'I enjoyed how the session felt like a conversation instead of a talk'
Last Wednesday evening, the first 'How I Did It' session took place, at Birmingham Hippodrome, with Piali Das Gupta talking to the ASTONish cohorts about her own leadership journey. The 'How I Did It' sessions are open and honest discussions with experts in their fields and it can't be emphasised enough how valuable these sessions are to giving the cohorts real insight into so many aspects of leadership and the contexts leaders across different sectors work in . The nature of the sessions allows the experts to really share the things that are helpful to others.
Piali Das Gupta is the Assistant Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council and we really appreciate her finding the time to come and talk to us.
We spoke to some of the cohorts after the session to find out how it had been helpful and here are some of the responses;
'There has been lots of information. I'm looking at how to connect the information given to how it is relevant to me and how I can apply it'
'It's an eye opener. There's so much politics involved. Learning this helps me understand how I can navigate around and through it. If I understand it then I can really know how to think outside the box.'
'It reminded me to be active as a citizen, how important it is to vote. Also the importance of being creative with partnerships and funding. I enjoyed how the session felt like a conversation instead of a talk. It was interesting to find out the facts and have some myths busted.'