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I have shared to you previously the secrets of the successful, is IMAGE. An acronym that means I is for Innovation (if you haven't read it yet, read here), M is for Mastery (you can find it here), the next letter is "A". What is it for?
"A" is for Authenticity. The old model of leadership, as I've mentioned before was very much about power you get from the authority of your position and the influence you'd have from a title, as you've now learned so well. But in this radically new period of business, your ability to have an impact and make a contribution comes more from who you are as a person than from the authority you receive by your placement on some org chart. It's never been so important to be trustworthy. It's never been so important to be someone others respect. It's never been so important to keep the promises you make to your teammates and customers. And it's never been so essential to be authentic. I should also add that it's never been so hard to show authenticity because of all the social pressure to be like everyone else. Media, our peers, and the world around us pound us relentlessly with messages designed to have us live their values versus our own. There's a huge pull to behave like the majority. But leadership really is about closing your ears to the noisy voices of others so you can more clearly hear the mission and call within yourself. Makes me think of the words of Dr. Seuss: "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." And that's authenticity is all about. It's about feeling really safe in your own skin and learning to trust yourself so that you work under your values, express your original voice, and be the best you can be. It's about knowing who you are, what you stand for, and then having the courage to be yourself - in every situation rather than only when it's convenient. It's about being real, consistent, and congruent so who you are on the inside is reflected by the way you perform on the outside. And being authentic and true to yourself also means that you meet your potential and work at brilliance - because that's what you truly are.
And the great American Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us 'To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.'
Jack Welch used "Don't lose yourself on the way to the top."
Warren Buffett made the point equally neatly when he observed: "There will never be a better you than you."
Oscar Wilde noted: "Be Yourself. Everyone else is taken."
Authenticity is one of the deepest things Leaders should exemplify. Few things are as powerful when it comes to being a leader interested in positively influencing all those around you than being a person who's comfortable in your own self and fully presenting all you truly are.
To be authentic isn't just about being true to your values. Being authentic means being true to your talents. When you go to work every day and present your leadership best, that's a superb example of authenticity in action - and being in alignment. 
I can tell a person who is authentic a mile away. I can sniff their sincerity and sense their realness. And their passion for greatness touches the longing for greatness within me. And that allows me to relate to them. When you give yourself permission to be open, real and brilliant around others, you give others permission to be open, real and brilliant around you. Just being around makes them feel safe - and heroic. They begin to relax and open up. Trust grows. And amazing things start to happen.
"Authenticity is about being true to who you are, even when everyone around you wants to be someone else," said basketball great Michael Jordan. In his book Driven from Within he makes a key point: stay committed to your mission, values, and the full self-expression of your inner leader even when people doubt you. When people say you'll fail or suggest you're not good enough, stand strong in your own skin and don't let them tear you down. Because leadership has a lot to do with believing in yourself when no one else believes in you."
And Bono, the U2 singer, spoke of the importance of authenticity in the new world of ours in these words: "Please, let go of your ego, please be you and no one else. You are so beautiful how you are."
Just remember that the more you feed your ego - which is nothing more than the artificial part of you that you've constructed to receive approval from the majority - and lose sight of who you really are at your core, the hungrier the ego will get.
So your ego is the social part of ourselves that has grown the more we've tried to become the people the world around us wants us to be versus the people we truly are.
I remember reading a story of a student who met a wise elder from his community on the street one day. The young man admired the elder fro his achievements as well as for his strength of character. He asked the wise man if he ever had weak thoughts and if he ever succumbed to the allure of the ego, which wants us to run our lives by superficial attractions like titles and social status. The elder replied: "Of course, I have weak thoughts and my ego tries to get me off track every single day. This happens because I'm human being. But I also have my authenticity side, which my essential nature and all I really am. That part of me creates the noble and brave thoughts - and keeps me on track to become my greatest self. So it's almost as if I have two dogs inside me. A good dog that wants to lead me to where I dream of going, and that bad dog that tries to take me off my ideal path.' So which one wins? asked the student. That's easy, replied the elder. "The one I feed the most."
Leaders should check their egos at the front door every morning before they walk into work. Rather than slavishly obsessing about pursuits like larger offices and bigger pay checks that society wants us to run our lives by, they harness their complete focus and awesome capabilities on doing their best work, making a difference in the lives of their teammates and customers, and building a better organization. Rather than defining their success by what they get, they define their success by what they give. That not only makes them special in the eyes of everyone around them, it also fills them up with such a sense of fulfilment and happiness. Because they know they are spending their lives well, in pursuit of a meaningful cause.
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I am happy to have stumbled upon a great learning from the book I've been reading recently. And these I will be sharing to you are the idea of the author. I was just amazed at his concepts and principles at winning in life. For the next few post starting this one, I will be sharing to you the concept with an acronym - IMAGE! I.M.A.G.E!
"I" is for INNOVATION!
Innovation always trumps repeating what might have worked in the past. Doing what worked even a year or two ago amid the terrifically unpredictable conditions under which we now do business is a good way to get into some bad trouble. Customers and all the people around you want fresh value and novel forms of excellence - not a repackaging of old goods. 
YOU NEED SOME STRETCHING!
You need to constantly flex your mind and elevate your abilities by consistently asking themselves 'What can I improve today?' You have to deeply hold a commitment to making everything you touch better than you found it. And to constantly reinvent yourself along the way. That's the essence of innovation.  'Innovation' sounds complex, but it really is simply about consistently making everything a whole lot better than you found it. Actually, the clearest way that you can define innovation and creative mastery is to be all about making this day better than yesterday.
COMMITMENT NOT TO BE ORDINARY
Your career will also fly when you commit to being the opposite of ordinary in all the work that you do. Be a visionary. See into the future in a business landscape where most people stay stuck in the past. And don't be afraid of shattering your routines. Relentlessly rethink the way you work. Constantly ask yourself questions like:
How can I boost my productivity?

