Sri Lanka Association of Printers (SLAP) organized together with Dr Errol Wirasinghe organized a workshop on Decision Making and negotiation skills on the 20th of October 2017. But what’s the significance of a workshop on decision making? That’s a question that was left unanswered until I attended the workshop on Decision Making by Dr. Errol Wirasinghe. Do you think you make good decisions every day and all the time? I think I make good decisions, in fact, we all think that. But here’s a fact that we didn’t know, all of us rely on various methods to make good decisions (at least what we presume as good decisions). I usually, always rely on my gut feeling and common sense.
Who is Dr Errol Wirasinghe?
Born in Sri Lanka, Dr Errol was one of the rebellious kids long before we even knew of the meaning of the word. He was one of those personalities who worked himself to the top of the mountain to achieve the wellness and good in life. At the age of 16, he was aiding to repair machines and traveled to tea factories with a toolbox with his superior. That boy with the toolbox in his hands went to become an author, consultant, speaker, trainer and a pioneer on decision making. He has conducted session all around Sri Lanka as well as all around the world. His clients include well reputed companies such as Wal-Mart, Areva, Technip, General dynamics, Shell Oil Co and also the US Navy.
He studied Engineering in England and moved to Venezuela to conduct his research. He has lived, worked and trained professionals in Asia, Mid-East, Europe, North America, South America. And it is evident that his life has been and still is an adventure. Dr Errol is, without a doubt, the pioneer in decision making. But the most important fact that we should remember is that Dr Errol is a more jubilant person and he lives by the quote “learn, earn and return” and is a humble person who is ready to guide anyone.
What you didn’t know about SLAP
Sri Lankan Association of Printers also known as SLAP decided to take a step forward and organize a workshop on Decision Making and negotiation skills for everyone in the printing industry and elsewhere. SLAP was established in the year 1956. With a history of more than half a decade, SLAP is the authoritative body representing the interests of the printing industry, established in order to safeguard and adapt to the transitions in the global printing industry. From the first president (M.D.A. Wijesinghe) to the current president ( Ranjith Fernando), every president and every member have worked towards developing the printing community in Sri Lanka along with the transitions in the industry. SLAP produced the first “Sri Lankan Print Magazine” that talked about achievements of each company in the printing industry and the advancements in the world.
Dr Errol on Decision Making
The workshop started at 9, not allowing the rain or the heavy traffic to become an obstacle. Even though there was no introduction necessary,Dr Errol Wirasinghe introduced himself to the participants. After the formalities were completed, the workshop started off with the topic “decision making”. One of the key things the Developer of the XpertUS decision-making software highlighted was that we make decisions because of ‘change’ and even though we didn’t quite understand what he meant by that, while he proceeded with his explanation, everyone in the room understood how ‘change’ lead Q&A series that was designed to understand the importance of calculated decision making. Dr Errol walked the participants through the ‘pits & perils’ of decision making along with the remedies. It was indeed a delightful session on decision making and Dr.Errol one of those few speakers who didn’t let the crowd get bored of excessive amounts of facts and information.
After the lunch break, the workshop focused on negotiating and negotiation skills. Dr. Wirasinghe told the crowd that every action of our lives is and was a negotiation of some sorts and we couldn’t agree more. We cannot put everything we learned from the workshop in words because everyone in the crowd was grasping everything that they thought they did know but didn’t. And it was evident why many reputed companies around the world invite Dr.Errol to conduct training programmes; it’s because the knowledge this author passes on is indeed valuable and does, in fact, change our decision making patterns.