Five Important Life-Lessons for Leaders

Leadership is a skill that we can learn throughout our lifetime; it never stops. In the same way that other professions require some form of continuous learning, being a professional leader also means that we have to keep an open-mind and a thirst for learning. No one can claim that they already know everything there is to know about it. As people change and as new generations get introduced to the workforce, getting a new perspective in leadership is always a good idea.

For business leaders, the task of leadership becomes extra challenging because of the need to juggle your ability to manage people and company resources. You need a mix of creative leadership as well as adherence to processes and procedures. You also need to be aware of the business, legal, and psychological impacts of your actions.

In this article, we have collated five items that are important lessons for leaders so you may reflect on how you can improve in these different areas regardless of your tenure and experience.

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Inspire Teamwork. Effective leaders are not those who always speak in terms “me.”  This is not because he avoids using the first-person pronoun when he speaks. Inspiring team work is about influencing people to think in terms of “we” – the team. It is about making the team understand the function that everyone needs to fulfill. When a leader inspires team work, the members do not dodge accountability. They feel answerable to their actions and lack thereof. To achieve this, a leader must be able to give credits to the members for their accomplishments. Leaders who are credit grabbers will never be able to inspire teams. Instead they will breed distrust and resentment among their members.

Build Self-Esteem. As a leader, you set the intensity for your employees’ attitude at work. Employees usually build a positive work attitude when they are happy with what they do. This happiness can be closely associated with their self-esteem. In business, your clients, previous and current employees, competitors, family, and even friends may give you dozens of criticisms. This goes the same to each of your employees. More often than not, criticisms are very stressful to hear. Sam Walton, the founder of Wal Mart says that employees need to have a good self-esteem in order to be effective at work. Constantly criticizing and pointing out their flaws and short-comings is a guaranteed way to lower their morale and performance. Even Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Group of Companies, says that leaders should always “look for the best in people”. This is easier said than done. While it is helpful to provide feedback to employees, make sure that you do not exclusively about short-comings. Little achievements need to be celebrated, too. When you do this, you reciprocate your employees’ trust. When you give trust to your employees, you teach them to have trust in their own abilities, too. This builds their self-esteem and inculcates a sense of “i-can-make-a-difference” in them, allowing them to become more driven and results-oriented.  

Encourage Other’s Development. Leaders should aim for their employees’ success. They should encourage them to be the best they can be. True leaders help their direct reports get promoted. Looking out for people’s best interest and growth helps you build a more positive relationship with them. The moment that a leader feels scared that their employees can get better than them is the moment they fail as a leader. True leaders don’t create more followers; they create more leaders. This is because true leaders are hard to find. The more leaders you have in your company, the better equipped your company will be for growth. The more growth your company has, the better opportunities you create for yourself and your employees, too. Employees are like seedlings; it is the leader’s job to nurture them, water them, cultivate them, and watch them grow. As a leader, you need to mentor people: coach them, help them make decisions, allow them to learn from mistakes, guide them to reflect on their actions, and help them celebrate their little successes.

Learn to Effectively Communicate. Needless to say, none of the things a leader must do can be accomplished without communication. Getting people onboard and aligning them to the goals are essential in accomplishing anything. As you go through the journey, you also need to ensure that everyone is in the loop with what is going on. Understanding and discussing your milestones and challenges as a group is truly very crucial. Making everyone understand the big picture also greatly impacts the results of any given task. As a leader, you should allow an avenue for open-communication, sharing of suggestions, and brainstorming. Efficient means of communication using different technologies is a vital part of this process. Sometimes, leaders do not even step out of their comfort zone to adjust to the new workforce. The Millenials and Generation Z workers, a huge part of our workforce now, are fond of technology. As leaders, we should be able to make use of this available means of communications. Using a mode of communication that people understand, people can relate to, and people are passionate about is truly very effective.

Listen. Many leaders claim that they listen, however, they truly don’t. They only listen to respond rather than to understand. As Stephen Covey shared in his book, “Seek first to understand then be understood…” This is a very powerful way of getting the best out of people. Great ideas can come from the most unlikely employees. In order to tap into these, a leader must learn to genuinely listen. If a leader fails to listen, then you will be surrounded by people who have nothing to say. Many experienced leaders feel that there is not much to hear as they think that they have already heard everything. But one thing is sure; there is always room for learning when you listen. Listening builds a good relationship with your employees; it helps them feel empowered and it helps you as the leader become more influential to them.

These five may not be exhaustive of all the important life lessons a leader must learn, but we feel that these are most important. If you are able to learn these lessons, it can truly take you a long way into your leadership journey.

