Sunday, October 3, 2010

Leadership Transferability...

Sometime ago, I had this question over at LinkedIn - "Would you
Phil Jackson?"; and recently a sports-related question that I
as well was asked, "Do athletes have an edge in the
what do we see here?

Possible career change opportunities for capable professionals.
consequently, the question of skills transferability that goes
with it.

"All business, from potato chips to washing machines to jet
is about people selling to people." - Tom Peters

Everything is really just common sense including business. Yet
many who are fortunate to be in the right place at the right
, they
try to add prestige in what they do, which is good; but
most do it at
the expense of those trying to make a cross-over
in their careers.
They try to make it sound complicated.

Why? This brings us to a reasonable conclusion that they are
afraid of competition or simply intimidated by
great talents who could
run them aground. Talking of self
confidence, huh? Kaput. For if
one really has it, he would
acknowledge that experience is simply
repetition. Oh, well,
how many times have I said that in the past

Anything can be learned and mastered by one who is truly
enthusiastic -
it's just a matter of learning ability. More so,
it's one's brain that
solves problems, creates and innovates.

As far as "applied experience" is concerned - tell this to the
who questions such. They maybe in the slower group.

"Revolutions aren't made by gadgets and technology.
made by a shift in power, which is taking place all
over the world.
Today, intellectual capital is at least as important
as money capital
and probably more so." - Walter B. Wriston

Have you ever wondered how an insecure person became a
Could he have just been surrounded by much lesser
After all, birds of the same feather flock together.
Ooops, wait a second.
This is never to demean anyone but to
challenge the seated and
specially those who claim to be
"forward thinking" Leaders.

It's about time you recognize how highly competitive professionals
from other sectors are. One would not dare make a career
transition if he does not believe he could contribute and succeed
on the other side of the fence - specially if he is a Leader.

Transferability is a question not for real talents but for the
minds. Competence is a matter of opportunity.

"The truly successful businessman is essentially a dissenter,
a rebel who is seldom if ever satisfied with the status quo."
~ J. Paul Getty

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Growing Your Seeds... Part III

Almost always, having a case study makes discussions and
explanations clearer; and for the audience, it's just a matter of
an open mind to go with receptive ears; hence, let's start
this blog
from where we left off.

"How come when I want a pair of hands, I get a human being
as well?"
- Henry Ford

As a human being, bear in mind that you are dealing with fellow
human beings as well. Respect is the key to good relationships.

As a Leader, you would go a long way if you know how to value

We may belong to different races, speak different languages,
practice different traditions but realize that God created us
although under different circumstances.

This means, with brains and the right attitude, we can make it...
it's just a question of cooperation. See, we know that we are all
this together, so, why not just help each other? Worry not
is still a pie for everybody so don't be deaf. If life is
then learn to really listen.

You might say, "but we are into business, why include talks of
Well, business is part of life. And for one to say such puts
a dent
to his being, as does this mean that one could just plow
with money? Is he a conscientious Leader then?
Worth following?
You might succeed to a certain point but
sooner or later your
principles would hurt you.

"Management and union maybe likened to that serpent of the
who on one body had two heads that, fighting each other
poisonous fangs, killed themselves." - Peter Drucker

What happened to Dan Gilbert and LeBron James was such a
They had their points but they did not "talk" before coming
out in the
open. Look what happened? Their break up hurt them
both whether they realize it or not.
Sure the Cavs may find
another "LeBron" in the future and James
could win a
championship with Miami -- but at what expense?

Currently, they have hurt their public image. Later on, LeBron
either hurt his legacy or his new found relationships
after some time
specially with Dwyane Wade who not only is
the Heat's franchise
player but plays exactly like James.
Some inside competition
brewing, huh? And it could be unhealthy.

Oh yes, Magic had Worthy and Kareem while Jordan had Pippen
and Rodman -- but come to think of it, it's really a different case.
James and Chris Bosh are no rookies nor veterans in their 30's
but in their prime when they were acquired.

And Dan Gilbert?
His emotions could give worry to his organization and every
entity he deals with.

Yet, let's just wait and see... as only time can tell.

In the end, it would boil down to accepting roles and team
chemistry as how it is for a regular business organization that
laymen understands it to be.

This is the challenge for its Leaders -- growing your seeds.

"A well-run business must have high and consistent standards of
ethics." - Richard Branson

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Growing Your Seeds... Part II

There is this line in a song that goes... "Why do we always hurt
ones we love?"; and certainly, this is true. People could
never avoid
hurting the ones they love no matter how hard they
try. This is
because it is with them that we regularly interact with,
and so
misunderstandings are inevitable.

Think about this then. If these things happen with family, how
more with others whom attachments are not as deep?
In this case,
at work.

For this article, let us talk a bit about relationships --
work relationships.

