Aloha at Work

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I cannot say enough good things about Rosa Say, author of Managing with Aloha. She is inspiring professionally and spiritually. Below is an excerpt from her book, and website, the 9 Key Concepts:

The 9 Key Concepts

The first two, Aloha and Ho‘ohana, are also values: I think of them as the guiding lights of Managing with Aloha. You will also notice that I use Kākou, the value of inclusiveness and “language of we” in these descriptions, for they refer to we when using my book together, we in the Ho‘ohana Community of MWA practitioners, and we within my own company, Say Leadership Coaching, founded to help bring MWA to workplaces within a for-hire consultancy.

1. Aloha:

Aloha is the genuine spirit of all relationships, and the fertile ground from which everything else will thrive. Your Aloha is the authenticity you bring to your connections with others, and to the self-expression of your work. Everyone has aloha; we help you bring it to fuller expression within whatever you do.

2. Ho‘ohana:

This is the Hawaiian value of worthwhile work. Work with passion, with purpose and intention, and with full joy while realizing your potential for growth and creativity. When you Ho‘ohana you create your best possible life and your own destiny.

3. Value Alignment:

Work with integrity by working true to your values. Focus all efforts on the right mission at the right time, for it honors your sense of self and brings compelling visions within your reach. For a business, deliberate value-alignment creates a healthy organizational culture for everyone involved.

4. The Role of the Manager Reconstructed:

In today’s workplaces, managers must own workplace engagement. The “reconstruction” we require in Managing with Aloha is so this expectation is reasonable, and so it is valued as critically important: Managers can then have the desire and ‘personal bandwith’ for assuming a newly reinvented role, one which delivers better results both personally and professionally.

5. Language of Intention:

Language, vocabulary, and conversation combine as our primary tools in business communications: What we speak is fifty times more important than what we write (yes, this is coming from someone who is an author too!) The need for CLEAR, intentional, reliable and responsive communication is critical in thriving businesses. Drive communication of the right messages, and you drive momentum and worthwhile energies.

6. The ‘Ohana in Business:

The best form for your life can be the best form for your ‘Ohana in Business® as well, where the goals of each will support the other. A business can be more than self-sustainable and profitable: It can thrive. We learn a value-based business model and organizational structure simultaneous to learning productivity practices which drive ROI (return on investment) and ROA (return on your attentions).

7. Strengths Management:

Keys 1 through 6 have put a great foundation in place for your business to thrive within: Together they have created the best possible launching pad for your organizational culture. Now we turn to bigger investments made in each employee, business partner, and stakeholder involved, so you can truly say, “Our people are our biggest asset” —and mean it. Cooperation, connectivity and collaboration evolve to optimization and co-creation.

8. Sense of Place:

Think “working in my neighborhood.” Sense of Place is about greater community locally and connectivityglobally. It is saying thank you, and engaging at a higher level with those Places which have gotten you this far, and continue to nourish you daily in a multitude of tiny ways that collectively are absolutely HUGE factors in your success. It is giving back, recognizing that Place nurtures and sustains us; it shapes our experiences and lends cultural richness to life.

9. Palena ‘ole (Unlimited Capacity):

This is your exponential growth stage, and about seeing your bigger and better leadership dreams come to fruition. Think “Legacy.” Create abundance by honoring capacity; physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual. Seek inclusive, full engagement and optimal productivity, and scarcity will be banished.

What will be the result you achieve when you work to manage with Aloha? New learning, increased energy, passionate commitment to vision, and dramatic shifts in personal engagement. Said another way, you will grow as you learn the Ho‘ohana of self-management and self-leadership as you make extremely valuable contributions to whatever organization you are presently involved with.

With my aloha,
~ Rosa Say

Rosa Say is an entrepreneur, business coach and zealous managers’ advocate. She drew from a 30 year corporate history in writing Managing with Aloha and in the 5 years since the book was published, Rosa has become a global community activator and cultural designer intent on improving organizational health in the workplace.

Additional Suggested Reading: Why Choose Values

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No Regrets!

 

Pure bliss

Pure bliss

Being from Maui, I’ve absorbed what the meaning of the aloha spirit really means. You give more than you take, and you treat everyone like family, like your own ohana. We’re all connected and responsible for each other. It’s a loving way to live your life. It infuses creativity and vitality in your day to day and encourages gratitude.

 

That’s how I tried to treat my business; all my clients and employees were family. I also tried to challenge myself and exceed my business goals and take it to a new height.  It’s also like watching your children grow up and create their own rich life that far exceeds the dreams you dreamt for them.


As for myself, I made my own way in life the best I knew at the time, which is probably why I always want the best for everybody. Looking back I should ‘a, could ‘a, would ‘a, doesn’t matter. I’m a work in progress, we all are. If it wasn’t for the mistakes that I have made, I would not have persevered and conquered some of my hardest challenges. So, if I can show other people a path to accomplish their dreams by starting their own business and they learn to do it faster, better and more successful than I did, then right on, I’m stoked.

 

I just hope we all remember that it’s our belief in ourselves that brought us to this path of entrepreneurship in the first place. That same high level of confidence and self esteem will also propel us forward when we are faced with obstacles and negativity. So, when a client disagrees with your methods, argues for a cheaper rate, complains of poor service and generally treats you as if you’re less than, ho’omanao, remember your truth and inner promise to yourself that you won’t let anyone cause self-doubt. Trust your choices and your wisdom and assume that their negativity is like a sickness that consumes them. It is not your reality, or what consumes you, so carry on and let them go if you cannot compromise toward a solution. Live true and live without regret.

Aloooooohaaaa!

Become Your Own Life Coach

If you want more in life, you just have to make the decision. Everyday we make choices. These choices have shaped and designed our experiences up to this point. This very moment is brand new, with unlimited potential and energy just waiting for a thought to take form, an emotion to surge through our nervous system that begins to attract and manifest that very reality that’s based on that one particular thought.

So, whenever I want to make a change or break a bad habit, I have to change my thinking first. The rest naturally falls into place, don’t worry about the how’s and the when’s. Remember, today is yesterdays thoughts. Right now, you can create a happy new world, a new reality and a new life starting this moment; begin with choosing a new thought and let it grow. Tomorrow will show you your results, just keep at it.

Take it easy, but take it!