Category Archives: April 2017

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Public Seminar: The Mindful Leader

Join us for a seminar in mindful leadership on May 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at SEDA BGC. Leadership is fundamentally about facilitating high performance, motivating others to do things effectively and efficiently.

Emotional intelligence is a key attribute that helps leaders achieve this function. There is a wealth of literature detailing the impact emotion has on individuals’ performance. This research has shown, for example, that people perform their best at work when they feel involved in purposeful work that develops who they are, when they feel valued, cared for, consulted, respected, informed and understood.

This research has also shown that leaders who practice mindfulness and apply mindfulness techniques to their leadership of others are better equipped to cope with everyday leadership challenges and create high performance in others.

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During this program, you will improve your understanding of emotions and emotional intelligence. You will also explore and practice tools and techniques for applying mindfulness in your leadership as a means to improve the quality of your leadership.

mindful leadership

Participants will explore the science of emotions, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness. During this workshop you’ll examine the Genos model of emotional intelligence, review feedback about our emotionally intelligent leadership behavior, and explore and practice a set of mindfulness techniques to enhance EI and leadership skills.

Course outline

  • Program introduction and mindful breathing exercise
  • Six breaths mindful breathing exercise
  • Seat & feet
  • Exercise review: mindful paired listening exercise
  • Introduction to the Genos Model of Emotional Intelligence
  • What is mindfulness: Overview and links to EI
  • Attention training using mind and body
  • Analyzing your Genos EI Assessment results and planning for development
  • The purposeful pause
  • Body scan
  • Stop and drop to manage emotions
  • Program review and action planning

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Bonus: Online GENOS self-assessment reports are also included!

This intensive two-day program consists of one-day standalone units, known as the Foundation and Advanced paths. Participants are encouraged to attend foundation days and then, after practicing what they’ve learned for a few months, attend the advanced path.

About the Facilitator

Mr. Deiric McCann, best-selling author of AMAZON, sought-after international speaker, is also Head of International Development, Profiles International, Texas, USA, Head of International Development, GENOS Emotional Intelligence. He received certifications for both, including a Masters Certifications under Search Inside Yourself Institute in San Francisco, CA.

“Deiric has made a bottom-line impact on me and my business in two different areas. The first is via his considerable expertise in sales, as a very gifted, engaging and irreverently funny expert presenter at our annual Profiles International conference. The second is as the co-author of ‘Leadership Charisma’, a very practical, thoroughly researched and well-written ‘how-to’ book that every person who wants to become a more effective leader should read – and heed. Deiric McCann has my strongest professional endorsement”

– Russ Minary, Brand & Talent Management, Thought Leader

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Questions for the HR industry today

HR is constantly changing and evolving, so the big questions we need to answer change constantly. We compiled a few important HR industry questions based on this years trends and what we’ve seen as assessment players in the local industry.

HR Industry questions

How will Generation Z behave in the workforce?

Millennials are no longer the newbies of the office. As the first of Generation Z turns 21-23 and begins to enter the professional workspace as employees, you may find that Millennials are now some of the older and more senior players in the office.

This brings up the question of how to best manage Generation Z as entry-level employees, how should HR managers train them to take on leadership roles, and how to address Millennials as upper-level professionals.

How can we overcome algorithm aversion?

“The most effective HR leaders will become students of Big Data thinking. Because data on employees is more limited and less quantitative than that of, say, customer response to direct marketing, it’s easy to think about hiring and developing people in only traditional ways — ways that have rarely been tested and deliver no immediate feedback. By becoming students of Big Data thinking, HR leaders can build their instincts on how to look for and create opportunities to evaluate what works, test different approaches, and elevate HR from generic sourcing and tracking to delivering competitive advantage.” –Ken Rosen, Managing Partner at Performance Works

HR has made leaps and bounds when it comes to technology and the science behind algorithms. However, recruiters may still trust their judgment over time-tested tools. Picture the most sophisticated auto-pilot technology, that can detect changes in air pressure and weather outside that a pilot’s naked eye can’t see. Yet when you see the pilot take his or her hands off the wheel, you may get an uncomfortable lurching feeling.

