Well, after turning down the previous invite, I got invited again for breakfast with the CEO. I guess that the so-called random selection of people is not so random after all. Instead of having them bug me again, I decided to just go and sit at the back to listen quietly (and near to the food obviously).
Turns out that our CEO is quite an eloquent and charismatic speaker. This is important for a leader. He painted the big picture of where we were, where we are, and where we will be in the future. Listening to him speak, I have to totally agree that he has got the picture right and that it is the correct vision that our nation should be heading towards and that it is also very practical indeed.
However, the problem within our country has never been a lack of vision – but a lack of proper execution.
I was glad that I got to raise a couple of important issues and that I would not had another opportunity to raise. So, I said a few words and let the CEO explain the situation away. At the end of the talk, I honestly felt that it was a positive thing to have attended the talk and had my opportunity to air my piece. Regardless of what happens after this, I will know that I had at least had the opportunity to raise my voice.