Leadership Tips From the State of the Nation Address (or Not)

P-Noy Aquino getting flack for the SONA wasn’t a surprise. His getting elected wasn’t a surprise. P. Noy’s gaffes aren’t a surprise. Lacierda’s incompetence is not a surprise. The communication group’s “Cabinet rank” is not a surprise. The policy pronouncements about “public-private cooperation” is not a suprise. Everything that P’Noy Aquino has done so far is not surprising.

The case of P Noy, like the case of Erap will be fodder for discussion in the years to come, as a how-not-to-run government guide for leadership should someone become President of the Philippines.

P Noy must have studied in a university somewhere in a parallel universe, where the anti-rules of lousy leadership are embedded into one’s psyche. I imagine that those anti-rules will look like this:

TIP #1 – PRESENT FLAWED INFORMATION AND FLAWED INTERPRETATION AND CLAIM IT AS FACT.

If you have instituted a program about eliminating false statistics and you have presented a questionable presentation of the figures just say “I encourage everyone to take a step towards participation rather than fault-finding. The former takes part in finding a solution; from the latter, never-ending complaints.”

Do you seriously want people to participate on actions based on false information?

TIP #2 – – DENY THE EXISTENCE OF PROBLEMS – DON’T MENTION WHOLISTIC STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPMENT.

Hacienda Luisita does not exist. Kamag-anak Inc does not exist. The evils of protectionism does not exist.

Forget the FOIA – that puts too much power to the people. Just have a Whistleblower act so that we deal with only a few whistle blowers instead of an entire population of whistle blowers.

TIP #3 – EMPHASIZE YOUR OWN POWER AND IMPORTANCE

When your choices of people in the Cabinet are questioned – just say you have the power to hire and fire people. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Marcos – they had that power, too.

When people question the choice of Abad – never mind that favoritism is a breeding ground for corruption – just say “they are qualified”.Ā  Just use Arroyo’s strategy of “pakapalan ng mukha”, when applied to P.Noy – it’s “conviction” – it works.

TIP #4 – MAKE PEOPLE FEEL RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYONE ELSE EXCEPT YOU. PEOPLE DON’T HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEMSELVES. DO WHAT I SAY DON’T DO WHAT I DO.

Just say ” if we prioritize enabling others, we will open a world of opportunities not just for ourselves but for those who direly need it.”

Forget that you did not prioritize the enabling of Hacienda Luisita’s farmers – or passed laws to that effect when you were still Congressman and Senator.

When poor people prioritize “others” it ensures that the Pork Barrel is full, and there is money to be looted by government and the oligarchs.

And never never make people be responsible for themselves – that’s when they start thinking for themselves – that’s a NO-NO. Always present yourself as a padrino. Do not teach the people how to fish. Just give them fish.

Don’t open up the economy – I have big shares in the oligarch companies – I don’t want foreign competition threatening my income. Just give the people the circus – ABS-CBN can easily launch a program that will have people wanting to be poor so they can win money in a variety show.

TIP #5 – GIVEN TWO CROOKED PATHS – CHOOSE THE LESSER CROOKED PATH. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIND THE CORRECT THIRD PATH

Present as a straight path – the continuity of the protectionist policies in the Constitution which ensure that Filpino businesses have a monopoly of the domestic market. Never let the public in on the personal interests of HLI and Kamag-Anak Inc – and where one is “a slave to political considerations to the detriment of our nation.”

TIP #6 – NEVER APOLOGIZE AND DON’T EVEN PRETEND TO LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES

Don’t apologize for your ignorance of Japan’s parliamentary system. Don’t even learn from your diplomatic faux pas. It’s alright – if you are a hermit kingdom like North Korea – you are A-okay.

*****

In another universe – where these anti-rules are reversed, the outcome could have been different.

Good leaders must face facts – not just one but ALL – not just Arroyo but ALL.

Good leaders prepare for the worst case scenario by solving the problems before they even happen. They don’t serve as apologists of utility companies that rob the people in broad daylight.

Good leaders acknowledge mistakes and don’t make the same mistake twice.

Good leaders continuously seek to discern and evaluate a choice before committing to it – and when they commit they do so wholeheartedly.

Good leaders do not make irresponsible misleading and factually incorrect statements.

When a candidate becomes President and is now responsible for the fate of a country, he is given enormous power and privilege. P-Noy is expected to enhance the country – not undermine it in favor of his oligarch masters.

