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Managing with Aloha: Pearls of Palena ‘Ole

Sequence 3 on Managing with Aloha, Bringing Hawai‘i’s Common Values to the Artwork of Enterprise. Tenth in Sequence Three on Managing with Aloha

By Rosa Say

Palena ‘ole is Key Idea 9 within the Managing with Aloha philosophy. It interprets to “with out edges or boundaries” and we check with it as the idea of limitless capability:

“That is your exponential progress stage, and about seeing your greater and higher management goals come to fruition. Suppose ‘Legacy’ and ‘Abundance’ and welcome the teaching of Pono into your life as the worth it’s. We create our abundance by honoring human capability; bodily, mental, emotional, and non secular. Once we search inclusive, full engagement and optimum productiveness, any shortage shall be banished. Progress is welcomed and alter isn’t feared; enthusiasm thrives. Palena ‘ole is an on a regular basis perspective in an ‘Ohana in Enterprise, assuming that progress and abundance is all the time current as a chance. Given voice, Palena ‘ole feels like this: Don’t restrict your self! Why accept ‘both/or’ once we can go for the ‘and’, and be higher?”

In a phrase, Palena ‘ole is about progress, whether or not for people, or for imaginative and prescient and an organization as a complete.

For people, consider Palena ‘ole as the additional oomph to our Key Idea 7, Strengths Administration, whereby we enhance our strengths stock by exploring our untapped human capability. We push on the edges of no matter we beforehand felt constrained by, and make use of the worth of Ho‘omau (perseverance, continuous enchancment and renewal) as we query any impediment or barrier which can have walled us in earlier than. There’s extra chance to be explored, and we are able to thrill to the invention of the expansion we’re able to. We anticipate higher, and intention to grow to be innovators.

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I’ve penned an annual one-word theme for the Ho‘ohana Neighborhood of Managing with Aloha in recent times, and our 2021 theme was impressed by Palena ‘ole as our greatest response to the pandemic difficulties of 2020:

Experiment! Not ‘experimentation,’ for that’s extra previous tense, and might be about different folks. Experiment, as in NOW, and as in for YOU, and as Go for it! What explorations are you able to tackle this 12 months? Which pathway of your fourfold capability—bodily, mental, emotional, and non secular—has been your ‘highway much less traveled’ to this point? Suppose again to each ‘coulda, shoulda, woulda’ you’ve ever uttered, and switch previous remorse into an intriguing experiment of contemporary chance. If not now, when?”

2020 may rightfully be dubbed the 12 months all the principles modified. These modifications have been a combination of the nice and the unhealthy, and as Managing with Aloha has taught us, we all the time have a selection in what our reactions shall be, so the nice outweighs the unhealthy, and that good perseveres—so we make that proverbial silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

Once I take into consideration the nice which got here out of 2020, I see the rule-changing packaged with a complete lot of permissiveness, and there’s no higher response for us than the optimistic expectancy of Palena ‘ole.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us dramatically. It has been greater than okay to alter, whether or not in our habits, our work and the way we did it, and even with the place we determined to reside—change and adaptation has been anticipated and inspired. Nonetheless is.

A number of stigmas, resembling with being furloughed, laid-off, and fired, have lessened. Every kind of pros have been simply tremendous with being thought-about “unessential staff” this previous 12 months—they’ve explored simply how rather more they’re able to mastering, and so they have lit their way of life on fireplace.

We have now felt a brand new and completely different sort of camaraderie in our shared experiences, powerful as they might be. We’ve “all been on this collectively” as a society-pervasive checking out, streamlining, and shifting of priorities, inspecting a variety of variables we largely took with no consideration earlier than, resembling faculty and in-person studying.

Not for a second do I indicate that any of this has been straightforward, but this truth stands: we’ve carried out it, and we proceed to push ahead.

We are able to accomplish that rather more. The pandemic has uncovered rather more than our shortfalls in healthcare and governance, hasn’t it? What’s going to we do about them? The experimental, permissive perspective infused in Palena ‘ole is so a lot better than blame, finger-pointing, and excuse-making: we simply get on with it, and forge forward towards higher. We welcome the new and completely different with fewer pre-judgements or stodgy assumptions, and with out being saddled by conference.

In 2021, let’s proceed to be rule-changers.

Let’s proceed to query the important and non-essential.

Let’s proceed to strike by way of previous assumptions, worn-out traditions, and beforehand unchallenged conventions.

Let’s make extra change—extra innovation—with our willingness, and stigma-free encouragement to experiment.

Be impressed by Palena ‘ole, and enlarge your capability: begin together with your expectation that the world is your oyster, and there are pearls of Aloha abundance to be discovered. ❖

In Sequence 3, we discover the 9 Key Ideas of Managing with Aloha as a culture-building philosophy for the office.

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