35 Ideas How to Become Elvis Presley at Work


I bought this copy of Shine at National Bookstore-Greenbelt 1 branch. Copies are still available and currently on sale. You can buy a copy of this book for Php75.00 only.

These 35 ideas are taken randomly from a highly engaging book “SHINE: How To Survive And Thrive At Work” (2011) by Chris Barez-Brown.

Shine is an exhilarating new guide to loving your work, and living your working life to the full. For Seth Godin, this book doesn’t read, it buzzes.

Who’s Elvis around here?

This has always been Bono’s (U2 lead singer) opening question everytime he goes to any organization as part of his well-publicized mission to eradicate Third World debt.

According to Brown, the Elvis, who Bono is looking for, is the person who stands out, breaks the rules, makes things happen, shines more brightly, and probably love every minute of it.

Brown believes that you can be a bit more Elvis. You have all the ability to stand out.

So are you ready upping your ‘Elvis Factor’? Bring it on! Here’s how according to Brown:

  1. Understand that you are amazing. You have no limitations but the ones you impose upon yourself. You have all you need to shine.
  2. Have an abundant thinking. When you embrace abundant thinking you soon realize that people want to be near you.
  3. Slow down. To truly shine, you need to tune yourself into you…To do that you need to slow down and take a deep breath. By breathing deeply you feed your brain more oxygen, which it needs to function well.
  4. Perception flip. If perspective is everything, you need flexibility and awareness in how you perceive. Make distinction between a good perspective and a stuck one.
  5. Be human and screw up.
  6. Go with the flow. Find a wave that helps you, and ride it.
  7. Know what you stand for.
  8. Go somewhere else. Do something that helps you relax and opens you.
  9. Make sure you notice when the people you work with are great. And appreciate them for being so. Make it personal.
  10. Know your North Star. If at work you don’t know where you’re going, chances are you’re just warming a seat.
  11. Assume everyone is an angel.
  12. Rest.
  13. Give your meetings teeth.
  14. Instead of imagining your life, live it. Do something real and try something out.
  15. Get fresh. To get fresh, you have to break habits and do things differently. Mess with everything. This keeps your brain fresh and your creativity pumping. Life will never be dull.
  16. Surround yourself with interesting people.
  17. Don’t use your position to control others.
  18. If ain’t fun, stop doing it. When we are doing something that we enjoy it is much easier to be shiny, and time just flies by.
  19. Commit.
  20. Travel. Travel keeps you fresh, tolerant and always open to new experiences.
  21. Hang out with resonators, not vampires. Resonators are people that have an energy that is infectious. They believe anything is possible and they believe that everything should be fun. Vampires, on the other hand, love taking energy.
  22. Do iconic – making a lasting impression that creates a halo around you.
  23. Chill and laugh.
  24. Make friends and dump some.
  25. Wear clothes that up your energy, physically and mentally. Wear clothes that represent who you are to the world while still making you feel great.
  26. Daydream. Kick back, gaze out of the window and enjoy.
  27. Do favours.
  28. Be interested in other people, their struggles and their dreams.
  29. Make stuff simple.
  30. Have standards.
  31. Surround yourself with talent that scares you.
  32. Be a brand. Be a saleable brand.
  33. Do what you love and are great at.
  34. Stop talking – listen.
  35. Believe. People don’t shine brightly unless they believe the deserve to do so.

Jack Welch On Being A Leader

Jack Welch

When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. It’s about making the people who work for you smarter, bigger, and bolder. Nothing you do anymore as an individual matters except how you nurture and support your team and help its members increase their self confidence.

Source: “How to Think Like a Leader” by Jack & Suzy Welch http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/

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How to attract job opportunities: The importance of building & nurturing your network


Network Is Power

Now a days, what you know is no longer the only thing that matters. Often, it is who you know and who know you for real that matter.

Never think that if you are bright and hardworking, you already possess everything you need to succeed in life and in your career. You are mistaken. You need other people. You need network.