The same can apply to HR managers who are more inclined to trust their gut instinct (which isn’t measurable) instead of tools that are meant to equip them with vital, in-depth information about their candidates and current team members.

This brings up the question of how to overcome any mistrust of technology when it comes to HR processes, which can tend to feel like a more personal choice due to interviews and company culture factors.

Are annual reviews beneficial for your company?

Annual reviews are a common industry practice, and have generally been seen as beneficial. After companies like Adobe and Deloitte dropped their annual reviews, found that performance and engagement actually fell by 10%.

This result indicates that annual reviews are something that your HR department should try for a few years, but it also brings up the question of whether annual reviews are a good fit for all companies or if you should find another way to manage performance reviews.

The jury is still out on this one, but it’s an important question to ask on an individual scale, and factors such as company size comes into play. Look at the time investment it will take, the results, and whether it’s sustainable or worth the ROI.

How should HR address contingent workers?

Contingent workers include part-time employees, freelance workers, independent contractors, and the like. These are not full-time employees, but play a vital role in a company nonetheless. Many teams are evolving to accommodate contingent workers, but it’s important to define HR’s role in this movement.

How should you address company culture in these non-full-time teams? What learning and development can HR provide? There are numerous questions that come with how to incorporate contingent workers and how company policies differ.

Who owns data?

As data privacy concerns get more pressing, and more and more records are being digitized, the question of who owns your employee information is becoming increasingly pressing. As companies try to improve their team organization, learning and development options, and department placements, they collect data on job candidates that might stay on record. Who owns this data? Is it the company that’s doing the testing, or the employees/candidates whom the data is about? This is one of the most important questions in HR that must be addressed.

What questions do you have for the HR industry?

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Get certified for the GENOS Emotional Intelligence Program

People Dynamics was the first to hold a GENOS Emotional Intelligence Certification in Manila, back in November 15 to 16, 2016. Spurred by its success, we decided to bring it back for a second year in Cebu!

On May 25 – 26, 2017, join us at the Mandarin Plaza Hotel in Cebu to earn a Certification for GENOS Emotional Intelligence Program.

The demand for emotional intelligence in the 21st century is even more pronounced, especially with the influx of automation, being in the midst of disruptive innovation, artificial intelligence and the height of the digital era.

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Here’s a quick look at how last year’s certification program went.

Emotional intelligence facts

  • Emotional Intelligence is proven to be a critical success factor for leadership and organizations
  • EI or EQ is more than twice as predictive of performance than IQ
  • 80 to 90 percent of the professional competencies that differentiate top performance are related to EI Companies
    that have implemented training on emotional intelligence have seen phenomenal returns on their investment
  • A holistic EI Well-Being Program requires two key components: Assessment plus Intervention
  • GENOS has all of the above!

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An investment of Php25,760 includes the 2-day certification and a great opportunity to learn, network, and improve your professional teams and self.

Certified Master Trainer

Deiric McCann
Head of International Development Genos
Author of Best Seller Amazon Books
International Speaker Certifier

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Employee Learning and Development in the Philippines

This is a guest post by Ron Cullimore of Manila Recruitment. His expertise covers client experience and engagement, service management, business development, offshoring and recruitment strategy for start-ups, SMEs, corporations and multinationals. His passion lies in providing well-rounded recruitment solutions to teams with specialist recruitment needs in the Philippines.

Your employees are assets, and should be valued as such. They deserve returns for their hard work and loyalty that go beyond minimal monetary gifts. While money could be one motivating factor, there’s nothing more fulfilling than preparing your employees not only for their current roles but also for future career opportunities.

Employee development is a process where an employee, with the support of his/her employer, undergoes various training programs to enhance his/her knowledge and skills and acquire new skills s/he can use in the future.

How to Promote Employee Development in the Philippines

In the Philippines’, employee development is one of the key factors that affect employee retention, especially among millennials. Here are some effective learning and employee development tactics your company can do to provide the needed growth your employee deserves.

Training and Seminars

Training helps an employee perform his best. Meanwhile, the organization benefits from this as well, as it may likely lead to higher profits.

In-house and outsourced training, conferences, and seminars make employees better and reliable resources, as they become equipped with knowledge and information they would most likely use throughout their career.

