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… or a Vice President in this case.
This shook my world early this week: Vice President Leni Robredo resigning from her post as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), this after she received a text message from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco that President Rodrigo Duterte asked her to desist from attending Cabinet meetings starting Monday, December 5.
In her resignation letter, Robredo cited the following:
Of course, the camp of the President scrambled to explain their side. While some are doing damage control as usual, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that considering Duterte and Robredo’s political differences, he thinks the Vice President was fired.
And that appears to be the case, since the Vice President has been vocal about her criticism of the President’s war on drugs, sexual attacks against women, reviving the death penalty, lowering the age of criminal liability, and most especially, his granting of a hero’s burial to Ferdinand Marcos.
“However, as your duly elected Vice President, I will not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen. I will not allow the will of the people to be thwarted. I will continue to serve the Filipino family and fulfill their dream for a better life,” she said in a statement.
The Cabinet is like an organization which also has to observe rules, regulations, protocols. A government run liked a corporation or enterprise (a truly organized corporation or enterprise, headed by a true leader in the person of a CEO) will run well if it learns to embrace differences for the common good. But of course, politics rules.
What irked me the most is how unprofessional the administration is in relaying the desist order to the Vice President—seriously, such serious order to be conveyed only via text message? Text message!
There is such a thing as regular one-on-one meetings between the people manager and the team member, or in this case, the giver of the order (in this case, the President) and the recipient of the message (Vice President) where they could have discuss pressing matters between them.
Both camps cited irreconcilable differences. We thought early on that they could work together since they espouse some causes, like housing. But still, as a real leader, you will do your very best to rally your team behind your vision and mission by understanding where they are coming from, and how you both can compromise or negotiate for a greater interest.
When I had an opportunity to lead a team, and faced with the challenge of uniting them, especially understanding the defiance, indifference from my second-in-command, I exercised everything in my power to relay to the person how we must work together. That it is OK that we agree to disagree, but we must act together for the benefit of the team, for us to deliver results. When the one-on-one meetings and necessary interventions did not work, I had to stand firm, heavily, and talked to the person with the presence of an HR officer to clear things, and documented the meeting and laid down a a set of deliverables the person must accomplish within a specified period of time (I chose not to have a “formal” performance improvement plan since it would not really look good on the employee’s 201 file). And if these were not met, the option then was to let the person go.
Those mouthpieces of the administration, please, get your act together if you want the President to really look good. But some mouthpieces of the administration have a point in saying that the Vice President, and other Cabinet officials for that matter, is the President’s alter ego. That they should have set aside their differences for the sake of the country. That she could have positioned her opposition in a manner that would not be antagonistic, or defiant of the Chief Executive (well, it is a matter of perspective, to view it as antagonistic or defiant).
Or that she could have waited for a little while to truly speak her mind. But the Vice President has her own mind. And it did not help that the position she is holding now was, and still being groomed for the President’s bet, Bongbong Marcos, who lost the vice presidency to Robredo and still contesting it.
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, in a text message, quoted the President as saying: “It is with a heavy heart that I accept the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo.” Granted this is true, but as a leader of the nation, he could have done better in working with the Vice President. And the Vice President as well.
I met so-called leaders who could not face me or their employees and instead sent their second-in-command to relay the message. This is why I have not wasted, and will not waste an opportunity to lead because I was at the receiving end of this ill treatment from these apparent leaders. Because people will work with you if you really do your very best to work with them. You may have differing beliefs or personal differences, but you can agree to work together for a common cause.
Duterte assured Robredo that she will be able to finish her term as Vice President. We will see then.
And let this be a lesson in leadership for us all.
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(UPDATED) A Facebook connection shared an article early this week from a national daily about a telecommunications chairman’s “non-negotiables” in his company’s search for a chief executive officer (CEO). He temporarily assumed the CEO role about a year ago.
Citing that 2016 has been an annus horribilis (a year of disaster or misfortune) for the company, thus the next CEO should be “ready to die” for the company, he said.