How can I work faster?

How can I wow my customers even more?
Regularly put yourself in the shoes of your buyers and experience what it's like to do business with you. Then set about to take that experience to a completely new level of world-class.
NO TO MEDIOCRITY CREEP
Just wake up every morning and be all about daily iteration - making each thing you do a little bit better than it was the day before. Develop an innovation mind-set. So making your present better than your past is just the way you think. Also remember that if you're not chasing excellence and passionate innovation, mediocrity is already on its way to get you. Avoid what we call Mediocrity Creep - that subtle and dangerous descent into being average that infects your work without your even knowing it. Just as growth is invisible and incremental, so is falling into the habit of being ordinary. 
REINVENT YOURSELF
So become ever so engaged in reinventing things and improving each thing that you do. Without innovation, life is death. And only the brave will survive these days. Definitely keep challenging yourself to see things as you dream of seeing them. And truly being that visionary that I said. The inner leader within you aches to be a visionary!
EVOLUTION NOT REVOLUTION
The best way to improve the way you work and the organization you work for isn't really through revolution. What I mean is that the best way for you to get your next level of excellence in your work isn't by some revolutionary idea or some radical initiative. Great careers and great businesses are built by evolution. By slow and steady improvements that actually don't look like much when you view them in isolation. But over time, these small, incremental, evolutionary improvements amount to massive gains. Daily ripples of superior performance add up over time to a tidal wave of outrageous success. Please remember that getting to your leadership best comes down to simply doing a few smart moves each day that stack up to unimaginable achievement over a period of time.
You can feel it now. Yes. You can make changes. Because all you need to do is start off small. And then just do little improvements every day. Anyone can do that, no matter what their career - or their lives - look like this very moment. 
DREAM BIG, START SMALL.
Dream big yet start small. That's the key. And start now, exactly where you're at. It's important for anyone ready to make changes. Small steps over time generate big results. And failure, on the other hand comes from a few daily acts of neglect that over time lead to disaster.
"So, if I make those small little steps each day, I'll eventually get to success?," you might ask.
No doubt! Success will actually come automatically, just by performing those little advancements with consistency. Simply remember this line: "small daily improvements - over time - lead to stunning results." I call it the Multiplier Effect. Doing intelligent little acts each and every day accelerates with time to an unimaginable state of success. It's sort of like compound interest. If when you are young, you go down to your bank every day and make tiny, seemingly insignificant deposits, by the magic of compounding, over time you'll become rich. So when it comes to high performance leadership and expressing your absolute best, it's the same thing. Small little leadership acts really compound into breathtaking consequences. And as I was saying on the subject of innovation, the powerful idea is to just dedicate yourself to being all about consistent, focused, and never-ending improvement. Just don't get caught up in the habit that is human nature to fall into; growing complacent. As a matter of fact, the more successful you become, the more hungry you need to be - not only as a person but also as an organization. Nothing fails like success, because the higher you rise, the easier it becomes to stop pushing the envelope, challenging the status quo, and keeping your focus. Sure, it's human nature to try and reach a place where things didn't change, where we can coast along, where everything is certain. This gives us sense of control and security. But I have to tell you, my friend, it's such a false sense of security. In the new world of business, the riskiest place you can be is trying to do the same things in the same way as you've always don them. Few things are as foolish as hoping old behaviors will somehow present new results. 
