Monday, February 23, 2009

YMCA (Village People)

Ymca lyrics Young man, there's no need to feel down I said young man, pick yourself off the ground I said young man, 'cause you're in a new town There's no need to be unhappy Young man, there's a place you can go I said young man, when you're short on your dough You can stay there, and I'm sure you will find Many ways to have a good time It's fun to stay at the YMCA (rpt) They have everything for young men to enjoy You can hang out with all the boys Young man, are you listening to me I said young man, what do you want to be I said young man, you can make real your dreams But you've got to know that one thing No man does it all by himself I said young man, put your pride on the shelf And just go there, to the YMCA I'm sure they can help you today Chorus Young man, I was once in your shoes I said, I was down and out with the blues I felt no man cared if I was alive I felt the whole world was so jive That's when someone came up to me And said young man, take a walk up the street There's a place there called the YMCA They can start you back on your way It's fun to stay at the YMCA (rpt) You can get yourself clean You can have a good meal You can do whatever you feel

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Leaders and Managers, Part 2

MANAGERS AND LEADERS: ARE THEY DIFFERENT? Leadership Inevitably requires using power to influence the thoughts and actions of other people. Power In the hands of an individual entails human risks 1. the risk of equating power with the ability to get immediate results 2. the risk of ignoring the many different ways people can legitimately accumulate power 3. the risk of losing self-control in the desire for power Collective leadership Managerial ethic Inherent conservatism An organization is a system, with a logic of its own, and all the weight of tradition and inertia. The deck is stacked in favor of the tried and proven way of doing things and against the taking of risks and striking out in new directions. Out of this conservatism and inertia organizations provide succession to power through the development of managers rather than individual leaders. And the irony of the managerial ethic is that it fosters a bureaucratic culture in business, supposedly the last bastion protecting us from the encroachments and controls of bureaucracy and education. Perhaps the risk associated with power in the hands of an individual may be necessary ones for business to take if organizations are t break free of their inertia and bureaucratic conservatism. Manager vs. leader personality Features of a managerial culture Rationality and control Management consists of the rational assessment of a situation and the systematic selection of goals and purposes (what is to be done?), the systematic development of strategies to achieve these goals; the marshalling of the required resources; the ratonal design, organization, direction, and control of the activities required to attain the selected purposes, and finally the motivating and rewarding of people to do the work. A manager is a problem solver Whether his or her energies are directed toward goals, resources, organizations, structures, or people A manager requires that many people operate at different levels of status and responsibility Leadership is a practical effort to direct affairs, and to fulfill his task It takes neither genius nor heroism to be a manager But rather persistence, tough-mindedness, hard work, intelligence, analytical ability, and perhaps most important, tolerance and good will Only great people are worthy of the drama of power and politics Another assumption, however, attaches almost mythical beliefs to what leadership is Leadership is a psychodrama In which as precondition for control of a political structure, a lonely person must gain control of him or herself Two questions: 1. Is this mystique of leadership merely a holdover from our collective childhood of dependency and our longing for good and heroic parents? 2. Is there a basic truth lurking behind the need for leaders that no matter how competent managers are, their leadership stagnates because of their limitations in visualizing purposes and generating value in work? If indeed problems demand greatness, then judging by past performance, the selection and development of leaders leave a great deal to chance. There are no known ways to train “great” leaders. Furthermore, beyond what we leave to chance, there is a deeper issue in the relationship between the need for competent managers and the longing for great leaders. What it takes to ensure the supply of people who will assume practical responsibility may inhibit the development of great leaders. Conversely, the presence of great leaders may undermine the development of managers who become very anxious in the relative disorder that leaders seem to generate. Managers and leaders are very different kinds of people They differ in motivation, personal history, and in how they think and act A technologically oriented and economically successful society tends to depreciate the need for great leaders. Such societies hold a deep and abiding faith in rational methods of solving problems, including problems of value, economics, and justice. But there are times when tinkering and trial and error prove inadequate to the emerging problems of selecting goals, allocating resources, and distributing wealth and opportunity. During such times, the democratic society needs to find leaders who use themselves as the instruments of learning and acting, instead of managers who use their accumulation of collective experience to get where they are going. Managerial Viewpoint Alfred P. Sloan Good management rests on a reconciliation of centralization and decentralization, or decentralization with coordinated control There is no hard and fast rule for sorting out the various responsibilities and the best way to assign them. The balance which is struck… varies according to what is being decided, the circumstance of the time, past experience, and the temperaments and skills of the executive involved. Managers and leaders differ fundamentally in their world views. The dimensions for assessing these differences include manager’s and leaders’ orientation toward their goals, their work, their human relations, and their slaves. Manager vs. Leader Personality If indeed problems demand greatness, then, judging by past performance, the selection and development of leaders leave a great deal to chance. What it takes to ensure the supply of people who will assume practical responsibility may inhibit the development of great leaders. The presence of great leaders may undermine the development of managers who become very anxious in the relative