The program, we all thought was going to have a low turn up due to poor publicity and for the very fact that, it was on a week day where majority will be having lectures rather saw the Jophus Anamuah Mensa Conference Centre came to a standstill.
Miss Comfort Ocran was first to mount the podium. She beautifully delivered a message on integrity. Even though she said a lot, I would like to share with our readers some of her quotations "if you want your career to last, be a person of integrity" "integrity opens doors that will be shut at you" "it is not what life throws at you but how you respond to life". She concluded with the price for integrity. Paramount among them include trust, a desire to protect your name and guarding your brand jealously.
In a lead to the keynote address, the Chaplain, Rev. Wilson took some moment to tell the purpose of the gathering. He was generally impressed with the turn up. He also used the occasion to appeal to the Springboard team to make UEW part of the roadshow in the near future and for it to become an annual program for the University of Excellence.
He finally expressed hope that the the program will change the outlook of students.
There came the man of the moment, Rev. Albert Ocran. In his keynote address, he used the theory or the law of "KAIZEN" (a Japanese word for improvement). His central theme was however on "Continues improvement as a springboard to realising our Dream". He admonished the attitude of those who wants to succeed, seeing the end but neglecting the process. Thus it's the process that rather matters.
He continued and pointed out one thing, that is peculiar with all role models - "consistent progress and improvement".
Why KAIZEN ? because sustainable change doesn't happen instantly. You should be patience with yourself and plan your life step by step.
In his three fold framework for personal transformation, he said the first one is:
"Improving yourself". Under that, one needs to grow in Faith, Character (Value) and Relationships.
The second framework was "Improving your value" He said that, the choices you make can add up to your value. So, there should be a cursory look at Brand position, Leveraging, Income streams, Network and knowledge. A bit on knowledge, he believes lies outside your course outline.
The third framework was "Improve your strategy" this he said you can achieve by Getting it right the first time, Execute faster, Execute cheaper, Execute Hassle-free! and lastly, Be the more efficient one.
I guess I just brought to your doorstep springboard '16, "UEW Dares to Dream" well, in conclusion, he left the students with the quotation " Starts today and enjoy the journey "
On the fun side of the programme saw many students walking away with free goodies. In what was termed the Wow moment, where a draw was done by picking names from a bowl saw one student who was only identified as Bismark, walked away with a brand new Samsung S3, 3 packs of fandago, Ghc50 worth of mtn credit, 3 note pads, 3 pens also from mtn and books from Rev. Albert Ocran.
Students were awe-inspiring about the programme and vowed not to miss next year edition of the Springboard Roadshow.