na-gets -- nuggets of "aha's"

Thursday, March 31, 2005


Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.
Full effort is full victory.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Prayer of Abraham

Lord, bless me that I may be a blessing.

Negotiating Principle

There is always competition for what you have whether it is money, ideas or products. Negotiators must never forget they have options.
- Successful Negotiation
by Robert B. Maddux

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Best Motivator

Fear of failure

Men are soft

After sharing a story about an emotional moment ...
All hard men are soft.
- Dennis Eclarin
Our professor was quick to add ...
They soften somehow.

Principles of warfare

Encircle the enemy.
Find their weakspots.
Ram their weakspots
and you will succeed.
- Dennis Eclarin

Employment Criteria

Poor, young and hungry
- Dennis Eclarin
When asked about his criteria for selecting field staff.
It's not really about education but about character.

8 Words of Leadership

Set the example.
Take care of your men.
- Dennis Eclarin

The Challenge of Mentoring

It is easier to teach than to mentor.
- Dennis Eclarin
At a presentation about Home Town

Continuous Innovation

Create change before change changes you.
- Dennis Eclarin

Guerilla Strategy

Always outnumbered
Never outfought
- Capt. Eclarin's strategy for his microfinance organization
Not the "Gorilla strategy"


If you are risk averse, it's not a nice attitude.
Be a risk taker!
Do something nobody has ever done before.
And you will find joy.
- Capt. Dennis Eclarin

Crisis? Problems?

There are no problems nor crises in this world.
Just challenges and opportunities.
- Capt. Eclarin
When asked about his biggest crisis with Home Town, his microfinance organization

Step Back

Don't rub your nose too closely or too long on your work.
Your nose might get erased!
- Prof. Confesor
On stepping back from our thesis

Don't flash if you won't use

Don't waste your time on something you cannot finish.

BatangeƱos never flash their balisongs. They don't flash it to threaten. They take out their weapon only if they will use it to kill.
- Capt. Lim
On Choosing Battles

Letting Go

How to choose without getting trapped...
Make the most of every experience.
Don't obsess over right and wrong decisions.
Stop defending your self-image.
Go beyond risks.
Make no decision when in doubt.
See the possibilities in whatever happens.
Find the stream of joy.
- Deepak Chopra
The Book of Secrets

Beyond Tasks

We need to stop describing tasks and instead facilitate processes.
- Margaret Wheatley
Quantum Organizations

Tuesday, March 22, 2005


Satisfaction is the end of progress.
Satisfaction does not lead to growth.
- Kalyan
Quoting his teacher

If you're not hungry, you won't look for food.
If you're not thirsty, you won't look for water.
(Some might look for scotch!)
- Capt. Lim

Education is...

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
- Aristotle
quoted by Jim Stockdale


There are no permanent friends.
No permanent enemies.
Just permanent interests.
- Prof Cofesor
dynamics of a coalition

Discussion of Gandhi

There's nothing wrong with trial and error.
He who fights and runs away gets to fight another day.
Men are separated from the boys by Ideas.
Anybody can follow orders. But only a few can create ideas.
- Captain Lim
Sources and Uses of Power

Sunday, March 20, 2005


It takes two to tango,
but it takes only one to stop the dance.
We learn more when instead of accepting 50% of the responsibility for conflicts, we accept 100%.
Conflict is a set of lessons waiting to be learned.
Every conflict creates an unparalleled opportunity to wake up.
- "Mediation"
A presentation by Prof Belle Abaya
Strategic Negotiations


Kleptocrats - bureaucrats or politicians who's hands are currency-magnetic.


If a shoe looks perfect, it doesn't fit.
- On shoes making a woman more beautiful by accentuating her feet

On Gambling

The less you have, the bigger the difference a win can make.
- from a video in SMARTS (Self-mastery, the Arts and Spirituality)

Overqualifying and Overselling

Conceit is thinking we are good and others bad.
Confidence is knowing we are good, but we can be better.

There is no such thing as too good or too qualified, or learning too much.

Spend time to overqualify and then sell, rather than oversell an
average skill or product.

Wilson Ng

Friday, March 18, 2005


More than a Human Being is a Human Doing.
- Poster in National Bookstore

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Relationship Cornerstone

The cornerstone of every good relationship: Lust and Convenience.

Love? It's a myth, a lie!

- Rahul Singh

Tuesday, March 15, 2005


If you will not try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, then you will never grow.
- Letecia N. Damole
On knowledge Management in BARBD

Monday, March 14, 2005

Work in Peace

If I cannot live in peace, I cannot work in peace.
- Prof Leyco


- AIDS in a conflict

Challenge of Education

The challenge of education is not to prepare a person for succes, but to prepare him for failure. It is in disaster, not success, that the heroes and the bums really get sorted ou.
- Phil Rhinelander and Jim Stockdale (a war prisoner".
"Learning Goodness" - a reading in Sources and Uses of Power class

Purpose of Animals

The highest purpose of animals is to make us more human
- Michael W. FOX, British veterinarian

Saturday, March 12, 2005


Lust but not the least.
When you couldn't find the way, you are lust.
One of the 7 sins.
- explaining to Lu Yao what Lust means


A problem is a deviation from expectations.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005


"I don't want to borrow because I don't want to end up working for the bank."
- a way of thinking about high interest loans
Prof Ron Chua

Monday, March 07, 2005

Truth without saying

He tells it tounge in cheek, whereby he tells the truth without saying it!
- Brahm Prakash
on an author about WTO

Good Intentions

Good intentions are no substitute for good management.
- "Harvard's Lessons in Management"
Editorial on BusinessWeek


It's part of my job to be naive.
On turning a blind eye from personal interests; on putting faith on the development process

Friday, March 04, 2005

Team Play

The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.
- Dr. Ralph Z. Sorenson
2nd AIM International Leadership Conference

Thursday, March 03, 2005


When a student is ready, a teacher will appear.
- by a Budhist straight guy
on how much the 5 queer guys have taught him

Inspire me!

When I was in highschool I had a classmate, Toss Villamin, who always looked for me after receiving exam results.

One time, he told me something that still makes me laugh until today:

Kapag nakikita ko ang score ko sa exam, nalulungkot ako. Pero kapag nakikita ko ang score ni Edwin, natutuwa naman ako!
I had a de javu yesterday when a classmate in our masteral course, Fr. Vids, confided:
Edwin! I haven't written my thesis conclusions.
Inspire me! What part are you in your thesis?
I replied:
Father Vids, I'm still at data collection!
Hahaha! ;-)
- Edwin
Mar 1, 2005
International Week

Tuesday, March 01, 2005


Paying for Suffering.
- Chinese saying quoted by Lu Yao
after getting a P70 Indian tatoo which was stinging her skin

Be strong!

Pag nagkamali, baguhin! Pag tumama, palakasin!

When we make a mistake, change it! When we do something good, strengthen it.

- EDD, at a CARD MRI Fellowship
from: Taking the Pebbles out of CARD's shoe: Strategies to Reinvigorate Problematic Centers

Losing Face

I don't mind losing face. I need to shed some weight.
- Lu Yao

5 Skills of Negotiations

  1. Build working relationships
  2. Establish good communication
  3. Clarify interests
  4. Invest Options
  5. Use Standards