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Sun 14 Dec 2008 04:00 AM

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Change will come

While the news is dominated by global recession and the UAE fights hard from its firm foundations to remain stable while everyone else crumbles, for one day only, the world had some positive news - Barrack Obama was elected the 44th American President, more importantly, the first black president.

While the news is dominated by global recession and the UAE fights hard from its firm foundations to remain stable while everyone else crumbles, for one day only, the world had some positive news - Barrack Obama was elected the 44th American President, more importantly, the first black president.

A united people was given hope for a brighter future and minority groups across America and further afield, were inspired to strive for personal achievement against the odds.

People came together and brought about change, and this can be achieved in the workplace too, when a team comes together, interacts and works towards a common goal.

Obviously we won't all become the president of a country, or even of our own companies, but with an inspirational leader driving people, it moves us all to re-evaluate and look at what we have achieved, and try to be the best we can.

Much emphasis is placed on selection procedures, training and motivation of teams, but the celebrated success stories in business generally come down to great leadership - people who are inspirational in their own right.

Richard Branson and Bill Gates are two of the more prominent industry figures, but think of the multitude of people that aren't in the public eye, who are at the helm of many successful businesses, who have ridden the storms and come out the other side.

As leaders, we need to continuously nurture and develop our teams, but we also need to consistently grow and develop ourselves - learn from the environment and from external training.

The events industry is made up of so many small to medium sized companies, but who assesses the training needs of the owners and managers?

How often do you look at your own performance and approach and think "could I do better? Could I change?"

It is easy to become complacent, especially when the bank balance looks healthy, but next year is going to be challenging and change is always around the corner.

Ensure that you are doing the best by yourself and your staff and make sure you keep on your toes and ahead of the game, and become the leader or team player everyone puts their trust in and wants to move forward with, no matter what.

Rebecca Wilson director of ESP international, a specialist HR consultancy for the events industry.

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