Your network refers to the extent of your association and relationship with other people and/or groups. However, it is not only about the number of friends you have or the number of organizations you belong to but the quality and consistency of your relationship with them through time.

Andrea Corso, a career and leadership development coach and strategic HR consultant, with over 15 years of HR leadership experience inside Fortune 100 companies, describes networking as follows:

“Networking is about building relationships. It is about finding people from whom you want to learn, who can help you with your career, and also whom you can help. It is a give and take process that requires effort, not only to establish the  relationship but also to keep it going.”

Today, most experts agree that networking plays an important role in the context of career moves. It is not enough that we have good work experience and skills. We need good references and referrals. Lacking a network could compromise our chances of finding a good job. Moreover, there are many unadvertised job openings which our networks can bring to our attention if we maintain our communication with them.

Break-out opportunities can happen in your network: My little story

A friend of hers invited Rocelle for a meeting. A CEO of Canadian mining company operating in Zamboanga del Norte was looking for individuals to conduct a human rights audit for his company. As a human rights advocate, Rocelle got interested in the project. Moreover, she suggested that they invite to the team her college professor and mentor who is a well-known human rights expert in the Philippines and abroad.

Rocelle’s team of human rights experts and advocates completed the audit. The CEO was very pleased about the results of the audit and offered the audit Team Leader a position in his company to champion its human rights policy.

As these events were taking place, I was beginning to get listless in my job. Lying on my bed one Saturday afternoon, thoughts of resigning from teaching filled my mind. I was feeling a sense of urgency to venture outside the four walls of my classroom to find something deeper to sustain my curiosity and a better income to support my family.

After that moment of contemplation, I sent an SMS to Feliece, my former college professor and mentor and told her that I have decided to quit teaching. I thought she would reply saying she was shocked, but to my surprise she said, “Good! Meet me at my condominium tomorrow.”

At her condo the following day, Feliece signed me up as a part of a team she was putting together for the mining company. I was the first person that came to her mind for the position of Information, Education and Communication Officer of her team. The rest was history.

Feliece was the professor whom Rocelle recommended to be the Audit Team Leader of the human rights audit of the mining company based in Zamboang del Norte. It was the same Feliece who was employed by the CEO of TVI to form her own team to institutionalize the human rights policy of the company. And it was the same Feliece who brought me in this company.

Because of that network, I got absorbed in the mining industry and quadrupled my income. As my salary rose to 400% higher than what I made in teaching. I also became experienced on Corporate Social Responsibility, which is a strategic position in most private firms these days.

I am thankful that I maintained my communication with Feliece even after graduating from Philippine Normal University. Whenever she needs a facilitator for some of her Human Rights workshops, she brought me in. In one of these workshops, I met Rocelle.  And again, the rest was history.

Indeed, in this time and age, career networking is a must. By growing your network, both friends and acquaintances, you are attracting breakout opportunities for your professional and personal growth.

5 Tips on Building and Nurturing Your Networks

This list on how to build and nurture your network have worked for me, and I pass it along to you:

  1. Live in different worlds, but make your stay in all places worthwhile so that when you leaved,  you will be missed.
  2. Go out and be visible, but be humble. Be talkative, but be credible.
  3. Always find time to meet your friends and former colleagues.
  4. Greet your friends and colleagues on special occasions. Keep their numbers.
  5. If you are new to a company, reach out to your colleagues. Ask them for an advice on what it is like to work in your company and what it will take to succeed in your new job.


My Bucket List


The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is to high and we miss, but that it is too low and we reach it. –Michaelangelo

  1. Travel around the world with my wife.
  2. Learn to code.
  3. Develop an application (and Google will buy it).
  4. Run with the bulls in Pamplona.
  5. Coffee in Kilimanjaro and do safari.
  6. Skydiving.
  7. Coffee with Richard Branson and Malcolm Gladwell.
  8. Establish successful chains of coffee shops in public parks.
  9. A hit website.
  10. Play basketball with Dirk Nowitzki.
  11. Present at TED.
  12. Establish a School of Success.
  13. Own a Jeep Patriot and drive through South America.
  14. Wander in Gobi Desert.
  15. Tea with the Dalai Lama.
  16. Meditate in Grand Canyon.
  17. Photo shoot in the Caribbean (with my wife as my subject).
  18. Cruise in Alaska (w/ my whole family).
  19. Be a peace negotiator.
  20. Learn 10 international languages.
  21. Write a script and direct a movie for Liam Nesson.
  22. Establish a fashion business for my wife.
  23. Rock with Bono and Bon Jovi.
  24. Build a giant library with a movie theater inside.
  25. A book that will shake the world.