Why?
Because that means you're not innovating. You're not doing your part to make things better. You're not creating superior value. And that means that rather than evolving to ever-increasing levels of excellence, you are slipping deeper into old patterns of stagnation. And that's when your competition eats you for breakfast. Choose innovation over stagnation and you'll be just fin in this crazy busy business world we're now in. Choose calculated risk taking versus operating the same old way, and you'll do great. You'll be awesome, actually!
In my next pose, I will be sharing to you the rest of the letters in the acronym, their meaning and concept! 
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The road to success is filled with people who fail. Sounds like a contradiction, doesn't it? Yes, it is very true. The road to success is filled with failures. "How could that be?" you ask. It is very simple: people who eventually become successful are those who are not afraid to try. They are people who know that failure is always a possibility in any endeavor. They don't like failure, they even abhor failure, but at the same time they are not afraid of it.
Did you know the greatest slugger of all time is also the man who for many years held the major league strikeout record? That's right, Babe Ruth, the legend himself, struck out more times than any other man who ever played the game of baseball until Mickey Mantle broke his strike-out record. Babe Ruth was not afraid to go bat and take a healthy cut.
Interesting, isnt' it? And it gives us insight into what we mean when we make the strange statement that the road to success is filled with failures. These people are not permanent failures, that's for sure, but innovators, experimenters, challengers: people who realize they must pick themselves up and try again every time they fall. They know that as long as they get up one time more than they fall then they haven't failed. Here's hoping you are willing to go to bat, face the odds, and take your very best swing.
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What's with Calaguas? Why has it become the talk of the town, of the province of the tourists? Why does it draw attention from the local and international tourists recently?
It's always been a dream for me to be refreshed and have my vacation/rejuvenation in a peaceful and serene place such as Calaguas. 
The purity and virginity of the island offers great opportunity for yourself to enjoy your sole-searching-soul! Fantastic natural views of the island is already a hyped up experience. If you want a place where relaxation is embedded in the area! Calaguas is the go-to place. A nature lover would really be in cloud nine to be in a place like Calaguas! I would be so thrilled to be able to travel and stay in Calaguas! It would be a surreal experience!

You see, I always want to connect to the world. I want to connect to the universe. Having the natures' beauty as my melancholic orchestra while I cherish the scenic and incredibly stunning horizon would remind me of life, and make me enjoy life and travel even more! With travel I get to have more time for myself, and more time with family or loved ones. And what place could offer better than Calaguas? It's one, if not the greatest place to stay for a vacation, for a tour, for a nature trip, for an island exposure! Calaguas would also be perfect for your summer travel! Would be great to welcome the brightest shine of the sun on a beach so pure like Calaguas!    

And I am glad to have known Sandview Travel (www.sandviewtravelcalaguas.com) who provides the best offers of tour packages! It has been their vision since their start to be:

"A dynamic, constant, reliable, affordable and excellent in providing travel service equipped with facilities and resources accompanied with competitive and hospitable staff thereby creating a healthy relationship among guest."

