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Mo ving Forward Hand in Hand We Work as One By Jane Santos I am blessed and lucky that I had the chance

to participate on this activity. So seldom that in this kind of activity would we have the opportunity to meet some important key persons who could give us more inspiration and motivation on how we speak and act as volunteers. I'd like to thank GOD for HE made this possible and successful through the SUPPORT and COOPERATION of all. It HIS will that we could come into this to know one another and influence each other in different ways but with common goal to pursue, and that is to Help Other People Everywhere without compromises, expecting any rewards or asking any in return. As VOLUNTEERS we do good things and we should let the world know the good deeds we have done to let other people be inspired also to do the same. All of us have different level of experiences on when, where, what and how volunteerism started in our lives. But the bottom of this, is that it molds you on what you are as a person today. From different characters, ages, and wisdom we have, but we came to the same output and that is the SPIRIT from within us which binds us and be an effective TEAM. We have different skills and talents on which when put together we have a MASTERPIECE. Differences are allowed but divisions are not. From the preparation, difficulties had risen and some mistakes have been made during the program itself but in those situations we have learned so many things. Its not hindrance to us but it is our guide for the next planning. Team Hope Bondings main objective is getting to know each other so that we would know how we would address each and everyones character and for us to have an effective team as well. The THB was our agenda last meeting last April 15 and we only had 12 days to go for the preparation. We had no meetings after that, and an open COMMUNICATION really helped us a lot, trough facebook and sms. Through those means of comms we were able to established all the things we needed from the venue itself, writing materials, modules, kit, media equipments, food, participants and key persons. On the activity day itself, I didnt expect that our founder is having a sore throat, she hardly speaks. The task to do the welcome speech couldnt also make for a very valid reason so somebody must take over. Giving a task to someone on the spot is really hard especially when you only have a little time to prepare and to internalize. As so the saying goes, expect the unexpected. I knew from that scenario what would be the turnover of duties. In just one look in each others eyes, we know already what to do. FLEXIBILITY and RESPECT is the key and it showed in all of us. Not complaints but excitement to do the task is what we have expressed. We didnt care about how many the attendees are. As I have said, numbers is not important but the commitment of the few who answered the call. Before, during and after the activity, you wont see any dull moments from the members. All is concerned on what are be needing, what to be done, each suggested and others even made her/his own way to do be of help without even being told. INITIATIVE also a very important factor. The SUPPORT from the SARU, PCRGA and NADESCOM people is priceless. We are also very previledged to have BGen Ramona Go and Major Emmanuel Garcia, and LTSG Allan Aunzo as our Guest of Honors and Speakers. Their inputs shared among us already tattooed in our heart and mind. Nobody can take that away from us. You have enlightened the audience on the real meaning of volunteerism, leadership and effective team. Just to summarize the 3 topics, in volunteerism, we have two main objectives: First is to help others in any way you can without payment or reward. In just simple ways we can see volunteerism, offering a seat to a lady or pregnant woman standing in a bus, giving a piece of bread to your classmate without snack, assisting an old person in crossing the street, sharing your food or giving a drink to a beggar, or by just dropping a peso on the PRC donation box at MRT. Volunteerism is not hard if it is being done with heart and with passion. The second is that spread the good deeds for others to know and be inspired to do the same. The people around the world should know that we do a lot of nice things here in our country, many volunteers are emerging, from the youth groups to professionals, from public to private sectors, from civilians to men in uniforms, reservist to regular. And during the sharing of the group, we were stunned by MSgt Teodoro Henry Hernia's words of wisdom, "Don't be a part of the problem but the solution. And the reward of our works will be paid by those we have touched. How? Let them forward to others or pass to others what we have done to them." While Major Emmanuel Garcia commended us for we do things for others without hesitation, without any payment, and it is a hard thing to do he said. Leadership. All of us are born leaders. Each of us can be a leader in our own way. In any group or organization, even if there is already a leader, there will come a time when someone will rise and excel to lead. To become a good leader, one must practice different kinds of leadership in different situations. Authocratic and Democratic Leadership are the two most commonly use. Authocratic Leadership is often considered the classical approach. It is where a leader exerts high levels of power over his or her employees or team members. Sometimes a leader must use his iron hand for a member to be motivated. Especially when members do not respond to any other leadership style. This leadership is for effective supervision than can be provided only through detailed orders and instructions. While in democratic leadership, although the leader will make the final decision, he or she invites other members of the team to contribute to the decision-making process. This not only increases job satisfaction by involving team members in whats