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May 2, 2018

Why are humble leaders successful and revered?

A young priest asked Saint Teresa of Calcutta: “To whom do you attribute your success as a leader?  Saint Teresa said to the young priest, “My success in this endeavor has nothing to do  about me, I am a non-entity here this is all from God and all about the love of God.”

Humble leaders like Saint Teresa of Calcutta is always revered, always remembered and not forgotten. Why? This is for the reason that they don’t own to themselves their success. They always point to someone who greatly influenced them and someone whom they greatly respect and follow. They also always point to circumstances and situation that made it easier for them to become a successful leader.

Humble Leaders don’t think of themselves as somebody who dispenses power, authority and influence. They think of themselves as servants, they are always present and ready to serve. Present not to publicize themselves but to minimize themselves through their acts of service and humility. In the process of minimizing/humbling themselves they are greatly albeit silently revered and respected.  

It’s hard for many of us to understand why a humble leader is a servant. But Servanthood is the truest essence and meaning of successful leadership. There can be no successful leadership without Servanthood and Humility.

Many organizational leaders/managers are not successful in their function of leadership. For the simple reason that they lack humility and the mentality of a servant. However, what does it mean to be humble? Or how could we become humble leaders and how are we going to live the life of a servant in an organization where we are supposed to be the leader?

Basically, we could become humble leaders if we are not conscious with our position in an organization. For example, being the boss, leaders/managers are usually used to being served and being the first in everything amongst many.

A humble leader with a servant mentality will never allow himself/herself to be served and to be the first in everything. Instead of being served he/she would be willing to serve. And instead of being first in everything he/she would happily allow himself/herself to become the least amongst many. 

Humble leaders are never arrogant, they don’t speak based on impulse and they don’t use vulgar words. They instead carefully process first what they are going to say and do. 

They think through it and if they find out that what they will say would never hurt the feelings and sensibilities of their subordinates they then say it. -  Marino J. Dasmarinas

Apr 18, 2018

Favoritism in the workplace

Do you have favorites in your workplace? They are normally the ones whom you always depend to make your workload lighter and easier.

One of the many mistakes that a manager/leader does is to play favorites among his subordinates. These lucky fellows are untouchable in the organization for they are the chosen and favored ones by their manager/leader.  

For example, if they are always late for work they are not worried that they would be sanctioned by their manager/leader for they know that they’re the favored ones. On the other hand if the employees who commit the same offense are not members of his favored circle the manager/leader would immediately notice this by swiftly calling their attention. So, where is justice and fairness here?

Having favorites in the workplace is always self-defeating and it will not unify the organization neither would it help the organization achieve its goals. In fact this could start the disintegration and eventual downfall of the organization.  

If this inequitable treatment continuous the non favorite subordinates would naturally notice this and complain. If the manager/leader would continue to turn a deaf ear to their complaint. They would naturally let loose their displeasure and they will soon think of ways to stop the manager/leader’s behavior of favoritism.

There are countless repercussions that await managers/leaders who practice favoritism. For example the manager/leader may get the cold shoulder treatment from his subordinates. Another one is they may withhold their work output and so forth.

In the creative minds of those who are mistreated the consequence for a manager/leader who practice favoritism is boundless. It is therefore very wise to treat your subordinates equitably. 

Avoid the mistake of having favored employees for the simple reason that it’s counterproductive and self-defeating to your function as a manager/leader. - Marino J. Dasmarinas  

Apr 12, 2018

Effective Planning: The vehicle for the achievement of your Goal/s

Effective Planning is a very important component in the achievement of organizational goals. We cannot speak of successful goals without carefully assessing the plans on how to best achieve it.

A goal is a time bound future target that we all wish to accomplish. However, how come that there are goals that are not achieved? The answer lies with ineffective planning. We would not be able to speak of successfully achieved goals without planning effectively to achieve it.

Effective planning is the vehicle that would bring us to the realization of our goals since without it there would be no realization of goals. Planning is a management function that involves setting goals and effectively using every means available on how best to achieve them.

