Aloha Ho‘ohana Community,
The time has come to say goodbye to Say “Alaka‘i” at its present home with The Honolulu Advertiser. A copy of what I posted there this morning follows so you are also in-the-know. One of our recent conversations here on Talking Story was Embrace your Systems Thinker and if you remain interested in that, or would like to see a bit more of how I came to my decision, writing to think as I do, you can take a look at these posts on my Tumblr:
- Say “Alaka‘i” and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Yes or no?
- Mothershipping” Drinking my own Koolaid
- And one as Archive Aloha: Decision Making: How do you do it?
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Aloha dear readers,
The time has come to say goodbye to Say “Alaka‘i” at its present home with The Honolulu Advertiser.
Cyberspace is a big place, with change happening rapidly, and so for any who may not know, these blog pages will soon appear under a different masthead. I did receive an invitation to continue writing Say “Alaka‘i” for the new paper, however I’ve decided that it’s time I move on, and start a new chapter.
You who have read this blog, and who know the Managing with Aloha beliefs which guide me, are aware of what I mean by “Ho‘o it” —Make something happen. For some of us that means we’ll seek new energy, for another fire starts to burn brightly. For others it might mean the calm contentment we call ma‘alahi, which also can burn with simmering intensity, though it comes from a “Less is More” focus. Either way, change will usually present us with choices, and I for one, like jumping into the choosing. It affords me that opportunity to “Ho‘o it” —to practice what I preach deliberately, constantly bringing value-alignment to my life via decisions big and small.
I will often choose new and different once a chapter ends, and I find I’m pulled that way this time too.
‘Imi ola: To seek best life
I do believe that the daily newspaper can play an important role in any community: Jay Fidell has explained it well most recently in his article, “How to survive in a one newspaper town.” Therefore I sincerely wish the new Honolulu Star Advertiser much success, and truly hope to support them in other ways: As you probably are, I am very eager to see what will happen here in coming weeks, and have high expectations.
However when I take into account the information presently available to me, I do not feel the newspaper blogging model will be the best place for me to personally continue my own work, not with the “sense of workplace” which is optimally representative of the ‘Ohana in Business model I hold dear, and teach within the MWA vision at Say Leadership Coaching.
As you know, I stand for Managing with Aloha, a philosophy about how we live the values of our Hawaiian culture, aligning them with the work we choose today. To be true to my mission and Ho‘ohana (intentionally chosen work), I must shape my work with the values, systems and process of MWA value-alignment and nothing less. That includes the writing and publishing I do, so The Healthy Workplace Compass of ‘Imi ola became my decision process with the future of Say “Alaka‘i”. I did explore the possibility of continuing here, however I believe I can serve you much better on my own home on the web, where blogging is an Alaka‘i focus for Ho‘ohana voice, and not a sideline.
Please know my decision is not a prejudgement on the prospects of the emerging newspaper, (or the other bloggers here, who may have other goals), for I don’t have enough information to make such a presumptuous determination. Further, I do believe they can be very successful despite the well-publicized challenges of the newspaper industry —there’s HUGE opportunity for someone to start leading a vibrant, dynamic reinvention in journalism! Why not here? In fact, were they able to speak in collected voice, the values of our island communities would argue it should be here in our Hawai‘i.
This is a decision to return to my home base and focus my efforts there, continuing Say “Alaka‘i” at my own blog, Talking Story. That said, please don’t feel I am leaving you behind!
For more of Say “Alaka‘i” there’s Talking Story
My life is fully invested in the vision of Managing of Aloha, both personally and professionally. I will continue to write on the subject matter of Say “Alaka‘i” for I have done so within my wish to give back to our community in the way I feel I can best do so. I remain deeply committed to Alaka‘i Managers and the mission we have had here to bring the value of Alaka‘i (Hawai‘i-inspired leadership) to the workplace, and we ho‘omau (continue to press on). Most of the articles published here (now 170 of them!) have been archived at Talking Story for our future reference: They remain a resource for you.
I invite you to join me there, keeping a place for the new home of Say “Alaka‘i” in your feed reader: Talking Story is now well into its 6th year as the home of our extended Ho‘ohana Community. In honor of the publishing routine we have had here, Talking Story will blend in the same Tuesday/Thursday pattern we’ve been working with:
- Each Tuesday I write on Alaka‘i Leadership, i.e. including self-leadership, and “Leading as a verb” creating human energy as our greatest resource.
- Each Thursday I write on Alaka‘i Management, i.e. including self-management, and “Managing as a verb” channeling human energy in the most productive and fruitful way possible.
I’ll update Talking Story at least three times a week, sometimes more, with Mondays dedicated to Managing with Aloha. We stay on-point in weekday discussions with our learning of the Hawaiian values and advocacy in support of Alaka‘i Managers, and anything goes on the weekends— we explore as life happens, or I quiet down and refresh so you can too. Visit the Talking Story About Page for info on your free subscription options.
Thank you so much to all of you who have read my articles, doing your very best to practice the Ho‘ohana of Alaka‘i and Aloha in your own workplaces: It makes a difference! In particular, a very warm mahalo nui loa to those of you who commented for me here, keeping me going with your encouragement and affirmation.
I hope to see all of you at Talking Story!
With much aloha, a hui hou,
Rosa Say | Workplace Culture Coach | Say Leadership Coaching
Author | Managing with Aloha | Business Thinking with Aloha