disorder that leaders seem to generate. A technologically oriented and economically successful society tends to depreciate the need for great leaders. Managers and leaders differ fundamentally in their world views the dimensions for assessing these differences include managers’ and leaders’ orientations toward their goals, their work, their human relations, and their selves. Attitudes Toward Goals Managers tend to adopt impersonal, if not passive, attitudes toward goals. Managerial roles arise out of necessities rather than desires, and therefore are deeply embedded in the history and culture of the organization. Leaders are active instead of reactive, shaping ideas instead of responding to them. Leaders adopt a personal and active attitude toward goals. The influence a leader exerts in altering moods, evoking images and expectations, and in establishing specific desires and objectives determines the direction a business takes. The net result of this influence is to change the way people think about what is desirable, possible, and necessary. Conceptions of Work Leaders and managers differ in their conceptions. Mangers Managers tend to view work as an enabling process involving some combination of people and ideas interacting to help establish strategies and make decisions. Managers help the process along by a range of skills , including calculating the interests in opposition, staging and timing the surfacing of controversial issues, and reducing tensions. In this enabling process, manager appear flexible in the use of tactics: they negotiate and bargain, on the one hand, and use rewards and punishments, and other forms of coercion, on the other. Leaders Leaders work in the opposite direction, to develop fresh approaches to long-standing problems and to open issues for new options. Leaders work from high-risk positions, indeed often are temperamentally disposed to seek out risk and danger, especially where opportunity and reward appear high. For managers, the instinct of survival dominates their need for risk, and their ability to tolerate mundane, practical work assists their survival. The same cannot be said for leaders who sometimes react to mundane work as to an affliction. Relations with Others Managers Prefer to work with people, they avoid solitary activity because it makes them anxious. Managers relate to people according to the role they play in a sequence of events or in a decision-making process, while leaders, who are concerned with ideas, relate in more intuitive and empathetic ways. The distinction is simply between a manager’s attention to how things get done and a leader’s to what the events and decisions mean to participants. The Game Theory Managers have taken the notion that decision-making events can be one of two types: 1. The win-lose situation (or zero-sum game) 2. The win-win situation in which everybody in the action comes out ahead. As part of the process of reconciling differences among people and maintaining balances of power, managers strive to convert win-lose into win-win situations. Senses of self Two basic personality types 1. Once-born 2. Twice-born Once born Those for whom adjustments to life have been straightforward and whose lives have been more or less a peaceful flow from the moment of their births The sense of self – derives from a feeling of being at home and in harmony with one’s environment Twice born Thos who have not had an easy time. Their lives are marked by a continual struggle to attain some sense of order. They cannot take things for granted. The sense of self – derives from a feeling of profound separateness A sense of belonging or of being separate has a practical significance for the kinds of investments managers and leaders make in their careers. Managers see themselves as conservators and regulators of an existing order of affairs with which they personally identify with and from which they gain rewards. Leaders tend to be twice-born personalities, people who feel separate from their environment, including other people. Development of Leadership The development of every person begins in the family. Each person experiences the traumas associated with separating from his or her parents, as well as the pain that follows such frustration. In the same vein, all individuals face the difficulties of achieving self-regulation and self-control Self-perceptions can come to nothing if the individual’s talents are negligible. Even with strong talents, there are no guarantees that achievement will follow, let alone that the end result will be for good rather than evil. While apparently destined for a mediocre career, people who form important one-to-one relationships are able to accelerate and intensify their development through an apprenticeship. Mentors take risks with people. They bet initially on talent they perceive in younger people. Mentors also risk emotional involvement in working closely with their juniors. Can Organizations Develop Leaders For leaders, personal influence and the one-to-one relationship is important One-to-one relationships For organizations to encourage consciously the development of leaders as compared with managers would mean developing one-to-one relationships between junior and senior executives and, more important, fostering a culture of individualism and possibly elitism. Elitism arises out of the desire to identify talent and other qualities suggestive of the ability to lead and not simply manage. Peer Training People learn best from their peers. Supposedly the threat of evaluation and even humiliation recedes in peer relations because of the tendency for mutual identification and the social restraints on authoritarian behavior among equals.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Managers and Leaders: Are They Different

Two conflicting needs: 1. Managers to maintain the balance of operations 2. Leaders to create new approaches and imagine new areas to explore Because leaders and managers are basically different types of people, the conditions favorable to the growth of one may be inimical to the other. Leadership Inevitably requires using power to influence the thoughts and actions of other people. Power In the hands of an individual entails human risks 1. The risk of equating power with the ability to get immediate results 2. The risk of ignoring the many different ways people can legitimately accumulate power 3. The risk of losing self-control in the desire for power Collective leadership Managerial ethic Inherent Conservatism An organization is a system, with a logic of its own, and all the weight of tradition and inertia. The deck is stacked in favor of the tried and proven way of doing things and against the taking of risks and striking out in new directions.

