A Crash Course for Co-operators

Let me introduce cooperatives to you through this video of one of my favorite co-operatives, Modo. Existing for more than 20 years, it’s one of the first car-sharing co-operatives in Canada. This car-sharing cooperative seemed to have predated the so-called “sharing economy” (i.e. Uber, Grab, AirBnb, etc.) by a couple of decades. Did this surprise…

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‘No Excuses, Sir!’

In the ROTC cadet officers corps, you learn four basic responses. ‘Sir, yes, sir!’ ‘Sir, no, sir!’ ‘Sir, I’ll find out, sir!’ and ‘Sir, no excuses, sir!’ Of the four, I’ve found the fourth to be most useful in life, in work. If you want to take a peek into the mental makeup of a person working for you, e.g. an assistant, etc. or a person you’re working with, e.g. a business partner, etc., wait until he/she needs to make an excuse to explain some failure—and find out those who do not. (Image edited from: Wikipedia)

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5 Things I learned as Cooperative Secretary in 2017

Time flies just the same very year, but why does it always surprise us when it does? I was appointed secretary of the Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines (CISP), an insurance co-operative, in the summer of 2017. At Cooperative Health Management Federation (CHMF), a healthcare co-operative, I have held the same position since its…

Don’t ask for permission to lead

There’s so much empty platitudes about leadership you can find lying around that you can easily choke on them at any given day. Leadership is about initiative, open-mindedness, grit, grace under pressure, and many other things to many other people. You don’t need a management school for this. “How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge” shows us we don’t have to be the most monied, physically strongest, or most intellectual to lead. So go, lead. (Image edited from: Toxno)

Know your blue ocean

Warning: It’s hard to explain this to someone who does not take the time to read, someone too proud to pick up a book (or an excerpt, or just to Google a term, for godsakes), or someone too lazy to think. But for someone starting something like you, this is important. HBR’s The Explainer: Blue Ocean Strategy is one of many good intros on the subject that are available practically everywhere for those willing to exert some minimum amount of effort. (Image edited from: Wikia.com)

Complete the staff work

I don’t know when and where the term “completed staff work” started. All I know is I want more people to f*cking follow and do it. Gen. G.E.R. Smith’s final test of ‘[i]f you were the chief would you be willing to sign the paper you have prepared, and stake your professional reputation on it being right? If the answer is in the negative, take it back and work it over because it is not yet “completed staff work”’ pretty much sums it up. Here’s an elementary way to look it, if your staff turns in work without running a simple spell check, never mind a grammar check, either he doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing, or he simply doesn’t think that much of you. Either way, it’s a cheap way to operate. Are you cheap? (Image edited from: Relearn Habits)

Learn how to decide

If it’s Urgent and Important, do it asap. If it’s Important, but Not Urgent, calendar it. If it’s Urgent, but Not Important, pay somebody else to do it. If it’s Not Urgent and Not Important, what the hell are you doing with it anyway? Learn more in Inc.’s “3 Decision-Making Models Used by Warren Buffett and Jeff Bezos.” (Image edited from: What But Why)