"Top management must know how good or bad employees'
conditions are. They must eat in the employees'
visit the... lavatories. If they are not good enough
for those in charge,
they are not good enough for anyone."
~ Marcus Sieff

You must have heard of putting oneself in the shoes of another;
this is to help one understand others. This is what empathy
is all
about. Even the Bible speaks of doing to others what you
want them
do to you. This is the foundation of good relationships.
Yet as we
know, misunderstandings still happen.

Again, why?

Because of constant interaction? Well, we have mentioned that
earlier that even family with shared goals undergo it. Do we then
stop interacting? Of course not! That would be ridiculous!
No life,
no business, no nothing!

"When there's a deep-seated conflict between management
labor, it's because of autocratic management practices."
~ Ken Iverson

In the sports industry, for those of you who have followed the
summer free agency rush... remember the issue between
Cavaliers' owner Dan Gilbert and LeBron James?

A surprised Dan Gilbert had his emotions run high after LeBron
ditched the Cavs. It was but natural for the people of Cleveland
feel dismayed as well as LeBron is the team's star; in
terms, he's the star salesman. However, a private,
no holds
barred meeting between parties could have been held
the decision was made to settle what needs to be settled.

Growing your seeds takes a lot of effort but rewards are great
when you understand how to do it... and do it. More next issue.

"An organization can develop a strong and vibrant voice of
conscience only by finding ways to harmonize its multiple
of conscience." - Frederick Bruce Bird

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Growing Your Seeds...

We have just had the third part of our series Your People but then,
it does not end there. And why not? Human resources is, after all,
an organization's greatest asset. Fathom that while management
is about technicalities, leadership is about people. Oh yes, I heard
you... Vision. But then, vision involves steering your organization,
your people to a higher level.

"We desperately need... a national and global economy in which
people act not only as consumers but as citizens, in which workers
reassert their responsibility for themselves and the success of
their companies." - Hillary Clinton

See? The foundation of a great company lies on how well it handles
its people. You know that... unfortunately, not all knows how to bring
out the best in their people.


People in your company should not be taken for granted, but
nurtured and cared for. They are your internal customers. They
bring in the business for you. They make customers happy enough
to make them come back for more, thus, helping spread the good
word about your company's products and services. Your people
are your company's ambassadors of goodwill, the direct extension
of your office, of your company.

Catch them doing right even for minor tasks rather than finding faults.

Be broadminded. Allow for some mistakes from your employees.
Help them realize that failure is not so bad but can be part of growing.
Understand that committing a mistake is normal so long as one
learns from it and does not repeat it.

One way to "exploit, reverse and maximize" on this is by investing
in the hiring, training and development of your employees, bottoms
up and across other functional areas of the company.

"Companies die because their managers focus on the economic
activity of producing goods and services, and they forget that their
organization's true nature is that of a community of humans."
~ Arie De Geus

With that, look for hidden talents of employees that might have been
overlooked. Encourage them to perform tasks they're smart enough
of doing.

Apply positive strokes, words of encouragement, and a healthy
working environment. Cheer for your employees so they are
encouraged to go beyond what is required of them. Help ordinary
employees deliver extraordinary results.

Lastly, if possible, make public announcements like press releases
about outstanding performances of employees. Like artists and
musicians, employees need an applause after a good performance.

Sounds simple? So, have you?

"Growing your seeds starts with recognizing the seed then doing
what it takes to nurture it to its full potential."

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Your People... Part III

In our previous article, we ended with the thought of how to make
our people happy. As we all know, endless surveys and studies
and even discussions in business and networking sites have
made about this.

For starters, a good guide would be to understand Maslow's
of needs. Since everybody has his own needs, wants
and dreams --
being happy is a person-to-person basis. Thus,
get to know your
people a little more. Talking to your people is
never a waste of time
or effort but employee turn over is, so
recognize their requirements
and don't get under their skin.
Foster a healthy working environment.

"You can't treat people like an expense item." - Andrew Grove

See, employees are human beings not equipments that you
just take for granted or throw away. More so, fathom that
maybe a good motivator to most but a good treatment is
a necessity
to all. Be empathic. I am sure you have heard of it
so many times
already but it's about time you apply it.

Making your people happy is crucial to retaining the best talents
attracting potentials. Realize that if you do not treat people
well, not
only will they leave you but news will leak on what kind of
you have. And it's not something that would help
your company
move with great strides.

Word-of-mouth works on employees and leaders just like
how it works on customers.

"You can do a lot of talking to your employees, and you can buy
turkeys at Christmas if that's your hobby, but it isn't going to help
you one bit to keep the employee happy." - Thomas J. Watson

Hence, know that good treatment does not mean pampering.
Pampering would even hamper your child's potential to be the
that he can be. Good treatment is about valuing your people

Consider the basics.

Give your people job security... you get their legs;
give your people recognition... you get their ears;
give your people space... you get their eyes;
give your people growth... you get their hands;
give your people authority... you get their minds;
give your people respect... you get their souls;
give your people yourself... you get their hearts.