Of course, calling for P. Noy’s resignation at this point is out of the question – let’s give him his 100 day honeymoon. Removing him will not guarantee any change either as long as we operate under the higly anti-FDI provisions of the constitution.

By now, it no longer is the question of P. Noys leadership. It is a question about what kind of society comes up with such mediocre leaders.

The deeper question is what kind of people make up this kind of society that comes up with such leaders?

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27 comments

  1. Leadership is everything. Noynoy never showed it. The vast majority of people that went to the polls May 10 2010 were not looking for it. It was not a prerequisite. Our press and op ed writers rarely spoke about it. Yet it is everything.

    Leadership.
    Noynoy never had it.
    Noynoy does not have it
    Noynoy probably will never have it.

    Whose fault is that? Us, the people who do not value leadership. We just value celebs and the past viewed through yellow tainted glasses.

    http://cornholiogogs.multiply.com/journal/item/1114/You_Mean_We_Have_To_Elect_A_Leader_

    http://cornholiogogs.multiply.com/journal/item/1121/Open_Letter_to_President_Noynoy_

    http://cornholiogogs.multiply.com/journal/item/1116/Noynoy_Fantasy_or_Reality

  2. ako ang simula ng pagkabobo · ·

    emosapiens invading in 5 4 3 2…

    It’s Santa Cory’s 1st death anniversary pala. Baka may street party sila.

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  4. One cannot be competent from one day to the other. It is a long and tedious process. PNoy’s accomplishments in the Congress and Senate were unremarkable. His first month in the office was full of inconsistencies and inaccuracies. I doubt if he is going to pull the strings to make a good President.

    As John F. Kennedy once said: “Those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.”

    PNoy is riding on the back of a BIG tiger!

  5. An inmpreesive application of Jack Kennedy’s quote. Let me guess, the oligarchs form that tiger PNoy rides on? If that’s the case, let him be eaten!

  6. interested · ·

    There really isn’t much to hope for in the next 6 years. I don’t expect much from PNoy simply because he had no achievements in the past. Even that Lacierda guy has been making blunder after blunder and at least 2 of them involves giving special treatment to ABS-CBN, the new gov’t station of the Aquino administration.

    It’s just too annoying to watch them make these mistakes after PNoy made his voters believe during his campaign that he had what it takes to lead this country, huh, think again (it’s much too late now!). It takes too much effort for us who do not believe in his capacity to lead to embrace all these supposed changes and reforms because we are not confident in his leadership. I myself do not believe he knows what to do with this nation’s ills. They obviously are all groping in the dark and even if I want to be supportive of their initiatives, they strike me as vindictive, arrogant, know-it-alls who have nothing else to do but look for past sins, mistakes and other supposed evils done by the previous administration.

    All of these can be done without the need for grandstanding then later back-pedaling due to inaccurate data, it would be more productive for the country. The worst thing is that all of these false statements are believed by his yellow zealots, without discerning whether those are correct or not. This is a dangerous prelude for other future mistakes to be left unchecked because majority of the people have blind faith in this administration.

  7. @Aegis-Judex

    I meant his Popularity right now is the Tiger and PNoy takes advantage of the general admiration but the Populi will soon realize that PNoy is lacking the qualities of a good leader.

    Anyway, let him be eaten!

  8. Leadership can be achieved by anyone who wish to seize it… But Noynoy… Doesn’t give a s*** about it… And yet, he wins the election.

    Today is the death aniversay of Mrs. Corazon Aquino… I care for her… But, Noynoy is a person I don’t give a hoot!

  9. NA3 is the ultimate opposite of a great and capable leader. Its really too bad that he was given the mandate to rule the country for th next six years.

    Ours is a fragmented country. Disunity is prevalent. However, I am in the opinion that disunity is even our biggest problem. It is not the main reason why our nation is still poor. This problem is again not unique to thie PI.

    We can cite Malaysia as one country with an even more fragmented citizenry. Up until today, the Malays, called Muslims by the two other ethcni groups, are ranked are first class citizens. The Chinese and the Indians are treated as second and third class citizens. The Muslims occupy key positions in the government and are always first in the pecking order in business, commerce and personal stuff such as housing, etc…The crumbs are left for the two other groups to enjoy.

    But look at where malaysia is now? Behind a strong leader, they were able to transcend the barriers of ethnic difference. Of course it helps that they have oil. But that is nothing without stability. Nigeria is rich in oil but they are still struggling. The same is true with Indonesia a country rich in oil, although they are now on their way to better economic state after a decade of restored stability.

