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Choosing to run for Cluster Head was the best decision I made in my life.
There are so many things that I'm thankful for, the most of which is the chance to broaden my perspective through dialogue with people who are just as opinionated and even better informed than I am.
I gave this presentation during the transition seminar of the Council of Organizations of the Ateneo (COA) last March 3-4, 2012, in the hopes that somehow, it would help the next Central Board serve their presidents and orgs more through the sharing my experiences.
It covers the basic things about what I learned in my term as Performing Arts Cluster Head in SY 2011-2012:
1. What it was like at the beginning - because you won't ever be prepared to know what it feels like to be in the position, and hold so much responsibility for your constituents, no matter how many transition seminars you have.
2. Why are we here, as Cluster Heads? - because oftentimes, our presence and relevance is questioned by others, and even by those we serve.
3. How to be consistent with Representation, Administration, and Formation - the three core competencies of COA
4. Complexities of the partnership - as Cluster Head, your partner is your Secretary-Treasurer, and the relationship is not as easy as it sounds.
5. What I learned and loved the most - amongst the multitude of things I take away from my term, I learned that leaders are not born; they can be made. You don't have to be a performer to properly lead the Performing Arts Cluster. You don't have to be the best dancer to lead CADs. You just need a context of where you're coming from, skills to manage people, and passion. Passion for what you're doing takes you to places you can scarcely imagine.
6. Concrete outcomes of my job - to show that even though they say that being in the COA Central Board is a thankless job; that it's always background work; that people don't know why we're even there, we DO have an impact on the people we take care of.
7. How my orgs responded - a little love goes a long way.
8. What now? - for the incoming Central Board, what does this mean for them?