Do you follow?

"The worse mistake a boss can make is not to say 'well done'."
- John Ashcroft

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Your People... Part II

So... still skeptical about the value of your people? Of course not,
as you would say. But how come you could just fire them or lay

Well, firing is understandable if competence has negatively
productivity. But what about laying off?

"Recession isn't the fault of the workers. If management take
risk of hiring them, we have to take the responsibility for
~ Morita Akio

Oh, so, it's the outside factors. Yet, who is in charge of the
direction? The Executives. Particularly the CEO.
Hence, if there's
anyone who should be "laid off", shouldn't it be
the CEO? Makes
more sense, right?

Yes, CEOs and everybody else can be fired, recession or not
but for
ineptitude or worse... for embezzlement. But why lay off
your people
if not for those reasons? As the Leader, can't you
find any other
means than what you think as an obvious

"If corporate health falters, the priority should be to mobilize
potential, to restore or maintain trust and civic
behaviour and to
increase professionalism and good
citizenship." - Arie De Geus

See, we even keep telling the world our people is like family.
People, WACADAD.
"Words are cheap and deeds are dear".
When you say family, you
should be aware of the responsibilities
that go with it. Unfortunately,
many just likes the fun, no wonder
why there's so many break ups.

Hold it there. Let's get off the down side and back to business.

Family is about staying together for better or for worse. If there's
a problem, you talk about it, you look for ways, you don't blame
each other and separate. You hold on even more in tough times.
Family makes each other better people.

An organization who really treats people like family understands
what family is; and applies its principles resulting in a stronger
unit ready for challenges and always aspiring.

"You do not get good people if you lay off half your work force
because one year the economy isn't very good and then
you hire
them back." - Ken Iverson

Value your people just like how you value your customers.
Treat your people just like how you treat your family.

Notice, successful organizations and families have, among
others, the most crucial thing in common -- they are happy.
when you are happy, it brings out the best in you.
Everything is
done with much enthusiasm, great ideas just
come pouring in,
and the cash register, yes, the cash register... just keeps ringing!

Do you know how to make your people happy?

Stay tuned.

"You are the company, its success depends and reflects on
how much you value your people."

Friday, July 16, 2010

Your People...

How many of you still thinks that employees are expenses
of assets? We have heard of this. So, one... thousands?


Well, perhaps these people would say "just look at the books,
do employees fall on?" Uhmm... trying to use logic huh,
blind? This is like, which came first, chicken or egg?
There are those
who would say egg, for they would argue that
before becoming a
chicken, it would still be an egg.

Alright then. We'd just run circles if we fall for that. It's just like
that employees are expenses instead of assets.

You want logic, here's logic.

Did God create Cain or Abel before He did Adam and Eve?
Did God
fashion an egg before showing us the chicken?
You might say "but
that's not business". Right.

Leaders, readers... everything is simply common sense.
complicate things to make it sound prestigious. It would
only show
how shallow you are if that's the case. Everything
can be learned. And if only you
look deeper, you would realize
how valuable your employees are.
And it's not because others
say so, but because you really
understand how business works.

"A personnel man with his arm around an employee is like
treasurer with his hand in the till." - Robert Townsend

Without employees, you would not have the people to help you

produce... from visualizing to creating to innovating to marketing

to selling to collecting and all.

Oh, what if you are a "one-man army"? Guess what? We are
talking about the value of the employee not about yours. For if
insist on that argument then sadly, you are narcissistic and
do not
deserve to have employees.

"It is difficult to love mankind unless one has a reasonable
income and when one has a reasonable income,
one has better
things to do than loving mankind."
~ Hugh Kingsmill

Without empathy, you can never be that Leader. Yes, you could

pay your people to do this and that; but have you ever wondered
of what your performance appraisal would be if they be the ones
to do it on you instead? Good?? Technically possible, however,
satisfaction, respect and loyalty is yours if you not only know
job but understand and value your people.

Do you? Then walk the talk.

"People are people... not personnel." - Tom Peters

Friday, July 2, 2010

Building That Institution... Part III

From responsibility and legacy in the first part to continuity and
courage in the second part -- finally, we come to the last act of
series... "intentions" and "cooperation".

"The public has become pretty cynical about big business and
for good reason. Sometimes our cars were so bad, they felt we
built them that way on purpose." - Lee Iacocca

Isn't it incidental? Lee Iacocca... hmm... Toyota..?? Although
was plagued with management and sales problems
and Iacocca
became its saviour, Toyota was a little different.
But, can you and
your organization survive and thrive if you
deliberately produce
defective products? Wait. Did I say
Toyota "intentionally" did that?

Well... "intentions". That's the starting point of any undertaking.
It's like soul searching. Are you going to play to win, or sell your
game just to earn a few bucks? Will you be fair and sportsman
Or are you going to take the game by hook or by crook?
Objectives. Vision. The torch you need before
starting a journey.