“He has to be ready to die for the job, give up his family. Those are my strictures. Work over family. Period. If I could see that in that person, you’re it. You know, there is always a price you pay for the life you choose,” he said.
The reactions on the article my Facebook connection found the famous Philippine corporate leader’s remarks appalling, in light of efforts of more and more companies to strive for work-life balance or holistic employee life, in the hopes such efforts would lead to employee happiness.
As long as you say yes to a major responsibility, it is given that on occasions, the family or other things that matter to you take second or last priority. To say such in public is a turn off to those interested for the job. On top of the company’s reputation, the behavior of its leaders / managers were suddenly put on the spotlight.
At the same time, I see this Chairman / CEO’s point that indeed, there is always “a price you pay for the life you choose.” And he would not be considered successful, a maverick in his field, if not for the things he had to give up to deliver business results.
I can relate to such when I became an Editor in Chief (an executive level role in the company): the pressure was unbelievable; there were occasions I was going home when it was already early morning the next day accomplishing not only editorial tasks but also social media management, among other things; there was a lot of catching up in terms of hitting the week, the month’s targets; on top of making a team work as a team.
But I did not do it alone. My lean team helped. So the success I achieved as an executive is the success of the team as well. It was a teamwork.
A CEO, while calling the major shots, will not be as effective as he / she should be if his / her team is not behind the CEO. On top of making his / her company successful, the CEO must also look after himself / herself.
Thus, the CEO is always pressured to strike a balance between delivering business results and looking after his / her people’s welfare. Addressing such welfare concerns of his / her employees would result in their valued support to the CEO.
Despite such remark, this company will surely find its CEO: he / she must really want the job to do so, and pay the price of a life he / she will get into.
Until next week for a new post. Email ma.lynda.corpuz[a]gmail.com for feedback.
Yes, 5S: Starting this new year, I am posting here my picks for:
Scenes (Films, theater)
Servings (Food, drinks)
Sights (Destinations, festivities, holidays, landmarks, places)
Soothe (Relaxation, rejuvenation, wellness)
Sounds (Concerts, music)
Yes, I thought that if I have the time and the budget, I will experience such in a week. And if I did, I will post a review after. It’s about sharing experience — all through 5s. And if you have recommendations, let me know.
And for starters, here are my picks:
Scenes: Wait Until Dark
2014 is Repertory Philippines’ 47th year, and it kicks off its 77th season with Wait Until Dark. “A thriller by Frederick Knott, Wait Until Dark revolves around Sam Hendrix, who carries a doll across the Canada-US border that sets of a chain of events that will lead to a terrifying ordeal for his blind wife, Susy,” the teaser reads.
When: Friday, January 17 to Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (varies)
Where: Onstage Theater
2/F, Greenbelt Mall 1
Paseo de Roxas St., Makati City
Price: Gold (Reserved Seating) – PHP 625.20; Silver (Free Seating) – PHP 521; Bronze (Free Seating); PHP 416.80. Tickets available at Ticketworld.
Servings: Red Buffalo Wings and Pizza
It has been almost two years since I last tried this, ergo the craving. From what I remember, the food tasted good. The serving is right (for my appetite at least). And to cater to the BPO crowd in Eastwood (its second and newest branch, located at G/F Eastwood City Walk 1, Eastwood Cyberpark, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. Bagumbayan, Quezon City), Red Buffalo Wings and Pizza offers Solo Lunch Meal of RB Wings (3 pcs. wings with rice for PHP105.00; add PHP30.00 for 14 oz. House Blend Iced Tea) and RB Fried Chicken ( 1 pc. fried chicken with rice for PHP 105.00; add PHP30.00 for 14 oz. House Blend Iced Tea).
It also has RB Lunch Group Meals (Group A has 10 pcs. wings, choice of Three-cheese and Garlic or Pepperoni pizza, Chicken Alfredo, home-made fries, and 1.5L Coke for PHP795.00 or Group Meal B of 10 pcs. wings, All Meat Pizza or RB’s Special, Spaghetti & Meatballs, home-made fries and 1.5L Coke for PHP895.00).
