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Agile leadership

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This leadership seminar was delivered for Accenture in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) for their Top ACT event. It was the first time they were doing an event such as this for their newly launched mentorship program so delivering the Agile Leadership talk for them was a very big deal for me.

I mixed a little bit of tech geekiness in the deck so the sub-title is 'Decoding Leadership in Today's World'. I also tackled why leadership is important and why it's difficult at the same time.

I also noted that leadership is more difficult nowadays because influencing people has become more elusive. Technology has increased our awareness and so it has also increased our skepticism. We don't put our faith in someone or something as easily as before.

Influence is earned. Which means leadership is earned. And how you earn leadership stems from who you are and how authoritative you are in what you do and say.

Earning influence requires a ton of hard work, intentional practice, research and diplomacy. These things do not come often to a lot of people. There are a few gems of an individual that has these and I implore people to work towards having these characteristics as it will serve them in becoming the best leaders they can be.

I also talk about passion and how it is grossly misunderstood by the world at large. It does take passion to be a leader but it is the difficult side of passion that enables this. The side that takes a lot of sacrifice and (I daresay) martyrdom.

Life is not about work and pay. Rather, it is about sharing your faith to others. Give what you have freely to others. How can you share and give to others if they don't want what you have?

Because they don't want to be like you?

The Bible says in Titus 2:7 "And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching."

You have to be someone who matters to people. That takes authority which turns to influence.

Leadership is impossible without the willingness to suffer for something you truly believe in. The good news is leadership can be agile!

Leadership is not a long, hard development that will launch after everything has been "quality-assured."

You learn, you practice - and yes you might faith sometimes and experience 'bugs' along the way, but the important thing is to 'just keep shipping.'

This talk was also delivered to Fluor Philippines, in Alabang. They are a Fortune 500 company with more than 56,000 employees worldwide. They also have offices in Manila and Cebu with a combined headcount of almost 3,000 employees. They got me to talk about leadership for their Mentoring program. It was a very exciting time for them and I, in turn, was thrilled for the opportunity to speak about leadership in their event.