Did Toyota lack one? Certainly not. They come a long way now
for people to just judge them like that. Like all other "institutions",
their vision was good and constantly marketed and sold quality

What happened then? It's the passing of the torch, it simply
to give light to everybody concerned.

In short, vision should be shared and cooperation mustered --
infinitum. It's a Leadership Issue. Quality control was just a
of the tree. As a Leader, you should not merely unite
your people
into one force but look into the effects of your
actions before

"Virtually all economic activity in the contemporary world is
carried out not by individuals but by organizations that require
a high degree of social cooperation." - Francis Fukuyama

See, to aim high is not a problem. Aspiration is what makes
world advance. However, to shoot for the stars without
where your arrow will land is the problem.

To build that institution, do not put too much weight on dollars
get other leaders and organizations to play fair and realize
accountability as well.

You earn not just a living through people but more, therefore,
make sure
you deserve their trust.

With their continued trust, an institution is in the making.

"A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of
business." - Henry Ford

Friday, June 18, 2010

Building That Institution... Part II

How is your company so far? Is it moving in the direction stated
your vision? How's the people within your organization? Are
working for you just because they need a job? Or are they
because they truly believe in the organization?

Believe. That's the key word. Believe. Faith moves mountains.

"The accomplishment of individual and collective purposes in
the most fulfilling ways possible will create winning
organizations." - Craig R. Hickman

Once we get people to our side, then we have taken that crucial
step into building that institution. It's all about shared goals. It's
about mutual benefits. It's all about commitment.

You see, a great vision is nothing if you are unable to get
from your people, from your audience. And
commitment, I mean,
is really all about continuity.

Look around you. Any worthwhile undertaking or important
without continuity, will go to waste. Say, a president
may have
started great projects but if these are stalled when he
is no longer
around, what's the use?

Continuity. That's what an "institution" is all about. To build one,
you strengthen your today. Today is a gift, that is why it's called
present. Thus, you do what it takes to build a strong
Understand what you have and use your today
wisely, only then
have you paved the road for continuity.

Building an institution takes more than just a vision. You need
cooperation from others and courage from yourself.

"Those who are going to be in business tomorrow are those
understand that the future, as always, belongs to the
- William Bernbach

Do you have what it takes?

The future is not for the adamant but for the open-minded. It is
for the selfish but for the caring. Not for the "first to get there"
for the forward thinking. The "first to get there" could be
for air but the forward thinking would still have much to

The future... is not for the traditional mind
but for the courageous heart.

Do you honestly know where you stand?

"Whenever you see a successful business, someone once
made a courageous decision." - Peter Drucker

Friday, June 4, 2010

Building That Institution...

From establishing a corporate culture, let's now get into building
institution; and again, it all starts with that one person on the

"The beliefs that mold great organizations frequently grow out
of the character, the experience, and the convictions of a single
person." - Thomas Watson, Jr.

See how big that one person could be? Big enough, actually, to
impact not only his company but his industry and society as well.
This then only confirms yet another truth which is "with great
comes great responsibility".

Whether you are CEO or not...
Are you ready for "greater" responsibility?

Mind you, responsibility is not about "I" or "me" but about "we"
"us". It's not about flamboyance but about objectives. In this
to be ready for responsibility, you got to be a team player
and be
ready to sacrifice if needed to win as a team. For true
legacy is not
based on how much one scored but how much his
"team" has won.
Hence, a true Leader's fulfillment is in seeing
his men satisfied and

More than products or services, a heart for others and eyes on
the goal only are the building blocks of a true institution. And as
Leader, you are the company. And your company is what
would make of it.

"Corporations, because they are the dominant institution on
planet, must squarely address the social and environmental
problems that afflict mankind." - Paul Hawken

Soft is different from empathetic as stupidity is different from
humility. A caring company is loved not just by its employees but
by society as well. If all your shareholders care for is the bottom
then you are not working with a true institution but an
unenviable corporation that
would later on adulterate even your
grandchildren's children.

"In every era, society must strike the right balance between the
freedom businesses need to compete for a market share and
make profits and the preservation of family and community
values." - Hillary Clinton

Yes, again, you may not be a "charitable institution" per se but
and advancement, in whatever form, is not everything --
being human
is. So if you still care then take the lead... start
building that
institution, an institution that truly understands where
we are going.

Is this important? Only if your legacy is. Only if your family is.

"Perhaps the biggest responsibility of any corporation is to own
up when it makes a mistake." - Lee Iacocca

Friday, May 21, 2010

Creating That Corporate Culture...

By the definition of culture alone, one could say that corporate
has something to do with the values, customs, and
traditions of a
particular company. In short, its simply about
that vital working environment.

Hence, what determines corporate culture? And who shapes it?

