business, Life

Culture and Leadership

Does culture affect leadership? Are leadership styles so different in other countries or particular cultures? Does your organization operate as a hierarchy or is it horizontal?

In 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Maxwell shares the seven factors of leadership:
Character, Relationships, Knowledge, Intuition, Experience, Past Success, and Ability

In training, it was shared that in another country they are learning that leaders have different factors to be successful. I think that successful leaders have these factors no matter the organization they lead and culture they are from.

There are also different types of leadership styles, and the kind of leadership style can be due to the cultural environment. Many countries have their businesses run within family ties. Many times the business is inherited by the children. The children grow to become the leader of the organization and obtain the above factors through time.

I am drawn to collaborative leadership and servant leadership.  These styles of leadership commit to the group and form a consensus.  Is this effective in different scenarios like making a critical decision?

Which of the seven factors do you have as a successful leader? Do you think that culture affects your leadership style?

 

 

Life

Holidays Colliding

Today is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. Friday is Chinese New Year. Monday is President’s Day.

It’s holiday overload for an American from Hawaii, in love with my husband, and Catholic.

I’ve been to New Orleans once. It’s a beautiful city, and beautiful people and the city has a dark side too. When I was there, it was after Hurricane Katrina, and many homes were still being rebuilt. Life still went on, and every night there is a party on Bourbon Street.

I’m figuring out what to get my husband for Valentine’s and strategizing a game plan to get my 13-year-old son to mass on a Wednesday. I am thankful I work from home and have my own business. If I were still working in an office, I would have had to get malasadas today, chocolate tomorrow and red envelopes for Friday.

Hopefully, we run into a Chinese lion dance this weekend because I can’t strategize how to drag a 13-year-old to an event with a Chinese lion dance.

My 13-year-old gave me insight. His project this week is to create a poster and write about Barack Obama. At first, I thought, that’s a lot to give a kid and expect a project to be done in a week. Then my next thought was to see President Obama through his eyes. The next thought was to see President Trump through his eyes. He is growing up in a time of extreme change and extreme opinions. I thought the world must be colliding in front of his eyes.

Colliding holidays are minor compared to what he is experiencing.

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Life

Almost Half a Century (Paris Next Year)

Celebrating 49 years on this earth today. I feel like I’m 25 years old.  My heart and my spirit is light and amazing. I’m in a space where my life is also my purpose. I look forward to creating the message that I’ve been living, growing, and experiencing every year. I hope to serve and be of value to people who are reaching for their dreams and can make an impact in this world.

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In the coming year keep your eyes peeled for a Youtube channel, podcast, webinars, and a book. Eventually, bambooshoot will add on one or two Enrichment Excursions.  Paris is the first excursion that I want all of you t to come with me in 2019. Let’s discover Paris together.

I look back in my 49 years and have had ups an downs along the way.  There have been decisions that I regret and there have been eye opening events.  I am so blessed to be surrounded by supportive friends and family as I trod this journey of becoming a speaker, trainer, and coach.

I have an upcoming training for people who would like to improve their speaking and connecting with their audience: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-the-stage-to-synergy-tickets-42800793325?aff=bambooshoot

 

 

 

 

Life

Tie Your Roots

A year after my mother’s death, angels came in the form of women who were doing a service project for foster youth.  I asked about their organization, and somehow I could hear my mother tell me to join.  I could also help Filipinos in Hawaii. I’ve been with the organization ten years.

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The women helped me to rediscover my culture.  I learned how to cook pancit and adobo a little bit better.  I learned how to make a parol and sing Tagalog songs.My mother would have been happy that I connected with people that look like me and appreciate our culture.

This year the Filipino Women’s League elected me to the Vice Presidency position, and I am also the membership chair. I invite anyone to join.  We have a diverse group of women that appreciate and celebrate the Filipino culture. You don’t have to be Filipino to join.

The League has cultural education through dance and song, we have service projects throughout the year, and we offer scholarships.  We get together once a month and review upcoming events and projects.  We also have camaraderie and connection.

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The League has been around almost 50 years.  I have learned so much about leadership, facilitation, and valuing members through this organization and many other organizations like FWL.  When you join a service organization, you learn so much about people and yourself.  I learned how to tie to my roots.  How do you tie to yours?

Next blog: Almost half a century

business, design, Life

Closeups and Cameras

I don’t feel like I am ready to do a photo shoot.  I feel vulnerable in front of a camera.  Despite my confidence on stage when I speak or when I conduct training with a group my old demons of being a teenager comes out.

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The sad story of a girl with a disability never had dates, never went to the prom, didn’t deserve to have straight teeth – “Who would want to marry or even date her?” I was constantly bullied in the shadows or whispers.

When someone in college said I was pretty, I gravitated towards that and was taken advantage of again and again and again. I finally let go of all that stress on the day I was married. No more being judged, no more being criticized but it didn’t stop. The criticisms never end because the voices from the past keep coming back like a ghost.

Now I look at my wrinkles and my fat and thank God for Photoshop. Then again, should I show you what I look like with all my flaws?  I’m already teetering on one leg with crutches in front of you.

Despite all of my flaws, I am content.  I am in a career I love.  I have jewelry and a clothing business that gives back to families and nonprofits. I love my husband, kids, dog, house, church, community (Mililani), networking groups (especially BNI), clients, etc.  I have so much to be grateful for.  That may show up in the photos and that may not.  I know that this contentment is in my heart.

If you have a chance, please check out my jewelry boutique. https://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/vince

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I’m only a $1000 away from earning a trip to Paris.  I’ve never been out of the country. You can help me get to Paris.  Share my page and of course purchasing any jewelry pieces.  Think of Valentine’s Day!

The sales of jewelry, clothing, training, or coaching helps to keep this contentment. Thank you so much for your support and purchase!

Next blog: Tie Your Roots