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Value of Momentum and How to Harness It

By on Sep 2, 2012 in My Work at TV5, Success | 1 comment

Momentum is one of the most natural powerful forces in the world. Having it can spell the difference between succeeding or failing in projects that you’re working on. With momentum you have you extra sharpness, determination, and willpower. It’s literally like going “super mode” (Super Saiyan for DBZ-Anime fans). The biggest benefit with having momentum is that usually when you win, you win big. The real value of momentum though is found not in the individual but in collective situations. Being able to instill and build a culture of momentum in your team will lead to better productivity, morale, and creativity. Unfortunately most managers and leaders take it for granted. They don’t have a strategic approach to building it and harnessing it. Here are some tips on how to do that: 1. Express Appreciation for your Team I have a tendency of looking situations like a game. When it comes to the workplace I sort of have this visual “Happiness Bar” in my head when I look at the team. The higher the bar is, the more productive and creative they are. The higher the level the faster and better we can tackle problems and execute projects. Compliments will help build that bar up. The only bad kind of compliment is the one that’s never said. If someone does a good job, praise them for it. If you’re going to do it via e-mail, don’t just say “good job”. List down why you think that person did well so he or she can keep on doing that. If you’re going to do it personally, throw in a big smile or a tap on the back. Note that you have to be sincere when you do this. If you’re not, it will show and it will just backfire. 2. Get them involved and make them own it One of the best ways to build momentum quickly is to make your team know and feel that they own the project. There’s some sort of art in doing this. Personally the best way I know how to do it is to involve the team as early as the brainstorming stage. It’s also not enough that they’re in the room when you do the session, you have to learn how to draw out the ideas they have in them and you have to create an atmosphere where all ideas, regardless if they’re bad or good, are welcome. Let them say it then acknowledge it and build on that so that they will own it. 3. Celebrate accomplishments and milestones One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in the last few years is that you need to take quick breaks and recognize small triumphs. This is critical because those little celebrations put it a lot of “points” into that happiness bar. Celebrations don’t always have to be big or with the whole team. Sometimes you can bring a few members of your team out, treat them to lunch, and just thank them for their efforts. 4. Learn to manage healthy conflict A fake atmosphere of happiness is not productive and it doesn’t necessarily build momentum. If someone screws up, don’t let it pass without communicating with them. Always remember that a constructive rebuke is just as important as a gracious compliment. The hard part in conflict though is in group scenarios. You need to be able to learn and teach your team how to manage conflict so that what is work doesn’t become too personal. Keep doing it until it becomes culture The reality with creating a culture is that there’s no way to do it overnight, especially if there’s a lot of unlearning you have to do (existing team with bad habits, that’s for a different post though). Over time your team will build chemistry, the culture will be established, and hopefully newcomers will pick it up and get in...

For Reporters and Journalists during Floods

By on Aug 11, 2012 in Family, Honoring | 1 comment

The country is still reeling from the devastation brought about by the recent storm that I’ve come to call “Voldemort” (He-who-cannot-be-named). Just like in previous disasters, social media played a major role in information dissemination and spreading hope. Of course netizens are quick to point out how invaluable technology and the Internet is during times like this (I’m one of them), but if you think about it more than 70% of the population don’t have regular access to the Internet. In crisis situations it’s much less since majority of Filipinos still get their Internet fix from school, office, or internet cafes, all of which are inaccessible during floods. At times like this TV and radio play a crucial role in delivering information to the whole country, but more than that, they’re also a beacon of hope for a lot of our kababayans. The stories of heroism and bayanihan that are shown during the news not only inspires, it also prompts people into action. Most of the time we give honors and tributes to the heroes shown in the news. For this blog entry I’d like to shine the spotlight on the people who bring you the news. Note: If you guys don’t know, I’m married to a reporter. More after the break If there’s one thing that struck me hard during the last flood, it’s that reporters and their crew (including the camera man and the driver) share the dangers of the subjects they’re covering in their work. When storm signals hit level three, people don’t go to work anymore and just stay at home. That’s not the case for reporters. Regardless of how strong the winds are or how high the floods reach, they have to put on their boots, wear their jackets, whip out their umbrellas, and go out to get the news. It’s literally like a soldier going to war, except that instead of guns they have cameras and microphones. The reason I’m writing this is because I think a lot of people don’t appreciate how hard these guys work. We take them for granted because we see them everyday on TV delivering the news in an effortless manner. Heck, they make it look ridiculously easy. However believe me when I say that they make a lot of sacrifices. I know this since I’m married to one. From what I observed with my wife, journalism is a calling and not just a profession. This is because reporters give much more than what they receive. I am very proud of my wife but at the same time I can’t help but be worried when she goes out during calamity situations. And I’m sure the spouses of all journalists feel the same way as I do. There’s some sort of helplessness. I almost threw a fit when I found out that the boat my wife was riding to cover a flood in San Juan almost capsized, lol. Despite what I feel though I still firmly believe that it is God’s calling for my wife to be a reporter. Ever since she was in High School she already knew that she wanted to be one. God planted that seed in her heart and now it has blossomed into a thriving career. And what tells me that it is her annointing is that she does it for a higher calling than just appearing on TV or making a living. I remember talking to her when she was still working for another station about what’s so interesting about business news. She told me then that it’s her responsibility to dissect and break down all the numbers so that people understand why the GDP matters or why gas prices are going up/down. Let me repeat that… she feels and knows she has a responsibility to the people who watch the news. Amazing. When you see a reporter and his/her crew doing their work on the field, I humbly ask that you approach them and just say “thank you”. If you can, include them in your prayers, especially when calamity strikes. As for me, I take comfort and joy in the fact that my wife is doing what God wants her to do. Of course I’ll still be worried but I will always pray for her and make sure that when she comes home, she will feel that she IS home. That, I think, is one of the best gifts a spouse can give to a reporter. To make her forget about the day and just give her love and energy for tomorrow. And maybe some corny jokes like the one below, hehe. To end, let me just share two bible verses that I think reporters can pray and hold on to. This are the verses I turn to when I pray for my wife. For strength, courage, and protection: The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7 For when you’re tired, sad, and almost on the verge of giving up: My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Psalm...