First, culture is determined by the kind of business the company
engaged in. And of course, the top honcho lays out the kind of
he wants to have. Well, almost everybody would point out
the apex
but realistically, it is the CEO's personality aided by his
that molds the corporate culture.

So, if one's business is about car washing, it's culture is a bit free
wheeling; if you are into accounting services, the culture is a bit
more sober. Still, without management's continuous support and
regular monitoring, the machinery would break down.

"A company's ethical conduct is something like a big flywheel.
might have a lot of momentum, but it will eventually slow down
stop unless you add energy." - William Adams

This culture is crucial in having a sound and satisfied army to
out business objectives. And it all starts with the Head.

He must be the example. He must commit himself totally to the
company and to its products or services. He must understand
believe in the company's mission. He must personalize the
company's culture, and then add to it. He must do these
unflaggingly, publicly and without reserve -- otherwise, why work
in such a company?

"We've replaced the concept of having a job with having a
- John Meyers

Thus, when recruiting your army, you need to carefully assess
candidate's personality more than his experience if he
would thrive
in your kind of atmosphere and so much so, if he
believes in your vision.

Skills can be learned but personality is hard to change. This is
the "perfect fit" is really all about; and using your good
is a great way to get "good" hires... simply because
your personalities
jibe. On the other hand, traditional job posting
and screening only
brings you traditional workers.

"The most visible difference between the corporation of the
and its present-day counterpart will not be the products
they make
or the equipment they use -- but who will be working,
how will they
be working, why they will be working, and what work
will mean to
them." - Robert Haas

A wonderful corporate culture is like having a big, happy family...
where issues easily mend and things just falls into place with
minimal effort. And as captain of the ship, steer with confidence.

"What we are trying relentlessly to do is get that small company
soul -- and small company speed -- inside our big company."
- Jack Welch

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Coping With The Times...

Life does not always go as planned, no matter how proactive one
may be. This is why every person on earth is afraid, if not,
of something.

Have you heard of the six basic fears that could ruin man's quest
for success and happiness?

The fear of poverty, death, ill-health, loss of love, old age and the
fear of criticism?

Are you aware of which one you have, if not one of the six then
maybe something else? Well, for one to be able to live his life
the fullest, he should know how to conquer his fear.

Yes, the world has gone through a lot... good times and bad
But notice? Everything eventually fades, so why worry?

We are all in here together. Each one of us had nothing to do
his own coming and certainly, only little if ever, with his own
But does this mean that we could be idle, just have fun
and wait
for our death??

Of course not.

As a Leader, one is supposed to lead the way, to show how life
most everything else should be handled, to be the example.
Life is
short yet enough for us to make it meaningful.

See, a Leader is never content, otherwise, everything would
sooner than expected. Imagine if we stop innovating on
or whatever, what would happen? Things would seem
Life would get dull. Yet, is life all about materialism and
things like that? No. We don't live in an aquarium. Hence, for
the sake of the generations to
come, we must try to do business
with social responsibility.

Preserve the greens.
Put a check on morality.
Provide for everyone.

"You're not going to transform society until you transform
But you're not going to transform business by
pretending it's not
a business." - Lawrence Perlman

Indeed, the world has evolved into a more comfortable though
pace of life through business. And for many, change has
not only
brought excitement but fear and more competition.

Look with all the advancement coming around us, have we ran
of problems? Of diseases? Of issues? Instead, something
always seem to crop up just before things could be solved, right?

Should we just give up? Definitely not. Giving up is like suicide.
Bear in mind that our business in this world is to succeed and
be fulfilled. "A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins!"

How then do you cope with change?

Conquer time by conquering yourself.
Uphold values. And get better.

"If your hands can not be employed usefully,
attend to the culture of your mind." - James A. Garfield

Take note, no matter how successful a person already is,
people need people, he understands that being
altruistic is the key
to coping with the times... to conquering fear,
worry or the unknown.

Thus, build and value relationships.
Be helpful... what goes around, comes around.

“I want a revolution, and I want it to start in Crotonville." - Jack Welch

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Awakening...

It is said that if there are no opportunities coming your way at
time; then why not create those opportunities yourself?

Yet in setting up those opportunities, can you really control

If you could... then you do not really need to fear the uncertainties
business; you need not worry of recessions or even competition.
Hey, you can control everything, remember?

Challenges are no longer part of one's dictionary then, after all,
there's nothing that could challenge you anymore. Collaboration
is even not crucial at all as you could survive and thrive alone.

Are all these really possible?

What do you think? Let's see. Doing business involves a buyer
a seller. If you grow your own farm, at the very least, you
could be
manufacturer, marketer, and accountant. No real need
for partners
or employees unless it's more than just a home

But leaders and entrepreneurs are ambitious, hence, they think
they act big -- they understand that we don't live on our own,
people need people.