 Robert Kiyosaki once said, "If you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there!" If you want to go to Calaguas, ask Sandview Travel who has already been there, and was able to serve satisfied clients whose goals in visiting Calaguas have been met with the assistance of Sandview Travel. 

Sandview Travel also takes pride to be the first and only one to offer the ATV rides! If that's what you want, they have it for you! 
More of their packages can be found here. Should you also opt to contact them directly please feel free to call them on these contact details:
They would be delighted to attend to your queries/needs. 
Still have more questions? You may also want to check their FAQs section in their website or click here

Have you been to Calaguas? Share yourexperience below. I'd love to hear them.     

So it's my friend's birthday, she's asked me if I'm available tonight. I told her yes. Without telling her we really planned on a "surprise" dinner party? haha I've been poked (verbally) by the ultimate organizer Oting! Who thought I dropped the bomb with Tin.Haha 

I think we ended up, being surprised by the one who celebrated her birthday! ahaha

I honestly told her, "Boy Zugba" haven't dined there yet, when she asked me for a suggestion of a place that's not yet in my blog. And it's a real honest answer. Although, predetermined. πŸ™‚
At the entrance I am glad to have been greeted by this sign, which means "Hey friends! Welcome! C'mon in to my Visayan Kitchen!"
And when I take picture, they seem to have been the magnet! They're there. πŸ™‚ Hello ladies!
I told her, this write up will be a feature of her. In honor of her birthday!haha so here it is T! πŸ™‚

Our friends are not the usual friends. We call ourselves, HARSHFRIENDS! We are indeed harsh, and yes, we are friends! We do away from complementing each other when we meet, we usually highlight what our friend don't want to tell herself/himself!haha That's evident in our T-shirt! πŸ™‚
Every time this bunch of insane creatures gather, the whole place is a mess! We invade the entire place! We'll dominate by unintentionally making our voices louder than usual, and make some NOISE!!! haha But we've never been to jail aight? We have lawyer friends who we hope are in lucid interval just in case.haha right attorneys? πŸ™‚
So, what was it like to experience Boy Zugba? 
I arrived late, my friends are already there when I stepped on the entrance. It's not really hard to find them in a place, they're the noisy group, very noticeable. I saw they've already ordered and food were already served. So, I didn't bother ask what those were, I'd only get harsh answers. Instead, I obliged when they teased me to take my #foodporn. So I am sharing to you what we had.
We had sisig. It's just an ordinary sisig. And not my type of sisig. I'd say, just satisfactory.

 We also had pancit! This pancit is good! It met or exceeded my taste (standard). Two thumbs up for this!

 We also had this set of viands, Barbeque, Cheesy Chorizo/Longanisa and Liempo. I'd say it's yummy! 

 If none of those above food we've had are your choice, you can browse their menu here. I've taken a picture of each page of their Menu so I can share it here. 

But before the menu, let me feature this Boy Zugba "Paper Placemat" in a comic format. 

So here's the complete Menu:

All names of their viands and recipes on the menu are in funny visayan term. To live up to their greeting, Visayan Kitchen!

Time to evaluate the place:

Food: 3.5/5 

Satisfactory, but not outstanding. Nothing is really outstanding, but it also has good taste.

Service: 2.0/5  

I'd have given them 4 or 4.5 had they been good at taking down orders and responding to our needs promptly. First, our friend was asked if we will be eating the cakes we brought in coz there is a corkage fee. Which hinders us from partaking of the cake if we're not willing to pay the corkage. Second, one of our friends is late, and well, food were nowhere to be found in the table except for the cakes, she ordered tuna belly I guess. Waited for 20 minutes or so only to be told, it was not available. Third, when we tried to negotiate about the corkage fee, we were advised the good manager that we can partake of the cake without corkage fee! Now, we're allowed! Thank you! So we did. When the bill was paid, yeah, we're a bunch of accountants, they saw the corkage was charged. The crew said, it'll be adjusted, but when the receipt was given, still the corkage was paid and charged on the card! Wow! So that's it! bingo! I cannot let that pass. Not to mention there was no stationing of crew (which I already expected), and most of the time we'd have to wave our hands several times to be noticed. I should also mention that they are friendly, they even volunteered to take our pictures, but it's not all there is in service. My friends in HTM academe would attest to that.