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Holy Week Thoughts: Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness

The Holy week, also known as semana santa, is definitely an event Filipinos look forward to. Even weeks ahead, many Filipinos take time to plan activities for it. Some take advantage of the holy week to go on a well-deserved vacation while others go for reflection and prayer. As majority of the country’s population comprises of Roman Catholics, visiting different churches to pray is definitely part of the tradition. Our team members took part in visiting a church last week. We went to Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Sta.Maria- Tungkong-Mangga Road, San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan. As expected, legions of devotees and followers were at the site; so many that you will have to stay under the scorching heat of the sun for a long time of queuing at the gate. Once in, you will be able to see even more people in the front grounds and along the pavement as you come closer to the church. While there, we devoted a few prayers and went on to quickly join a procession that celebrated the Stations of the Cross. We thanked God for all the blessings and challenges he has brought to us in the past year.

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The church ground was far from the celebrated serene landmark we were expecting. Sure there were still people praying. A mass was also being held when we arrived, but the crowd was definitely noisy. Outside the church, children were running around; horse-playing on sacred grounds. There were a lot of vendors parading logos of the products they were selling in different colors: Mineral water, beverages, candles, food, toys, religious items, oils, and many others; name it and it is there. Of course, with all these comes all the rubbish. Without any intent of generalizing, Filipinos are not well-known for their discipline in managing trash. This made the team very sad. With the lack, or maybe only lack of visibility, of garbage cans in the area, people littered all over the place. Our team members had some trash, too, but we kept it in our bags until we found a bin to throw it into.

As students, most Filipinos have had their share of repetitive values education lessons emphasizing the importance of a clean environment. I am sure that our teachers, to the point of being redundant, has told us that we need to avoid littering, even when no one is looking. But how has this affected us as we grew older? Was there any fault in our educational system that we seem to not have retained this important piece of information?

I could not tell what goes wrong in this scenario. People go to a place of worship to give thanks and praise their God for the sacrifices He has made for them. In return, these same people trash his sacred grounds. In a sermon by John Wesley, an English cleric and theologian, in 1778, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” While the bible never really directly or literally said this, it does make sense. How can we expect to have our soul cleansed when we cannot even keep our physical surroundings clean? Even the Israelites and other religions were all concerned with the concept of “clean” or “unclean.”

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So maybe let us take it out of the context of religious reasoning and be a bit more practical. When you visit your friend’s house, would you throw your food’s plastic packaging in their yard? Would you do the same when you visit an old teacher’s house? Not normally, right? It is but a common practice of courtesy to keep the place as clean as possible when you visit the place of someone you care for or respect. It makes you wonder why these devotees cannot do the same when they are visiting the place of God.

A friend of ours commented that Filipinos may not have remembered this lesson in school because we are taught by our teachers to pass the exams, not to keep the lessons in mind. This truly is very sad. I could not even tell if our friend is right; he might as well be. One thing is true: education was only there to help us make a living; but our decision become educated throughout our lifetime defines whether we do what is right rather than just what everyone else is doing.

We may not be able to change everyone, but we hope we can reach out and impact the few who are able to read this. Our hope is that more Filipinos can decide to become educated in the next Holy week, or maybe more regularly, so that cleanliness would be something they can consider to always keep in mind. If you agree, please share this article and together, let us reach out to more Filipinos.   

Understanding Adult Learning

When it comes to seminars and workshop, people often ask what adult learning is. Seldom do people realize that the way we learn as children and adolescents is very different from how we do as adults. This is because as adults, we are usually able to make our own decisions independently and we can be responsible to our own success. We use the information we have in order to make these decisions and choices.

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In 1985, Malcom Knowles who pioneered in adult learning has observed that adults learn better given certain conditions. He also made assumptions that learning in adults is based on 5 assumptions. First, he mentioned that as an adult matures, he moves from a dependent personality to being a self-directed human being. Second, the person’s experience becomes a very healthy source of valuable information that grows over time. Third, the adult learner becomes more oriented toward developing and learning things that are relevant to their role in the society. Fourth, the adult learner wants to immediately apply what they learned rather than delay its application. Fifth, that the person’s interest and motivation toward learning is innate.  

Let us attempt to understand these conditions so that we can see how we can create better training programs for our adult learners.  

Adults need to understand the importance of learning the information. Adults tend to retain information which they see as valuable to the things they do on a daily basis. During learning events, it is important to discuss how the new information can be used in practically at work. By discussing these, it motivates the adult learner to remember the information that is shared. It also helps them make an active decision to learn.

Adults need to learn using a method that is appropriate to them. There are different types of learners and you need to create a program that can touch base with most of these learners. Most learners are either Kinesthetic, Visual, or auditory. But there are many other learning styles for adults.

Experiential learning is always more powerful. Experiential learning is when adults apply what they have learned. You will notice that workshops allow adults to have an opportunity to test out what they learned through exercises. Sometimes, it even requires role-playing activities to experience the learning firsthand. The application is usually immediate so that the adult learner is able to retain the lessons longer and more effectively.

Timely learning. You need to allow the participants to learn something that is appropriate to their needs. Timing is important. When you schedule the learning session, put it at a time that they are thinking actively. If you have a choice between morning and evening after work hours, the former may be the better option as they are not yet tired. This gives more readiness for them to learn. Lessons related to recent life events also prove to be learned faster.