This means... even when creating your own opportunities, for it to
truly succeed, you need to partner. You would need creative and
courageous people in your team.

"Revolutions aren't made by gadgets and technology. They're
made by a shift in power, which is taking place all over the world.
Today, intellectual capital is at least as important as money
capital and probably more so." - Walter B. Wriston

People make things happen. They think. They create. They
innovate. They decide. And a True Leader recognizes these,
he is humble enough to take in all the help he can muster.

This awakening is all about realizing that creating opportunities is
really a matter of self-promotion and collaboration. While a good
deal or investment only happens when you learn to see beyond
the surface.

Many claims to know these but not surprisingly, there are just
who needs to be rocked repeatedly to wake them up from

"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might
win by fearing to attempt." - William Shakespeare

The time to apply what you claim is long overdue. Let's just do it.

“A truly successful businessman is essentially a dissenter, a rebel who is
seldom if ever satisfied with the status quo.” - J. Paul Getty

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Leader In The Woods...

How will you know a potential leader? Or determine a True Leader
from a figurehead or pretender?

The average person who occupies a position of leadership exceeds
the average member of his group in the following respects:
intelligence, knowledge, dependability in exercising responsibilities,
and activity and social participation.

The qualities, characteristics, and skills required in a leader are
determined to a large extent by the demands of the situation in which
he is to function as a leader.

A True Leader knows a potential leader when he sees one. Learning
to spot talents is an important ability of a leader as like a tree bearing
fruits. Without this ability to produce leaders, a leader is incomplete.

"Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on
it except leaves. Then he said to it, 'may you never bear fruit
again!' Immediately, the tree withered." - Matthew 21:19

Then what makes a potential leader? A degree? Certainly not as
most everybody can have one given the opportunity.

On the other hand, most people accepts that leadership implies
personality. And a True Leader knows how one evolves to become
a leader being aware that it all starts from deep inside.

Here are fifteen of the most important Executive Qualities:

JUDGEMENT... is the ability to give sound judgment; it's about being
astute or shrewd.

INITIATIVE... is the power, ability, or instinct to begin or to follow
through energetically with a plan or task.

INTEGRITY... as according to Viscount Slim, it's the quality which
makes people trust you.

FORESIGHT... is the ability to foresee.

ENERGY... is vigor in action; in this aspect, it's health not age that

DRIVE... is enthusiasm, determination, perseverance, and resilience
all rolled in one.

HUMAN RELATIONS SKILL... speaks of empathy and diplomatic skills.

DECISIVENESS... is characterized by decision and firmness.

DEPENDABILITY... is about being reliable and responsible.

EMOTIONAL STABILITY... is of having self-control and self-discipline.

FAIRNESS... is being non-biased, non-discriminatory and just
in dealings.

AMBITION... more than just being goal-oriented, it's about aspiring
for greater heights.

DEDICATION... more than just being loyal, it's being hard-working.

OBJECTIVITY... is about being realistic; about understanding the
difference between true potential and fantasy.

COOPERATION... is the act of working together toward a common
end or purpose; this is the cornerstone of power.

An understanding of leadership in terms of the qualities of personality
and character which one person has to a greater degree over others
is key to recognizing potentials and talents.

“The Best Leaders are not found in flocks... just like Eagles.”

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Leader's Battery...

It's a maundy Thursday; for Christians, it's one of those days when
we slow down and reflect on life. Yes, even for us leaders, we
to get our engines checked... if we are living how we should,
if we
are truly using the gifts God gave us.

"We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a
gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.
If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is
encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs
others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him
diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully."
~ Romans 12:6-8

I understand that not everybody is a Christian; but whether
or not, I am sure all sectors teaches rightful living. This
is not about
religion but about being fair and doing good in every
opportunity... and that's exactly
what True Leaders would do even
in business.

See, while we try our best to achieve, people still needs people.
Oh, this is not about letting emotions rule over ourselves but
realizing that life is good and promising but fragile. It's
accepting that one way or another, even just through ideas,
gets that needed push to grow, to advance.

"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow."
~ Woodrow Wilson

Humility is a priceless gift True Leaders pick up on their way to
It's understanding that we can not control everything.
It's realizing
that we could fail no matter how good our foresight is.
It's accepting
that we need a hand and it's what actually brought
us to where we are.

No one can climb the ladder of success without taking anyone
even Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay knows that.

If the Holy Week has been successful in bringing meaning to
your life,
then you now know that caring is an integral part of
leadership --
whether in or out of the organization, so much more
for those you are
connected with, business or personal.

"And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for such
sacrifices God is pleased." - Hebrews 13:16

No, again, this is not about religion but about being what a True
Leader is. For what is a leader without a heart? And how could
you be
a good shepherd if you don't even know what a sheep is?
If you
don't show real care?

