JESSE ROBREDO AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

Jesse Robredo

Jesse Robredo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I always say that we have already raised the bar of public service. However, it’s not enough that we are good or effective. We need to have both qualities so that we can be rightful custodians of public coffers.”

-  Jesse Robredo

Once again, death seals a legacy of greatness.

Mostly ignored and taken for granted during his lifetime, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo is now hailed as the epitome of a servant leader.  The low-key cabinet official has inspired people from all over the country – with stories of his touring his hometown of Naga City in a bicycle, engaging with his constituents clad in shorts and slippers, and being extremely approachable and humble.  Until his untimely demise last August 18, 2012, he was still to be confirmed by the Commission on Appointments – a sad fact that reflects on the political maneuverings taking place in the inner circles of government.

What made Jesse Robredo an effective leader?  It can all be summarized in his good name:  JESSE ROBREDO.

J – Justice-driven

According to an article by Rina Jimenez-David published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the DILG headed by Robredo coordinated with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to file charges against individuals involved in questionable procurement contracts.  As the handler of the Philippine National Police (PNP), he supported initiatives for better civilian security to counteract terrorism, carnapping, and kidnapping.  Thus, crime volume dropped 17.41 percent from January to June 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

Police visibility also increased with the deployment of 90 percent of the police force, as opposed to 85 percent previously.  Robredo also provided bigger logistical funds for the police.  Thus, more crimes now lead to the arrest of suspects and filing of cases in court.

E – Effective

Jesse broke down barriers that separated people and ideas.  He was a consensus builder; he truly helped people, and in effect, he touched lives.  He was effective because he cared, not because he exhibited what he knew as an educated individual.

As Mayor of Naga City, Jesse encouraged people participation in governance.  His system involves various sectors being involved in planning, implementing, and monitoring projects.  He accomplished things efficiently, not forcibly.  And best of all, he never used coercion or an iron fist to attain his objective.

S – Servant Leader

Energy Secretary Rene Almendras coined the term “tsinelas leadership” for Secretary Robredo.  The “tsinelas”, or “rubber slippers”, is the usual footwear worn by the common man. “Tsinelas leadership” is about the readiness to wade in floodwaters – the determination to go where no man dares to go to serve people.  He was said to be one of the most well-traveled Cabinet members, because he went to many places where most national officials would back out, just to reach out to those in need.  That’s servant leadership.

S – Simple

According to Atty. Leni Robredo, Jesse’s wife, his multi-awarded husband was also just a regular husband and a regular father who also had to do household chores.  He was the one the family turned to when their house needed repairs, and he would do it on weekends when he gets home.  He was very simple with ordinary interests.  During the weekend, when he is in Naga City, he would just wear his t-shirt, shorts, and slippers, biking around town sans security.  Most of all, he refused to live in plush neighborhoods, choosing to stay in a simple apartment in Naga.

E – Efficient and Productive

Under Robredo’s leadership, the City of Naga conceptualized a program to bring out the city’s potential as an economic hub.  This involved the provision of services to meet the requirements of the people.  Robredo focused on getting optimum results with minimal spending, without sacrificing quality.  Services were also made accessible and acceptable on the principle of “the greatest good for the greatest number.”

R – Responsive

Congressman Dato Arroyo, son of Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, said that when he was still in college,  then-Naga City Mayor Jesse would tell him not to hesitate to call or ask for help. Even as DILG Secretary, Jesse would still extend a helping hand to Dato- even if they belong to opposing political parties.  Such was Robredo’s responsiveness – going beyond political barriers.

O – Objective

Secretary Robredo adopted a Performance Management System tool to objectively measure the performance of local governments.  This assessment tool is validated by a third party to ensure impartiality.  As a result, the number of local governments which got high overall performance ratings jumped to 1,261 last year from 1,050 in 2010 and 913 in 2009.

B – Burden Easer

According to Department of Transportation and Communication Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas, Jesse always eases the burden of his superiors whenever there is a crisis.  He tells everyone that he will be the one to do it himself.  No problem was too small to merit the attention of Jesse.  He resolved the big or small problems that were presented to him.  He is there after a every natural or man-made calamity, and he would be very frugal and responsible in public spending.

R – Religious

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma took privilege and honor in officiating a mass for Robredo.  Palma noted that he was touched upon learning of Robredo’s habit of going to confession regularly.  He also mentioned that the fact that his wake was held at the Naga City Cathedral shows his closeness to the church.