Positive Encouragements. It is very important for adults to feel encouraged to do the task. Boosting their confidence always works better than shaming them in class. You need to make adults realize that they have the power to apply change because most of them rely on habits. Validating that they have done the task successfully based on standards help them feel ease in getting out of their comfort zone and trying new things. 

Adult learners are never to be treated like the younger students. They should be given some level of autonomy. To see the contrast, we should realize that teacher-centred learning is never applicable. Adult learners cannot just be quiet listeners who will do what they are told; they have to be involved, encouraged, and motivated so that they can comprehend and retain information long-term.   

COMPETAD Launches Communications for HR Workshop

23 March 2019, COMPETAD Training and Professional Development Services has conducted its very first-Quarterly HR Learning Session this 2019 at the 2nd Floor Marsk Building in Aurora Boulevard. The workshop was entitled, “Communications for HR” which was attended by thirty HR participants from different industries. The session was facilitated by our very own, Mr. Philip Nucleus Sia I, a Certified Human Resource Professional by the International Federation of Professional Managers (IFPM).

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Topics during the half-day session included a quick review on the Common Grammar errors for the HR professionals make, Email Usage for HR, Body Language, and Vocal Communications. It was a fun-filled session that was jam-packed with learning. The session was very interactive with activities geared toward engaging the participants while illustrating the learning points being shared. One of the highlights of the session was a quick demonstration and exercise for vocal communications. The participants were able to practice proper breathing exercises to help them project a fuller, more audible voice tone that they can use when public speaking. The audience also had their share of pronunciation exercises to help them sound more natural and neutral when speaking in English. Another highlight is the sharing of the concept of postural feedback, where the participants were made aware that their actions not only affect others but it also has an impact to their own body chemistry, hormonal constitution, mood, and confidence. The crowd was very engaged as they did power poses to help boost confidence and focus.

The 1st Quarterly Learning Session was an overall success. The participants enjoyed learning during the session, with a few of them even saying that there was no dull moment during the workshop.

More About Our Quarterly Learning Sessions.

COMPETAD’s Quarterly learning sessions are tailored to the needs of HR professionals, focusing on things that HRs should know but often times overlook. The sessions are great as they are interesting, tailored to the HR profession, and very friendly to the budget-conscious learner. The sessions are only Php 799 per participant, which is also offered at Php 599 to those who take advantage of the early-bird rates. COMPETAD developed these programs in order to provide the community with an alternative way for continuous professional development for those who are new and a bit more experienced in the profession.

COMPETAD Secretariat for the Quarterly Learning Sessions, Mr. Michael Natividad, mentioned that he still feels that there is a lot of room for improvement in reaching out within the HR Community so the organization is still bringing forth more topics in the coming months. He said that with a more aggressive awareness-building effort for these value-conscious programs must be in place so they could appeal to a larger community and make the learning available to anyone, even the start-up professionals.

This year, there are four topics identified for our Quarterly sessions, which we felt are good start-off points for HR development. Communications for HR has already been completed but we still have three topics to offer: Etiquette for HR, Labor Relations Basics, and HR Professional Image. We shall release more information to you as we move forward in the coming months regarding these programs.

Life Coaching in the Workplace – A Key Ingredient for Success

e9617a26-341d-4f75-a9f6-2dc7f6bd71b7If you have lead people, you would agree that one of the most challenging things about it is making them follow instructions. People have varying points of views and background. Some people are more assertive than others. Some are fast learners, while some are average. We cannot have cookie-cutter approach to manage these individuals. Sometimes, even the levels of commitment individuals give toward achieving a goal differ. Are there any ways that you can make employees motivated so that they can do their tasks effectively and more consistently?

Coaching is an effective tool for improving in supporting the professional development of your employees. According to studies, employees stay in an organization when they feel that their career development is being supported by the company. Coaching provides your employees an opportunity to feel that they are supported.

What is Coaching?

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For most, coaching is giving instructions and providing details to employees. When we hear the word, we usually think of a sports coach doing exactly what the players need to do. It seems to be a one way street. However, there is more to coaching employees than just this. While in a ball game, a quick instruction that players need to follow for an hour or two is easy, it is more challenging in the office when instructions and feedback must last for far longer than an hour or two. Coaching is about listening and having a conversation. It is about facilitating the processes of reflecting, thinking, and understanding. Below are some of the important things coaching can give to us:

Office-culture Integration

A-life-coach-guide-to-running-a-life-coaching-business-image-3When we hire employees, they don’t usually have the company culture in mind. Through coaching, we will be able to align our employees to our company values. Mentoring and coaching our employees during the first few months of their stay with the company is crucial in developing a sense of ownership and accountability. Coaching, when consistently done, shall allow employees to see how the company values support their work. Awareness that is built through coaching also allows employees to truly imbibe the culture and values we would like to encourage at work.

