18 February 2019, Apia Samoa. Samoa Stationery and Books SSAB held a two and a half day retreat for all their Managers in Upolu and Savaii at Taumeasina Island Resort.
Held over the weekend, the theme for this year’s event was “Level Up”.
President and CEO of SSAB, Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai explained the theme encouraging her management team to improve all areas of their work as they move forward as an organisation.
“For those of you who are familiar with video games the term level up is significant,” she told her staff.
“It is it important because it means you are progressing with the game and when you earn points during the game, this enables you to ‘level up’ and to add more strength and power to your game and character.
“So for us, we are here today because I want you all to “level up” and I want us to be smarter, wiser and better managers.”
The gathering focuses on maximising performances, enhancing growth and productivity by acknowledging the individuals strengths, weaknesses and collectively strategizing on the best way forward.
One of the most important topics that were also in discussion during the get together was the Christian Leadership Principles where SSAB Savaii Managing Director FuimaonoTagaloa Fritz as well as former Attorney General, Aumua Ming Leung Wai and Tofilau shared their knowledge on why this is important.
Aumua stated it is important for everyone to adopt principles from the Bible and apply these to their daily lives, even their own families.
He added the most trusted leadership encyclopaedia there is, is the Bible.
“Many would try and read leadership books and research leadership courses on the internet, however the answer is with you, the Bible, read the stories and learn from them,” says Aumua.
Speaking about the gathering, Tofilau said she believes the fastest way to grow a business is to grow its leaders.
“We can only grow if we have an open mind, teachable heart, willingness to learn and the wisdom to assess, evaluate and discern what we will be discussing,” she said,
“To have an open mind to criticism and any complaints or advice because this is an opportunity to grow.”