Monday, August 27, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
then with a spoon i eat it inside the tv room--
and i play an old favorite from our movie collection--
by nika, gela or mike--
then i remember we can kiss on the morrow--
these funny smart witty people from all over the world i haven't met-- yet--
knowing that no one is watching--
nicolasa and hilario sr. who had hilario jr.--
lucio and irenea who had presentacion--
then hilario jr. and presentacion had me--
i was born because of that loving thread and i am happy to stretch it out some more--
joining mike's own and both of us weaving our new masterpiece--
and those thoughts always center around those we love--
and i think about those people who mean so much to me--
and for so many years have made me so very happy--
and i count the times i have forgotten to say thank you--
and just how much i love them--
once upon this birthday
Photo of this photographer courtesy of Mike Mendoza
Sunday, July 29, 2012
How fortunate of our new public service managers! Now they have this book to guide them as they go through the process of management - getting people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively.
This book is a pioneer not only in Philippine public service but in local public service as well. While publications that try to fill our Filipiniana section of the library come from national figures, here is actually a written work from a multi-awarded career executive officer from Cagayan de Oro City – teacher, friend, acquaintance and neighbor to most who would have the first chance to get the book.
Engaging Change in Scaling the Heights of Public Service is three books in one – a gentleman’s memoir of outstanding experiences in government service, a record of public administration programs within the National Statistics Office, and a how-to and do-it-yourself guide for managers that spans both the corporate and the government setting.
Moreover, it is also a nod to the numerous management gurus and business leaders who have forwarded their theories on effective management and leadership, as the book provided accurate and real examples on how those strategies actually work in real situations.
Of particular interest is the art and manner on how the author featured the points in the book – by first presenting the carefully-selected strategies, then bolstering these with leadership lessons that have been tested in time by other international sources, and most importantly, backing it up by his actual experiences. To provide the complete finish, a personal assessment at each end of the chapter makes the discussions more relevant to the reader.
The only thing to propose for the book is to have its layout and printing in more vivid colors. But on the whole, it is a highly recommended read for both students and practitioners who want to have a better knowledge and appreciation of public service and its intricacies, the challenge of change and its impact to the organization, and the practical and available solutions of achieving managerial and leadership success in the work place.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Governor Moreno was handpicked for the part because of his background both in corporate and public management. In the span of his career, he has made the seamless transition between the professional and political worlds - though in his very own words, he admitted that he didn’t earn his proper preparation for a profession in business nor did he imagine being a part of the corporate world.
The talk, as a whole, was focused on the life experiences of the speaker, and for the earlier part, it veered towards his development as a politico, then it related the story of his being elected as a member of the House of Representatives and later as Local Chief Executive at the provincial level. He entertained the group with his comparison of the two political positions with that of owning a car. Being a congressman, he said, is likened to getting a brand new car to drive. Being a governor, on the other hand, he equated with having an old car from the predecessor and the challenge is how to make it run.
But in his message, he highlighted that the one missing link in the country today are good leaders in government and that particularly, people who chose to run for office and become political leaders do not necessarily possess the qualities of leadership.
Giving special mention to the other politicians who honed and trained him, Governor Moreno took the time to narrate his experiences with Senator Nene Pimentel and Cebu Governor Lito Osmeña and how their work together and the examples and advices they had given him proved to be the needed impetus for him to join politics.
Governor Moreno shared that it took time for him to like politics, and it took him two years to get to know the ropes and to learn and imbibe the culture distinct in public office. He said it is a hard and difficult career to choose, but it is fulfilling since one can be able to serve and give opportunities to other people. His only advice is that the young should learn all they can while they are in the corporate environment, and when they are confident enough to say that they have learned and have molded their skills, then they can leave the eight-to-five job and run for public office and serve the new calling as politician.
The Governor, in his own way, provided the audience with his thoughts on the similarities and differences of executives and leaders and of corporate managers and political leaders. True to the various materials we can read on managing and leading, he said that the two functions and skills must complement each other. He observed that there are leaders who are not managers, while there are managers who are not leaders. He added that as a governor, he must be a leader when he is among the constituents, but must be a manager when he is in the capitol and among the employees of the provincial office.
