Learning Night recap: CK Goyal shares his experience in inspiring teams remotely

Written by Joanna Ng Published on 

CK shares his life journey with us and 4 tips on inspiring teams remotely.

When the Oasis team were looking for like-minded individuals to begin the learning night series, we sounded out the idea to Draper Startup House. They immediately jumped on the idea (which we were super grateful for) as a supporting event partner, and that was how we embarked on this partnership. The co-founder of Draper Startup House, CK Goyal, is definitely one of the most ‘zen’ people I’ve ever met. Curious to know what we could learn from him, we invited him as one of our speakers for our first learning nights, and here’s how it went.

Raised as a Monk to Entrepreneur in Hospitality

CK started his talk recounting his life journey of being raised in a monastry for 10 years as a child. Isolated from the world, he decided that he wanted to venture out in order to find his passion. One of the main things he was interested in was people and studying them. While he was working and learning everything he could, he became really good with people skills that eventually with time, he started managing people. This led him to California, where he mentored and trained people before he co-founded Draper Startup House to inspire and enable entrepreneurs.

Photo by Rahul Patil on Unsplash

How to inspire your team?

CK mentioned in his talk that over 50% of the employees worldwide are uninspired by their jobs or their work.

  1. Communicate with empathy

How can we communicate effectively with others? CK mentions that as virtual calls become a normal part of our lives (especially during the pandemic period), most calls have become transactional and cold. We mostly call our teams when there is something to be done, and all that is being exchanged are work details. It is very important that we care about the person we are speaking to, and not treat it as a transaction.

  1. Every virtual call should be a team-building call

How do we do virtual calls? Raising the example of Simon Sinek, CK explains how inspiring it was to see a YouTube video of Simon doing a virtual call, where it shows real care and empathy for the people in the call. CK encouraged everyone to set aside 30 seconds to do a simple team-building exercise via calls even before the agenda starts. It can create a space for everyone to be inspired, rather than just clearing checkmarks off the list. These short sessions could be just everyone taking turns to tell a joke each session, or just having someone share about what has inspired them for the week. This changes the vibe greatly.

  1. Know your team

When there are many changes taking place, there are a lot of times leaders would just assume that teams would just follow. However, implementing changes is not easy and here are 3 things to take note of:

What: What change are we implementing?

How: How are we doing it? How can we communicate in a way that does not step on toes? By understanding and knowing the way your team works, this can be achieved.

Why: Why are we doing this?

  1. Being grateful

CK mentioned how we’ve all underestimated how important gratefulness is, especially to our mental wellbeing. Whenever we’re on calls, we can express our gratefulness to people; this would be a huge game-changer.

Ck sharing his journey during learning nights.

Questions from the floor

How do we deal with the emotional drain from virtual calls?

How I’ve dealt with this is that we need very strong discipline. Virtual calls are now more common than ever, and we are getting bombarded with instant messages and emails constantly. Therefore, it is very important to have strong discipline on when we use our phones. The other part is that: if it can be done by email, then we should cut down on the calls. Even though it seems ideal to jump on a call, looking at the agenda to see if a call is needed as this will give you more freedom to deal with other things that require more attention.

How do we navigate hard conversations (or disagreements) in virtual calls?

We can have disagreements, but our respect for one another is always 10 times higher. Sometimes letting go of control and trusting the person could go in a good direction. It’s hard to give up control especially if it is something you believe deeply in, but sometimes it’s good to just give it a shot even if you disagree. The main point is always respect for the other person.

About Draper Startup House The mission at Draper Startup House is to enable ONE MILLION entrepreneurs by 2030. Through the use of real human connection, inspired business travel, a diverse-minded community and access to global citizens – the community members of Draper Startup House are able to connect to new opportunities, inspire one another to innovate and execute, and empower one another to GO BIG, pay it forward, and drive progress. To be a part of the global community, join the Draper Entrepreneur Network today!

About Draper Startup House Ventures Draper Startup House Ventures is a global syndicate created for the sole purpose of helping entrepreneurs receive better access to funding beyond geographical borders, while helping to cultivate a network of entrepreneurial growth. To find out more, visit https://den.draperstartuphouse.com/ventures.

If you are interested in speaking at an Oasis learning night or want to partner for an event, please email [email protected]


Joanna Ng

Joanna Ng is the Community Coordinator at KrASIA.


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