A star is born

iSing Rewind: I need to pass the form, filled up, for the production number. Wow, this is so exciting. I'll be performing on stage again. I dub this as, "Allan, the rising star" Anyway, Karen the Delta Sigma girl is asking for the form. I'm so excited about this stint. People will witness how great I am. CR 165: This afternoon, in the class, the data gathering group presented. All the members stood in front though they didn't do anything. To me, it was a complete waster of energy and time. They could have stayed in seat, but they wanted a share of that limelight. I have had the limelight all the time, and I don't need to share it with anyone. Why would I try to pretend as if I 'belong' when I am the 'center.' The long and short of it all, I'm a star. Alari resigned: When I think about it, think of how people have their own priorities, I realize that we have our own paths for greatness. I was destined to be great through this way. Others just have to find their own.

Monday, February 16, 2009

iSing Rewind, I got in

Surprise, surprise (well I was actually expecting) I passed the singing contest's audition. I'll be competing in the finals. I'm so excited. I'll give it my best shot this time.

Forgetting

Things I have forgotten: 1. Communication Research students' assembly (darn it, this is important) 2. Angelo Alberto's birthday (forgot to send message, what happened to my New Year's resolution? 3. Sir Jun Austria's birthday (so embarrassing to do a post greeting)

Valentine with family

Spent St. Valentine's Day with my family. Actually, last Saturday I just went home thinking of bringing my pup at home. But due to some unforeseen events, somebody took my pup. So there goes my pup. Still I went home. I was hoping that I can relax at home, forget all my worries. But that was my mistake. I couldn't sleep properly because I had to finish some docu work. It was really awful. Saturday night, I slept at 5am and had to get up at 9am. We went to a fishpond restaurant and we ate there. I'll be posting the pictures after I get home. Interviewe some impoverished people from Lucena. And at night I transcripted the interviews. With only an hour's sleep, I went back to Manila. In the bus, I was so groggy and disoriented I forgot whether I am going home or going to Manila. Guess that's what happened when you don't take a rest.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Elderly in focus (the gag edition)

Got these funny anecdotes from my email, sent by one of our alumni in my organization UP Kalilayan, a provincial organization of students from Quezon Province. I thought of posting it so that others may get a dose of that much needed laugh. I could not get the exact source of these jokes but from my recollection, I think most of these came from Readers' Digest

I apologize if I have infringed some copyrights, but how can you blame me if it was just from an email? Anyway, here's the source of these jokes: (email) http://ph.mc770.mail.yahoo.com/mc/showMessage;_ylt=Asbm7tWsbmzYrccCvXO8FEvDfb4X?mid=1_43032_AKR7bHwAACylSZGskg70STFD9Xs&fid=Inbox&sort=date&order=down&startMid=0&.rand=787246447&da=0 

Garage Door 

The boss walked into the office one morning not knowing his zipper was down and his fly area wide open. His assistant walked up to him and said, 'This morning when you left your house, did you close your garage door?' The boss told her he knew he'd closed the garage door, and walked into his office puzzled by the question. As he finished his paperwork, he suddenly noticed his fly was open, and zipped it up. He then understood his assistant's question about his 'garage door.' He headed out for a cup of coffee and paused by her desk to ask, 'When my garage door was open, did you see my Hummer parked in there?' She smiled and said, 'No, I didn't. All I saw was an old mini van with two flat tires.' 

What's that flower again? 

An elderly couple had dinner at another couple's house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen. The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, 'Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly.' The other man said, 'What is the name of the restaurant?' The first man thought and thought and finally said, 'What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know... The one that's red and has thorns.' 'Do you mean a rose?' 'Yes, that's the one,' replied the man. He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled, 'Rose, what's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?' 

Write it down 

Couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. During a checkup, the doctor tells them that they're physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember. Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. 'Want anything while I'm in the kitchen?' he asks. 'Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?' 'Sure.' 'Don't you think you should write it down so you can remember it?' she asks. 'No, I can remember it.' 'Well, I'd like some strawberries on top, too. Maybe you should write it down, so's not to forget it?' He says, 'I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries. ' 'I'd also like whipped cream. I'm certain you'll forget that, write it down?' she asks. Irritated, he says, 'I don't need to write it down, I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream - I got it, for goodness sake!' Then he toddles into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes, The old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs. She stares at the plate for a moment. 'Where's my toast ?' 

Getting old 

A little old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlor and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool.. After catching his breath, he ordered a banana split. The waitress asked kindly, 'Crushed nuts?' 'No,' he replied, 'Arthritis.'