Professional Development

businessman-pointing_1057-2032While having a training and development program is important for professional growth, coaching provides you with an effective means of follow through and support. Whatever our employees learned in class or during an on-the-job or class training can be refined by providing coaching.  Companies who have supported their training programs with consistent coaching have proven that the skills learned through training are more easiplanning-risk-and-strategy-in-business-concept-businessman-gambling-placing-wooden-block-on-a-tower_1423-9ly applied to the workplace. By providing coaching, supervisors are able to check how much knowledge their employees gained from training. Since coaching provides an avenue for open communication, leaders will be able to assess what is lacking, too.In turn, this can be communicated to the training department as feedback, which helps refine whatever professional development programs you already have in place. Employees who have received coaching also strongly feels the impact of their training to their professional development.

Employee Satisfaction

You-Cant-Get-Employee-Engagement-If-You-Dont-Start-With-Employee-Satisfaction-2A big fraction of employees leaving the company results from a feeling of lack of value. By having a coaching system in place, people feel valued as they know what they can improve and they are empowered to implement changes in their own work.  Similarly, those who are responsible for giving coaching will be able to see their impact to others’ lives and career. This gives them a sense of fulfillment. Of course, the more people working effectively in their teams, the more productive the company becomes, which helps leaders feel a sense of direction too. downloadWith coaching, not only will the rank-and-file employees feel satisfied with their work, the leaders as well. All these will positively affect employee morale and engagement and greatly reduce employee attrition as well.

 How to Get These Benefits?

In order to take advantage of these great benefits from coaching, learning the proper way of coaching is key. This starts with having leaders who truly understand its meaning. They must be armed with the skills and knowledge in implementing proven and proper methodologies for coaching. Remember that coaching isn’t about telling; it is about listening and guiding. It is important to ask powerful questions; questions that will uncover intention, reasons, and understanding. The goal of the coach is to help the employee identify these important pieces of information and empower them so that they can use these to make changes in performance. Coaching therefore is a reflective activity facilitated by a well-trained coach.

If you would want to learn how to apply the life coaching principles in your office, you may learn about it online, research, or read books. You can also look for videos discussing the concepts of life coaching. These resources will definitely help you have an understanding of how you can apply the concepts effectively in the workplace. You may also enroll in our upcoming coaching workshop and be guided by our certified coaches. You can ask questions and also consult with them during the training session. Our next session shall be on the 19th of May 2018. You may click here for more information. For inquiries, you may also call us through (02)4333342 or through mobile (0998)5624984 to 85.

PhilHRG Kicks off Sigma-Design Sprint on Its 1st 2018 Learning Session

PHilHRG March3 Board Members croppedIn 2017, the Philippines HR Group announced its commitment to provide consistent and quality learning sessions to the HR community throughout the year. This year, they delivered this by having its first Learning Session which was entitled “Lean Six-Sigma for HR & Design Sprint Methodology”, which was held on March 3, 2018 at D’Cup Coffee Republic located at the 2/F Pioneer St. Market Reliance Street, Mandaluyong City.

The event was attended by almost a hundred participants and volunteers. The concept of Six Sigma and Design Sprint for HR is quite young in the Philippines but, despite that, the support provided by the community is not short of overwhelming. Our invited speaker is premier in the line of Six Sigma Methodology Mr. Rex Jayson Tuozo, CIE, MBB, CMP. He talked about the different concepts of Six Sigma and its importance as a Tool for the Human Resource Professional. He taught several concepts during the session in which the crowd’s favorite was about SIPOC (Supplier, Input, Process, Output, Customer). Our speaker for the Design Sprint Methodology is Mr. Arthur Flores, Jr. who is known as the “Sprint King” was our second speaker. He talked about the 5 step methodology of Design Sprint and taught the community how to use this tool in their HR processes. Both speakers provided not only an interesting talk about their respective topics but also a quick workshop to get everyone more accustomed to the concepts and tools being introduced to the community. It was an afternoon filled with valuable information and the community can’t help but feel that they want to learn more.

The Philippines HR Group has also sold T-shirts and gave away lots of goodies. They provided freebies as well from those who came from far provinces such as Quezon Province and Ilo-ilo. Inclusive in the prizes were books from Ms. Sha Nacino “Money and Me”and “Mission Happiness.” You may recall that Ms. Nacino was our guest speaker from the very first #InspireHR of the Philippines HR Group last February 2017. There were also mugs from our sponsors that were given away. Not only did everyone go home with new knowledge at hand, they also have new goodies with them. Once again, the Philippines HR Group has successfully gathered our community for another session of learning and getting-to-know session. There were several repeat attendees, and the PhilHRG Inc. Board Members are truly happy about this, too.

