Creating Jobs? Let’s start with the Job Maker

This past Monday I promised you a sneak peak at the free ebook I will soon be releasing, called Become an Alaka‘i Manager in 5 Weeks: Live, Work, and Manage to Lead with Aloha:

About Managing with Aloha:
Has it intrigued but overwhelmed you?

Mā‘alaea Bay Beach Boardwalk, Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Two of my former coaching clients graciously read through a proofreading the last few days, suggesting final edits to me. Both are true Alaka‘i Managers who’ve survived the Managing with Aloha crucible magnificently, and they were a huge help, picking up on a couple of tweaks that have greatly improved our offering — Lōkahi collaboration in action! They both agree we’re ready for the Smashwords process to begin. Yay!!!

Isn’t it wonderful how Ho‘ohana intentions can come together? Back on March 15th, we leapt into our current theme, The Alaka‘i Manager as Job Maker, determined to tackle job creation in some way without any real plan, just strong, STRONG Ho‘ohana intentions. Remember this?

“We’ve got to go farther than “stimulating” jobs: We’ve got to create new ones, and better ones. We’ve got to reshape many others which now barely escape the chopping block with furlough day trimming. We know of jobs which may have all their days numbered soon, for they’re next in the downsizing queue if revenue streams don’t somehow start raining from heaven.

Jobs in 2010 must be Ho‘ohana jobs. Ho‘ohana jobs must be gainful employment.”

Mix in a Kindle publishing project, and voila! The ‘job’ we end up tackling is that of the Alaka‘i Manager him/herself!

But then again, it makes perfect sense:

“To Ho‘ohana is to work with intent, and with purpose. Managers do this for themselves, and they do this for those they manage: When managers pair employees with meaningful and worthwhile work that is satisfying for them, they will find these employees work with true intentions in sync with the goals of the business. Be one of those managers.”
Managing with Aloha, page 30

Our intention moves us in certain directions; even here on Talking Story. Intention propels us toward action in a very empowering way, because it originates within our wants, needs, values and burning desires, and not just our learning curiosity. Our intention, whether we are aware of it or not, drives our self-motivation, and self-motivation is the only kind of motivation there is.

Enough of the preamble: I promised you an overview of the ebook, and here it is.

To Best Learn Managing with Aloha, Take 5

5 has evolved to be one of our favorite numbers in Managing with Aloha (the other, as you’ll learn toward the end of this ebook, is 9). It started with our discovering the power of 5 minutes in the Daily 5 Minutes ® which you will learn about in the book on page 145 — we’ll talk about the D5M later in this ebook as well.

What we discovered was that “taking 5” made a significant difference in workplace cultures, and it delivered a bounty of gifts. We’ve therefore attached our positive expectancy to the number 5 as well, and when given the chance, we’ll use it for all our list making; we’ll write a list of 5 in our strategic initiatives each year… we’ll give new managers 5 weeks to become an Alaka‘i Manager… you just learned 5 useful self-management approaches in the last section! You get the idea: 5 has become one of our replacements for our previous automatic pilot with brainstorming older, longer lists we never seemed to finish well before. 5 has been proven to work better.

So we will be Taking 5 in our learning approach within this ebook’s self-coaching as well. To best learn Managing with Aloha AND Become an Alaka‘i Manager, you will take these 5 progressions with me in the pages to follow:

  1. Read the book once through, and annotate it
  2. Draft your Ho‘ohana Statement and invite your team to do so too
  3. Reconstruct and rejuvenate the Role of the Manager (yours)
  4. Cultivate the “Language of We” through ‘talking story’ and the Daily 5 Minutes ®
  5. Learn to use the 9 Key Concepts on Talking Story as your ‘Ike loa Construct

I’ll give you a brief overview of these first, as a means of defining our best possible outcome for each, and then we’ll proceed in more detail in the pages which follow.

Take 5: Your 5-Week Overview

Very briefly, this is how you’ll read and use Managing with Aloha using this ebook as an additional guide, and in the process, become an Alaka‘i Manager:

You will first read the book cover to cover, taking notes in a learning method and self-coaching framework I will describe to you. Everything begins with Aloha, and we’ll get comfortable with this value in an actionable way, allowing its goodness to inspire us! Know that you have everything it takes, for in short, Aloha is you living from the inside out, and “Living with Aloha” is dwelling in the self-awareness of your own ability and capacity.

MWA will employ workplace values, turning them into a business of business and business of life strategy which is mutually rewarding for you and your workplace. We’ll learn more about how this informs and equips Alaka‘i Managers as our second progression. You will write a first draft of your Ho‘ohana, and invite your immediate work team to do so as well.

Your Ho‘ohana is your intention with worthwhile work, including your purpose and passion for working. What is frustrating for so many of us, is that our Ho‘ohana intention doesn’t necessarily match up to the role we are given or assigned to in the workplace, and thus you have to do that ‘matching up’ for yourself. In this progression you’ll learn how the Role of the Manager unfolds for Alaka‘i Managers with the MWA calling, and you’ll get started.

We human beings are not meant to live alone. Like life itself, Alaka‘i management is not meant to be a solo proposition, and you will achieve your best success with MWA when you share your Aloha, and involve your team as soon as possible, receiving Aloha from others. You will actually have started with these efforts in Takes 1, 2 and 3: In Take 4 we add ‘talking story’ and the Daily 5 Minutes ® as our means of cultivating the “Language of We” in your work culture.

Much of what I have done since MWA was initially published in 2004 has been to Ho‘omau with it (cause the good we’ve created to be long lasting — chapter 4 in the book) so that Alaka‘i Managers everywhere can tap into an ongoing Ho‘ohana Community movement as they continue their practice. Our final step in this guide will cover my invitation to you to Ho‘omau with us too. The 9 Key Concepts are not presently specified in the MWA text, and you will get them here in this ebook as a framework for continuous learning.

As you can tell, this is not just any reading guide: It’s a free coaching program. I’m a workplace culture coach: This is what I do, and Managing with Aloha was written — and designed — to help me coach Alaka‘i Managers.

How long will all of this REALLY take?
That’s up to you, and how you’ve been able to “make room for MWA in both your head and your day” as I’ve asked you to. It differs for everyone, and this ebook will not specify precise 7-day weeks of time for you: It’s paced for self-coaching, and requires your self-discipline. It is entirely possible to have this be a 5-week program for you, with a week (or dedicated weekend) devoted to each progression of the Take 5. We do this in 6 weeks when managers hire me for one-on-one coaching through the program; the 6th week adds a 2nd writing of their Ho‘ohana as ‘Imi ola coaching, within the framework of the Healthy Workplace Compass (web page link).

What will be your commitment to your goal, and how strong is your Alaka‘i calling? What else might you need to say “no” to to make room for this learning? Therein lies your answer.