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Empowerment: Personal Effectiveness and Managing Work Place Attitude
Maria Isabelle Climaco
December 3, 2014
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Managing Emotions in the Workplace: Do Positive and Negative Attitude Drive Performance?
Take a Step Back
If you think that you may be starting to feel stale in what you do, then perhaps it’s time to take a step back and remind yourself of why you’re doing what you do. Our attitude to work and life is largely our own business so there is much about our own happiness that we can control.
What inspires you to work?
Rekindle Did you once love what you do? Try to rekindle the fire! Remember what it was that you once enjoyed and make a conscious effort to feel that way again. Are you doing less of what you really enjoy, less than when you were happier?
9 things Happy, Successful People Choose to Ignore
1. Other people’s judgments.
It’s OK to listen to others, but not at the full expense of your own intuition. Throughout your life there will be many times when the world gets real quiet and the only thing left is the beat of your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it, otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s telling you.
When you spend too much time concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you truly are. So don’t fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who are and what’s true to you. You don’t have to be someone else to impress and inspire people. Let them be impressed and inspired by the real YOU. Honestly, what does life matter if you lose yourself along the way? Even your mentors should teach you HOW to think, not WHAT to think. So if someone – anyone – is belittling your truth, it might be time to turn the other way.
2. Old troubles from the past.
You can’t change what has already happened, so choose to look ahead instead of behind you. Don’t stress. Do your best. Forget the rest. Your past mistakes are meant to guide you, not define you. Life is a beautiful circle. You’re strong because you know your weaknesses. You’re wise because you’ve been foolish. You can laugh now because you’ve known sadness. It’s crazy how you always end up where you’re meant to be – how even the most tragic and stressful situations eventually teach you important lessons that you never dreamed you were going to learn. Remember, oftentimes when things are falling apart, they are actually falling into place. Just because you’re not where you want to be today doesn’t mean you won’t be there someday. Everything is going to be come together – maybe not today, but eventually.
3. Each day’s little frustrations.
A bad day is just a bad day. It comes and it goes. Choose not to make it anything more. You will find that it’s necessary to let some things to go simply for the reason that they’re heavy on your heart and soul. Go ahead and let go of them. Don’t clamp shackles to your own ankles. It’s incredibly easy to enjoy more of your life right now, no matter what the situation. It’s just a matter of dropping of the layers of nonsense that are weighing you down.
Behind every beautiful day, there has been some kind of struggle. You fall, you rise, you make mistakes, you live, you learn. You’re human, not perfect. You’ve been hurt, but you’re alive. Think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive today – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, and to chase the things you love. Sometimes there is sadness in your journey, but there is also lots of beauty. You must keep putting one foot in front of the other even when it hurts, for you will never know what is waiting for you just around the bend.
Follow this daily to-do list and you’ll be just fine:
1. Think positively.
2. Eat healthy.
3. Exercise today.
4. Worry less.
5. Work hard.
6. Laugh often.
7. Sleep well.
4. The necessary pain of hard work and growth There are two types of pain in life: pain that hurts you, and pain that changes you. But when you learn from it, they are one and the same. If you want something, you must endure the pain of working for it. It’s that simple. If you’re not where you want to be right now, take the time to visualize yourself in the place you want to be and take the first step in that direction. You may not be able to change your destination in a day, but you can change your direction right now. Remember, strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you couldn’t. Tough situations build strong, successful people. Not matter how much it hurts now, you have to hold your head up, grit your teeth, and keep going. In the end, consistent action speaks for itself. So focus diligently, work hard in silence, and let your success be your noise.
5. Insignificant busywork. In the beginning, you need to say “yes” to a lot of things to discover and establish your goals. Later on, you need to say “no” to a lot of things and concentrate on your goals. Stop over-committing and trying to do too much at once. Start saying “no” more often. If you never say “no”, you will take on too much and all you will achieve is stress and frustration.
As Bruce Lee once said, “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” Many of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. Don’t be one of them. It’s not what we claim are our priorities, but how we spend our time each day that reveals the truth. Let your daily actions reflect your highest priorities.
6. Impatient thoughts. Patience is not about waiting; it’s the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard for what you believe in. It’s the willingness to stay focused, confidently staking one small step at a time, knowing that the way you move a mountain is by moving one stone at a time. Every stone you move, no matter how small, is progress.
Whether you are working on improving your health, learning a new skill, or getting a business venture off the ground, you can’t expect instant gratification. Instead, you must dedicate yourself to the best of your ability and understand that real change takes time. Sometimes it may be hard to see your progress. Sometimes it will be frustrating when the results you seek don’t appear as quickly as you had hoped. Still, you are advancing. Hang in there. You may be moving things along slowly, but you are still moving a mountain.