An unsolicited advice for the new graduates (from someone who graduated a decade ago)


 It was year 2003, when I graduated from the university. Like you, it was the moment that my parents and I have waited to happen. Indeed, it was a moment of euphoria – but at the same time a moment of anxiety.

I understand if you feel anxious when the graduation fun had ended and went home for sleep. You are anxious because, like what your terror professors have always said “tomorrow you will experience the real world”. Those words reverberated on your mind – and you end up wide awake until dawn.

What the hell does “real world” means? What’s in there that makes you nervous?

Here are my unsolicited advice – from someone who graduated a decade ago. Since I graduated, the world has dramatically changed. During my ten years of journey in the so called real world, I was able to collect some worthwhile lessons that might guide you as you start your own outside the walls of your university.

  1. Dream big but learn to appreciate the small blessings. Forget what your arrogant professor has told you that you must not accept a job offer that will not pay you a huge sum of money (yabang niya lang ‘yun). No employer will pay you a six-digit salary as a new graduate whose learning came from textbooks. Aim for the experience first and do not go after the external rewards – yet. Learn from these experiences as much as you can. Know your colleagues – interact and learn from them. Remember, you are just in the first few steps of your long worthwhile journey. Appreciating small blessings doesn’t mean abandoning your big dreams.
  2. Grow and nurture your network. As you continue in your first job, start expanding and nurturing your network. Be likeable in your workplace. However, do not limit your networking within your office. Go out and attend various activities that interest you – whether it is related to your job or about your hobbies or personal interests. Introduce yourself to strangers in those events. Get their mobile numbers, email addresses or anything that may reconnect you with them. Maintain your communication with those individuals that fascinated you. Breakout opportunities usually come to those who are visible, believable and likeable!
  3. Read. Keep learning new things every day. Don’t abandon your reading habits. Read newly published books related to your job or to your interests. This time you have all the freedom to choose what books you want to read and when to finish them. By reading, you will encounter new ideas that might trigger you to think and new concepts that might excite you. If your interest is to start up a business, you may explore Richard Branson, Chris Guillebeau and Guy Kawasaki.
  4. “Self” Review. Oops! Don’t worry there is no exam. By this, I mean is to always find time to reflect. After 1 year or so on your first job, try to ask yourself the following questions: “am I still learning?”, “am I still excited to go to the office?”, “Would I still want to spend my next two years or so in this company or job?”, “What do I want to do after I resign?”, “What new learning did I acquire?”, “What are the new things that make me excited?”. If you don’t reflect, you just merely exist. You are not living.
  5. If career is a road, then the “wrong way” sign is not applicable and “swerving” is highly advisable. I am a Secondary School Teacher by profession; however, I have spent 7 years of my life in the mining industry in the area of stakeholder relations. Subsequently, I resigned from my job and started my own training & consultancy firm (http://grupposocial.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/meet-our-team-at-grupposocial/). Others thought of me as crazy for leaving from my relatively high-paying job.  Find what will make you happy. Take risks. “If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” (Jim Rohn). As you gain more experience; a wider network and a new set of skills, you don’t already deserve the ordinary.

I believe the “real world” is exciting and full of opportunities -contrary to what your professors have said. There is nothing scary in your world now! Find your niche in this “real world” and move.

You are lucky that you graduated in this period where many of the tools that you can use to succeed and serve others are coming to you for free; that you can connect easily to a lot of useful materials; that you can explore the ideas of different individuals around the globe that can inspire you to create your own.

Congratulations! The real world is excited about you!

