Time Management and Leadership Tips

P1100987Today, I happened to see a 1/2 sized slip of bond paper which had some of my old notes which I excerpted from Stephen R. Covey’ book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It was interesting for me to see this note again after the passing of many years. Let me share these with all of you. I believe this can be useful and helpful for everyone. There are lots of “nuggets of wisdom” in the book but here are some which are in this slip of paper which I kept inserted for some 15 years in my old Bible cover which I no longer use. It’s interesting to have read these reminders again:

  • Fourth generation time management: focus on relationships and results not on things, time and methods.
  • The challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.
  • The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.
  • Organize and execute around balanced priorities.
  • Quadrant 2: Focus on the “Not Urgent But Important” quadrant. (See chart below. Or better still, read it from the book itself on page 151.)
  • Efficient scheduling and control of time are often counterproductive.
  • The key to effective management is delegation.
  • Stewardship delegation is focused on results not methods.
  • Trust is the highest form of motivation. It brings our the very best in people.
  • The focus is on effectiveness, not efficiency. Empower people!

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I’ve had my share of successes and failures in life and I don’t know the latest trends in time management if there are any but I believe these leadership principles and personal development tips are useful even up to our time today. Just sharing from Stephen Covey’s book.

My Kendo Girl

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It was maybe a year or two ago that my daughter who is working overseas told me and her mom that she was interested to join a Kendo club for her physical exercise. I thought it was a good idea and we were happy to support her desire. I have never really understood what Kendo was all about but that it was some kind of martial arts or a sport that has something to do with a sword—a samurai. But of course I understood that from what I always see in pictures or movies, the samurai has been replaced by a wooden sword. I now know that it’s made of bamboo. And it can be quite expensive. They have a Japanese word for that but I forgot what it’s called. They use a lot of Japanese words in this kind of sport.

A few weeks ago, my daughter was on vacation and she visited a local Kendo club in Quezon City and the whole family went there too. It was our first time to see our daughter wearing a Kendo outfit and practicing with the rest of the local club members. It was interesting to observe what they were doing. One of the leaders of the club invited her to join their practice and it was interesting to see our daughter being taught by the Japanese Kendo master of the club on how to improve her skills. After the 4 hours or so practice, the Kendo master thanked our daughter before the club members for attending that day.

It was great to see something like this after the passing of many decades. It reminded me of my younger days. When I was about 14, my brother and I joined a Judo-Karate club and it was fun. When I came to Manila for college, I was again learning Karate from relatives for about a year or so. Thankfully, I have never used it to hurt anyone until now that I am 60. It was good physical exercise. Here are more photos.

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