In networking, most connects with "like-minded" people. Why?
To seek out opportunities? To collaborate? Well, of course yes
but sadly, many just connected for personal interests. What then
happened to the "win-win" thing? To ethics? Yes, needs and
opportunities may not come at the same time and to both
parties --
but that's no excuse to help out in a way you can.

You are supposedly a Leader, yet, did you just connect for numbers?

Let's witness the power of networking... it should be for all of us,
whether Holy Week or not, whether Christian or not.

“Great ambition and conquest without contribution is without significance.”

Monday, March 1, 2010

Executive Hires...

Leadership is present in almost any area of life. We can see it's
applicability in every worthy undertaking. Since this is the case, what
difference does it make to hire someone from advertising to lead in
manufacturing? Or what would make you think twice in getting on
board a leader in transition? Experience? Skills? Knowledge? What?

Undoubtedly, no business is in business to lose money. However,
companies that do not evolve in it's thinking process eventually gets
left behind.

"A little blindness is necessary when you undertake risk." - Bill Gates

People can make or unmake a company. But if you do not take that
chance, you would never really land a great talent. Yes, we heard you...
many times, one's background is enough to hire "what you expected";
however, people who knows that they can not possibly know
everything but are willing to work hard succeeds.

Achievers are those who understands that you are only as good as
your last game. This means, true achievers are those with burning
desires to "continuously" achieve. These are not the people who
simply plays safe. These are those who got the guts to bend rules...
those who understands the risk and navigates his way through
it just like how a firefighter saves lives.

To move forward, you got to think forward. To be ready for change,
you have to be change yourself. A leader does not wait for things to
happen. A leader makes things happen.

How would you know the quality of something if all you do is look not
analyze? Do not let "perfect" be the enemy of "better", specially in
people. Nobody is perfect. How much more a "perfect fit"?

"The best rose bush, after all, is not that which has the fewest thorns,
but that which bears the finest roses." - Henry van Dyke

A "perfect fit" is just a state of mind. It's an illusion created by those
who does not have the courage to take that leap. So, they content
themselves with a thinking that it's either black or white. They never
really realized that they could produce either color by blending other

Great achievement is born of courage and creativity.

Certainly, familiarity would help; but getting to the next level is not
about familiarity -- it's about character strength and intellectual

Experience is simply exposure. It teaches but it's "intelligence" that
could solve complex problems “more than” experience can. Problem
solving is not a habit as experience is. Problem solving is in one's
intellectual capacity, so is creativity, analysis and resourcefulness.
Determination and decisiveness is about character strength.

Let's take finance for example.

For leaders who boasts of and for those who are worried of their
financial knowledge, finance just sounds perplexing only because
of it's terms, but actually, everything just falls under the four basic
mathematical operations. Let me ask you, how long did it take you
to learn the multiplication table? Whatever your answer is, that's
an indication of your financial learning ability. See??

Everything else... is really common sense. Balance out risks, look
for good investments, maximize profits and optimize costs not
merely minimize it.

Since everything can be learned and acquired, then it really boils
down to enthusiasm, learning ability and being given that opportunity.

“Experience is just for the Ordinary while Imagination is for the Extra-Ordinary.”

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Voice Of A Leader... Part II

Previously, we talked of a Leader's vocal cords and it's effect on the
people he deals with; in this article, we will now discuss about "how
to be heard".

This... is all about the Voice of a Leader.

To begin with, to be heard, we got to learn to communicate. Oh, that's
easy! Well, this is not just about talking our guts out, for most anyone
can talk. Instead, we should be able to effectively communicate our
agenda as well as understand the people we talk to.

At the very least, we need...

CONTENT. This means, objectives and directives should be relevant,
meaningful, concise and according to the vision of the entity. This is
where the excitement begins so we simply have to focus on worthy
undertakings. Never waste the time of others and you will get results

CLARITY. Whether verbal or written, everything should be clear. No
hidden agenda. No double meanings. Straight to the point and with
proper delegation to say the least.

CONSIDERATION. When we talk, we do not just talk but listen. We
put ourselves in the shoes of our listeners. This means, we speak
to understand then be understood. Respect is essential.

"Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your
position falls, your ego goes with it." - Colin Powell

FIRMNESS. Oh, we know what this means, you mean business.
That's right. Some may not have that "kingly" voice to go with, but
then again -- if you could speak with "kingly" looks... if you could
speak with that "knightly" stance... if you could speak without really
stuttering -- then you would have effectively sent your message

Before opening your mouth -- think. Not just what you would say
but how you would handle varied reactions.

Before opening your mouth -- feel. You need to know if the audience
is at their highest in terms of receptiveness.

Before opening your mouth -- fix. You have to make sure you are
appropriately dressed and well-groomed before stepping on the floor.

Before opening your mouth -- relax. Have confidence and learn to
pause for greater impact. Do not speak too fast or too slow, but
again, speak to understand to get things done. Have faith.