E – Egalitarian

It is said that Jesse Robredo prioritized the needs of the poor.  He improved public services in Naga City, and established day care centers in barangays.  He raised productivity through a merit system that rewards performance in order to avoid favoritism and nepotism.  His empowerment ordinance was embraced by the people.  And when it was time for him to step down, he refused to establish a political dynasty, giving other people a chance at leadership.  If there is anything that will establish the legend of Jesse Robredo, it would be his ability to treat everyone equally.

D – Dutiful

During his commencement address to the graduates of Ateneo de Manila University Class of 2003, while he was still the mayor of Naga City, Robredo emphasized that desire and commitment to duty far outweigh knowledge and skill. He uttered that success is measured in terms of how pleased you are with the results of your labors- not as to how other people define it.  For Jesse, neither successes nor conquests give satisfaction. It is paying back to the community that nurtured you that matters.

O – Obedient

According to Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian, who volunteered to help Jesse with the Commission on Appointments, Jesse was so humble to follow his recommendations for confirmation.  On his last day here on earth, it is said that he was in Cebu because he was ordered to be there by the President himself.  He obeyed, even if it meant that he might not be able to make it to an awarding ceremony for his daughter in Naga City.  In his attempt to make it on time for his daughter, he chartered an ill-fated plane, leading to his demise.

Goodbye, Secretary Robredo.  You will surely be missed.

USAIN BOLT, FLOODING, AND THE RACE CALLED LIFE

“Stop worrying about the start, the best part of the race is the end.”
- Usain Bolt

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English: Usain Bolt at the World Championship Athletics 2009 in Berlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In triathlon, athletes start with a swim and end with a run.  Here in the Philippines, with non-stop rains and flooding once again dominating our landscape in the metropolis, we also begin by swimming through our troubles for a fresh start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is going to be a struggle for those affected by nature’s wrath.  In the coming days, we expect a rash of illnesses, and the sad part is, even our hospitals were not spared of damage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the midst of misery, we wonder about our existence and the meaning of life.  Are we really destined to suffer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then, when the storm ends, we start to pick up the pieces.  We leave the swimming behind, and move through the bike stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After that, we run!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And in the end, we emerge triumphant!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After all, it doesn’t matter how bad you started.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s how you end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s who you are.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not the price, it’s not the game
It’s not the score, it’s not the fame
Whatever road looks way too far
It’s not what you have
It’s who you are

It’s not how fast, it’s not how far
It’s not of cheers, it’s who you are
In the darkest night, you make your sun
choose your race and then you run

It’s never the glory, it’s never the score
It’s never about seeing who’s less and who’s more
cause when you found out how fast and how far
You’ll know it’s not much you have
It’s who you are

You lose the moon, then be a star
It’s not too soon, be who you are
whatever road looks way too far
It’s not what you have
It’s who you are

When you have found how fast you can run
When you have found your place in the sun
It won’t be just you that you’ll find
Has made the run and the climb
It’s everyone

learning to bend and not to break
living to give more than you take
Dying to live, living to try
Feet on the ground, dreams in the sky

It’s never how much you have
It’s who you are

DOLPHY AND THE NEED FOR DIALYSIS

English: Dolphy, Filipino actor

English: Dolphy, Filipino actor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Most nephrologists would agree that patients who are likely to have an unacceptable quality of life should not be subjected to the discomfort of dialysis. Sparing such patients the inconvenience and discomfort of hospital attendances, surgical access procedures, and dialysis treatments is a major benefit.”

- Indranil Dasgupta and Hugh C. Rayner

  Consultant Nephrologist, Renal Unit, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, United Kingdom

A living legend needs our prayers.  Comedy King Dolphy, whose comedic talent has brought laughter and cheer to multiple generations of radio, TV, and movie followers, was recently admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and is said to be suffering from Toxic Metabolic Encephalopathy.  The illness requires regular dialysis treatment, because his kidneys can no longer do the job of removing toxic wastes from the body.  This has affected his brain function, thus the medical term “encephalopathy”, which generally refers to an illness that affects brain.  As a hospice and palliative care practitioner, I decided to look into the benefits and risks of dialysis treatment on our 83-year-old comedy king.

