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23 November 2011

The 360 Degree Leader

Leadership must be holistic. It involves our inside and out. Much more, we must learn to lead the people above us, at peer leader level and below us. That's what 360 Degree leader means.

Just a review. Leadership is influence- nothing more, nothing less, says Dr. John Maxwell. Let's slice out what I got from this module.

Leading the people below you is a common thing. There are materials also that talks about leading your boss. Anthony Pangilinan, our excellent facilitator, stressed that the most difficult people to influence are your colleagues, co-managers, those who are in the same level as you. I definitely agree with this. Imagine, you all are in the same level. Not one above nor below. Just the same. How can you make them follow your footsteps, or somehow, agree with your opinions?

Here are The Principles 360-Degree Leaders Practice to Lead Across

Principle #1 Understand, Practice, and Complete the Leadership Loop

Principle #2 Put Completing Fellow Leaders Ahead of Competing with Them

Principle #3 Be a Friend

Principle #4 Avoid Office Politics

Principle #5 Expand Your Circle of Acquaintances

Principle #6 Let the Best Idea Win

Principle #7 Don't Pretend You're Perfect

In short, WIN your peers at all costs. Win their heart, mind and approval. Become their source of inspiration, encouragement and compliment.

This presentation I got from Slideshare will help you. (Though it was intended for a specific organization, just pick the principles presented.)

I highly recommend this module to anybody who wants to influence the people around you. After I attended this program, I was refreshed and reminded of my role in the organizations I belong to. I am there to solve problems, not to make one. What separates the leaders from the rest is their courage to stand in the middle of a crisis. Just think of our national heroes, great US Presidents, sports champions and global industry leaders- they stood up while others' knees shook.

With this man beside me, I feel like I am a better leader now.

Know more about this program, inquire here

Happy leading!

18 November 2011

I Am a Productive Pinoy!

What does it take to be a productive Pinoy?

I got to know the author of Productive Pinoy Yeng Remulla and his wife over hot coffee in a coffee shop at Paranaque City. There, we exchanged precious insights about life, productivity and Pinoys (Filipinos) in general. The conversation was so casual but full of passion to influence more Filipinos to excel in any field, start to build a business and live a good life with the help of God the Almighty.

The book Productive Pinoy is like a mirror to Filipinos. The author presented honest facts about Filipinos in a humorous way. His approach was very light and easy to understand. Just like me, especially if you are a Filipino, you wouldn't return the book in the shelf unless you're done reading it. The more you flip the pages, the more interesting it becomes.

It may appear ordinary but it's not. You need to be ready to admit your mistakes and challenges to face as you pursue productivity. Being productive requires discipline and to acquire discipline, it takes time and sacrifices. The book has chapters on eliminating productivity killers, reinventing the Filipino time and important factors that will help you deliver results.

Of course, this book is also filled with positive traits about Filipinos. As you read them, you'll feel a revolution inside of you and make you more proud of being a Filipino. (For Filipinos only! ;))

What I love in Productive Pinoy is the chapter Enjoy Life. Yes, we must enjoy our life, the fruit of our labor and have a great time too. We are not machines, as I may add. We are humans. It's not a sin to occasionally pamper ourselves once in a while, spend time with our family and be merry. While working, we must remember for whom we are working for- not just for a living but to live a good, successful and productive life.

For Productive Pinoy, I throw two thumbs up!

Now before you leave this page for any (good) reason, let me encourage you to find Productive Pinoy in Facebook. Just look for "I Am Productive Pinoy".

Let's spread the productive spirit! Go Productive Pinoys!!!

For bulk orders, contact The book is also available in leading bookstores nationwide.

14 November 2011

The Rule of the Ear

Listen to what? People are too noisy (and too busy talking!). Many wanted to speak out how they feel about the government, their education, their children, the economy, the culture, religion, work and so much more. Social sites dish out millions of opinions, views and thoughts from anyone who knows how to LIKE!, comment and post on walls! It happens everyday.

If we will fail to listen...that only means we will also fail to understand. Think of this for a while.

I know a lot of good people who love to speak and very few who wants to listen. I figured out, a wise man listens more than he speak. So true. The very first thing I learned from my professional english school AIEP - from my friend and mentor Chris Delacruz ( was listening. As I stepped on the platform, I thought I would be taught how to speak well. To my surprise, I learned that I need to develop my listening skills in order to communicate effectively.

Yes, we must listen from within us but it's essential to invite others to speak too. The moment we encourage others to converse their honest opinions, that's the only time we learn. Remember, it's not always about us. Take time to do others a favor by just listening.

Managers, listen to your people. Subordinates, listen to your superiors. Driving public, respect the rules of the road. It may not be a direct listening activity but I guess traffic enforcers don't need to shout on you to stop when traffic light turns red. Children, obey your parents. Followers, listen to your leaders. And, leaders must listen to your followers too!

In this rule, no one is exempted. Not even the president of any republic. Think why some countries are suffering from riots and disestablishment movements- simply because no one cares (or dares) to listen.

Listening plays a vital role in any relationship. Again, if we fail to listen, we fail to understand. We become more concern about ourselves and that will detach others from our life circle.