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Leave Behind a Good Reputation for Others to Talk About

snail with the slime climbing vertical

Snails leave behind slime as they This slime is a powerful form of suction which enables them to move upside down, around corners, and assume comical positions.

Like the Snail, Leave Behind a Good “Slime”

Moving is inherent in our lives. We move when we resign from our current job,  transfer to another company, occupy a new house, bid goodbye to colleagues or friends after a group travel, graduate from high school or college, transfer to another school, leave  a community after project completion, and so forth. As we move, we humans are also leaving something behind us, like the snail.

Have you realized that whenever you are new to a place or to your work, your new colleagues would always tell you something about your predecessor or about the people who had left or had resigned from the company that hired you?

I think this is natural. You cannot blame or stop your colleagues from sharing stories, good or bad, about those people who were with the company before you. This is not an act of gossip. This is an act of informal post social evaluation.

The reality is that we are evaluated, more often than not, after we have moved out of a place or work.

I know you would say, “So what? I don’t care about what that they would say about me. I would not see them anymore anyway.” These are normal reactions by many of us. However, once we reflected on the implications of what our former colleagues would say about us after we left a job, we would start to care about what we should leave behind every time we move. Why? Because that general opinion of others about us especially after we have left an organization or a company is our reputation.

Reputation is commonly defined as an opinion about an entity. It is typically the result of some social evaluation on a set of criteria. It may be considered as a component of our identity as defined by others.

I believe, and I think you would agree, that a good reputation is one of our best assets. For Dr. Alex Lickerman, the founder of happinessinthisworld.com, our reputation is a tool for practical navigation through daily life.

Rob Brown, one of the world’s leading authorities on personal marketing, networking, executive presence, referrals, and reputations has this food for thought on reputation:

 “A strong personal reputation means people come to you first, above and beyond any of their other choices.”

For those who would want to explore the topic further, I suggest you get a copy of Rob Brown’s bestseller book “How to Build Your Reputation.”

Get Hunted by the Head Hunters

Last year, I met two “head hunters” on different occasions. They both presented me with job opportunities in recognized mining companies. Though I was not looking for a job at that time, I accepted each of their invitations for a meeting. After discussing their company profiles, they informed me that my former colleagues referred me to them. I would have felt I was the luckiest man in the world at that time if I were desperately looking for job at that very moment.

Two key lessons could be drawn from this experience. One, the hiring strategy of big companies had changed drastically over the course of time. The use of head hunters is now popular among companies. These head hunters’ task is to find the right people for a job. To facilitate their search, head hunters look for people who could refer or recommend potential candidates, instead of advertising the jobs and screening tons of resumes.  Second, since the “referral system” is now the rule, would it be nice to think that we should have references everywhere?

When we leave a good reputation every time we move, companies will look for us, instead of us looking for them. Colleagues and clients who had pleasant experiences working with us would be very generous with their words about us. That is why it is important for us to do our best at each step of our career. One good thing surely leads to another.

Leaving behind an excellent reputation is tantamount to expanding our world, and thus, widening our opportunities. If we left our job but have a good reputation, we have a 99% chance that another good job offer will come knocking right at our door steps. We need not look hard and long.

Beware of Six Degrees of Separation

If you think that those persons you have worked with before will have no relationship with you in the future once you cut your ties with them, you should think again.

There is a reality in our lives which is known as “six degrees of separation.” This refers to the idea that everyone is, on average, approximately six steps away from us by way of introduction from any other person on Earth. Because of this, a chain of “a friend of a friend” statement can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer.

We will never really know if the third person next to us in the office or cubicle is a sister or a friend or a wife or a daughter of anyone of those we have worked with before. If we knew, we wish we had done them well. And we would be careful as to what we were leaving behind.

Like the snail, the slime in our life is our reputation. Once we are able to establish a good reputation, we can move upside down and around corners, and the best things in life will always follow. So, always be careful to leave something good behind.


This is part of my eBook entitled  “It’s The Snail, John! Five Down-To-Earth Lessons About Life & Success At Work”

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