According to studies,  patients on dialysis are subject to much more intensive medical care in the last month of life than are patients dying of cancer or heart failure.  Data reveal that 30% of dialysis patients receive intensive procedures, a rate that is three times higher than that of cancer patients. Also, only 20% of kidney-failure patients are referred to hospice, compared with 40% of the patients dying of heart failure and 55% of cancer patients.  Among patients 75 and older, the five-year survival rate for patients on dialysis is 15%.

This brings us to some  important questions.  Is it sometimes better to provide supportive and palliative care without dialysis to an elderly patient with renal failure?  Can dialysis be safely delayed when the benefits remain uncertain at best?  What does conservative management entail, and how should it be given?

According to experts, a patient over 75 who has heart disease, diabetes, liver failure, severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other significant chronic illnesses will have little to gain from dialysis.  A more conservative approach with the consent of the patients and relatives may be better.  What could be more cost-effective is to treat anemia and ensure acid-base and fluid stability.  Health care workers who are well-versed in hospice and palliative care should also be on hand.

However, it must be stressed that data can only serve as a guide.  The best medical decisions rest on a collaborated effort between doctors, nurses, caregivers, social workers, the patient’s family, and the patient himself.  Our prayers for Dolphy would also be invaluable, not just to prolong his life indefinitely, but to pray that he is at peace with himself and with his Creator.

IMPEACHMENT AND CHANGE: IS IT SUSTAINABLE?

Gloria Arroyo and Renato Corona

Gloria Arroyo and Renato Corona (Photo credit: Piercing Pens)

Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.

- Keri Russell

Tomorrow, May 29, 2012, will be a big day in Philippine history.  Chief Justice Renato Corona will be handed a verdict by the Senate that can result in his ouster.  Five months of dramatic debates has come to this moment.  The decision will have a lasting effect on President Benigno Aquino’s goal of altering the image of the Judiciary in particular, and Philippine politicians in general.

But the question remains: will removing the Chief Justice from power result in sustainable changes that will lead to economic development?

Let’s see by looking at the important elements of lasting C.H.A.N.G.E.

C – Commitment.  People have a strong desire to do what is right.  But they must focus on the ultimate goal.  While the removal of the Chief Justice from office may be a start, it does not end there.  There is no magic pill that acts instantly – change, like any other medical treatment, takes time.

H –  Hurdle.  It is painstaking to make changes.  Obstacles must be hurdled.  Undesirable effects will arise, but everyone needs to believe in the system.  A country must surpass the limits of its patience.  If the change would result in a stronger democracy, let us accept the minor setbacks along the way.

A – Associate.  One man is not enough to make changes.  While one can exert influence and trigger change, social support is necessary.  A divided nation with people acting on their own interests will not get the job done.  We started the concept of People Power – let us, as Filipinos, keep its spirit alive.

N – Numbers.  Democracy, like it or not, is ruled by the majority.  Its premise is that the voice of the people is the voice of God.  A limited few cannot constitute the majority that builds a snowball effect.  When people flooded the streets in great numbers in EDSA 26 years ago, the seemingly impossible change became possible.  Now, more than ever, we need to demand our leaders to be accountable for their actions.  And with great numbers, no leader worth his salt can afford to ignore the mob.

G – Genuine goodness.  Be an honest citizen.  Abide by the laws.  Never circumvent the process and hide through technicalities.  Not a single drop of dishonesty must pass through your veins.  It’s high time to get out of ourselves, and think of the welfare of all.

E – Environment.  Take care of mother nature.  Be wary of short-term gains at the expense of the long-term effect on the environment.  The world we live in is crucial, because if it is altered beyond repair, we will no longer have the resources to sustain us.

Will the Corona impeachment create sustainable change?  It’s not up to the senators.  Ultimately, it’s all up to us.

JESSICA SANCHEZ: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SAVED

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American Idol logo 2008–2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“As a child I always wanted to be a singer. The music my mother played in the house moved me – Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Mahalia Jackson. It was truly spiritual. It made you understand what God was. We are all spirits. We get depressed. But music makes you want to live. I know my music has saved my life.”
Mary J. Blige

 

In this season’s American Idol Finale, Filipino-Mexican-American singer Jessica Sanchez attempts to make history as its youngest winner ever.  She has done extremenly well – receiving numerous accolades – and there is no doubt that she will have a fruitful singing career.

 

But behind Jessica’s success, the road was filled with thorns.  This season, she was saved from elimination by the judges, who overturned the decision of the voting public.  There is a lot of meaning to being saved, and we can all learn from Jessica’s experience.

