Self-Renewal and Sharing of Skills of DBA students

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Contributed by Dr. Elizabeth D. Ramos

Date: March 27, 2018Posted by: Marionette Martinez

The students of Doctor of Business Administration had a self-renewal and sharing of skills activity on 17-18 March 2018 in Balai Sadyaya, Sariaya Quezon. This was the culminating activity of the Executive Leadership class under Dr. Elizabeth D. Ramos.

In line with Stephen Covey's seven habits of highly effective people, the members of the class, who are also leaders in their respective academic and business organizations, practiced the 7th habit, which is “sharpen the saw."

To renew themselves cognitively, the students had a learning session with Mr. Ysmael Baysa, VP Finance of Jolibee Foods Corporation (JFC). Mr. Baysa hails from Sariaya, Quezon.

Mr. Baysa discussed how JFC transformed from a family corporation to a multi-national, multi-cultural public corporation. He pointed out, among others, the values of the executive leaders of the organization and how these values transcend to strategic directions, building organization capabilities, restructuring to meet company goals, and creation of shared services. He also stressed the importance of investing for competitive advantage. Questions raised by the students during the open forum centered on development programs for managers, succession planning, motivating employees, how the company copes with volatility and risks, maintaining quality management systems, and Mr. Baysa's perceived strengths and weaknesses as a leader.

The DBA students also conducted academic service learning to selected young barangay leaders of Sariaya, Quezon. Mr. Rolando Alagde, one of the DBA students, discussed Servant Leadership. This was followed by a workshop facilitated by Mr. Pelagio Labang, Jr., another DBA student. In the workshop, every barangay leader was "adopted" by two DBA students. The students shared insights on servant leadership with the barangay leaders and answered queries regarding leadership.

Thereafter, each barangay leader presented his/her personal aspirations as a leader.

Dr. Ramos then met the DBA students as a class for processing of their learning from Mr. Baysa's talk and encounter with the barangay leaders. This was followed by individual presentation of their assigned tasks related to the course.

For spiritual renewal, the students visited St. Francis of Assissi Church in Sariaya Quezon. Based on the historical marker, the first structure of the church was constructed in 1599, the second one was built in 1605, and the present church was built in 1748.

The students also visited ancestral houses. This enabled them to have a glimpse of the past. The activity also gave the students an opportune time to bond with one another and renew themselves physically in the green and pollution-free environment of Sariaya, Quezon.