When it’s in the News, Alaka‘i Managers talk story

It’s easy to dismiss news media broadcasting today when you’re someone who feels connected to the wider net of the web, technology’s new apps, and social media. We consider newspapers and network television to be those old-school journalism Goliaths felled by our new-world Davids. They’ve lost a considerable amount of reach, and no longer track the pulse of our world — or do they?

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Broadcasting’s giants have lost market share and gotten smaller, but they still have pervasive influence. Fact is that millions of people still tune in to listen to what they say, and think about it, weighing in with their own opinions (and values). People will still reflect on the day’s news, and will often say, “Yeah” they’re talking about me, and about my life too.”

Those people thinking those thoughts are our people. Are we part of the discussion?

The current news of the day is a good example: Who among us is not talking about the U.S. debt ceiling debate (and what it means for us personally), continued joblessness (and what it means for us personally) and the huge drop in market confidence (and what it means for us personally)?

When big stories break in the news media, Alaka‘i Managers ask themselves, How is this relevant to my team, and to our working culture?

They also ask themselves, Should we be talking about this, and having more conversations in our own workplace on these issues?

More often than not, the answers are:

  • It certainly is relevant, and this is why”
    (filling in those reasons why are usually easy: Model Me This)
  • Talking about it can help, for helping each other is what we do!

If you are an Alaka‘i Manager, you are talking about financial health in your workplace culture right now. You know that we all need to talk, we all need to be heard, and we all need to make sense of all the profound change swirling around us. You are willing to be the person who is there in the fray, being there for your people, and making a difference by reaching out to help them. You are leading discussions, you are listening to what people have to say, and you are getting better connected to feeling exactly what they feel.

You are helping them help themselves.
You are helping them learn what they must learn (‘Ike loa).
You are helping them feel more confident about being part of your workplace, and your culture.
You are being ‘Ohana (as their family of wider community), and you are practicing Mālama — the care and stewardship of workplace assets, handled with compassion and Aloha.

In other words, you are Managing with Aloha.
You are Kākou-conversing in the “Language of We.”

For instance, in my ‘Ohana in Business, the water cooler talk today is about falling mortgage rates, and how more savings can be reaped from refinancing: If people can afford the points, residential loans are the best financing deals around! I want my people to keep their homes forever, keeping their property affordable: I never want to see them struggle with a foreclosure, or with paycheck-to-paycheck living beyond their means. Knowledge is power when market timing is illustrating smart moves to make.

So be the Alaka‘i Manager you are, and talk story.

Start with your ‘Ohana in Business (your business model) as the core topic you open discussion with — how is [your business/ their-your income revenue stream] affected by the U.S. debt crisis, by falling mortgage rates, by joblessness, by current consumer habits? Your people will weigh in, grateful to know you are aware and are concerned, and you will learn what you need to know most — about them and what they currently struggle with.

Financial literacy is ALWAYS a good, and highly relevant MWA initiative: Jump in and lead the discussion.