 

So what does it mean to be saved?

 

S – Second chance

 

Jessica’s American Idol journey could have been over a month ago, when she received the least number of votes.  But the triumvirate power of Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson to save a contenstant this season was timely.  The power to save can be used only once – and Jessica was the beneficiary.  After being saved, Jessica was never the same again.

 

She sang her heart out in the weeks that followed.  It was obvious in the way she prepared for her numbers.  She no longer held back – and the public saw it.  She never ended up at the bottom again after that.

 

This is what we must do when we are saved.  Make the most of every opportunity.  When someone saves you from imminent death, treat each succeeding day as if it were your last.

 

A – Alteration

 

From a laid-back style that was confident but lacking in emotion, Jessica emerged like a wounded tiger stalking its prey after being nearly eliminated.  She wanted to go down fighting.  The public saw it – and it was endearing to see the kind of effort she put in week after week until the finale.

 

It’s hard to alter a laid-back style when things are going smoothly.  Then tragedy strikes, and we are swept off our feet.  Given the chance to escape, we must grab the stick, hang on, and make changes for the better when we get to safer ground.

 

V – Vindication

 

Jessica has been singing all her life.  But she was looking for vindication.  Was she really good?  People said she was – she had relative success in America’s Got Talent at age 11 – but she has never emerged victorious.  Facing elimination yet again was tough.  But she was saved, and the vindication began.  She started to believe in herself more, and took more risks.

 

Do you know someone who needs vindication?  Lift her up today.  You may be the savior who could bring someone to unprecedented success.

 

E – Enliven

 

It is inspiring to see someone emerge from the claws of defeat and emerge victorious.  Today, the Filipino-Mexican community is at the forefront in declaring support for their Idol.  The minority has come alive, and in a big way.  They were not going to allow Jessica to  be voted out again.

 

Share those uplifting stories about rising from adversity.  Be an ambassador of hope.  Those narratives can save lives.

 

D – Deliverance

 

At the end of it all, win or lose, Jessica has delivered.  She is indeed grateful, but there is more to come.  After the series of concerts with American Idol finalists, she will embark on a new journey as a superstar.  And with her experiences, she will surely deliver.

 

One has to find a way to carry others towards success.  When you reach the top, help others get there too.  Jim Whittaker, the first american to reach Mount Everest, has put more than a dozen more climbers on the summit afterwards.  When you let others experience greatness, life becomes more worthwhile.

 

Good luck on the finale, Jessica Sanchez!

 

 

JEREMY LIN AND THE KEYS TO PERSEVERANCE

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“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

-  Calvin Coolidge

It’s the story of the season.  Jeremy Lin, the undrafted Taiwanese-American who was cut and neglected by at least 2 other NBA teams, has taken the New York Knicks to new heights.  Never offered an athletic scholarship, Lin studied Economics at Harvard, but he never gave up on his dream of playing professional basketball.  Today he is “Linsanity”, leading the lowly Knicks to respectability despite the absence of its established superstars.  The Media circus surrounding his meteoric rise has spread to Asia, with the audience watching NBA games in Taiwan reaching record proportions.

What are the keys to perseverance?  In a nutshell, persistence can be spelled out as JEREMY LIN.

J – Just Do it.  Take action even when presented with obstacles.  Not all lights will be green, but just keep moving.  Lin moved from one team to another, until he found the New York Knicks.

E – Endure to the end.  Remember that nothing worth achieving comes easy.  And Jeremy was probably thinking of ending his dream for good.  Lin was nearly cut by the Knicks too, but due to injuries to its starters, he got his chance.  The break was all he needed to show his wares.

R – Realistic.  If you have a seemingly insurmountable goal, break it down into smaller, more attainable targets.  Lin toiled with Harvard when Stanford University gave him a cold shoulder.  He played in the NBA developmental league.  He warmed the bench.  But he knew that all of these were stepping stones.  He decided to take it once step at a time, because realistically, he did not have the outstanding credentials to become an instant success.

E – End in Mind.  Keep your eye on the prize.  All Lin wanted  was to play in the NBA.  He got more than he wanted – and he is now slated to be a permanent fixture in New York’s roster.

M – Master your craft.  Keep getting better.  Lin was academically smart, but he needed to improve his basketball IQ.  Until now he is learning – he is prone to commit turnovers, but because of his gutsy play, he is never afraid to make mistakes.  That’s the mark of a great player.

