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Managing with ‘Imi ola


‘Imi ola is to seek life. It is the value that places the ability to achieve your purpose in your own hands, giving you the clear understanding that you have the power to create your own destiny. ‘Imi ola seeks life at its very best.

You are unique and individually blessed. There is no one else like you. Thus, you alone can answer the question truthfully and completely for yourself. You are completely free to answer the question on the way you want your life to be. You have the power to create the destiny of your own choosing. Thus, write down your personal mission statement; your purpose in life. Write it with intellectually honesty and allow it to be the guide to assist you in achieving your goals and your destiny. The mission statement is part 2 of the 3 part strategy: passion, mission, and performance.

Being a great manager allows you to touch people’s life in profound ways. You have a responsibility to teach, to mentor, to coach. A great way to do this is using your employees’ mission statements in your conversations. You can teach the value of mission statements, and mentor them in the achievement of their professional mission statements.

To assist employees write their professional mission statements, remind them

  1. To make it short
  2. To make it simple
  3. To make it realistic
  4. To make it achievable
  5. To make it meaningful
  6. To make it exciting and fun to keep them enthusiastic
  7. To make it successful and rewarding for them and conducive to your business’ success

Additionally, great managers spot when goals are achieved and take time to congratulate, reward, and celebrate. Remember to take time to do the same with your employees.


CITE: MANAGING WITH ALOHA: Bringing Hawaii’s Universal Values to the Art of Business by Rosa Say




Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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