3 Ways to Handle Haters

By on Aug 5, 2012 in Featured, Random Remarks, Success | 13 comments

In life there’s no avoiding getting haters. We all have our own world views and most of the time those differences will lead to clashes and conflict. It’s even more evident today with the rise of blogging and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. I’ve had some experience in this (lol) so I guess I just want to share how I deal with them. Here are three tips that I’ve followed and learned through the years that you might find helpful. 1. Ignore them. If there’s one thing you have to understand about haters is that they do not criticize, they attack. They take pleasure in putting you down. There is absolutely no point in trying to engage with them (especially online) because they’ve already made up their mind to shoot you down with their AK-47 even before you raise the flag for parley, lol. Remove them from your immediate consciousness because they will just wear you down and cause undeserved stress. They can distract you from doing what you’re supposed to be doing. Remember: you can never please them or satisfy them. What about the feedback that they give? If you have the strength, patience, and will power to see through the hate and find the nuggets of wisdom, then go for it. If not, don’t worry. You can always get feedback from non-haters and it will just be as good, if not better. HOWEVER, if the time comes that there is a genuine window or opportunity for you to work with them and settle your differences, go for it. Take the initiative and be compassionate. Tips 2 and 3 after the break. 2. Focus on the work at hand. Keep shipping. Best defense is success. If you’re worried about them tearing down your reputation then let me share one piece of advice that one of my mentors once told me: the hardest thing to argue against is success. If that’s the case then instead of giving your haters the time of day, focus on your work and in delivering successful products or campaigns. If you’re just starting out, build on the little successes and let it feed your psyche so that you have the confidence, strength, and determination to follow through. Use your failures as a reminder so that you are more cautious and so that you don’t miss the important little details. 3. Spend more time with the people who really matter to you. The worst thing you can do is get affected by haters and bring that negativity home to the people that truly matter to your life. Don’t get affected. If ever you do, cast it out before you go home. Draw strength, inspiration, and joy from the love of your family and real friends. Most importantly, pray for grace. You will not be able to do this on your own. Don’t get affected. Don’t get infected. Don’t spread it. Focus. Ship. Love....

How to Find “This”

By on Aug 5, 2012 in Career Advice, Success | 0 comments

If there’s one thing I’m very fortunate with, it’s that I usually end up doing things that I love and I end up getting paid for it. When I was passionate about online gaming, I stumbled upon a career in Level Up. When I decided to take on Digital Marketing, I launched New Media, got into consultancy, and eventually landed a job in Friendster. Finally, when I got fascinated about online publishing and content, I ended up in TV5. Looking back here are the top three tips I can share about how to find your “sweet spot” as illustrated in the photo above. I. Read books. This for me contributed the most. Reading books lets you see the world through the eyes of different authors. You get to “experience” what they’ve “experienced” which is invaluable because it lowers the risk of you trying out things that won’t actually work for you. Here are three books that I would recommend to anyone: StrengthsFinder and YOUnique are books that will let you find out more about yourself. This will serve as a guide for you when you need to decide what you want to try out. Linchpin is a book that falls under a category I call “Passion Fuel”. It’s a book that will just put your brain and heart into overdrive. Another way of learning is by talking to the experts. You might want consider getting mentors. All you have to do really is to ask them. If they say yes then just schedule a meeting or two. You have nothing to lose. II. Try different things. If you’re doing something you don’t like then it might be good to explore other options. Don’t resign without having a plan. You need money to keep going in life. You can’t do an Eat, Pray, Love thing without money in the bank because that’s plain irresponsible. Read books and determine what fields you might want to dabble on, read up on potential trainings you can get, invest in those trainings, and then start applying for new work. When I was starting in Digital Marketing I paid for several workshops using my own money just so I can get more knowledge in the field. III. Get encouragement. You need people who will cheer you on and not drag you down. Surround yourself with friends that have your best interest at heart. There is a huge difference between overly negative comments and constructive criticism. Go for the latter. Learn to avoid and tune out to the former. Lastly, pray for discernment and wisdom. It’s just as, if not more, important than all three steps listed above....

TV5 New Media Team Building

By on Aug 5, 2012 in My Work at TV5 | 0 comments

What are team building sessions for? According to the ever so trusty Wikipedia, the objectives are as follows: The overall goals of team building are to increase the teams understanding of team dynamics and improve how the team works together. Unlike working as a group, working as a team incorporates group accountability rather than individual accountability and results in a collective work product.[5] Team building encourages the team approach to working on a project. There are many advantages to this approach. These advantages include the following: – Increased flexibility in skills and abilities – More productive than work groups with individual mindset – More beneficial in times of organizational change – Encourage both individual and team development and improvement – Focuses on group goals to accomplish more beneficial tasks Here’s what happened to our team building in a few photos: More after the break. No photos of what happened during the evening (lol). Session was facilitated by YOUnique Author, Jayson Lo. Personally I think it was a huge success. We all just need to follow through and apply all the learnings in how we go about our work. Many thanks to Trixie and Cereb for organizing! Oh to end let me just say that you need to add the following to make for a successful team building: 1.) Good food. 2.) Good company (the people, not the company you work for). Check and...

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