Make them feel that the responsibility of the organization lies on their shoulders, which it does. Seminars should give more attention to leadership and management development, talent development, customer service and sales, which are some of the basic skills needed in most jobs in the Philippines.

Promotions, Performance Appraisal, and Additional Benefits

Well-performing employees deserve more than just recognition. Promotions should take place not just because your people are brilliant at their current job, but because they are ready for a bigger role.

A great amount of dedication and hard work deserve something in return to motivate employees to deliver more and go the extra mile. Who wouldn’t say no to a promotion or be commended at any point in his career, right?

According to a scheme called 360 Degree Appraisal, managers or supervisors evaluate the performance of their team members and give them valuable feedback based on their evaluation. The results of an appraisal help an employee determine his shortcomings, strengths, and how s/he can work on these to be more efficient with work and career growth as well.

Remember to always include personal feelings of your employees by taking their lifestyle, specifically their family time into consideration. Filipinos have strong family ties, so offering benefits that revolve around the family can help. Events like family days, days off for special family events, and even bringing of pets in the office are good retention ideas to help your employees feel that you value them and their personal lives.

Team Building and Other Extra-Curricular Activities

All work and no play leads to burned out employees. It’s hard for employees to muster up the extra effort needed to go the distance when they’re losing the will to work. Give your people a break from time to time so that they have something to look forward to in the future.

The perfect way to engage your employees is by doing a team building, which is useful for breaking down barriers between individuals through activities that can promote camaraderie and sportsmanship within the workplace.

Further, local corporations such as Resorts World Manila, Capital One, and Thomson Reuters Philippines offer free shuttle services to their employees. Small to medium businesses and startups can also offer simple perks that can satisfy and motivate employees, which can eventually make them stand out compared to other companies.

Professional Development Opportunities

Most companies in the Philippines offer an excellent environment to develop and advance their careers. Giving your employees the opportunity to take on educational courses which can extend their subject matter expertise could shape them to be better career people in the future.

Providing learning opportunities at the expense of the company to enhance your employee’s skills will help in maintaining a high level of confidence on basic, and even advanced workplace skills among employees in their respective career tracks.

Keep your employees engaged

The Philippine recruitment scene has been continuously growing, as it becomes more competitive and adapting to today’s generation. From offering competitive salaries and benefits to developing a culture of innovation and shared rewards based on company performance, your company must always prioritize employees for they are the key players to your business’ success.

It is essential to be creative and learn what keeps your employees engaged and enthusiastic about working for you and avoid the factors that could make them hesitate that decision. Workplace culture is a primary influence that could easily be innovated, and thus, choosing a lighter, more efficient environment for your employees is one big thing that could make them stay.

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Public Seminar: Practical Communication Strategies

Join us on April 27, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at D’ Cup Coffee Republic for a public seminar on practical communication strategies.

This Learning and Development program is designed to equip you to effectively handle day to day communication dynamics in the workplace. This is with an injection of positivity, confidence, and empathy. A fun and interactive one-day program that is surely an experience worth having.

Participants will learn to see communication as a gift, develop skills to give feedback and ask the right questions, and be open to spontaneous public speaking. The workshop will also go over how to deal with situations with confidence instead of aggression, and communication techniques that can be applied daily.

Course Outline

  • “Communication” – a gift
  • HAIL agreement
  • Think fast, talk smart
  • Techniques for probing, giving feedback, and handling difficult situations/conversations
  • Be a better listener
  • Body language
  • Wrap-up

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D’ Cup Coffee Republic is located at the 2nd Floor Pioneer Street Market, Reliance St. – Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.

About the Facilitator

Ruby Mañalac is at present working for PROFILES ASIA PACIFIC/PEOPLE DYNAMICS, INC. as Director for the development of a distributor network for GENOS, a new Emotional Intelligence assessment introduced last November. Previously she occupied the position of Director for Operations and Marketing. She has been with Profiles on and off since 1999.

She has worked with various other organizations mostly in the field of Sales, Marketing, Communications, and Training holding positions with Arc Docendi (Marketing Communications Strategist), Globaltronics (Corporate Marketing and Sales Director), Manila Standard (Circulation Manager) and Manila Bulletin (Assistant Display Ads Manager/Writer/Section Editor).