Attendees from the Board Members included Mr. Neil Lumacad, Ms. Nhess De Jesus-Lumacad, Ms. Abigail Hernandez, Ms. Jocelyn Morales, Mr. Michael Natividad, CHRP Ms. Joseline Alosbanos, and Mr. Philip Nucleus Sia I, CHRP, who was also the host of the program. Founder and President Mr. Darwin Rivers was also in the event and gave the opening remarks of the program. The volunteers who assisted in this event were: Lanie Santos, Michelle Morales, Bryan Aquilino, Arvin Jessy Del Rosario, Kristine Martinez Bagalawis, Marilyn Magallanes, Raul Polo Devera, Rosalie Joya, Janette Aliwanag Pagadduan; Rolan S. Cayton, Charlie Mae D. Manaligod, Haidee V. Palacio, Nica Mariz G. Ignacio, Margie M. Orate, Marvin Zoilo, Catherine B. Garcia, MBA, Brian P. Guzarem, Jesica R. Cedillo, Maria Cristina C. Lascano, Kristine Comia Mercado, Kashmire Eldrimar Alfaro, and Sheila Espadero-Saberdo. The pool of volunteers is truly growing.

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The Philippines HR Group has once again proven that they are a game changer in the HR Community. Their advocacies bring quality but low cost programs that facilitate in the growth of HR professionals all over the country. This 17th of March 2018, the PhilHRG Inc. will once again hold a learning event entitled “TRAINing on Labor Law,” which will include the Data Privacy Act of 2012, TRAIN Law, Labor Essentials, and Latest Labor Decisions and Jurisprudence. More power to the PhilHRG Inc. in bringing these valuable programs available to a larger audience.

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We support the advocacy of the Philippines HR Group in providing high-quality training for working professionals in the Philippines but COMPETAD is a separate entity from the PhilHRG Inc.  Look up our Leadership Training Session this 2018 if you would like to have a glimpse of our programs, too. 

For other training inquiries and sponsorship for any of our events, you may also call us at COMPETAD Training and Professional Development through (02)4333342 or thru (0998)5624984 to 85. You may also send us an email at training@competad.com and we will always be happy to help. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/competad

Sha Nacino Shines in PhilHRG Inc.’s First #InspireHR Event

The Philippines HR Group held its very first #InspireHR last 17 February 2018. We can remember that, in order to provide valuable services every year, the PhilHRG Inc., aka Philippines HR Group, offers new and exciting options for our community. In 2017, they have featured the Quarterly learning sessions which has amassed great success and support from you. This year, #InspireHR is an avenue to make the HR community renew its pride and excitement in our chosen career. The sessions are not focused on HR to-do lists or skills that we need for our office work. Rather it focuses on having a worth-while and meaningful work-life blending. The group notices that sometimes, the reason we are not able to do what we need to do as HR is because we do not feel empowered. #InspireHR aims to empower all HR professionals in the Philippines. The last event was provided at absolutely no cost to the community as a way of saying thank you for your support to our volunteerism efforts. It was held at the Meralco Theater in Ortigas and was attended by over 100 participants, volunteers, and sponsors.

 

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As a highlight of the event, guest speaker Ms. Sha Nacino has provided her piece of wisdom on how you can have happiness in your pursuit for success. Her topic was entitled Mission Happiness. Here, she presented 5 important G’s to achieve this: Gratitude, Goal, Growth, Gift and Gold. She said that we need to count our blessing and be thankful for the small things we have. Being thankful for the people around us also helps in achieving happiness. She also said that we need to find growth and development as this helps a lot, too, in achieving happiness. Ms. Sha encouraged everyone to give gifts to the people important to you. She said that it allows you to feel good about yourself and remove bad vibes too. We agree; after all, it is better to give than to receive. She has shared many other tips and has solicited a lot of crowd participation. Everyone truly had a great time while learning and feeling inspired during her session.

The event was a true success; thanks to the invaluable efforts of the new set of PhilHRG CORE Volunteers lead by Ms. Michelle Morales who toiled to ensure that everything is in place. Other members of the new CORE Volunteers group who made the event possible were: Janette Pagaduan, Rea Michelle Morales, Kristine Mercado, Kashmire Eldrimar Alfaro, Marilyn Centino Magallanes, Maria Cristina Lascano, Rosalie Joya, Arvin Jessy Del Rosario, Raul Polo De Vera, Jesica Cedillo, Rolan Cayton, Kristine Bagalawis, Ana Jean Abletis, Haidee Vicente Palacio, Catherine Garica, MBA, Matilde Ortiz, Margie Orate, Sheina Obejero, Shin Khan, Nica Mariz Ignacio, Annie Lyn Leonardo, Dianne Estrella, and Lanie Santos.

Special thanks to Mr. Michael Natividad, Board Member of the PhilHRG, Inc. who was the point-person for the new volunteers. He ensured that the new bloods of volunteers are guided throughout the preparation period. Other Board Members of the PhilHRG who were in the event and helped in the back scene were Ms. Jhoya Morales, Ms. Nhess de Jesus-Lumacad, Mr. Neil Lumacad, and Mr. Philip Nucleus Sia. Ms. Michelle Cordero-Garcia, President of the PMAP, was also there and was very supportive of the advocacy. The Philippines HR Group is rooting to have a partnership event with PMAP very soon. We shall keep you posted.