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Agile leadership

  1. 1. Agile Leadership Decoding Leadership in today’s world
  2. 2. IS LEADERSHIP IMPORTANT?
  3. 3. IS LEADERSHIP DIFFICULT?
  4. 4. WHY?
  5. 5. SUCCESS REQUIRES YOU TO BE A LEADER
  6. 6. “LEADERSHIP IS INFLUENCE” – JOHN MAXWELL
  7. 7. INFLUENCING PEOPLE NOWADAYS IS HARD
  8. 8. TECHNOLOGY HAS INCREASED OUR AWARENESS
  9. 9. IT HAS ALSO INCREASED OUR SKEPTICISM
  10. 10. WE DON’T PUT OUR FAITH IN SOMEONE OR SOMETHING AS EASILY AS BEFORE
  11. 11. INFLUENCE IS EARNED
  12. 12. WHICH MEANS LEADERSHIP IS EARNED
  13. 13. HOW YOU EARN LEADERSHIP STEMS FROM WHO YOU ARE
  14. 14. AND HOW AUTHORITATIVE YOU ARE IN WHAT YOU DO AND SAY
  15. 15. (START OF MY STORY) – PIC OF CR
  16. 16. FAILED 28 UNITS IN COLLEGE
  17. 17. APPLIED FOR AN INTERNATIONAL COMPANY
  18. 18. I WAS VIRTUALLY UNEMPLOYABLE
  19. 19. MIRACLES HAPPEN
  20. 20. I STUDIED SEO IN MY SPARE TIME
  21. 21. EXPERIMENTED ON IT USING MY FIRST BLOG
  22. 22. WROTE ABOUT IT IN SEO HACKER BLOG AND SHARED IT FREELY
  23. 23. PEOPLE STARTED TO READ AND SHARE
  24. 24. COMPANIES STARTED TO SET MEETINGS
  25. 25. PUBLICATIONS STARTED TO CITE MY WORK
  26. 26. PEOPLE WHO WERE INTERESTED IN SEO LISTENED
  27. 27. I HAD INFLUENCE
  28. 28. IT TAKES A LOT OF HARD WORK, INTENTIONAL PRACTICE, RESEARCH AND DIPLOMACY
  29. 29. “WHATEVER YOU DO, WORK AT IT WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AS WORKING FOR THE LORD, NOT FOR HUMAN MASTERS,” – COLOSSIANS 3:23
  30. 30. PASSION
  31. 31. PASSION = SUFFERING, AGONY, MARTYRDOM
  32. 32. TO BE SO CONSUMED BY YOUR SOMETHING YOU BELIEVE IN THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO SUFFER FOR IT
  33. 33. THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A LEADER
  34. 34. LIFE IS NOT ABOUT WORK AND PAY
  35. 35. LIFE IS ABOUT SHARING YOUR FAITH TO OTHERS
  36. 36. GIVING WHAT YOU HAVE FREELY
  37. 37. HOW CAN YOU SHARE AND GIVE TO OTHERS IF THEY DON’T WANT WHAT YOU HAVE?
  38. 38. BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU?
  39. 39. “AND YOU YOURSELF MUST BE AN EXAMPLE TO THEM BY DOING GOOD WORKS OF EVERY KIND. LET EVERYTHING YOU DO REFLECT THE
  40. 40. YOU HAVE TO BE SOMEONE WHO MATTERS TO PEOPLE
  41. 41. THAT TAKES AUTHORITY WHICH TURNS TO INFLUENCE
  42. 42. WHAT IS THE PICTURE OF A WONDERFUL LEADER?
  43. 43. EVERYDAY YOU ARE NOT THESE THINGS, YOU ARE FAILING AS A LEADER
  44. 44. LEADERSHIP IS IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT THE WILLINGNESS TO SUFFER FOR SOMETHING YOU TRULY BELIEVE IN
  45. 45. THE GOOD NEWS IS, LEADERSHIP CAN BE AGILE
  46. 46. LEADERSHIP IS NOT A LONG, HARD DEVELOPMENT THAT WILL LAUNCH AFTER EVERYTHING HAS BEEN QA’ED
  47. 47. YOU LEARN, YOU PRACTICE – YES YOU MIGHT FAIL, SOMETIMES EXPERIENCE BUGS ALONG THE WAY
  48. 48. BUT THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO JUST KEEP SHIPPING
  49. 49. ONCE PEOPLE RECOGNIZE YOU AS A LEADER
  50. 50. HAVE THE GUTS TO TAKE ON OPPORTUNITIES
  51. 51. WHEN SEO HACKER GREW AS A BRAND
  52. 52. I WAS GIVEN A CHOICE
  53. 53. QUIT AND FOCUS ON THE BUSINESS
  54. 54. STAY AND SETTLE AND GROW IN MY CAREER
  55. 55. BOTH ARE OPPORTUNITIES THAT KNOCKED
  56. 56. THEY WILL BOTH KNOCK ONLY ONCE
  57. 57. I TOOK THE RISKIER ROUTE AND WORKED LIKE CRAZY TO MAKE IT WORK
  58. 58. THIS MIGHT BE WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW
  59. 59. IT COULD BE ANOTHER POSITION, ANOTHER PROJECT, OR A SPECIAL PROGRAM
  60. 60. WHEN YOU HAVE DEVELOPED YOUR AUTHORITY AND INFLUENCE, TAKE ON OPPORTUNITIES
  61. 61. THIS WILL PROPEL YOU NOT JUST WITH WORK, PAY AND KNOWLEDGE
  62. 62. BUT WITH YOUR LEADERSHIP CAPABILITY
  63. 63. IF YOUR LEADERSHIP CAP INCREASES, PEOPLE START TO LISTEN
  64. 64. MORE OPPORTUNITIES WILL KNOCK
  65. 65. YOUR LIFE WILL CHANGE FOR THE BETTER
  66. 66. YOU DON’T NEED TO WORK ON YOUR AUTHORITY 24/7
  67. 67. IF THAT WAS THE CASE WE WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT WATERFALL LEADERSHIP
  68. 68. I WORKED ON IT ON MY SPARE TIME – AFTER WORKING HOURS
  69. 69. BUILT IT OVER 3 YEARS
  70. 70. HARVESTING THE FRUITS OF THE SEEDS I PLANTED UP TO TODAY
  71. 71. IT GETS EASIER
  72. 72. WRAP-UP
  73. 73. LIFE IS ABOUT SHARING YOUR FAITH FREELY TO OTHERS
  74. 74. PEOPLE ONLY LISTEN TO PEOPLE WITH AUTHORITY
  75. 75. BUILDING AUTHORITY REQUIRES HARD WORK, INTENTIONAL PRACTICE, RESEARCH AND DIPLOMACY
  76. 76. AUTHORITY INCREASES YOUR INFLUENCE
  77. 77. WHICH INCREASES YOUR OPPORTUNITIES
  78. 78. TAKE GUTS TO SEIZE OPPORTUNITIES THAT MATTER
  79. 79. LEADERSHIP IS NOT A LONG, HARD DEVELOPMENT THAT WILL LAUNCH AFTER EVERYTHING HAS BEEN QA’ED
  80. 80. LEADERSHIP IS AN AGILE PRACTICE
  81. 81. JUST KEEP SHIPPING
  82. 82. THANK YOU VERY MUCH
  83. 83. CONTACT/CEO AT 22 BOOK

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