Ambiance 4.5/5

The place is great! It's well ventilated. It's cool. No it's cold! We sat at the table just infront of the A/C. Well lit. Full packed even on a Wednesday night!

Price 3.5/5

Price is reasonable. But the corkage charge is P200? Really? Well, our friend would have to return the next day to get the P200 supposedly waved by the manager.  

Then as we go out, we were told by this signage "we're all happy and full!"
Some of the pictures we took while we were busy chitchatting and having some catching-up sessions with each other. πŸ™‚

It was a great time still, with you #HARSHFRIENDS! Thanks for dropping by! Happy happy birthday once again Tinyat! More birthdays and blessings to come! We are all happy and full indeed! πŸ™‚

What's your Boy Zugba experience? Share it below on the comment box. πŸ™‚

Have you ever said the phrase which begins with, "If I had superpowers I would ____________."?
One has to be aware of his power before he/she can use it. In any of the movies you've watched with heroes possessing superpowers, they all have the knowledge of their power before they were able use them. 
This post is not aimed at making you having to possess superpowers, instead this is geared towards informing you that you too, can be a superhero, in the course, place, event, or circumstance that you are in right now, as long as you know, and bear in mind these four natural powers.
NATURAL POWER #1:

Everyone of us alive in this moment has the power to go to work each day and express the Absolute Best within us. And you need no title to do that.

NATURAL POWER #2:

Every one of us alive today has the power to inspire, influence, and elevate each person we meet by the gift of a great example. And you need no title to do that.

NATURAL POWER #3:

Every one of us alive with life can passionately drive positive change in the face of negative conditions. And you need no title to do that.

NATURAL POWER #4:

Every one of us alive to the truth about leadership can treat all stakeholders with respect, appreciation, and kindness - and in so doing raise the organization's culture to best of breed. And you need no title to do that.

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I would love to hear what you think of this post. Please leave your reply below, and share this if you want to your friends who needs to realize they too have powers.

 

 

 

 

My friend had me waiting for hours just to let me know she slept and was still about to take a bath! haha maybe it's the universe who worked because she then agreed to treat me for lunch, errrr snack? Whatever! haha
So this is what the post all about, I've dined in this restaurant (is it?) or maybe a cafeteria? Whatever you may call it. Located in Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro near and in between Pabayo Street and Mercury Drug Store.
Since it's gonna be her treat, she has to check the menu out first. haha 

She said she'd have the Fish Kebab and I had Breaded Malasugi. We didn't want to devour anything pork, beef or chicken. After giving our order, we went upstairs to check the space and have the snack/meal there.
We found the place cozy and spacious. It's good for Sunday refreshing conversations and talks with friends and family.

We found their logo upstairs and wanted to take a picture. So we asked if the crew could do some clicking for us. πŸ™‚

 Here's her Kebab.

 And my Breaded Malasugi.

We cannot just eat without a good finisher. Roy's fresh fruits have been the talk of many people in the city, even my sister talks about it, so it's a must try for us, must-eat rather. 
And yeah! Ready to fill my tummy on a great Sunday afternoon! Thank you to my sponsor! We're even! haha 

Food: 4.5/5 Food tastes well, not 5.0 because it's not really outstanding but it's also more than satisfactory.

Ambiance: 5/5 Well ventilated, well lit, cozy and fit for dining.

Price: 5/5 Very reasonable. 

Service: 4/5 just a little bit delayed, but not too late on serving. Friendly crew and welcoming!

Didn't stay longer after the meal, it was eat-and-run as I have to go home, and she's heading to the hospital! Thank you Ms. E.K.M. for the treat! hahaha till next time! πŸ™‚