The governor gave a talk close to his heart, as he even intimated about his family life and how it was greatly affected by his choices in his political career. When asked about his rumored future mayoralty plans, he was not coy and stressed to the group that he looks at growth and development as a collective work that requires the cooperation of everyone in the community.
But what is most important, as he brought his talk and question and answer portion to a close, is when he emphasized on the three standards he holds against leaders – commitment to serve, technical competencies, and values to provide guidance in everything that the leader will commit to do.
The session, though taking form in a relaxed tete-a-tete with the governor, all the more emphasized his magnanimity, his willingness to share with the graduate students, and his capacity for servant leadership. When thanked profusely for accepting the invitation without the usual grand standing and bureaucratic processes expected of political offices, he replied that he was humbled by the experience as he too, was learning, in the process.
Skills development always translates to total personality development. It was a message well discussed and illustrated by manager and leader, Governor Oscar Moreno.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
For someone who meant so much
and loved by all he knew
who left behind a trail of tears
and precious memories too
We loved the sunshine in his smile
and kindness in his heart
but heaven saw that he was tired
which meant we had to part
And now that it's his special day
dear angels, hear our prayer
please guard him with your gentle wings
and tend him with great care
For he was someone wonderful
and words just can't convey
how much we wish that he was here
once more, with us today
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Annika, Angela and I at the dining table.
Who is Jane Austen?
Oh I know her. I read her name somewhere. I know I just did. She wrote Pride and Prejudice. Yeah, I know right.
Who is Abraham Lincoln?
He is this president who sits down on this yay chair.
Who is Jose Rizal?
Oh this hero who wrote books that I need to study in school.
Who is Joan of Arc?
She's from France.
Who is Dolphy?
The owner of the beautiful Japanese dolls.
Who is Vilma Santos?
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
about Punchy's wedding. Robin considers telling Barney she has feelings for him.
showing him as a streaker. Ted is at a loss over whom to take
to the Architects' Ball.
a bet with Barney that could force him to wear Marshall's ducky tie.
4 The Stinson Missile Crisis
Robin is forced to undergo court-mandated therapy sessions after she assaults a girl who is out to ruin Barney's relationship with Nora.
Ted gets too involved in Lily's pregnancy.
5 Field Trip
Ted takes his class on a field trip and Barney tags along. Meanwhile, Marshall takes matters into his own hands when his boss treads too carefully in making a huge settlement with a major company.
Kevin helps the gang realize that their partners remind them of one of their parents. Meanwhile, Barney and Nora's planned romantic evening is ruined by a string of horrible events.
14 46 Minutes
"New Leader of the Gang" now that Lily is not present to boss Barney around.
where various things go awry.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I am still in the constant development of my executive skills, and on the process of furthering my career and personal growth.
But even at this point, while I continue setting my directions, I know I owe it to my Pygmalions who had the vision, interest, leadership, wisdom and big hearts to craft and mold me into what I am today.
I am blessed to have worked with managers and leaders who stretched me to my full capacity.
Somehow, they knew and they showed me what I was capable of doing, and they were confident to give me the guidance and at the same time the latitude for me to deliver the finished product in good quality but with my stamp of individuality. It was also fortunate that I worked not only with heads of offices but with executives who also manifested creativity, confidence, and good judgment, and who are successful leaders on their own.
In turn, the challenges were not wearing me down, but building me up to my full stature. Whatever difficulties I may have experienced were just a part of the process, the chisel that was able to define my shape and smooth out my texture.
With those valuable experiences, I have learned to achieve. And with those experiences of achieving, I have learned to share those facilitating and engaging qualities with those that I work with, and work under my management. I try to not forget what I learned along the way, and pay it forward – that the good deeds of those who developed me will be repaid by me doing the same to others.
As is expected of me, so I shall strive to become.
- Conclusion to
"Becoming the Fair Executive"
A Reaction Paper to the HBR Article "Pygmalion in Management"
DBM216 Executive Development