 For example, a sales manager whose goal is to increase his sales output by ten percent (10%) for the next quarter. She/he must see to it that there is a carefully laid out plan that would effectively support the realization of her/his goal. Perhaps, she/he can educate his sales staff on how to discover untapped markets. She/he can also use motivational methods on his sales staff or close monitoring of their outputs and so forth.

An effective Manager/Leader is someone who always see to it that whenever there are Organizational Goals to be achieved. There are also complementary Plans that would effectively support the achievement of said organizations Goal/s. - Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Apr 6, 2018

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Apr 4, 2018

Does your organization have a viable Vision?

What is organizational vision? Organizational vision gives an organization a reason for its existence. It keeps an organization going and moving and it’s the lifeblood and future of an organization.

We cannot understate the importance of Vision in an organization. In fact an organization without a viable Vision is like a headless chicken that runs around without any direction whatsoever. 

After spinning for a few seconds or minutes the headless chicken dies. This is the same with an organization without a viable Vision. It would exist for a period of time, it may even earn profit but at a definite point in its life it will cease to exist simply because it has no viable Vision.

In the Bible it says: “Without prophecy the people become demoralized (Proverbs 29:18).” Relating this with an organizational setup. This simply says that a person who works for an organization that has no viable vision would eventually loss its trust on the organization. This loss of trust would eventually lead to his/her resignation.

A viable vision creates a sense direction for an organization and its human resource. Therefore to achieve success, every organization must firmly hinge its plans for the future on its Vision. This same viable Vision also would convince its human resource to stay put and spend the rest of their working lives in that organization.

Does your present organization have a viable Vision? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Mar 30, 2018

What is the Culture of your Organization?

Are you aware of the current culture of your organization?

Organization culture is the soul of an organization, it is unseen but you can easily perceive it. For example, how the employees behave (shared values), their esprit de corps, their organizational beliefs and ideai.  

Those in charge of implementing this culture are the top management. Their main responsibility is to see to it that the culture that they want to implement is cascaded down to the lowest level member of the organization.

Let us take for example Apple Inc. if someone is asked about its organization’s culture what comes to mind is its continuous culture of innovation that is why it is always ahead of its competitors.

Positive culture in organization is implemented by means of effective communication using the method of trainings and workshops. Then the application or implementation of the learned methods, there shall also be specific time frames to measure its effectiveness.

The main agenda of Organization Culture is to create a collective and positive identity inside as well as outside of the organization. This is the reason why when a certain organization is mentioned. We immediately have an idea about its positive image and competitive culture. This is for the reason that it is the collective identity that it has successfully conveyed into the minds of those who know the organization.

Looking at your own organization where you presently belong. What is its present culture  right now? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Mar 15, 2018

Positive work values, work attitudes and values formation


What are positive work values, work attitudes and values formation? Positive work values and attitudes are internalized positive ideas, feelings and attitudes towards our work.

There are workers who always work hard to achieve their designated task. They do this even without the prodding or close supervision of their superiors. Where does this positive work attitude comes from? It comes from their positive family environment. If we get to know their family we would find out that they also have a good and healthy family environment.

But this is not always the situation, oftentimes we would see workers who simply work because they need to earn their keep and it stops there. No initiative and no extra effort to work beyond their assigned task.

There are even worst situations such as workers short-changing their organization by doing actions detrimental to their organization. For example, they corrupt money, bring home office supplies, cheat on their time for work, not working properly when there’s no superior to watch over them. We can go on and on and the list is endless. This damaging behavior is commonplace in many organizations.

Workers value formation starts in their formative years, it consists of their environment.  That is the place where they grew-up and those people that surrounded them. If they have a healthy family background which means a family that communicates freely and help each other. Chances are that they would be able to carry over this healthy attitude through their eventual work place.

Friends and education are also a determining factor in workers value formation. If they have upright friends and good education it's a cinch that this would influence them to make positive and upright choices in life and work.

The last value formation but certainly not the least that shapes us is the Church. We would enormously benefit from the church if we always go to Sunday Mass for Catholics or worship service for other religions.

Just like any church going family the church positively shapes our value formation.  it teaches us the right morals, conduct and how to live our lives worthy in the eyes of God and men. - Marino J. Dasmarinas