Y – Yield when needed.  Sometimes you need to take the backseat for the sake of your team.  When the superstars returned, Lin was more than willing to play with them and churn out more victories.  Never think that the world revolves around you.  Getting over the hump is easier when the burden is shared with others.

L – Live by the day.  Enjoy the ride, cherish the journey.  Don’t deprive yourself of life’s simple pleasures on the road to success.  Jeremy is enjoying the limelight.  He seems so natural in interviews.  But he knows that ultimately he has a goal to fulfill.

I – Inspire yourself.  Look up to others.  Be inspired and motivate yourself everyday.  Yao Ming, the Chinese basketball great, has surely been an inspiration for Lin.  It’s great to have a model to follow – a framework to reach a destination.  Yao has paved the way, and Jeremy has followed.

N – Never give up.  You will get cut.  You will be rejected.  You will warm the bench.  But if it’s worth the wait, never, never give up.

So where will Jeremy Lin go from here?  It’s all up to him.  And it’s all up to you to decide to follow JEREMY LIN.

WHITNEY HOUSTON

The Greatest Love of All

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If I should stay, 
I would only be in your way. 
So I’ll go, but I know 
I’ll think of you ev’ry step of the way. 
Bittersweet memories 
that is all I’m taking with me. 
So, goodbye. Please, don’t cry. 
I will always love you. 

-  Excerpt from Whitney Houston’s monster hit, “I Will Always Love You”

Another vanishing-point talent has left us.  Just like the late Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston was an extremely gifted singer who transcended racial limitations.  While I was not a big fan of hers, I am still in awe of her musical accomplishments.  It is only rightful that we look back at Whitney and her amazing career.

W – Wide vocal range.  At her best, no one could beat Whitney’s mezzo-soprano.  Her highest note was recorded at C6, B-b5 (In her song ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’), with her lowest note at C3, E3.  Her vocal range spans 5 octaves.

H – Honored and revered.  Her list of awards include two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards.  She carries a rich family tradition of excellence, being the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston and cousin of one of the biggest hitmakers of the rock and roll era, Dionne Warwick.

I – Inspirational.    Artists who claim to have been influenced and inspired by Whitney’s exploits include Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Regine Velasquez, and Charice Pempengco.

T – Trailblazer.  Whitney broke down the color barrier for black female artists, just like Michael Jackson did with MTV.  Janet Jackson and Anita Baker then followed her lead.

N – Number one hitmaker.  Whitney’s debut album, “Whitney Houston, is the first album by a female artist and new artist to yield three No. 1 singles―”Saving All My Love For You”, “How Will I Know”, and “Greatest Love of All”.

When the fourth single “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” from her second album “Whitney, reached the top of the charts on April 23, 1988, Houston became the first female artist to achieve four No. 1 singles from one album, and also the first and only artist in pop history to have seven consecutive No. 1 hits.  Her second album’s number ones also include  “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”,  and “So Emotional”.  To top it all, “I Will Always Love You” topped the Hot 100 for fourteen consecutive weeks from November 28, 1992 to February 27, 1993, making it the longest-running number one single ever by a female solo artist.

E – Ecumenical.  Whitney’s universal appeal transcends races, generations, and musical genres, particularly among females.  At the height of her popularity, no amateur singing contest was complete without a rendition of her songs.

Y – Yodeler.  Whitney can easily transition from a normal voice to a falsetto, and back again.  This ability was clearly exhibited in her rendition of “I Will Always Love You”.  While this does not sit well for some critics, it still distinguishes her voice from other artists, even if the likes of Christina Aguilera later followed suit.

It’s hard to say goodbye to a great artist.  But Whitney’s hits live on and are now part of our history.  While she may not have lived a perfect life, she will serve as an icon for aspiring singers in the years to come.

Thanks for the music, Whitney Houston.

FACEBOOK AND DELAYED GRATIFICATION

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“Done is better than perfect.”

- Mark Zuckerberg

As Facebook goes public with its IPO, an unknown graffiti artist stands to earn a huge payout.   He wisely took Facebook stock instead of cash for painting the walls of the social network’s first headquarters. The stock is expected to be worth upward of $200 million when it trades publicly later this year.

Jealous?  Who wouldn’t be?  But then again, we can learn a lot from this story.  It really pays to delay gratification.  Toil hard today, and reap the benefits tomorrow.

