consensus and conversations from the post networking event have been that this event has been the catalyst for taking ownership in their career/educational journeys for the rest of the year. The evening concluded with a question and answer session where a standard line from many was that ‘I am glad I am not in this alone’ which resonates to the modus operandi of YSPN: creating the environment where young Sikhs can succeed and amplify their influence.

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          Sydney Event 1: Defining Your Voice

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          Sydney's first event as part of the Defining Your Voice series held across the country sought to equip our members with the skills to be confident public speakers, and help them in achieving their goals in their personal and professional lives. Featuring noted panelists from Sydney's Startup scene, Lily Wu and Vaibhav Namburi, the event had over 25 attendees from different industries and experience levels. Ending in a series of speeches by members chosen as strongest among their group, the interactive workshop allowed everyone to develop their skills in a safe environment.

          The key takeaway from the event was to adapt your message to the situation.

          If this sounds like an event you would have benefited from, come along to our future events!

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            Sydney kicked off our 2018 events calendar with our Defining Your Voice series held across Australia. Featuring Lily Wu of Austern International and Vaibhav Namburi of Five2One, the event tried to give our audience the tools to be confident public speakers, with a workshop allowing them to practice what they'd learnt among their peers.

            The event also launched our theme for the year, start with a whisper, end with a roar.

            Some of the key takeaways from both speakers are below:

            Lily Wu

            • It's all about how you position a situation - the $40 bond she got as a downpayment on the shoes was actually (partially) also due to a lack of cash - i.e. a WC loan from her customers
            • It’s all about your network – 100 direct contacts = 200,000 indirect contacts
            • Defining moment for ‘finding her voice’ – realising that entrepreneurship gave her an avenue to explore her talent/passion
            • People care about your why – mould your situation according to the target audience

            Vaibhav Namburi

            • Be resilient – he failed IELTS 9 times but didn’t give up
            • Job ads means the company is desperate to find people
              • Reach out to your network first to find opportunities
            • Cold-messaging (through LinkedIn) is effective
              • Shows confidence and the drive to ‘fake it till you make it’
            • The majority of (73%) people posting about entrepreneurship are actually ‘wantrepreneuers’ – the ones actually working just work without telling everyone about it
              • Nothing wrong with not working at a job – you’ll eventually be friends with the bosses of those who are
            • You can sell all you want, but no one will buy it if you don’t know what you’re selling
              • Say what your audience wants to hear
                • Know/research your audience

            Key takeaway

            Adapt your message depending on the situation

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            YSPN Fundraising Dinner with Alex Bhathal

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            On Monday 25th February, three members of the Young Sikh Professionals Network (YSPN), among other Sikh organisations, attended a fundraising dinner to support Alex Bhathal’s campaign for the Batman By-Election. In addition to Alex, the event hosted other key members of The Greens Political Party including, Richard Di Natale (Australian Senator and Leader of the Australian Greens) and Huong Truong (First Vietnamese Australian woman to sit in an Australian Parliament).

            Ms Bhathal hopes to prevail in the Batman By-Election on 17th March, which was triggered by the resignation of the Labour MP David Feeney as a result of his dual citizenship.

            Ms Bhathal a social worker in the electorate for over 30 years has high hopes of winning the By-Election, having lost the 2016 Federal Election, by less than 2,000 votes. The result was driven largely by the proportion of Liberal preferences going to Labor. This year, the Liberal Party will not be fielding a candidate, boosting Alex’s chances.

            The event was an overwhelming success raising in excess of $10,000 in a matter of minutes and exceeding the pre-event target of $7,000. The event included speeches from numerous influential Sikh organisations; including Preet Toki, Team Lead of YSPN Melbourne who spoke about YSPN’s mission: to create the conditions for young Sikhs to succeed, and amplify their influence in the Australian Community, as well as its recent achievements.

            Ms Bhathal has been a strong supporter of YSPN, and was keynote speaker at the YSPN Annual Summit in 2016 and at a recent Event in Melbourne in November 2017. A win for Ms Bhathal will be a boost for the Sikh community and supporters of the Australian Greens, becoming the first Sikh Australian to be elected to Federal Parliament, and second member of the Australian Greens, joining Adam Bandt from the neighboring seat of Melbourne in the House of Representatives.

            YSPN Crowdfunding Campaign 2017

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            YSPN are launching our 2017/18 crowdfunding campaign and we need your support to reach our $50K goal. You, our valued supporters helped us smash our $10k goal last year, and we want to go even further this year.

            With your help, in 2018 we aim to bring you:

            All-star cast of speakers and a digitised experience of our events
            Enhanced non-event offering across mentoring and content publication
            Truly global network following the early success of our first international chapter
            Don’t forget to spread the word and donate generously!

            We also have an exciting range of perks just for you including exclusive meet & greet opportunities and of course, awesome YSPN merch!

            Check it out on Chuffed.org.

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            Leadership and Diversity in a Changing Market

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            Folding his hands and greeting his entire audience with a ‘Sat Shri Akal’ was how our guest, Rashpal Bhatti, greeted and stole the attention of all the attendees during our marquee event. Donned in a crisp white turban and a finely stitched suit, no one would have imagined the Vice President Marketing (Freight) of BHP would have exuded this extent of humility to his audience.

