Fireside Fridays is a community get-together, think of it like being around a campfire, sharing stories and getting closer to one another. In the current world of work, what do you think of Fridays? It’s the end of the week, the start of the weekend, and so on. When Friday comes around for us, we get to look back on what we’ve learned from Monday to Thursday. We get together as a community and share our aha! moments and our uh-oh! moments. Why do we do this - we’re learning so many things so fast that if we don't pause at the end of the week to reflect, those learnings will fade away and we’ll forget about them. Over the weekend, we can internalize what we learned during the week, so that these learnings can shape and improve our approach for the following week. This is an exercise of ritual, habit, and culture - is this something that happens in the normal way of work? Sharing your aha moments and uh-oh moments really go a long way towards our growth as individuals and as a community, because we get to learn from each other, and that’s such a beautiful thing.
Andre YapFounder & CEO Ignite House
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We always emphasize the phrase “falling in love with the problem,” but really it’s also about falling in love with the process. This process entails that we should learn how to embrace change and learn how to let go because change is the only constant thing in life. For example, when trying to accomplish a lot of things, you want everything organized, which leads us to stick to a routine or certain method. This was difficult for me in my case with my program for the OFWs and the modules I made for them. I was pretty attached to my work, but eventually I had to let go of these modules and accept that they weren’t what the OFWs needed. Now it’s about being open to simple changes - before I would use a notebook, but now I'm using stickies and I’ve realized that these were able to help me more. Even in our teams we have to keep changing so many processes, so many little things happening here and there. We have to keep embracing the new things. I admit that I'm not that young anymore, and I still tend to be stubborn. I was so used to doing things my way, but I’m continuing to learn how to let go.
Joana AlbertoCo-founder & Managing Partner Ignite Centre for Peak Experiences
This week has been dynamite in terms of learning and operational experience for me. The power of stories shape the way we solve problems and this was very salient during Thursday’s potluck. I was asked by Andre to tell a real story about a real HR manager that I knew and I could see how powerful the story was because it shifted the perspective for our putlocker. As my aha moment, I didn't realize that when you tell a good story, you also feel the pain of the character’s experience. My emotions represented the feeling of what that HR manager was going through and it helped me appreciate what we’re trying to do at Ignite. Another aha of mine is the power of working without borders. I have spent a lot of time in Ignite and in an HR community because I see the possibility of integrating both together. I've seen a lot of alignment with how I want to run this collaboration and what I learn from the HR community, I can bring to my work in Ignite and vice versa. It's not about the community or Ignite but about the process of creating value and impact for both groups.
Aileen GutierrezCOO Ignite House
Sir Sonnie was talking about his experience with companies not treating their employees properly and the employees are expected to be indebted to the company. I have a similar story - during college, I worked at a fast food chain restaurant. Although my manager was really nice to me, she would often ask me to do overtime work despite knowing that I still study. I would accept the overtime request because I felt indebted to her, but I constantly missed school. I failed 5 subjects and eventually got kicked out in my course. Sir Sonnie would say that my manager lacked professional maturity because she didn’t consider my circumstances and instead imposed something on me. In a way, she took advantage of my “utang na loob” and because of this, my academics suffered. My aha moment, is to be more careful and to know my boundaries.
Mark O’Neal Junior Editor & Webcast Operator Ignite House
As my uh oh, I wanted to try and find a finance community that is similar to Sir Sonnie’s community, but I wasn’t able to find one. My aha moment is a realization from Sir Sonnie’s story which I’d like to explain using the concept of a slingshot as a metaphor - the more you get tested or challenged, the farther you can go. I'm being pulled backward further because of the pains and challenges I encounter, but I know that these pulls will eventually slingshot me forward and farther than what I can imagine. I’m amazed at Sir Sonnie’s stories - despite the difficulties, he can still create impact for his family and for his community. He allows his GPS to flow into his community.
Shanice ArdalesAccountant Ignite House
I have a new project, and I am leading a team. It’s an opportunity to apply what I and all of us have been learning here. It’s a chance to apply what I'm good at and what I have learned on the way. My uh- oh moment is more of a question that is born out of curiosity. The potluckers who come in seem to always lack a concrete sense of who their stakeholders are. They seem to prioritize their product more than the pains and needs of their customers. I see that happen repeatedly. So why do they have that mindset? To me, logically, the customer will buy something relevant to them. So why do these potluckers skip the step of identifying first what is relevant to their customers by immersing themselves in their customers' problems? It’s commonplace for that to happen. They develop a product or solution first before knowing their stakeholders.
Kahlil CalaIgnite Delta Fella Ignite House
I agree with Andre about how we learn - it is a matter of constant practice. I accept 5-10 job trainees every year before they graduate college. When I give them lectures, they're all quiet. I have to extract from them answers to questions sometimes that they encounter. If they have a question in mind, I return it to them so they can practice critical thinking. I want them to unlearn spoon feeding, because that's how we have learned since grade school. We only listen to the teacher in front. Before they go to the real world, want to teach them how to think for themselves. When I was just starting my career, I had a manager - when I would come to him with a problem, he’d tell me to go back, make a solution and then come back to him. That's why it's hard for us to get out of that mindset of jumping into solutions. We lack that critical thinking because we've been taught one way - to identify the solution. It's time to start learning how to question everything. I myself am still learning how to do problem solving by going through the hurdles. I am still struggling because I still have the mindset of jumping into solutions.
Roberto SanglayUnionbank GlobalLinker
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