Saturday, October 30, 2010

Reflections on Myself: The PSI, MI and AIM-EIM Indicators

Based on my results from the AIM-EIM, PSI and MI, I was able to to identify my top three areas of strength and top three areas for growth and improvement.

My top three areas of strength are as follows:

Self-management. On this aspect, I believe I can manage well my studies. During my earlier days here at AIM, I was still adjusting to the academic demands and to the enormous time required to devote to studies. During that time, I missed one lecture in economics and frequently would come to class late. But right now, I won't miss any class and I can allocate my time efficiently for studying each subject. This resulted to my better participation in class especially in LOB.

Linguistic. My strength on this aspect manifests whenever I respond to the cold call. Frequently, whenever I recite, my classmates would laugh. Not because my answers were wrong, but because I can put it in such a way that it is funny. During our LT discussions, I can communicate well to the group and my groupmates understand me well. I'm just thankful that I have the gift of words. I can write well and I was able to share this to others through my writing engagements in various publications since college days.

Analytical. In the LT sessions, I would pose questions that often times lead to better analysis of the case. Sometimes, we discovered the key to soving the problems in the case because of my questions.

The areas that I need to improve on are as follows:

Self-confidence. I'm too awkward when talking to someone like Prof. Macaranas, Prof. Tan or Prof. Lim. Maybe because I think of their authority or achievement and I'm just a minute being far inferior from them. Or maybe, it's because of too much respect for the elders in the way we were raised in the province.

Bodily Kinesthetic. I'm really not good in sports. Whenever I play basketball, it's so hard for me to shoot the ball. Now I would just want to try golf instead of basketball, because in basketball, in order for me to become a good player, I should have started it when I was a kid. But in golf, I can start it now and still be good at it through practice in the coming years.

Details. Sometimes in our LT discussion, I will share to them the general concepts, but I can't point specific details in the case. I'm not very good at connecting the case facts. I have to reread the case everytime specific details are needed.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Conversations at Greenbelt

Yesterday, I had a dinner with a friend. This friend of mine was a great influence on my decision to take MBA at AIM instead of Harvard. Somewhere in the middle of our conversation, he said that after my MBA at AIM, I just have to do good in my job or in the business that I plan to put up and be like my profesors at AIM who are excellent in their respective fields. Hmmmmm.... it does make sense and I'm akin to follow that advice.

HBO Class

There's a pretty much interesting thing about this subject. Everytime, we have classes, our profesor would mention things that deeply penetrate my being. Some kind of an emotional touch, despite the tough demands of our course work. Some kind of oasis - a refuge were I get strength to go on.

My question is, "Is this a manifestation that I am learning?" I will know it very soon.

Managing Myself

Our activity on October 13, 2010 was related to managing oneself. This activity was helpful for me to discern my values in life.

I realized from this activity that the three things I want to make my life worthwhile are the following:

1. Doing something beneficial
2. Learning the dimensions of life one step at a time
3. Bringing positive force everywhere I go

Of the three most important things, doing something beneficial is the first thing that I can give up. Though it will cause discontent on my part, but I'm consoled by the fact that it is less essential than the other two.

I am quite fortunate because the "Angel of Death" took away my second priority which was learning the dimensions of life one step at a time. I am a lover of knowledge and I want to learn new things all the time. This loss definitely made me feel that half of my life was taken away and it was such a great paralysis. However, I realized that, this was not the end of my life. I still have life to be lived to the fullest which can be achieved through positivism. And this is what remains with me - a value for certain that will make my life meaningful.

Why do I value positivism?

I remember this tale of two guys who were handicapped and infirm. Both of them were lying in a hospital bed next to each other. Everyday, the guy next to the window would tell the other guy who was blind about the beautiful things he was seeing outside such as the colors of the cars passing by. Those stories amused the blind guy and he was enlivened despite of his misery. One day, the blind guy wondered why was the guy next to the window not talking and telling him stories. When the nurse came to the room, he asked her. The nurse responded, "your friend passed away early this morning." The blind guy wept and said, "now, no one will tell me what's happening outside this hospital." The nurse became skeptical and said to the blind guy, "how come that he's telling you those things? He cannot see what is happening outside because he is also blind."

This story teaches me one thing, positivism is contagious and it gives hope in times of great despair. That is why, let us try to bring positivism whenever we have a chance to do so.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tackling the Generational Barrier in the Workplace

Today, I learned from HBO the following:
1. There are various factors or markers that help shape our attitude.
2. To effect social cohesion, we have to overcome generational barrier.
3. Empathy is at the core of overcoming this barrier.
4. To make things better, we should be flexible enough with our people skills, we should have forbearance and we should discern the reasons for everything that happens around us.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fellow MBAs

They are my fellow MBAs. So much to learn from the Indians.

The Socratic Teacher

Way back in college, I am in search of a better way of learning chemical engineering. When I had my boards review at the Brains Review Center, I met this professor who teach chemical engineering the Socratic way. Not fully aware of the efficacy of this method, I just realized later how much I learned from him.

Now, that I am at AIM I'm glad to experience the rigors of the Socratic way of learning. Indeed, our professors are the effectual Socrates that can make our learning meaningful

In search for meaning...

Sometimes, there are things in our life that are beyond our comprehension. We sometimes find ourselves in the midst of uncertainty and we have to ask ourselves, "what is this all about?"

Our life is full of such circumstances, that we keep on asking "why?" As Antoine de Saint-Exupery would verbalize it, "What is essential is invisible to the eye." What is really essential? Does essence gives meaning to our lives?

As we pass by the Zen graden of AIM, we will know. In our everyday academic pursuit we will see it all. As such, I'm inviting you to walk with me to Zen.