            In his calm and soft-spoken voice, Rashpal shared with his audience that he owed his success to his parents who immigrated to Britain in the 1960s from Nairobi, Kenya. Life for his family was not a piece of cake, as they had to go through periods of racial discrimination and being ostracised by many individuals who failed to recognise their identity and respect the background they came from. That did not stop Rashpal’s parents from working hard to provide him with the best education they possibly could. This was when Rashpal’s innate drive and mission to make his parents proud began as he excelled in his academics across various renowned education institutions in Britain.

            Confidently quoting various verses from the Guru Granth Sahib and then translating it into English, Rashpal engaged the audience and shared with great conviction on the importance of humility and lifelong learning to be successful at whatever anyone pursued – one of the tenets of Sikhism. Rashpal then progressed to engage the audience with his personal experiences of being adaptive, resilient and agile to be a more effective leader in his organisation.

            During the span of his career working across various multinational organisations, Rashpal admits that his journey was far from easy. He faced several challenges but modestly admits how he overcame them by developing his resilience and his ability to rebound, managing his level of mental and emotional openness and also focussing on continuous development to bring him to where he stands today.

            Rashpal ended his talk with a famous quote from the late Sumantra Ghoshal, an Indian scholar: “Leaders are not paid to preside over the inevitable; they are paid to make it happen what otherwise would not have happened.” This quote left the entire audience in awe on how Rashpal could articulate his thoughts and communicate his experiences through a mix of spirituality, facts and faith.

            After the event, there was immense positive feedback from the audience. For Joel Lim, an intern at Navitas, said that this was the first YSPN event he attended. Beaming from ear to ear, Joel said, “I am greatly impressed by the event as well as the valuable opportunity to network with Rashpal and other honourable guests from diverse careers. I look forward to attend future events organised by YSPN Perth.”

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            YSPN Summit 2017 reflections by Sofia Kaur

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            There is something incredibly enthralling about our human capacity to connect, to love and to put a piece of our minds and hearts into something that is not ourselves. Look at a mother’s love; a teacher’s commitment or a musician’s devotion to their art.

            On the weekend of the 16th/17th September, I spent the better part of 48 hours with a group of thirty-something young leaders intent on pouring themselves, wholly and without hesitation, into an organisation and vision that transcended their own.

            The 2017 Young Sikh Professional Network’s Leadership Summit was more than a weekend of strategy and planning; it was proof of the power that a giving and committed collective wield – a fitting reminder of Margaret Mead’s insistence that we must never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and dedicated citizens can, indeed, change the world.

            2017 has seen the birth of YSPN’s first international chapter; our entity is new with a membership that calls a sleepy cluster of islands at the bottom of the world home. We have always looked up at the flourishing diaspora of apne (our own) across the Tasman Sea, our eyes wide and admiring, like an eager younger sibling wanting to join in. In July this year, we launched YSPN in New Zealand to a room of over 100 young professionals. In conversation with these young people, one particularly compelling sentiment resounded, and in reflecting on the success of the launch, it occurred to me that it wasn’t just the stunning venue, or the wisdom shared by our guest speakers, or even the relevance of the kaupapa (the agenda) of the event that made that launch a success – it was simply that YSPN was needed.

            Being a part of YSPN’s international expansion is exciting as it is: to be able to take bold actions and make brave moves in creating conditions for our young people to succeed is, in equal parts, exhilarating, humbling and fulfilling. To be a young Sikh woman learning to enact a purposeful leadership in sewa (service) of our community is a whole new experience of empowerment.

            Of course, this endeavour is not without challenge. There is an entrenched status quo; a slowly unravelling youth apathy; the navigation of a previously uncharted space where ‘us’ and ‘them’ meet and of course, the inevitable roadblocks of any pioneering effort. Being the first people to do something for the first time demands tenacity and tact – a learning familiar to those who have worked tirelessly over the years to make YSPN what it is today in Australia, and a learning that we carry as we approach these challenges face-on in our city.

            The fruits of a mother’s love, a teacher’s commitment or a musician’s devotion to their art are plentiful. With our sibling chapters as our muse, an incredibly adept team on the ground, and a weekend spent at the Summit enveloped in the wairua (spirit) of an enduring commitment to the cause, I cannot wait to be witness to the impact YSPN will undoubtedly have on our young people, our community, and our legacy.

            Mā te wā – until next time.

            Sofia and the YSPN Auckland team

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            Creating the Society We Want to Live In with Sapreet Kaur

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            It’s all too easy to feel helpless in today’s era of fake news; the rapid flow of news and even faster reactions makes it easy to feel overwhelmed. Sapreet Kaur, Executive Director of the Sikh Coalition showed that the smallest actions while seemingly insignificant, can snowball into large movements over time.

            Speaking at YSPN events in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney, Sapreet illustrated how her parents inculcated values of sewa in their children through making sandwiches for the homeless. Her belief in the powerful of small, targeted actions in shifting our societies is energizing and communicates vital messages of our roles as human in being socially and civically conscious.

            Simren Samrai from Indian Link, wrote about how individuals can drive lasting change, and her own experiences listening to Sapreet in Sydney, you can read more here: http://www.indianlink.com.au/sikh-coalition/