Updated: Jun 8, 2020
By Catherine Sakay
It has really taken a toll on all of us as we go through the Enhanced Community Quarantine. Even as our companies try to adapt to the changing times and our work environment has been changed significantly with the effects of Covid-19, the Philippine HR community thrives than ever. It isn’t any surprise thatLeadcom continues with its mission of creating future leaders for PMAP.
One way of equipping these future leaders is through learning sessions. Just last May 09, 2020, the first virtual Leadcom learning session was held to welcome the 35 new mentees under the Future Leaders Program. President Loi Echevarria herself welcomed the mentees and shared some disruptions affecting PMAP and the directions laid out to address the disruptions. The second part of the session was a panel discussion on Servant Leadership featuring very distinguished speakers Nissan Philippines CHRO Eric del Castillo, PMAP Past Presidents Art “Turok” Florentin, Michelle Cordero-Garcia & Obet Policarpio.
Other mentors present during the session including Past President Freddi Marquez, Past President Jesse Rebustillo and Board of Trustee Beth Nasol also shared their personal experiences on servant leadership. The sharing included biblical foundations of servant leadership by Past President Turok and the “USAP Tayo” framework by Past President Obet Policarpio (Ugnayan at Serbisyong Akma sa Panahon or USAP). To Past President Michelle Garcia, servant leadership in this trying times follows the HAT (Humane, Agile and True) framework – focused on others, focused on the community, a leadership that is larger than the self. Asking ourselves, “Is this the right thing for the people around us?” is a mark of servant leadership. As HR, we must help our organizations implement strategies circling back on the basics which is being makatao or humane to our people.
Despite being a virtual session it was a very fruitful and insightful session that allowed our mentees to learn about the servant leadership concept that they can apply in their own workplaces.
Another learning session has been scheduled on May 16 (Saturday) for Coaching for an Emotionally Agile Workforce by April Salonga, an international speaker and a creative innovator, which is an hour of interactive discussion and where she has shared really useful concepts that can be applied in our workplaces. We had 273 registrants for this session that really provided them with coaching tips on how we handle the current workforce and how we can engage them.
It was very fulfilling to see how many of our mentees were engaged during this session and we would be glad to set up more sessions so that we can continue our commitment to both PMAP and our mentees ensuring that there is a pool of talented future leaders in upholding the HR profession.