With many things happening in the organization, we are looking forward to many more news to come. The Philippines HR Group has already been in talks of having more membership benefits for the community and this definitely something to look forward to. Meantime, if you would like to know about other upcoming and exciting events of the PhilHRG, please do not forget to check out our Group FB page frequently. You may also send an email to philippineshrgroup@gmail.com for your inquiries, comments, and suggestions. The Calendar of events has also been posted at the FB page for you.

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This article was brought to you by COMPETAD Training and Professional Development Services. COMPETAD supports the advocacy of the Philippines HR Group in providing quality but accessible training programs for the Filipino professionals.

The Leadership Development Training Series (2018)

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Our Leadership Development Training Series is designed to provide a cost-effective yet high-quality program for your leaders. It is not just one leadership training session, but 8 sessions that are spread throughout a period of 8 months. Compared to other public training programs that provide generic content, our LDTS (Leadership Development Training Series) attempts to incorporate some aspects of your business in the workshops we provide when you register.

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METHODOLOGY
 
This development training series include activities, workshops, multi-media, and interactive discussions to ensure a fully engaged class. Your employees will leave the seminar not only with new knowledge, but also with a new motivation to apply what they have learned in their everyday work. COMPETAD’s approach in learning focuses not only in developing the skills of its participants, but also in encouraging a sense of excitement so they can turn their learning to action. We understand that great performance is not just about knowing how to do it, it is also about practice having the right attitude.
 
To have insight into your individual learning, a pre-test and post-test is also conducted for each session. This will assess how much learning our participants acquire per topic. Assignments may also be provided to ensure application at the work place as well as retention of the concepts and principles used during the training.
 
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
 
The LDTS is a perfect solution not only for those individuals who want to invest in their own learning, but also companies who would like to support a continuous growth for their employees.
 
HOW is it different. The programs have a general outline which provides an overview about the topic that will be covered. There will also be a TNA (Training Needs Analysis) questionnaire to be filled out by the participants not more than 20 days before the actual session, which will help us uncover their personal challenges in the areas to be discussed. This will allow COMPETAD to provide a more tailored approach for the during workshop. Since participants may come from different industries, they will gain knowledge and insight into other industries too, which makes a more enriching experience.
 
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
 
There are 8 main topics for the leadership series. These topics are found below. You may click on the topic for more details.
 
Module 1: Leadership and Supervision Workshop – 20 Apr 2018
Module 2: Time and Stress Management – 11 May 2018
Module 3: Meeting and Email Management Workshop – 8 Jun 2018
Module 4: Managing Teams and Diversity – 13 Jul 2018
Module 5: Systematic Problem Solving and Decision Making – 13 Aug 2018
Module 6: Managing Up (Managing Your Manager) – 14 Sep 2018
Module 7: Influential Coaching Techniques – 19 Oct 2018
Module 8: Navigating Change – 19 Nov 2018
 
Learning Investment:
Each course is worth Php 2,999.00 when you register separately but you can get almost 20% discount when you register for all 8 courses. Complete your registration on or before 22 March 2018 and you will be able to get all 8 courses for the learning investment of only Php19,999. Your learning investment is inclusive of your training kit, meals and snacks during the seminar, and some freebies. At the end of each session, your participant will receive a certificate of attendance. When they complete all 8 sessions, they will also receive a separate certificate of completion for the COMPETAD Leadership Development Training Series.

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Registration Instructions: 

1. Fill out the registration form by clicking the link on top of this page. You may also download the MS Word attachment send it to training@competad.com
2. Our admin team shall send you shortly the Statement of Account/Confirmation of registration. Sign the statement of account to conform and finalize your registration and email the soft copy.
3. Follow the instructions in the statement of account and complete your payment.
4. Send the scanned copy of the Statement of Account and your deposit slip.
5. Should you need an official Billing Invoice, please call us at (02) 4333342 or click here for alternative numbers.
 
 
FAQs

What is the LDTS program?
 
The LDTS program is a unique program that aims to provide a tailored series workshop for new and seasoned leaders who would like to enhance their leadership skills, learn, and have fun, too.
 
 
Can I just select one or two programs that I would like to attend in the Leadership Development Training Series and not get the entire series?
 
Yes. The programs are still open to public registrations. Anyone who would like to attend specific programs may do so by registering in our online forms for individual programs. You may also click the register link in the training program’s landing page at the COMPETAD website. Regular rates will apply for single training program registrations.
 
 
Will I have to pay one-time for all 8 programs?
 
Yes. By registering in all 8 programs, you shall receive a premium discounted rate. For further inquiries, special arrangement, or information, please do not hesitate to contact our specialists at (02)4333342.
 
