Welcome to Fireside Fridays! These sessions are perhaps the best way to end a week because by sharing the aha! moments that allow us to learn and grow or by sharing the uh oh! moments where we got stuck, we’re able to reflect on them and learn even more. Joana, Mark, and Aileen of Ignite House expounded further on the sharings of the community to bring out even more learnings and realizations. It’s truly amazing how much we can learn from each other and that’s the true essence of Fireside Fridays. After all, fireside is a phrase referring to a group of people sharing stories and wisdom around a campfire.
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I'm sure that we all have a hard time maximizing time everyday - that's been my struggle. I lead a team that handles how we connect deeply with our stakeholders. I need everyone to be present so that our team can continue to move forward. We’re always pressed for time however, because it’s hard for everyone to be present at the same time given our respective work schedules. I feel so burdened that I have to fill in the gaps when my team members aren't present because they are working on other things. But I forgot about such an important tool that we always use in Ignite - the Build-To-Learn loop. So we ran solo workouts and peer exchanges. It became so easy because we could just throw out questions and have everyone come back right away to share their insights or answers during peer exchange. The magic of BTL worked for us again - the amount of ideas and insights that I got from the team in just 30 minutes was truly amazing. I really appreciate how effective BTL loops can be, how they can harvest valuable insights from the different minds within the team, and how they collect solutions for us to launch as a prototype. This practice helped us find ways for our team to manage time constraints. I really think Building to Learn is something you should be practicing as part of the future of work. Time is always an issue in terms of 9-5 jobs because there’s never enough time. As it was in our case, BTL loops are time savers, and it helps you do away with things that are unnecessary.
Joana AlbertoCo-Founder & Managing Partner Ignite Centre for Peak Experiences
I’ve really struggled with myself this past week, like I really, really struggled with myself. I was under heavy medication because of an accident that occurred to me last weekend. I experienced fatigue. I had fever that was on and off throughout the week and I was in so much pain, suffering from nausea and stomach aches. I really just didn't feel like myself. I couldn't get out of bed. I couldn't get up on my feet. I couldn’t exercise like I usually did. Because of all of this, I was really frustrated this week. I couldn't seem to perform as well as I would like to. Apart from catching up on my work for Ignite, I spent late nights catching up on my tasks and responsibilities as a corporate secretary for my parents’ companies. On top of these, I also run a barbershop business. We know how hard it is to run a business in the pandemic - it’s really difficult. My employees were looking at me for guidance and leadership on what to do given the things that happened to us this week. However, I really couldn’t give them that guidance, leadership, and support, which frustrated me even more.
But throughout that whole ordeal I still showed up, and I realized that just by showing up, we've already won half the battle. What I learned from Anya during the Big Peak Monday session is to practice that sincere intention of really making it through the day and telling myself that I wish to see the highest possible outcome in everything that I do. This has really worked wonders and helped me show up and take ownership of my responsibilities. What also got me through the week was that I really held on to the good things in my life, the things that remain good no matter what changes. And I realized that you know, life may not always be good, but you can hold on to the good things in life.
Mark RodriquezIgnite Delta Fella Ignite House
My aha moment is that the 100H Launchpad Hurdles work for anything. You might think that the 100H Hurdles at face value are only applicable to business cases, but we used them for the case of Mike Tomelden this week, which wasn't even a business case. We were able to make use of our hurdles for an advocacy. The hurdles are really a blueprint for solving a lot of problems and challenges. Maybe I can try getting a boyfriend using the 100H Launchpad! I mean this jokingly, but I'm trying to drive a point that the hurdles fit like a glove regardless of what you're dealing with, whether business related or not. Mike said that it was a good learning activity for him and that he was able to leave with a lot of ideas. Many of the people that come in as our guests have come out with ideas - I feel like providing true impact would be to enable them to execute and deliver on these ideas as well. It really doesn't stop with 100H Launchpad - how else can Ignite impact them outside of just providing them ideas? That’s what I struggle with. Okay we have these ideas, but now what? How do we get things done? Execution is always the hardest challenge.
Aileen GutierrezCOO Ignite House
My aha moment is that happiness starts with yourself. You have to find the things that make you happy and your happiness should not depend on someone else. I’ve learned that it’s important to depend on yourself. I got these learnings from the key takeaways from the postcard on Big Peak Mondays. I realized that when you read the key takeaways of others, you’ll be able to improve and add to your own key takeaways. You discover new realizations and lessons because of these postcards, and that’s what happened to me here.
Maffi De LeonFinance and Admin Associate Ignite House
I liked what Ms. Penny said during GPS Wednesday, which in essence is that the more you give, the more you receive. I’ve realized how much that saying has applied to me. As part of the broadcast team for Ignite, I’ve had to put long hours into my work, from recording, editing, and researching how to improve our webcasts. I get tired and stressed, and my mind is so fatigued from thinking about how to do this and that, and how to achieve this and that. I gave a lot of myself to perform these tasks and at least I’m getting a lot of learnings in return. I’m able to appy these learnings to other aspects of my work and my life. That’s really been an aha moment for me for this week.
An uh-oh of mine lately is feeling that my skills and talents are being outdated, becoming obsolete too fast. There are always new knowledge, technologies, skills, and opportunities that flash right before our eyes. I stress about being more prepared to accept these opportunities. For example, I’m passionate about animation, but I can’t work on animation because my skills are outdated - I’m not caught up with the innovations and new skills in animation. I’m behind and it is so hard trying to catch up to the tech advances and new talents coming out in the space of my work. But it’s not over yet, I can still catch up and I just have to keep going. I think just accepting the opportunities that the Lords blesses me with is what I’ll have to focus on.
Jerjes TuyayVideo Editor and Webcast Operator Ignite House
My uh oh came from our potluck yesterday. I realized that I am having a difficult time focusing on stakeholders because I have a different mindset of really looking for the problem and finding a solution. In essence, I always want to get straight to the point - I didn't want to concentrate on the stakeholder. So I have to practice and train myself to be better at focusing more on the stakeholders first. For my aha moment, one of the best guests we've had was Ms. Penny during the GPS Wednesday session. She's an idol of mine and I came out with a lot of revelations coming from her. I realized that these learnings are things that I’ve been doing in my life, but it's different when it comes from her. Her advice and wisdom are worth emulating, and it validates the things in life that we both do similarly, and so I am totally satisfied with the session we had with her. A big shout out also to those who post on the Facebook group. I want to encourage more people to engage, I see the likes but I think it would be better for more people to post and comment so that there is more interaction and engagement.
Roberto SanglayUnionbank Globallinker
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