Friday madness

Audition blues For the iSing Rewind singing contest, I went to FC AVR and did some belting though I must say that the belting is an overstatement. I was really shaking all the while. I don't undertand seriously why I still feel this way knowing that I have been to a number of contests in front of the public and every time I go up on stage, I feel so amateurish and start shaking. My friend Isabel sais I have stage fright. Why do we have to get afraid of standing in front of the people? There is really no use for that. And, by the way I wore Nico's (my roommate) black long sleeves. I felt so sexy donning the shirt with my chest half exposed to seduce everyone. I think I gave the song some justice I hope.
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Shooting, fires all over Yes. I may just have shot fires all over after this classmate kept me waiting for one hour. She said she'll be late for 30 minutes but she came 3o minutes beyond that. I was so pissed off. I have a schedule to follow and she ruined everything. Why are Filipinos so inconsiderate of others. They feel it okay to delay others. I hate people like those. I would have left and just do the shooting myself. Damn it. But she came and we did what has to be done. Although I am not confident that her camera is enough to capture the audio of the shooting. I leave that responsibility to them. For the meantime, I've finished the interviews and all that I have to do now is to analyze the interviews and arrange them. I didn't like the first editing they (my film major classmates) made pretending it was an editing when all they did was splice the videos and piece them together without really editing anything. This time I swear I will arrange the videos myself. I have sacrificed so much for this documentary and I want to have a high grade. The best grade possibe for my ethics class. On a side note, the interviews with poor people proved to be more difficult than the experts. Why? I couldn't answer that question directly, but I think these poor people are afraid of us, UP students, conscious that they know their answers would be wrong. Can I take it against them? Well, I don't think I am in the position to blame poor uneducated people. But that is the reason why I am trying to do something for them. They need to be raised from where they are- apathetic and hopeless.
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Office bum I don't like it when I arrive in the office to do only evaluations of my students. This is the reason why I don't want to be a teacher or an office worker. I get too bored writing. I want action in the field. I guess I was trimmed for a different field; not reallyfor educating.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I just called to say I love you

No New Year's Day to celebrate No chocolate covered candy hearts to give away No first of spring No song to sing In fact here's just another ordinary day No April rain No flowers bloom No wedding Saturday within the month of June But what it is, is something true Made up of these three words that I must say to you I just called to say I love you I just called to say how much I care I just called to say I love you And I mean it from the bottom of my heart No summer's high No warm July No harvest moon to light one tender August night No autumn breeze No falling leaves Not even time for birds to fly to southern skies No Libra sun No Halloween No giving thanks to all the Christmas joy you bring But what it is, though old so new To fill your heart like no three words could ever do I just called to say I love you I just called to say how much I care, I do I just called to say I love you And I mean it from the bottom of my heart I just called to say I love you I just called to say how much I care, I do I just called to say I love you And I mean it from the bottom of my heart, of my heart, of my heart I just called to say I love you I just called to say how much I care, I do I just called to say I love you And I mean it from the bottom of my heart, of my heart, baby of my heart

My topic for my boss's presentation

TEACHING IN KOREA 1. Different view on education. To Koreans learning is very important, thus competitiveness 2. They are willing to spend so much money just to learn English. 3. Children at a very young age are taught how to speak English. 4. The problem is, at schools, children don’t really speak English but just study grammar. 5. Surprised at how until 12 mn, Korean students would keep on studying 6. Utmost respect to teachers. Nobody dare ask the professor. 7. Filipino teachers have advantage because we don’t talk too fast unlike our native counterparts. 8. Our ears are more accustomed to mispronunciation of Korean students which Western teachers usually find very difficult.

Over-caffeinated

Lost in transistion... senseless indeed My head is spinning now because of lack of sleep (see earlier entry). I couldm't keep my eyes from closing and perhaps my brain is starting to give up too. Consciousness on the brink of falling in the abyss of serenity, but I am not blessed enough to enjoy that privilige.

Boss is supposed to call me now but he's not calling. I am waiting, and waiting, excited over the thought of talking in front of other older people. It always give me that sensation when I have to deliver a speech. And speaking of, tomorrow I am excited to shoot the documentary. That's why tonight I am going to finish the script of the shooting. Finish the 3 hour interviews. All for the love of media ethics and poverty.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sleepless, a little more and I am giving in

(4am, and the lights have not shut) I am not ashamed to say that I have become a human zombie. Devoid of sleep, my body has grown weary of this stressful life. My brain refuses to function normally. My blood is dropping to the point of running out. My eyes are reflections of watching over the night 24/7. My skin has decided to produce oil and zits and made me a monster. Yes, a little more and I am really giving in. But because I am a stubborn little fellow, I defy the nature of the human body. I refuse to succumb to the biological cycle and instead create my own. If not for my friend Scott, and my best mate Coff, then life would be unbearable. Of course I am exaggerating things to pass and kill time.

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