Further, she has also held positions in the USA in the field of Sales, Marketing and Business and People Development such as Group Manager, Sales and Business Development Supreme Health Systems Business Development with Exquisite Home Products both in (New York) and (New Jersey ) USA.

For both companies, she was multi-awarded in the field of sales and people development and was awarded as the TOP ROOKIE Presidents Award in NY and NJ. She believes in working strategically with alliances and being open to new learnings. She also greatly adheres to the importance of the human factor in any given situation.

She is a graduate of AB Major in Communication Arts in UST, a Certificate holder in Human Resources Planning and Acquisition in the University of Makati under PMAP and recently acquired the GENOS Emotional Intelligence Certification as an EI practitioner. She has also received numerous trainings both here and abroad, specifically, she has been with two training events with Profiles International in Texas as well as a Visionary training event in Memphis under Supreme Health Systems.

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Where to find talent online in the Philippines

The Philippines has no shortage of great talent, the challenge lies in finding them. To help you with your search for great team members, we’ve compiled a list of places to search online, and a few tactics to reach your best candidates on each one.

Where to find talent online in the Philippines


LinkedIn is a great tool for the Philippines, but not all your job candidates are active on it. The good news is the people who are active on LinkedIn are likely to be tech savvy and great with social media and branding. This professional network is a nice indicator of those who are more career-oriented.

Do a search by location and skills to filter out the candidates you want. If you still have too many options, try filtering by title, taking a look at their previous experience, and only looking at candidates who have recommendations.

Tip: Pay attention to how often they update their profile. Is it up-to-date with their latest job? Is their last entry from 3 years ago? Look for active candidates.


Although LinkedIn is the professional social network, many Filipinos are on Facebook. Advertise a job opening and target your ideal candidate; you can specify location, age, interests, education, and more.

Alternatively, you can post your job openings on your own Facebook page to reach those who are already fans of your brand, or on Facebook groups that your ideal candidates may hang out in.


Quora is an online question and answer site where people can ask questions, and demonstrate their expertise by answering others’ questions. It’s a great place to find influencers and individuals who are generally helpful.

Do a user search for the skills and job title you need, and you should see a few candidates and/or their answers pop up. Take a look at their answer history to gauge their expertise, and get a conversation going with the strongest candidates. When it comes time, reach out to see if they’d like to work with you.


Reddit is not seen as an especially professional place to spend time on the Internet, but the platform has been able to pull surprisingly professional communities around different topics. Take a look at your industry, or the r/Philippines subreddits and you’ll see plenty of discussion (great, and not-so-great) going on. Do a search within those subreddits to find topics related to your job opening, and check out who’s part of the discussion. You can choose to reach out there and invite them to apply, or post your job opening directly into Reddit.

Job boards

Last but not least, job boards are a popular way for job seekers to find positions. Resources like Hired and Kalibrr connect jobs and job seekers quickly and efficiently. Usually, the company takes a more passive role in these; they post a job and receive applications from job seekers who are part of the platform. However, we recommend taking a look at the different candidate profiles and reaching out to the top talent–who will usually be busy working and not always browsing the job boards looking for new positions.

Where do you find your top talent?

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Public Seminar: The Greatest Enemy of the Filipino

Join us on April 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Golden Prince Hotel and Suites as we go over what makes the Filipino workforce so special, and our greatest enemy.

This 1-day program offers Managers proven approaches in convincing employees that they really can become a World-Class Filipino here in the Philippines.

The program is facilitated by international speaker and best-selling author Mike Grogan, who shares from the perspective of a foreigner, why core Filipino values like “Bayanihan” and “Walang Iwanan” make the Filipino so special. Via storytelling and concrete examples, Mike helps participants see inspiring perspective how they look at themselves and their fellow Filipinos.

This program offers practical guidance for Managers on how they can motivate and inspire their people to have a positive perspective of the opportunities that are present in the Philippines, and ultimately convince them not to leave for higher paying jobs abroad.

Course Objective

In this event, you will dive deep on how you can apply the principles of positive psychology to motivate and engage your workforce to stay in the Philippines. You will learn the practical habits, coaching techniques, and tools in inspiring your employees to achieve outstanding results here in the Philippines versus becoming an average person in a foreign country.