going on, but it also helps to develop peoples skills. Team members feel that they are important and so are motivated to work hard by more than just a financial reward.. BGEN Ramona Palabrica Go, Deputy Assistant of AFP Personnel, also said, dont think negatively, put away the fear. You must keep going, go go go! Plant positive seeds and time will come you will harvest it positively too. Capt. Rommel Rocky Marquez, Commanding Officer of SARU, also added up that there is also one leadership style he consider, Leadership by Inspiration. As I have seen in my days that I visited SARU and I have observed them in their unit, I may say that this kind of leadership that their CO is practicing is highly effective. As a leader, he envision the future, passionately believe that he can make a difference, and inspire people to achieve more than they may ever have dreamed possible. For past twenty three years in service, he dedicated his life about helping people to achieve a better life. An important measure of his own success as a leader is the success of his followers. Talented and empowered team members are the prime ingredient of organizational success and they need to be able to lead themselves. So he provide strategic alignment and coach his people to help each of his followers to develop into an effective self-leader because empowerment alone is not enough. Coaching is the key to unlocking the potential of your people, your organization, and yourself. It increases your effectiveness as a leader. As a coach, he helps his people grow and achieve more by inspiring them, asking effective questions and providing feedback. Sir Rocky found the right combination of instructor-led training and coaching follow-ups to achieve success. In my part, I also prefer Servant Leadership which describes a leader who is often not formally recognized as such. When someone, at any level within an organization, leads simply by virtue of meeting the needs of his or her team, he or she is described as a servant leader. In many ways, servant leadership is a form of democratic leadership, as the whole team tends to be involved in decision-making. Supporters of the servant leadership model suggest it is an important way ahead in a world where values are increasingly important, in which servant leaders achieve power on the basis of their values and ideals. But as BGEN Go said we can use different styles of leadership in different kinds of situation. The last topic is on how to be an effective team. As LTSG Allan Aunzo of PCRGA, explains the meaning of effective team, I recall the things we experienced from the time we were ceated as a group and until now. All he shared to us is true. Because I believe, we at TEAM HOPE, is starting to be one The following is already have seen in our team which makes me say that we are becoming as such. First, there is a clear unity of purpose. There was free discussion of the objectives until members could commit themselves to them; the objectives are meaningful to each group member; 2. The group is self-conscious about its own operations. The group has taken time to explicitly discuss group process -- how the group will function to achieve its objectives. The group has a clear, explicit, and mutually agreed-upon approach: mechanics, norms, expectations, rules, etc. Frequently, it will stop to examined how well it is doing or what may be interfering with its operation. Whatever the problem may be, it gets open discussion and a solution found; 3. The atmosphere tends to be informal, comfortable, relaxed. There are no obvious tensions, a working atmosphere in which people are involved and interested; 4. There is a lot of discussion in which virtually everyone participates, but it remains pertinent to the purpose of the group. If discussion gets off track, someone will bring it back in short order. The members listen to each other. Every idea is given a hearing; 5. People are free in expressing their feelings as well as their ideas; 6. There is disagreement and this is viewed as good. Disagreements are not suppressed or overridden by premature group action. The reasons are carefully examined, and the group seeks to resolve them rather than dominate the dissenter. Dissenters are not trying to dominate the group; they have a genuine difference of opinion. If there are basic disagreements that cannot be resolved, the group figures out a way to live with them without letting them block its efforts; 7. Most decisions are made at a point where there is general agreement; 8. Each individual carries his or her own weight, meeting or exceeding the expectations of other group members. Each individual is respectful of the mechanics of the group: arriving on time, coming to meetings prepared, completing agreed upon tasks on time, etc. When action is taken, clears assignments are made (who-what-when) and willingly accepted and

completed by each group member; 9. Criticism is frequent, frank and relatively comfortable. The criticism has a constructive flavor -- oriented toward removing an obstacle that faces the group. And lastly, 10. The leadership of the group shifts from time to time. The issue is not who controls, but how to get the job done. We successfully finished our 2day bonding and thanks to all who made it happen. You know who you are. We all learned even we had mistakes and crave for more event like this. We were happy at work and had fun. "Find some humor in your failures. Don't take yourself so seriously. Loosen up, and everybody around you will loosen up. Have fun. Show enthusiasm always, advised Sam Walton. If Jesus has become your HOPE, communicate this to others with your joy and your spiritual, apostolic and social engagement. Let Christ dwell within you, and having placed all your faith and trust in Him, spread this HOPE around you. Make choices that demonstrate your faith. Join us and be one of Team Hope, moving forward hand in hand we work as one, touching lives for a better future. God bless us all. Pro Deo et Patria.