A Wonderful Workplace

Almost every day, I am reminded of how God has blessed me by placing me in PIMS. Cathy, the Executive Chair and owner, is such a great leader and person. She gives people the opportunity to grow. For her, having a family culture in the company is something that is taken very seriously. Family culture is at the core of everything we do.

Cathy reaches out personally and encourages her team members that are sick. She encourages them through scriptures that she shares. She makes it a point to check on them every day.

She would even go so far as to give struggling employees a second, third, fourth chance. In addition, she welcomes back former employees that have left her nest. In the last few months, I have witnessed great employees that left years ago come back to the company.

Cathy encourages leaders with Bible scriptures in group chats regularly. However, openly sharing scripture is not very common, especially coming from the highest executive in a company. Because of this example, other leaders openly share scripture in group gatherings and group chats. It is the norm rather than the exception.

The leadership team also lives this family culture. They are true servant leaders. There is not a single trace of arrogance in them. Everyone is treated fairly. Respect for each other is also the norm. The resulting performance in delivering the KPIs set by our clients is next to phenomenal. Commitments are executed on or before time. Productivity is very high.

People from different departments rally together to help solve an issue. Everyone is given equal opportunity to attend training. Development and succession planning is taken very seriously as well. The leadership team fully supports the execution of world-class frameworks, such as the 9box grid and balanced scorecards. It’s so supported that we rolled out the 9box grid in less than eight weeks for nearly 800 employees.

At the center of the culture-building is where I am seated. The function is aptly called the Corporate Management Office or CMO. I am genuinely grateful for the opportunity to help bring culture building, people development, preparing future leaders, automating processes, developing existing and new businesses to the next level.

Leading the shared services and business development is such a blessing. I am surrounded by a great team whose heart is to bring the group of companies to the next level.

This Tagalog term I recently heard resonated with me from a good friend of mine when I shared my experience with her – ‘Sana lahat.’ In English, this loosely translates to ‘I hope all companies are like yours.’

Let’s count our blessings instead of our challenges. Then, make a positive difference in our company.

Transforming Organization means Transforming People

 

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In the 1930’s, the typical company listed in the S&P stay in this elite list of companies for an average of 90 years. Today, that lifespan has shortened tremendously to 18 years. The difference in company durability is shocking. It is very clear that companies must adopt, change, transform. Failing to do so means it is only a matter of time before another company takes on your market and customers.

70% of company transformations fail. That’s a huge percentage of failure.

Most companies forget that organisational transformation is not about the transforming the company processes & policies. It’s not about simply engaging employees with the flavour of the month program. Organizational transformation is never easy. It is never a straight line. Organizational transformation cannot be taken for granted. Organizational transformation cannot start from the bottom.

Transforming organisations is all about transforming people. Transforming people is about transforming behaviours. Transforming behaviours means transforming mindsets and defining a clear purpose. Transformation is about sustained change and not compliance.

Transforming organisation is about igniting people potentials and aligning their behaviours.

If you are ready to implement a sustained transformation program in your company, join us on Dec 4 and 5. Let us show you how to do it.

Finding time vs Making time

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Too often, I hear people claiming how busy they are. Often times, important activities or deliverables are missed because of how busy people claim to be. So called ‘busy’ people seemingly cannot find time to do the important things in their life, things that truly matter.

If you pay attention to people who are successful or are truly happy, you will hear that when something is important to them they will make time for it. Successful and happy people make time for what is important. How often will you witness the grade school graduation of your child? How about the school play where he plays the ‘tree’ in one of the scenes? Despite playing the role of a tree, he anxiously looks for your smiling and proud face in the audience.

These people make the time for really important company projects. They make time for these initiatives because they know the value it brings the company. Successful people do not necessarily join all projects since that would be silly. They find the right projects to participate in and make the time for it.

Truly successful people make the time to work out and try stay fit. They make time to read a book and feed their mind. They make time to call their parents and ask them how they are doing. They make time for family dinners. They make time to bond with their children. They make time on what matters most.

After all, time is finite. You don’t find time to do something that is important. You make the time.