7. The things that can’t be controlled. Never force anything. Do your best, then let it be. If it’s meant to be, it will be. Don’t hold yourself down with things you can’t control. Stop talking about the problem and start thinking about the solution. Forget what could go wrong for a sec and think of what is already right. Remember, change happens for a reason. Roll with it. It won’t be ideal or easy at first, but it will be worth it in the end. When times are good and everything is comfortably in order, it’s easy to become complacent and forget how skillful and resourceful you are capable of being. Unanticipated troubles are necessary evils that push you forward, because they eventually end, but the lessons and growth you gain from them last a lifetime.
8. Unfounded fears. Life is about overcoming fear and taking risks. If you don’t take risks, you won’t know what you’re capable of. If you don’t risk anything, you risk everything. Truth be told, nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to expand your comfort zone so you can experience things and understand more… so that you may fear less in the long run.
The reality, of course, is well all get afraid sometimes. It’s not about not being afraid, but what you do when you feel that way. When you feel doubt, or fear, or anxiety or frustration, know that you can let it go just as surely as you can pull your hand away from a flame. Keep your mind focused on the goodness, on the possibilities and on your most treasured goals. What begins in your mind ends up in your life. Think continually of the way you would like to be, let these thoughts drive your actions, and your reality will reliably catch up with your thinking.
9. The mind’s endless stream of doubts. Believe in yourself through tough times. Believe in your capacity to succeed. Believe that your relationships are worth the effort. Believe that people make mistakes on their way to greatness. Believe that people can be foolish and intelligent, selfish and generous, and stressed and happy all at one. Believe that very few people hurt others on purpose. Believe that there are many roads to what’s right. Believe in your intuition, especially when you have to choose between two good paths. Believe that the answers are out there waiting. Believe that life will surprise you again and again. Believe that the journey is the destination. Believe that it’s all worth your while.
Or as Road Dahl once said, ‘And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
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POAP HOLDS ITS 2ND HUMAN RESOURCE FORUMOctober 30, 2014
The Personnel Officers Association of the Philippines (POAP) held recently its 2nd POAP Human Resource Forum at the University of Makati (UMAK) in line with the celebration of the 114th Civil Service Month Celebration.
Three primary government institutions highlighted the event and made it more significant – GSIS, Pag-IBIG Fund and Philhealth. With the theme "Revisiting Government Framework on Employees Welfare and Benefits: Its Impact to Employees Lives and Productivity,"" each government institutions was given a spotlight to discuss their respective innovations on providing services and benefits to every employees that made the forum more interesting to the participants composed of POAP members, Human Resource practitioners and university employees.
POAP President Virginia Bactad
POAP President Virginia Bactad gave her welcome remarks in which she took note the important and crucial contributions of the government workers that cannot be downplayed and underestimated because they deliver quality services to bureaucracy and to the public. She said the holding of the second “Talakayan” inviting the three government institutions to discuss employees' welfare and benefits is the POAP leadership’s little way to show appreciation to the government employees.
Executive Vice President and POAP Director Dr. Raymundo P. Arcega
UMAK's Executive Vice President and POAP Director Dr. Raymundo P. Arcega in his direction setting said that today's labor sector can be considered lucky as compared to the time of “Industrial Revolution” where topics about employees’ welfare and benefits were unheard of. Unlike today, every employer has a way of protecting their employees’ welfare with the kind of services and benefits that they can avail from the said three institutions.
He then urged his fellow POAP members and HR practitioners to move forward towards the direction of strengthening and developing more the quality of lives of the employees because he believes by doing so, they are creating a more productive and proactive workforce.
During discussion proper, Vice President for Corporate Communications Office of GSIS, Ms. Margie Jorillo talked about the current innovations that the agency has been doing such much lowered interest rates on loans, continued improvement of facilities for better service and free flowing of coffee for their waiting clients.
Ms. Margie A. Jorillo, Vice President for Corporate Communication Office of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)
As for the Pag-Ibig Fund, Makati II Branch Manager Mary Margaret Sanchez discussed about accessibility for easier transactions. They have now 16 branches serving nationwide.
Ms. Mary Margaret N. Sanchez, Manager of Pag-Ibig Makati II Branch
Dr. Israel Francis A. Paragas, Officer-in-Charge Vice President Corporate Affairs Group of Philhealth
On other hand, Dr. Israel Francis Pargas, OIC-Vice President for Corporate Affairs Group of Philhealth talked about responding to the competitiveness in the healthcare industry. PhilHealth now has been serving in the malls thru their PhilHealth Express following the mall hours for more convenient and hassle-free transactions.
POAP President Virginia Bactad together with other POAP directors and members thanked the leadership of UMAK for successfully hosting the POAP Human Resource Forum for the second time. POAP Directors Teresita Arceo, Atty Jonathan Mangaoan, Rolando De Castro and Board Secretary Nellie Tanggor also attended the forum.
