Monday, April 11, 2016

290: On the Road towards Entrepreneurship: On Being a Leader

I know you might actually get a little confused by the fact that I just recently posted about Project MM, and now I am writing about Project VA. To say, Project MM is really my personal baby but I have to hand over the leadership to my good friend Monique. I'll still write about our struggles there but the person totally in charge for that will be my good friend. This Project VA is a family business that I wanted to take to another level. So, this project will be bigger.

I wouldn't give too much information about Project VA but basically it's in the Real Estate industry. I have taken the leadership just last month when my father dump all of the problems in my lap. When he told me that we needed to fund, and to repair our apartment I instantly assumed the role.

Post from Facebook last March 23

Napa-upo na lang sa pagod. Right after work, I had to rush to one of our project apartments to take note of what needs to be done. I was too exhausted, I decided to take note on the floor. Nakakatuwa kasi I never imagined taking up this kind of responsibility. Ang lakas maka-empower! Next in line is assessing the contracts, pero bukas na kailangan ko na matulog kasi maaga pa ang pasok ko. Nakakapagod pero rewarding at naniniwala naman ako na hardwork pays off, kaya kayod lang! P.S: nagawa ko pang mag catch up with my friends after this. haha! Good night, friends!
I never knew that I was able to get the fund that we needed, find the people to work with, and actually see the project move towards our goal. I was also blessed that even before we started the renovations there were two offers for our apartment.

When we have closed the deal with one of our customers, we gave them the deadline of the completion of the project. I have learned too many things with regards to dealing with people (which I will write about next time), but the gist of the lesson, is that never give your word unless you are sure to deliver them. A changing statement is a sign of indecisiveness, and being indecisive begets mistrust.

Forward to April 11, 2016

I have provided this update on my Instagram:

"Being an entrepreneur is about building relationship with people". Early in the morning I have checked one of our apartment project that's up for renovation. I was able to meet the person in charge for repairs. I felt the hesitation when I introduced myself formally by extending my hand to shake his. I think the foreman is not used to the formality, but I have learned from the start that it is important to establish good relationship with people you work with. I'm very new to this journey, and had no background with construction but I found myself asking of the quality of materials, and if we are going to meet the deadline. It's important that I get myself involved. I wanted to get his assurance that we are on track, and he gave the confidence that we will. Well, we cannot afford not to because that would displease the future renter. Now I have to call them to assure, and to provide an update. It felt good to see your project come to life. I have committed myself to take this business with high standard, because I have learned that how you do anything is how you do everything. And I cannot afford to take this for granted. Now, off I go to talk to my customer, and send a copy of contract to a partner and lawyer for revisions.
I  am very happy with this project, because it taught me so much about leadership. Going back, I always wanted to lead something, and I thought that leadership is limited in the office, school, organization, etc., but if there's anything that I have learned is that leadership is not about being assigned on the role but rather leadership is a character.

We do not need to wait to exercise leadership until we get elevated in our post, but we need to exercise the values of what it takes to be a leader and immediately apply it on ourselves.

Until future updates!

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So how do you exercise your leadership? What do you think is the important value of a leader?

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