As in business, we hire for attitude and gumption

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Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

Management Guru Jim Collins wrote in his important book, Good to Great: “In determining the right people, the good-to-great companies placed greater weight on character attributes than on specific educational background, practical skills, specialized skills, or work experience.” Also, “First get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats, and then they can figure out where to drive it.”

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“People want guidance, not rhetoric; they need to know what the plan of action is and how it will be implemented. They want to be given responsibility to help solve the problem and the authority to act on it.”—Howard Schultz, Starbucks.

Taking off from Messrs. Collins’ & Schultz’ oft-repeated words and likening a company to our country today as we face an election to determine who will lead us in the next six years, I am guided by this:  vote for character and gumption.

PNoy has done a tremendous job as our President in such a short time, given his “lack of experience and expertise,” as his political opponents would put it, at the start of his term.

His heart, though, was imbued with the right values, and therefore, attitude.  He does not seek recognition, he does what needs to be done (never mind the critics and bashers) and, look, where our country is now.  From being the sick cat in Asia to a rising tiger in the world.

PNoy, thanks to proper breeding, is never given to loudness.  He boasts about our country’s impressive progress, now and then, not for himself but for all the people who work with him and for our country, as well. Six years, though, might be a short time to see the trickle-down effects of such achievements.

Our country needs continuity. So, I am rooting for Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo to be our next President and Vice President, respectively.

Both possess the leadership character of integrity, honesty, sincerity and respect for others. I know they will lead us for bigger, better transformation as people and country and bigger, better life for all of us. As Leni emphasizes, “iangat natin ang mga nasa laylayan.” Let us uplift those in the fringes of society and give them the opportunity to live responsibly and with dignity. We need leaders like them to grow a culture of integrity, honesty, sincerity, and respect for one another. We need leaders like them to steer our economic growth for everyone, not just for a few. We need leaders like Mar & Leni to inspire us to dream and pursue our dreams. We need leaders who are peace-loving and God-fearing.

Leni, in particular, for me is a breath of fresh air, so to speak. I have seen and heard newbies in politics, but it only takes a week tops for them to show their true political colors—greed for power and the largesse that goes with it. Leni is not in the mold of the traditional politician. In her simple and straightforward ways, feet firmly on the ground, she is a nurturing single parent, she is a conscientious Congresswoman, an accomplished lawyer for the poor and downtrodden, a true-blue Bicolana, oragon!  Oragon in Bicol means courageous, strong, passionate, principled, action-oriented and possesses common sense. Leni is truly oragon! even oragonon!

Mar, admittedly, is very rich and never knew how to be poor. Looking back at his past government service record, he knows where he is good at and he does great things for the common good. I admired him when he gave way to Pnoy in 2010 and postponed his run for the presidency to only now. Only a man with a big heart for the common good and a teamplayer could defer his ambition for the good of the country. Mostly, Filipinos everywhere would pursue their personal ambition, by all means.

Let’s make our country take that leap from good to great, let’s ride the momentum of our ascent and growth—Let’s us go for Mar & Leni (#5).

The only way Santiago could make me change my mind is for her to make her medical records public. I won’t change my mind for Duterte, Binay and Poe.

Got this from a Facebook post: The truth is, it doesn’t matter whom you’ll vote if you can’t even obey a red light or respect a PWD ramp or follow a road marking.

Feedback to moje629@gmail.com

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