Nov 29, 2013

How to Motivate yourself

Do you know how to motivate yourself? 

Motivation is a positive energy that fuels an individual or group of individuals to achieve their organizational and personal goals. Usually there’s a person who motivates and there are people who are being motivated. This is usually the scheme of things.

But can we motivate ourselves? Yes we can! For example we want to achieve something or we have a goal that takes time to achieve. There are times we lose heart because we don’t see enough progress with what we are doing.

In the process some of us completely abandon the goal or objective. But there are some who persist and believe that for so long as they continue with what they are doing sooner or later they shall see the realization of what they want.

For those who are losing heart already and is soon to give it all up. Don’t raise the white flag of surrender motivate yourself by doing the following:

1.) Pray and ask God to strengthen you!
2.) Think positive and believe in yourself!
3.) Post inspirational quotations that will inspire you to continue!
4.) Be inspired by Motivational stories.
 5.) Work hard and never ever give-up!

Saint Augustine once said: "Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."  - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Nov 22, 2013

Reinforce your worker’s Work Ethics through Mentoring

Work Ethics are values of employees based on the moral virtues of hardwork and thoroughness some of these values are obtained through the environment where the concerned worker grew-up. For example if the worker grew-up in a family with well disciplined work and family values. It is predictable also that when this person will be working in the future he will be able to carry those ethical work values to his workplace.

However, not every worker has a good work ethics. There are those who just work for money they only treat their jobs as part of their routine. Here lies the problem for managers: How could they inculcate Work Ethics to their subordinates?

One effective way of inculcating work ethics is thru Mentoring. A mentor is a character model who guides another employee by sharing valuables insights on work behavior and ethics.Mentors educate, counsel, tutor, support and encourage their subject mentoree. The mentor will teach him/her proper Work Ethics and values for this will eventually help him advance in the organizational hierarchy.

There are unlimited advantages when we Mentor our employees. Just to name a few: It fosters loyalty to the organization, it implants a strong impression of importance. It gives them an impression of a clear career pathing upwards the organizational hierarchy. It fuels their desire to work much harder for the organization. And it creates a lasting impression to the worker that the organization where he belongs is a caring and competent organization. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Nov 18, 2013

Should a Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) believe the informations coming from the grapevine?

A Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) has been hearing information from the grapevine that their workers were formenting labor unrest. Since the information was not valid in terms of its line in the formal communication process. He just shrugged it off as nonsense not worthy of his time.

As months pass by he noticed that their workers were often clustered into groups and they were often silently talking and he said again to himself: Ah their talking nonsense again it’s not worth my time. Then, one morning when he was about to enter the company premises he noticed that their employees were outside and were carrying placards denouncing him and his company’s unfair labor policies.

Seeing this he immediately alighted from his car and talked to the employees. And calmly asked them to go back to their work but the workers did not relent they stayed and continued their denunciations of him and their company.

Grapevine is an informal communication structure that runs through every organization. It silently exists within the organization. One of many factors that incubate grapevine communication is unfair labor practice and many more anti labor policies of the organization. Such as unhealthy working conditions, low wage, non payment of their health and social security contributions and the like.

A very good CEO must stop, look and listen to the ramblings of the grapevine. He must be sensitive to these rumors coming from the grapevine. He should give ear to their grievances and learn to immerse himself with his people. By doing so he’ll get a first hand knowledge of everything that deserves his listening ear.

In so doing he avoids further trouble that may give impetus to labor unrest and other issues inimical to the well being of his organization. -Marino J. Dasmarinas

Nov 11, 2013

Organizational Goals and its Relevance to the Levels of Management

Does your organization have a goal?

An organization that  intensely advances the use of Organizational Goals in its organizational system has a lot of advantage over those who do not. Goals can influence increase of performance. It can also increase human resource’s motivation. It also gives positive direction to the organization.

There are three levels of management in an organization the highest is the Top Level Management. In a corporate set-up this is composed of the following top-level company officers. Board of Directors, Company Presidents, Vice-Presidents; Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers and the like. Any organizational position that has a policy making power is included in the top level management. These company officers are in-charge of achieving the strategic goals of the organization.

Strategic Organizational Goals are initially hatched at this Top Level Management it normally occurs during planning sessions that take days to complete. The life span of the goals depends upon the outcome of the planning sessions. Before goals at this level are implemented there are organizations that consult/inform first its stockholders.

After the goals at the Top Management level had been set; it goes now to the next lower level which is the Middle Level Management. Each functional area or strategic unit of the organization is given their assigned goals that would contribute to the realization of the strategic goals. These officers are composed of the various department managers. Their main responsibility is to see to it the organization's goal/s are successfully implemented and achieved.

The last organizational level that is involved in the achievement of goals is the First-Level Management these normally are the supervisors. Their task is to operationalize the strategic goals set by Top Level Management. Under them are the operational workers who do the leg work and make things happen for the organization. They are the foot soldiers so to speak.

Regardless of their level; all of these organizational goals must always have Specific, Measurable, Attainable and Realistic time table. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Nov 3, 2013

The critical role of an Effective Manager/Leader in an Organization’s Behavior:

It is an accepted fact that Organizations Behavior is always contingent on how a Manager effectively practices his leadership and his management functions. For example, if a Manager/Leader is lackadaisical on his function as head of an organization we must also expect an easy-going Organization Behavior. An easy-going OB is an organization that doesn’t achieve its goals and an organization that is undisciplined.

Let us take for example ineffective and corrupt leaders of nations. What is the Organizations Behavior of a government bureaucracy if their leader is corrupt and ineffective? It follows that majority of those who are working for that government bureaucracy will also become corrupt and unproductive. If the leaders of these nations are not careful they may find themselves being overthrown by their people.

In a micro level for example, in a company setting if the manager is ineffective (Doesn’t know how to exercise his Leadership/Managerial functions) we should subsequently expect a chaotic company Organizations Behavior. So what must we do to address this problematic situation?

Of course the obvious action to do is to change our mindset and attitude towards our work. Otherwise if we will not change the organization will not think twice to separate us from the organization. For the simple reason that the very survival of the organization is at stake here.

Therefore the role of a manager is very critical in an organization. For the reason that in his hands lies the survival of his organization and his survival also in that organization. - Marino J. Dasmarinas