#HBLeadership Notes

Awesome panel with Steve Petranik, David Matlin, Lori McCarney, Peter Kim, and Matt Apana. Loved the sports analogies. All about performance and accountability. Photo Credit: Dean Ramos

What a great event to attend. Got a chance to see some familiar faces and network. Took plenty of notes and planning to apply all the knowledge shared during the day. The following are some highlights I interpreted:

Win-Win Negotiations

  • Focus on need vs. want
  • Understanding feelings and cultural differences
  • Understanding the context of what you’re negotiating

Leadership Lessons from the Hokulea

  • Trust is very important to build and it takes time
  • Mentors should help mentees along but when there’s an opportunity, get out of their way so the mentees can learn
  • Reading is not the same as being put through the challenges

Briding the Gap: Diversity is the Key Ingredient

  • When you have a diverse group in your team, it’s just the beginning of the challenges
  • Create the environments for relationships to build naturally
  • Give the opportunity for cultures to not just be around each other but to connect and share

Did you attend the Hawaii Business Leadership Conference? Want to exchange detailed notes? Let’s talk story. Holler @ me.

Hiking: Paved or the Unbeaten track

At the peak of the Makapu‘u Lighthouse Trail (Photo Credit: Dean Ramos)

My, my, my, it has been a while since I hiked this relatively easy, paved trail. Not sure when it was repaved but there was plenty of new steps and guard rails that I don’t recall since the last time I went to the Makapu‘u Lighthouse.

As I was enjoying the view and appreciating the changes made to the trail, it dawned on me that hiking is a lot like challenges I have with my line of work. Some hikes are documented by individuals and other hikes are officially in the record books (such as the Makapu‘u Lighthouse Trail). This observation is a good or a bad thing depending on your perspective.

Discovering these new guard rails and steps, part of me thought, “This is not adventurous anymore. There’s going to be a ton of tourist now and it’s not going to be as peaceful as it was before.” On the other hand, seeing so many people enjoy being outside and the views reminded me that I cannot be greedy about all the nice things Hawaii has to offer. At the end of the day, it made me happy, even though the rails are deterring people like me who tend to go off the beaten path.

Just like changes to a system, there’s going to be positives and negatives. It all depends on the stakeholders, especially the users. I’m not the only one interested in seeing awesome views and Hawaii does generate an income with visitors. There’s plenty to debate (rail, bikeshare, paved hikes, skyscrapers, etc) but I hope the changes have positives that outweigh the negatives.

Got a favorite hike? Do you like discovering awesome sights? Let’s talk story. Holler @ me.