 
Can I do installments for the payments?
 
Yes, you may. Regular rates of Php2999 per session shall apply for these installments. Once you complete your fourth session at a regular rates, you may request for a 10% discount on your next sessions. Discounts apply only upon request.
 
 
I will be registering several employees from our company. Can I get a special discount?
 
The rates for the LDTS are already discounted. Discounts offered by COMPETAD may not be used in conjunction with other discounts. However, for 8 participants and up, please contact our sales and training specialist at (02)4333342 or (0998)5624984 to 85 so we can help you further. You may also email us at training@competad.com
 
 
What if one of the schedules in the series is in conflict with mine and I fail to attend it, will my payment be reimbursed?
 
While payments may not be reimbursed, you may attend a similar topic that is scheduled on a different date or you may elect someone to attend in your place. If you do not have an alternate and no similar topic is offered, you may consult with our specialists to see if you can instead attend other sessions outside of the LDTS program. We are unable to provide guarantee for approval of such requests but we will do our best to accommodate you.
 
COMPETAD reserves the rights to provide any goodwill gesture or discounts for you in such or any other instances. You may contact us to let us know about any schedule conflicts at least two days before the training date.

PhilHRG Kicks off 2018 with New Volunteers and More Exciting Activities

by Nuke Sia

After the first 2018 board meeting of the Philippines HR Group last 5 January 2018, the PhilHRG gathered yet a new group of volunteers to handle some of activities of the organization. With a number that has grown to almost 80,000 online members, the need for more helping hands has increased. Last 20 January 2018, the organization has called for another meeting which was attended by 20 volunteers, 9 of which were repeat volunteers and 11 new bloods. We would like to share with you some of the exciting things that happened during the event.

Founder and President Darwin Rivers started the session by walkingthe volunteers through the early beginnings of the PhilHRG Inc and the origins of its advocacy. In the meeting were three other members of the board, Mr. Michael Natividad, Ms. Jocelyn Alosbanos, and Mr. Philip Nucleus (Nuke) Sia. The group has welcomed the new volunteers by sharing with them the new activities that the Philippines HR Group would be spearheading for the country’s HR professionals this year. The new volunteers was a mix of HR managers, HR assistants, and HR supervisors. They were hyped and energized by the upcoming activities. A short introduction session got the volunteers familiar with each other. Mr. Rivers set everyone’s expectation that all volunteers of the PhilHRG are treated equally regardless of company ranks and ages.  He encouraged the volunteers to live by the values of the Philippines HR Group as they represent its advocacies and take part in its activities. The volunteers were provided a time to meet amongst themselves and create committees for upcoming activities of the organization after they were told about the activities for this year.

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So what is in store for 2018? A lot!

#InspireHR. There are many activities to look forward to this year. Aside from the usual advocacy to provide development and learning to all HR practitioners in the archipelago, the organization would like to bring in what we call #InspireHR. We have seen that some practitioners can perform well if they are motivated in their work. This will be the goal of #InspireHR. This will be several sessions within the year where we will invite practitioners from different industries to talk about the HR challenges, experiences, and trends that aim to excite and inspire. Contrary to the learning events where we discuss the technical and administrative aspects of HR, #InspireHR is non-technical, easy to the ears, non-brain intensive, and is aimed at building pride in our line of work. Schedules will be posted in a separate flyer at the Philippine HR Group FB page, so watch out!

PhilHRG Job Fair Event. Recruitment and pooling talents is one important aspect of the HR function. The organization has decided to provide a solid support for our community in this area. Aside from the learning sessions, we will help you gather talents from all over the country to hire for your company. The aim is to provide an avenue for our network of HR professionals to be connected to people with the appropriate skills. Not much has been shared yet about the specifics but the target date for the Job Fair is on the 19th of May 2018. For more details on how you can participate, you may send an email to Philippineshrgroup@gmail.com or just wait for further announcement at our PhilHRG facebook page.

PhilHRG Headquarters. As the non-profit organization grew, having a place where its volunteers can regularly meet to plan out high-quality events for the community became a must. With the HR community’s support, the organization is aiming to establish a headquarters before the end of the year. This will make communications with the participants and the entire community more fluid and easier. No details yet in regard to this, but if anyone in the community have suggestions for a cost effective place for our headquarters, you may contact PhilHRG Board Members Rhonadale Florentino or Michael Natividad. You may also contact Mr. Darwin Rivers directly.

Continued High-Value but Low-Cost Learning Events. Similar to last year when the organization has established quarterly learning sessions, we will still have seminars that will be offere to the public at very very friendly prices. We have an ongoing talk to team up with one of the top universities in the Philippines to provide us with a venue for our community to hold our learning events. This is a great opportunity to continue on of the main facets or service that PhilHRG would like to give to the country’s HR.

Aside from all these exciting things to look forward to, the PhilHRG is also planning to create a website that will provide official, valuable, and timely content to keep us abreast with what is going on in the HR community.  Of course there are lots more to happen and we will continue to keep you updated through our FB page.