    The biggest key is to have a strong leader with a great vision who will be able to pull all. The strings together by all means to push the country towards economic development. Malaysia is a very young country but having a stong leader made all the difference.

    From all indications, even as the current regime is just a month old, it is difficult to see if NA3 will be able to shepherd this country or at least lay the groundwork towards economic prosperity. All he does is whine and deliver empty statements.

    It is certainly tiring and frustrating to see us being overtaken by our ASEAN neighbors, left and right.

  10. Hyden Toro · ·

    Good Leaders are born. They upgrade their leadership skills by: education and experiences. You can test good leaders by their : (1) ability of present workable solutions to problems. (2) ability to implement and complete the projects they have started. and (3) ability to meet a Crissis, head on…I had seen good and bad leaders in my experiences working in corporations. Good leaders are like bubbles in your Soda Pops: they rise to the top, even if they are in the bottom.

    Noynoy Aquino has risen as President thru:

    (1) EDSA Mania.- All he did was ride on the sentiments of the death of his mother, Cory Aquino. The EDSA is a delusion perpetuated by the Oligarchs, to have us distracted from our miseries. It is some sort of anesthesia.

    (2) Oligarchs Media Network.- the Television, Newspapers, Blog Sites, etc…controlled by the Oligarchs provide disinformation to the public. This has been their tactic, since they grabbed power.

    (3) Catholic Church and other Religions.- to fully convince people, to fully delude them: you have to use or ask the help from Religious Institutions. Ancient Rulers used these tactics. From the ancient Egyptian Paraoahs to the modern day Islamic Ayatollah. How many human miseries have been caused by religions? From prophets being banished; people being crucified; to the religious inquisitions in the Middle Ages. To the stoning and cutting of heads of people in conservative Islamic countries today.

    (4) Blame Game.- they Blame the people, they’d taken power from. Marcos was blamed. Gloria Arroyo is now being blamed. The handlers of Noynoy Aquino are now projecting him, as the mighty conquering hero, to right what is wrong. Some sort of Cult Worship they are now building,being used by Kim Il Jong of North Korea.

    (5) Diversion or Distraction.- This is their good tactic; that the Aquino family has been using. Noynoy Aquino diverted the attention to Manny Villar’s highway fiasco, during election. His mother, Cory Aquino diverted our attention, on Marcos hiiden wealth, during her term. Now, Noynoy Aquino is diverting our attention to Gloria Arroyo, to make our minds preoccupied. We will not be minding his being INCOMPETENT. FOCUS your attention on what, he is doing. Continue to put pressure on him, daily, if possible…

    We have beewn deluded by this family, for many years. It’s time to wake up, and demand our rights to be governed right..

  11. Hyden Toro · ·

    Noynoy Aquino has never had the proper educations and work experiences; to equipp him to the task of the Philippine Presidency. This is the REALITY, we have to accept. He was placed in that position by the EDSA delusion, used by the Oligarch Rulers. The fellow has not even had a name made by himself. All were derived from his family’s popularity…

  12. Hyden Toro · ·

    In a job interview; you require a : job applicant’s Resume. What was in his resume? As a Congressman, or a Senator? What did he accomplish during his terms? Nothing!!! So, his handlers have to distract you away from the subject. They have you, focused on the : (1) Highway Scandal of Manny Villar. and (2) the regime of Gloria Arroyo. that she might declare Martial Law, and grab power. EDSA , therefore was on the forefront again. The incompetence of Noynoy Aquino, was not looked upon…

  13. Hyden Toro · ·

    We have to Focus on him…don’t let yourselves be distracted. They are using the Diversionary Tactic, they have been using, since the time of Marcos. Noynoy Aquino is now in charge of the government. Every move he makes, must be examined. Put pressure on him, if you can…we have the right to demand, to be governed rightrfully…

  14. Hyden Toro · ·

    CULT WORSHIP. This practice has been used by people who wanted to monopolize power. Kim Il Jong of North Korea is using it. Kim Il Jong’s father: Kim Il Sung used it also to stay in power. Russia’s Stalin and Lenin, used it. China’s Mao Tse Tung used it also. Why wonder, if the Aquino handlers are using it? They want to develop a Cult of Followers, to worship Cory Aquino, as the “Mother of Democracy” and a Saint. To distract us and divert our attention, from the incompetence of his son:Noynoy Aquino.

