Saturday, January 28, 2006

Flywheel - No Miracle Moment

In reading Jim Collin's book, Good to Great, he talked about companies not being able to pinpoint a defining moment that turned everything around and make them a great company. Their success came from cumulative and consistent effort in the same direction. As time goes by, the flywheel effect takes place. This is where with the same effort, accomplishments made over time increases.

The opposite is the doom loop. This is where a momentum gets build aiming for a flywheel effect, then changes were made in leadership or structure or process, momentum is lost, disappointing results, and then another round of changes takes place once more. The cycle goes on. For those of us who've seen this happened, it is painful to witness what was once a great start, became a disaster.

This is where Peter Drucker's "The Effective Executive in Action: A Journal for Getting the Right Things Done" came to enlighten. The authority of knowledge is surely as legitimate as the authority of position. However, humility is necessary in recognizing what we only know and proper care be given in the dynamics where we operate. Our wrong actions will have an impact in the area that to repair it or not will eventually hurt.

The least we want is to be remembered in history as the one who messed the whole thing.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

A hero to look up to

I attended a mass earlier today. Our parish priest gave an interesting sermon that started by expressing his happiness as Manny Pacquiao won a big boxing match earlier against Morales. Aferwards, he said, the reason why Manny Pacquiao has captured the hearts of Filipinos all over the world is our society's yearning for true heroes that we can look up to and be truly proud of.

That made me think and realized that Manny Pacquiao has not entered into any conflict with anyone. Although there were minor issues that got attached to him, they were easily forgotten and forgiven I guess.

His humility, determination, religiousness, patriotism, helpfulness, and dedication made every Filipino, regardless of stature, an admirer of this great boxer.

I've worked with great men and women for the past 16 years. Indeed, heroes can't be easily found. The last one I met are ladies - Taiwan's Yue Chane Hsing and USA's Yvonne San Andres - who inspired me to organize the Philippine Schools CyberFair Competition (http://www.cyberfair.ph).

Locally, it is hard to mention one. More often than not, inconsistency (theirs or perhaps mine) results in a fall-out, sooner or later. Very rare would you find people these days who has enough loyalty and shall stick to their principles through thick and thin as they lead.

May Manny Pacquiao's virtues inspire us, our leaders, and enlighten them too. It is who you are, how you manage your life, how you lead, how you care, how you love beyond yourself, how much love you have for your country, and be willing to fight for it. All of this done in the spirit of humility and fairness. Indeed, very hard to find these days and could hardly mention any one possessing these qualities.