I had this Facebook-like idea when I was still a resident in training around 10 years ago.  Back then, I was thinking of a dating website, where individuals could interact with others, share photos and ideas, and keep posted on each other’s activities.  This was at a time when social networking was still relatively unknown.  However, as I was not web-savvy, and because I was deep into my training as a Family Physician, the idea was just that – an idea.  Without the necessary action to bring the idea to fruition, nothing happened.

Do you have an idea today?  Do you think the idea has flaws?  I’d say act on it anyway.  On the walls of Facebook’s office is written the words “Done is better than perfect”.  The idea for Facebook was not without glitches, but Mark Zuckerberg acted on the ideas.  He now stands to earn 28.4 billion dollars from the selling of Facebook shares to the public.  If you’re the type who would only start the engine when all the green lights are on, think again.  Only action can bring realization to your dreams.

Never regret doing the hard, dirty work today to reach your goals.  Persevere and always remain positive.  And learn to postpone comforts today so you can have a better tomorrow.  If you are in training today and thinking of quitting, rethink your strategy.  Talk it out with a mentor.  Chances are, you may be making a drastic decision while in an emotional state.  Never decide on your future when you are angry, disappointed, or disgusted.

The Facebook story is inspiring because it could happen to anyone.  Huge payoffs often start with a simple idea that was acted upon.  The idea need not be completely original – it could be adopted from others with just a little twist.  Improving on the products and services of others may be all it takes.  So just do it, and remain patient.

Facebook was successful, because it Found A Creative, Efficient, Brilliant, Out-of the Box, Opportunity to spread Knowledge.  And I know, my dear reader, that you can do that too!

IMPEACHMENT AND THE NEED FOR STRATEGY

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All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.
-  Sun Tzu

The Corona Trial is underway.  The prosecutors and defendants are locked in the heat of battle.  On the prosecutor side, the strategy is to highlight the Chief Justice‘s lack of moral leadership.  For the defense, having in its fold a former supreme court justice gives them the edge in terms of legal intellect.  It seems as if this is a debate between students and professors, of high energy youngsters against grizzled veterans of the courtroom.  Let’s see which side takes advantage of their strengths and pounces on the weakness of the opponent.

So why do both sides need to strategize?  The reason is obvious.  In any battle, a good strategic plan will carry you towards your desired endpoint.  Whether in sports, business, or in this game called life, beginning with the end in mind (as pointed out by Steven Covey) is already half the battle won.

What are the characteristics of a good strategy?  Let’s make its elements easy to remember.

S – A good strategy must be able to STEER us towards the right course of action.

T – A strategic plan must be TIME-BOUND so we can set a deadline for the accomplishment of essential tasks.

R – We must identify the RESOURCES available to us in carrying out the plan.

A – Realize what your ADVANTAGE is.  Focus on your strengths instead of your weaknesses, and use these strengths to offset threats.

T – Pick out the key people on your side and work in synchrony.  TEAMWORK is vital.

E – EXPLOIT opportunities.  This means your strategy could change depending on the situation you face.

G – Have a clear-cut GOAL.  Avoid distractions that can lead you astray.

Y –  Finally, your strategy must be YOURS.  Never let others dictate upon it.

So who emerges on top?  Prosecution or defense?  Let the senators be the judge, while we watch on the sidelines.  But remember to be involved – this trial is crucial for our country’s democracy.

IMPEACHMENT

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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It’s the start of the year.  Here are my wishes for you and your loved ones:

H – Health.  May you have it in you so that you can fulfill your mission and vision for the year.

A – Ability.  May you develop the skill to reach your dreams.

P – Prosperity.  May the Good Lord bless you and shower you financially.

P – Peace. May you nurture your relationship with others and bridge communication gaps with friends and family.

Y – Yearning.  May you never run out of reasons to do what is right and just.

N – Nobility.  May you protect your good name and leave a good legacy.

E – Endurance.  May you have the staying power to endure all the hardships and challenges that come your way.

W – Willingness.  May you have pleasure in following the authority figures in your life who lead you and your organization.

Y – Yes.  May you limit the times when you reject others who want to extend help, and to give help in return.

E – Enthusiasm.  May you always be inspired with divine wisdom and positive thoughts.

A – Altruism.  May you have unselfish concern and compassion for the people you deal with everyday.

R – Reward.  Hope for the best.  Ask and you shall receive.  Seek and you shall find.  Knock and the doors of heaven will be opened up to you.

Happy New Year everyone!