  15. In short, don’t lead…

    Make bola nalang.

    The best mambobola is the best lider in Da Pilipins. šŸ˜•

  16. ulong pare · ·

    … daaang

    @Hyden T: prez gung gong’s resume’ was his daddy&mommy’s grave marker…

    … for flip gung gongs, that’s good ’nuff… :mrgreen:

  17. ulong pare · ·

    … daang

    … education and experience are not required to run for flipland’s govt…

    … my idolo-bigotilyo-iyutero-prez erap was the ultimate flipsquat leader… ‘sang tambaks ang kabit, walang kayod…

    … my boksingero-iyutero cong fcukyaw is the the ultimate illiterati leader… di nakatapos ng gred wan, may doktorit from unibersidad de shabu oooopsie cebu…

    … ‘sang tambaks na reps & tongressmen/women are b-movie starlets/bombastics… mostly flipflam ‘merkan rejects…

    … ay sus ginoo… puro kayo gung gongs!

  18. bruckner · ·

    So true. What democracy are they talking about? My grandparents told me that nothing has changed from Marcos time up to now. There is suppresion and human rights violations all over the country. Media men/women are getting killed when they go opposite the tide. The people are being threatened by traditional politicians. They harass people in subtle ways.

    Corazon Aquino was a Media-made “Mother of Democracy”. EDSA I is orchestrated and the Aquinos grabbed the opportunity to power, taking advantage of the outburst of emotion of the Filipinos. The same did PNoy as he ran for presidency. Ninoy Aquino was in strong opposition to Marcos government but he has the Hacienda Luisita as his personal motive and the same has his son, Noynoy Aquino.

  19. Hyden Toro · ·

    Hey Daang…

    You use dead people, to boost your popularity? Even the dead now, are not allowed to rest in their graves..they are used by self serving people in politics…We have gone too low, that we don’t even respect the dead…

  20. ulong pare · ·

    … daaang

    @Hyden T: syempre naman…

    … take for examples, jc… he’s been dead milleniums ago, but still a gung gong icon/magnet…

    … all traposakals, ladrones garapales, etchastera etc,, use jc to be elected…

    … in prez gung gong’s case, he has jc + mommy & daddy to boot… :mrgreen:

    … kaya hayun, landslide ang panalo… šŸ˜†

  21. ulong pare · ·

    … daaang

    @mel naman naman namannn… “Anyway, let him be eaten!”

    … first laidy has been eating him for years… he likes it… šŸ˜³

  22. ulong pare · ·

    … daaang

    “The deeper question is what kind of people make up this kind of society that comes up with such leaders?”

    ANS: fcuktory defcuktive people… flips are fcuktory defcuks… :mrgreen:

    … recall…. recall… recall….

    … nuke… nuke… nyuk nyuk nyuk flipland…

  23. Hyden Toro · ·

    No, they are unveiling a very large Portrait Mosaic of Santa Cory Aquino…go and pray to her picture…maybe you’ll win Jueteng…because of her being in “Heaven”…she can “intercede for your prayers…”Go also and bring flowers to her tomb…offer your prayers…to the “Mother of DemoCRAZY..” :mrgreen:

  24. @ Hyden and Daang.

    Some people use the memory of dead people to obscure the fact that they can not and have not accomplished much themselves even if they are still alive. Our president is exactly that kind of person. And our media does not see through that.

    http://cornholiogogs.multiply.com/journal/item/913/Riding_the_Momentum_of_Death

  25. interested · ·

    @ Redd, your statement:

    “The biggest key is to have a strong leader with a great vision who will be able to pull all. The strings together by all means to push the country towards economic development.”

    Truly there is a disconnect between what you described as a strong leader and Noynoy Aquino. Judging from what we have heard and seen this past month, it’s clear that he does not possess the skills and the sharp mind of such a leader which our country badly needs. His intentions may be good, but that alone is not enough to move this nation forward. Fervent prayers and vigilance are our weapons to overcome the incompetence that has been rearing its ugly head nowadays.

  26. averageJoe · ·

    This blog site only shows that the country is beyond repair.

  27. Hmm, sounds like joe am!

    I beg to disagree. There is a way to change and repair the culture and government of this country. We just have to begin with seeing the truth, not be blended by false hope and empty promises of PNoy.

    Awareness of the problems is a form of progress. Ignoring the causes prevents a society to develop.

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