Sunday, October 09, 2005

Who Will Take Your Place? Mentoring Potential Leaders

A leader's true capability is put to the test if they are successful in surrounding and developing potential leaders around them, not followers. If you can't name anyone who is capable of taking your place, then you are nowhere of being referred to as a true leader, but a manager instead.

I founded and lead the Philippine Internet Commerce Society from 1997 till March 2002. What kept me in that post for so long is finding a potential leader who has the heart and passion to continue leading the organization. Someone who can take the organization to greater heights. When the right person came, all of us knew, she is the one! Until today, she's leading the group - Mary Anne Tolentino.

Two years ago, I faced the same predicament once again. This time, it is for DigitalFilipino.com. What will happen if I go and stop doing my advocacy today. The quest of finding the right people started. As I started the DigitalFilipino.com Club, I hoped of developing other leaders, help entrepreneurs with their business, professionals with their careers, students with their research. After a year or two more, I look forward in institutionalizing DigitalFilipino.com with a core set of people who believe in it, appreciated its value as they benefited from it, and has great vision and instinct about its potential.

Will I find the right people who can take my place? I know I will, someday.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

No Thank You - My Not To Do List

As we progress in our careers and business, we are often faced with so many opportunities that tends to distract us. However, once in a while, you have to pause and re-evaluate your actions. Else, you may end up committing yourself to so many things but fail to meet deliverables.

You have to decide what things are important to you that deserves your priority and activities that you have to stop doing. Learning how to say, "No, thank you" to projects can be quite hard. However, one must do so in order to keep focus and achieve our long terms goals.

In my case, I already decided to say, "no thank you," to the following:

1. Attend international forums as a speaker or delegate without proper compensation. Not only they eat time but have high opportunity cost as well.

2. Demanding writing or research projects that aren't paying as much as it should be worth.

3. Fund international trainings and bring a speaker here without full commitment from possible participants.

4. Join I.T. associations for the sake of just networking. Primarily, it is the same faces wherever you go.

5. Work with politicians or leaders who tries to please almost everyone, including those who have been backstabbing you. Else, one's sincerity and trust will always be doubted.