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CamAWiSE Women in STEMM series – Kalai Jayaseelan

I was a former Bioinformatician at the EMBL-EBI, an inter-governmental European Research Organisation. I was also a Trusted Advisor at the EMBL’s Ombud’s office, helping staff to help themselves during crisis and conflict. While at EMBL, I Co-founded Sukhaatma, an initiative to provide personalised Alternative Mind-Body Medicine Consultations. Currently, I am full-time on my effort where I regularly offer Emotional Intelligence, Personal effectiveness and Leadership training for Scientific, Academic and Health organisations and transformational coaching services for individuals.

“Know what is it that you want. Choose one thing and one thing only and give all your attention to it.”

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Blog – Strategic Leadership

By Dina Julia Ashour

Today, humans spend a vast amount of time in organisational contexts, always interacting with others, working towards a shared goal. The ability to effectively communicate shared goals, manage teams and individuals is, hence, of tremendous value in work, volunteering and even in personal relationships.

Despite leadership advice often focusing on changing the individual and sometimes going as far as advising to manipulate others, not much of the popularly shared articles and TED talks approach leadership from an angle of approaching co-workers and stakeholders from a point of curiosity and connection.

However, even in an increasingly tech-driven world, it is vital to use emotional intelligence to lead strategically, explains Kalai Vanii Jayaseelan. Kalai is a former bioinformatician, co-founder of Sukhaatma where she trained hundreds of employees and leaders worldwide in tech, healthcare, research, and change-making.

In this workshop, she guided her diverse audience through concepts of strategic leadership, on how to break down the goal of an organisation to the goals of the individuals making it up – in the end it is humans performing work even when assisted by technology.

As leaders in our organisations, we are often confronted by volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous outlooks and problems. To be future-ready, leaders must therefore embrace systems thinking – to explore and understand the interconnectedness inherent in our work – and thereby develop the foresight to address the challenges, even if unprecedented and complex to solve.

So how does emotional intelligence fit into developing these seemingly superhuman skills?

The solution proposed is one of stepping out of automated behaviours and looking to increase your awareness of yourself and that of those around you. This turns out to be a practice in the truest sense of the word: You need to interrupt yourself, sit down and think about how you engage with others and practice what you believe from that analysis to work better. The goal is to develop empathy and to be a good listener which just means to collect information reliably and appropriately.

On a visceral level, this will resonate with many. Not only are we often annoyed by how e.g. co-workers can be thoughtless or insensitive to us as people but we are just as familiar with orders or communication that simply do not achieve their goal because they do not consider the needs of those supposed to facilitate them.

It is time we step out of the automation in our organisations and engage on a human level, to take a step back and actually engage. Our work lives and our productivity can only benefit from it.

Related article: Blog – Effective Leadership in a Changing World

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Strategic Planning: Become a Future-ready Leader

Date: 11th February 2021

Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Online

When it comes to leadership roles, it is crucial to understand that having a leadership position and having excellent leadership skills are two different things. Luckily for us, evidence shows we can acquire these skills through the right training.

To accurately assess who we are as a leader, where we are and where we are going requires an extraordinary degree of awareness about self, others and the environment. If you want to make sure your strategic planning process is deeply meaningful and highly effective for you and your stakeholders, you must learn to view it through the lens of Emotional Intelligence.

This workshop will cover:

  • Overview of the traditional strategic planning process and its limitations.
  • Essential skills you need as a leader to future-proof your strategy.
  • Awareness-based toolkits for successful strategic planning and execution.

At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Find greater alignment as a leader and become more effective at what you do.
  • Work intentionally and efficiently with your stakeholders.
  • Have heightened clarity about the strategising process and takeaway implementation tools.

The workshop will be followed by a short CamAWISE Annual General Meeting, all are welcome to attend.

ALL WELCOME (all genders and non-STEMM).

Booking for this has now closed.

Click here to see the rest of the workshops in the Leadership Mindset series.


We are delighted to be joined by Kalai Vanii Jayaseelan who was a former Bioinformatician and Trusted Advisor at the EMBL-EBI an inter-governmental European research organisation. She is a certified teacher of ‘Search Inside Yourself’ immersive Leadership Training Program, developed at Google and based on Neuroscience, Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence. She is also part of the CamAWISE Steering Committee.

After a decade long career in the research organisation, Kalai has Co-founded Sukhaatma, which provides Holistic Healthcare Services to individuals and Transformational Employee Training solutions to organisations.

Through this initiative, Kalai has successfully trained hundreds of employees and leaders worldwide in tech, healthcare, research, and change-making. Kalai’s embodiment of authenticity, empathy, presence, and ability to embrace unpredictability creates powerful holding space for transformational learning to take place in participants.

Find out more about Kalai Vanii Jayaseelan – Search Inside Yourself teacher and Co-founder at Sukhaatma.

Schedule a call or register your interest with her to bring Leadership and Adaptive Resilience training to your virtual workplace for a transformative experience.

Leadership Mindset Workshop Series 2021

The CamAWiSE four-part workshop series has been created to help you develop a strong foundation of leadership. It is designed for those aspiring to learn the key skills and traits for taking control of your progress in the workplace and beyond.

The series provides the opportunity to engage in activities and discussions that will help you grow as a leader. You will add to your toolbox of leadership skills and leave with the confidence necessary to advance in work settings, personal growth and career advancement.

Rethink your personal leadership style – Build-up your leadership skills

The workshops will be run by our well-known and experienced facilitators.
How will you develop your own leadership?
Join us for the series or select your workshops as stand-alones.

You don’t need to necessarily be in a leadership role to attend any of the workshops, these are still very beneficial for your development for your personal growth.

Women in Leadership – Hack your Leadership Mind, with Naily Makangu – 21st January 2021

Strategic Planning: Become a Future-ready Leader, with Kalai Vanii Jayaseelan – 11th February 2021

Leadership in Effective Change, with Julie Hogbin – 9th March 2021

Intercultural Competencies and Leadership, with Danielle Feger – 13th April 2021

Blog – Strategic Leadership

Today, humans spend a vast amount of time in organisational contexts, always interacting with others, working towards a shared goal. The ability to effectively communicate shared goals, manage teams and individuals is, hence,  of tremendous value in work, volunteering and even in personal relationships.

Despite leadership advice often focusing on changing the individual and sometimes going as far as advising to manipulate others, not much of the popularly shared articles and TED talks approach leadership from an angle of approaching co-workers and stakeholders from a point of curiosity and connection.

However, even in an increasingly tech-driven world, it is vital to use emotional intelligence to lead strategically, explains Kalai Vanii Jayaseelan. Kalai is a former bioinformatician, co-founder of Sukhaatma where she trained hundreds of employees and leaders worldwide in tech, healthcare, research, and change-making.

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