POAP BOARD ELECTS 2014 OFFICERSMay 5, 2014
The POAP Board of Directors elected their 2014 officers in their 2nd Quarter Meeting held May 22, 2014.
Elected Officers are:
|President||Dir. Virginia Nañagas-Bactad|
|Vice President||Dir. Edelwina dC. Parungao|
|Secretary||Dir. Nelilita M. Tanggor|
|Asst. Secretary||Dir. Brenda D. Sarmiento|
|Treasurer||Dir. Teresita G. Arceo|
|Auditor||Dir. Julio R. Navarrete|
|PRO||Dir. Arturo T. Lising|
POAP TIDBITSMarch 11, 2014
DIRECTOR BACTAD MARKS 75TH BIRTHDAY
Director Virginia Nañagas-Bactad, POAP President celebrated her 75th birthday with a “surprise party” given by her daughters Alexis and Angelica at the Max Restaurant, Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Pasay City on February 12, 2014, Present were friends from Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Personnel Officers Association of the Philippines (POAP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Career Executive Service Board (CESB), ACADEME, friends and relatives.
DIRECTOR MENDIOLA OFF FOR THE US
Director Lea M. Mendiola, Secretary of the POAP Executive Board left for U.S.A on February 28, 2014 to join her family. She will be away for six (6) months.
EX-CONGRESSWOMAN DOMINGUEZ PASSES AWAY
Former Congresswoman Josephine dC. Dominguez of Mountain Province died February 23, 2014 at the age of 77 years old. The deceased is the older sister of POAP Board of Directors Virginia dc. Valencia. Members of the Board attended the wake at 75 May St. Congressional Village, Project 8, Quezon City.
POAP HONORS JANUARY-BORN CELEBRANTS
Four (4) Board of Directors were greeted “Happy Birthday” during the POAP Organizational Meeting on January 16, 2014.
Feted with lunch, ice cream and cake prepared for the occasion were Directors: Arturo T. Lising (January 5), Somerado M. Pandapatan (January 5), Raymundo P. Arcega January 7) and Julio R. Navarrete (January 31).
POAP NEWS BITSMarch 06, 2014
The Personnel Officers Association of the Philippines (POAP) board of Directors elected six (6) of their peers to compose the Executive Board (MANCOM) which will manage and oversee the programmed activities of POAP for the current year. The six elected are: Board Directors Virginia N. Bactad, Edelwina dG. Parungao, Julio R. Navarrete, Raymundo P. Arcega, Teresita G. Arceo and Arturo T. Lising.
Conference proceedings of the 38th POAP National Conference on Public Personnel Administration with the theme “Developing the Leader in Me” are available at POAP upon request. Please place your order through POAP’s Website www.poap.org.ph.
Effective 2014, Class chairman and secretary will be elected/designated in every POAP seminar/under the supervision of the Course Administrator to take charge of class directory, compilation of significant events and other activities during the seminar FOR POSTING IN THE POAP WEB. These documents have to be submitted at the end of the course.
POAP Holds 38th National ConferenceJanuary 16, 2014
The Personnel Officers Association of the Philippines (POAP) held its 38th Annual National Conference at the University of Makati (UMAK)on the theme "Developing the Leader in Me" from December 3-6, 2013
Former Senator Richard J. Gordon, the keynote speaker was represented by Atty. Oscar B. Palabyab, former Undersecretary for Tourism Services and Regional Offices. Former Senator Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr., 23rd President of the Philippines Senate spoke on "The Experience and Insights" of a former member of Congress. Michael Angelo Lobrin, an author and Radio/TV Spiritual Program Host shared experiences and insights of a Lay Leader and dwelt in particular on the Eight Laws of Leadership. Former Senator Anna Dominique Marquez Lim Coseteng, President of Diliman Educational Corporation talked on Perspectives from the Academe
An Open Forum on Civil Service issues and concerns affecting the bureaucracy was also conducted with two senior officers of the Civil Service Commission acting as forum discussants: Director Azucena P. Esleta from CSC Central Office and Director Karen Zerna from Region VII, Cebu City.
New Registered members of POAP were inducted by Ms. Virginia N. Bactad, POAP President; namely Jasmin Hadji Casan-Batugan, ARMM Cabinet Secretary Norkhalila Mae Mambuay-Campong, Ma. Floriada Glang, Elvis Dela Merced, Babai Bansao-Monte, Rosemarie Prudente, Noel Quiadato and Aisah Salem.
The Business Meeting and election of five (5) news Board of Directors followed and Re-elected for a fresh 3-year term are the five out-going Board of Directors: Atty. Edelwina dG. Parungao, Local Water Utilities Adm. (Retired), Atty. Julio R. Navarette, GSIS (Retired), Mrs. Teresita G. Arceo, CSC (Retired), Mrs. Lea M. Mendiola, GSIS (Retired), Mrs. Virginia dC. Valencia, Baguio General Hospital (Retired).