5 Things To Have at Work to Engage Employees

Engaged EmployeesOne of the most important resources for a business is its people. However, just having people cannot solely drive your business to success. There are businesses who hire skilled individuals that eventually didn’t reap success. If you engage your employees however, you can make that BIG difference.

But what exactly is an engaged employee?

It is someone who is able to provide ideas and unwavering dedication to his work. Someone who knows his importance to the business and consistently strives to give the best he can for the business. An engaged employee treats the business like his own. Is there a way we can get such kinds of employees in our company? There are several things we can foster into our company culture to help achieve a happier and more engaged workforce.


CoachingMotivation. When employees are excited to go to work, they do their best. Supervision is minimal, and it saves the time of the managers. Managers are able to focus on the other important aspects of the business. Employees who are motivated are happy to serve customers and deliver great performance. One of the simple ways we can improve employee motivation is by consistently providing them feedback. Everyone likes to know how well they are doing at work. When employees see their strengths, they become excited. Most also would like to learn and improve what they do. Feedback sessions allow them to know both. Coaching employees consistently is a good key to success.

Aside from coaching, it is also important that we know what keeps people at work. What role does their job play in their personal life? A manager who knows what pushes their employees to do what they do will be able to influence them well. It is important to build good relationships with employees. Talking to them about non-business matters related to their personal lives may be important. This doesn’t mean that managers need to pry into the privacy of their employees. It only means that a leader needs to build a positive relationship with employees in order to get them to open up. Showing employees that you genuinely care will also make them happy to come to work every day.

Creativity. Productivity is something that is seen by companies as a good measure of success. In the pursuit of it, they overlook that employees are not machines whose productivity may be computed by the number of hours they are doing actual work. Employees also need time to look back at the things they do daily so that they can reinvent their tasks. Employees need to find a way to come up with better means of doing their job. They need to innovate. Managers need to provide an avenue for creative thinking so that people will not become stale. Allowing room for creativity also provides employees a consistent feeling of accomplishment especially when their ideas positively impact the business. The company for example who first produced what we now know “post it” allowed their employees creativity and consistently encourages them to come up with new products. Initially, employees laughed at the idea of these sheets of paper with weak adhesive but when the company launched the product and encouraged the idea, it put them in the map and became a top brand worldwide. Encouraging creativity is definitely something that companies should start looking into. 

Positive, Supportive Environment. While employees toil in the office everyday, it is easy to overlook the overall environment they are in. A positive environment doesn’t only mean good office equipment, lighting, and new paint. Environment includes people and how they respond to each other. While it is true that managers can never control people’s action, they are the one who can set the intensity that people will follow. Whether they choose to positively interact with employees or not will determine employees will also treat each other. Needless to say, if he shows that he is not a boss but someone who is there to provide people support, then employees would follow and also show respect, support, and positiveness toward each other. A positive and supportive environment encourages work-life balance among employees which is a great source of consistent motivation and creativity. Happy employees produce positive thoughts and give positive care to their customers.

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Trust. Managers are there to check on employees, right? Wrong. They are there to empower employees and make employees see how they can make a difference for the business. While some people may argue that there are dishonest and disloyal employees who do not care about the company, a big percentage of these are only because of self-fulfilling prophecies. Self-fulfilling prophecies happen when you have certain expectations of someone and, unknowingly, you take notice of his actions that fulfill those expectations more often than things that are otherwise. This makes you biased and only see the employee based on your expectations. I came across a concept in Psychology called the Pygmallion effect. This states that when you have a certain expectation of someone, you move around the person with that expectation and it reflects subtly in your actions whenever you are around him. In turn, this affects the psyche of the person making him respond based on your expectations. Imagine if you move around your employees with the expectations that you can trust them? Of course this doesn’t mean that there are no risks. We still have to manage risks, definitely. But we create documented processes to manage these. Focus on empowering people. Verbalize and let them know that you trust them genuinely.   Remember that boss who always made you feel that he trusts in your ability? Doesn’t he make you deliver your best always?

Training. In Stephen Covey’s book, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,“ he talks about sharpening the saw. Engaged employees are effective employees. Therefore, providing our employees with growth and development increases their engagement in our business. When people learn, they become excited about what they do.  Providing an avenue for employees to learn will definitely boost their morale and desire to deliver more for your company. Get a motivational training or a training that will enhance their skill in their job. You can also create a training path to get them ready to take on bigger roles in the business. Make these training sessions something your employees can easily relate to. Training can be a class room training, a one-on-one session with their manager, or even a class with a seasoned resource speaker invited. The possibilities are limitless.

There are still many other ways to engage our employees. Companies spend lots in order to come up with many programs for employee engagement, but these simple steps can bring you a long way when you need to deliver consistently good performance for your company.

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For any of your training needs, please contact us. You may also send an email to training@competad.com.