"In the end, you are measured not by how much you undertake but
by what you finally accomplish." - Donald Trump

“It's not whether what or how you say it... it's whether you Would do it."

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Voice Of A Leader...

Voice. Wait. What are we talking about here?

For this issue, we would be dealing with the vocal cords, the voice,
particularly of the Leader.

How important is having a "well-modulated" voice in a Leader?
We hear various opinions specially at LinkedIn where I posted this

As most would believe, a great voice mean confidence. As they put it,
with a good voice, people tends to listen more to what you have to say.
Oh, it's then like being hypnotized, huh?

Well then, if that is the case, a "good" voice is really not that good to
have. Of course, it is for the voice owner but not necessarily for the
entity he represents.


What if you are just being blindly led to your doom? Do I hear some
say, "Of course not, we know what we are doing and whom we are
following"? Oh yeah? How about those who followed Hitler, Mussolini
and alike? Did they really know what they were doing then?

History tells us that a great voice is not enough even if he "walks the
talk" and has the ability to lead. Good intentions are key. In business
leadership, it's all about the ability to take the company where it wants
to go.

We do not need to sound like Luciano Pavarotti or James Earl Jones...
so long as we do not sound like a frog. We have to accept the fact
that we can not totally change our voices but we could practice and
enhance it to add some impact. Honing your presentation skills would
help in many ways, see Peter Watts' The Presenter's Blog.

And so the underlying question to one's voice would be-
How far do you think could a "soft-spoken" Leader go in terms of
respect and trust?

This query was answered well by our LinkedIn colleague
Frank Feather as follows:

Lincoln's contemporaries described his voice as a "high, reedy tenor".
Of course, he had the advantage of physique, but a non-modulated
voice did not impair his leadership stature.

As for being soft-spoken, how about the quiet and simple Gandhi,
or the soft-spoken Jimmy Carter who not only became president
but won the Nobel Peace Prize.

A credible leader can be soft-spoken yet successful, respected and
trusted. Their calm voice of reason garners great respect and

In the end, it comes down to what you have to say and how clearly
and well you articulate it. Voice modulation is a big help, but it is not

The sine qua non is that when it comes to speaking... content, clarity,
firmness and timing are crucial.

Have faith. Just be the Leader that you know you should be and your
voice will be heard well.

“Speak softly, tread gently but carry a big stick." - Teddy Roosevelt

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Effortless Leadership... Part III

For the last two weeks, we have been delving on the state of
and how it applies to "leadership".

At LinkedIn, I was fortunate to receive several good points on leading
without even trying.

Certainly, what comes naturally is "effortlessness" and that speaks
from leadership to breathing. Can you imagine if we have to "really"
exert effort in breathing?? Well, this only indicates a weak heart or
lung, in short, poor health.

We can say the same about Leadership. If we have to push something
too hard just to get things done, then it signifies that we are failing in
some areas... like, planning, analysis, people skills and so on, putting
a dent on our Leadership abilities that then needs some quiet reflection.

Even as pointed out in the book "How To Become CEO"...
Don't take work home from the office.

...your home hours are for listening to your family, studying, planning,
expanding your interests, and pitching batting practice to your kids.
If you always have to take work home you are: (a) not managing your
time properly; (b) boring; (c) wasting your precious nonwork hours;
and (d) all of the above.

A very busy, and very good, advertising executive was always bringing
home tons of work. Her elementary-school-age daughter, noting all
the extra work her mother felt compelled to do, asked her innocently,
"Mom, maybe you belong in a slower group?"

It is de rigueur for executives to take work home. But except for the
reading of unimportant memos and ancient history (a.k.a. monthly
reports), no real work is ever done. Your senior management may
note you don't take work home (even though you do bring your
briefcase) and decide to give you more projects and responsibilities.
And that's good.

Effortless Leadership should come in like breathing; but one more
thing though, "without love for life", breathing would be painful. Just
like in leading, if we do not love our work and everything in it, work
then becomes a burden.

One has to have "genuine" concern over what he does to make it
seem effortless. A Leader has to have "genuine" concern for his
followers to lead without even trying.

One of the greatest Leaders who ever lived stated the secret of his
Leadership in six words, as follows: "Kindness is more powerful
than compulsion."

LEADING BY SUGGESTING. Like "praising and asking", suggesting
subtlely clouds one's ego of being commanded to do something.

In some cases, suggesting is the combination of "praising and asking"
that it cleverly uses the knowledge and experiences of others to
forward an agenda.

Yet... suggesting is simply all about leading with kindness. About
realizing that we are dealing with people not robots; and with this
comes acknowledging their strengths and understanding their

"No man can become a great Leader of men unless he has the milk
of human kindness in his own heart, and leads by suggestion and
kindness, rather than by force." - TLOS

To lead with kindness is to humbly yet confidently seek to improve
things in the eyes of your followers without losing sight of objectives.

“You can not afford to suggest something which you do not believe."