The lunch meals promo is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and not valid on holidays. Their pioneer branch is located at Unit 11 Greenhills Towncenter, #2 Granada St., Valencia, Quezon City.
Sights: Feast of Black Nazarene
Thursday, January 9, 2014 is the feast day of the Black Nazarene. The annual religious festivities draw millions of crowd — from devotees, tourists — even skeptics. The procession lasted to almost 24 hours in recent years. The casualties from the procession are also increasing. Traffic is at its heaviest. But despite such, many still flock to at least get a glimpse of the miraculous image.
Here is a link for traffic updates for this year’s procession.
My personal take on the occasion is posted here.
Soothe: January Zumba Party
Help shed those unwanted weight gained over the holidays as SM City Fairview holds a zumba party on January 11, 18, and 25, 2014, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Palm Drive. For details, check the mall’s Facebook page.
Sounds: “The Four Seasons”
The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) kicks off 2014 with its fifth concert for its current season. Dubbed “The Four Seasons,” it will feature Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2, “The Four Temperaments” under the baton of the national orchestra’s music director and chief conductor, Olivier Ochanine. Soloist will be Joanna Ruth Livioco on violin (and another soloist to be announced, according to Ticketworld).
When: Friday, January 17, 2014
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Where: Meralco Theater
Ortigas Ave. cor. Meralco Ave., Pasig City
Price: Price Zone 1: PHP 1,545; Price Zone 2: PHP 1,236; Price Zone 3: PHP 515. Ticket prices from Ticketworld. Fifty percent discount for students. Present your ID upon purchasing over the counter and show ID upon entering the show venue. Not available on internet purchase.
So, there goes my 5S. What’s your pick?
Disclaimer: Details such as date, time, and venue of shows/events cited are valid as of this writing. Prices subject to change without prior notice. This is a non-sponsored post.
It has been 115 years since Emilio Aguinaldo declared our independence from Spain and the surrounding events that led to it are still a subject of controversy until now: that it was too premature for Aguinaldo to claim independence on behalf of the country, when the Americans followed occupation, the World War I and World War II happened, the Japanese came, too.
Thus the debate that we should be celebrating our independence on July 4 instead of June 12 is valid, though at times we might think: does the date really matter if we do not really act, feel, think as free individuals?
Early this morning, a friend from Sweden asked me via Skype how do I celebrate Independence Day. I told him when I was in school, there were the mandatory flag raising ceremonies, declamation or oratorical contests with independence as theme, the Girl Scout-led or Citizen’s Military Training activities, the field trips to historical sites. But I do not do any of those now.
The chat I had with my friend made me think: Am I really free? Are we really deserving of the freedom our heroes fought for us?
Individually, we claim independence when we finished school and move away from our parents’ guidance.
We tie ourselves to the tyranny of our jobs.
We depend on our salaries to live.
We are up to our necks paying the bills, consolidating debts, owing more to satisfy the lifestyle we set for ourselves.
We stay in a relationship even if it is not worth it because we do not want to be physically alone and intimacy starved.
As a consolation to ourselves, we declare freedom from our daily grind on national holidays like today or the long weekends or max out our leaves from work.
And most likely, our way of celebrating our country’s Independence Day anniversary today is lining up for the Man of Steel opening day.
Regardless, what we have now is a choice we made. The decisions our country’s leaders make definitely affect us. But we must responsibly, individually claim our independence as conscientious, law-abiding, God-respecting Filipinos and citizens of the world.
As our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal aptly puts it:
Our liberty will not be secured at the sword’s point… We must secure it by making ourselves worthy of it. And when the people reaches that height, God will provide a weapon, the idols will be shattered, tyranny will crumble like a house of cards, and liberty will shine out like the first dawn.
Let us all work for our freedom, one task at a time.
Let us all share the blessings of being free, even in the littlest way we can.
Let us all grow ourselves, free of pain, hurt, and our dark pasts.
Let us all look forward to our brightest future. And that brightest future will only happen if we start now.