The program will explore the False Limiting Beliefs of some Filipinos to motivate them to become the best version of themselves here in the Philippines.

Regardless of what your turnover rate is in your company, the risk of your best employees leaving to go abroad remains a significant lost opportunity for your business.

Save your company 1000’s of hours of time in unnecessary new hire recruitment and training by equipping your leaders with the knowledge and skills to give them the convincing power in making employees stay.

Course Outline

  • Workshop Overview: Challenges today. The psychology of why people leave, and the reasons people stay.
  • Module 1: World-Class Filipino. Why this is the greatest time in history to be in the Philippines.
  • Module 2: False Limiting Beliefs. The mindsets that hold people back.
  • Module 3: Habits of Success. How to remove limiting beliefs, managing difficult conversations, inspiring employees to become more disciplined, accountable, and productive.
  • Module 4: Becoming a World-Class Filipino. Building a culture of Pinoy pride personal action plan. End of event reflection.

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About the Facilitator

Mike Grogan is an International Speaker & Best-Selling Author who believes that behavioral changes are easy if you use the right code. Mike has worked in Europe, America, Africa and Asia and has delivered his inspiring talks and training seminars to over 100,000 people around the world. Mike believes that with the right support, individuals and organizations can really achieve the extraordinary results that they deserve. He is currently based in Manila where he is passionate about empowering Filipinos to create a First World Philippines in our lifetime.

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Meeting tools to increase productivity

Whether you’re having a meeting virtually or in the office, there’s some great software out there to keep everyone on the same page. Use these meeting tools to share your screens, take collaborative notes, align timezones, or met virtually with your colleagues and clients.

Meeting platforms


Skype is an online instant messaging and video chat platform that’s free to use, and allows you to make calls as long as you have an Internet connection. You can invite multiple participants to a meeting, share screens, or call a local phone using this tool.


GoToMeeting is an online meeting platform that built for professional use. It has end-to-end encryption, making it one of the more secure meeting platforms. All users get a unique URL for their meetings, which they can use as a base of operations.


Zoom is a web conferencing service that supports online meetings, webinars, conference rooms, and video/voice/screen sharing.

Join me provides free screen sharing, online meetings, and web conferencing. They operate on mobile, support webinars, and a mobile whiteboard wherein everyone on your meeting can collaborate in real time. They are fully editable and downloadable as PDFs.



Calendly is a meeting scheduler that makes it easier to find a time where all parties are free to meet. Just start an account, add your open times, and others can book 15, 30, and 1-hour meetings. As they take timeslots, Calendly will register that those times are taken and won’t show them as open in your options.

This free and convenient Gmail add-on allows you to quickly schedule any meetings you’ve discussed via email. Eliminate double bookings by adding your available timeslots directly into your emails, and allowing recipients to reserve a slot. It automatically converts timezones and sends notifications to all parties before a meeting.


NeedToMeet allows you to create a unique meeting link to invite attendees, get notifications before a meeting, view and edit all meetings in one dashboard, and schedule meetings in 3 steps: enter meeting details, suggest dates and times, and invite attendees. The tool will find a common time that works for everyone.

Google Calendar

Google Calendar allows you to add reminders and events to your meeting, and invite participants. Once they accept, it will be automatically added to their calendars as well. You can add notes to the meeting, such as where it will take place, or the agenda.

World Meeting Time

Schedule meetings with up to 15 guests, plus you. This tool allows you to save regular meetings and automatically reconciles dates and times across timezones. You can see what time it’ll be between different guests by moving their cursors on a world map.

Every Time Zone

A visual display of different timezones.

Notes and minutes


Create and share meeting notes, the minutes, and collaborate with your fellow attendees online. You can create a checklist for the agenda, assign action items coming away from the meeting, and even do a text search on handwritten notes.

Google Keep

Google Keep is great for taking personal notes during meetings. It’s UI follows a sticky note design, and allows for checklists, reminders, and color coding.

Google Docs

Collaborate online in real-time on a Google Doc, where you and your team can take notes and send comments that will be immediately visible for whoever else has access.

What meeting tools do you use?

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