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Managing with Kulena


Kulena is one’s personal sense of responsibility. It drives self-motivation and self-reliance and seeks opportunity. Opportunity creates energy and excitement. Kulena weaves empowerment and ownership through opportunity. There is a transformation that comes from keeping the promise you make to yourself. Great managers state, “I accept my responsibilities and I will be held accountable.”

Accepting the responsibility for leadership is vital for any company. It is best assigned to those with the passion to lead for the good of the cause; position and title are not prerequisites. Leadership responsibility also includes empowering others and promoting ownership for others. Give people responsibility early. Give them the opportunity to go out and do things. Trust that they’ll go forward and do them.

To determine how your employees are seeing your vision, ask them, “How do you feel about your kulena (responsibilities) here at work?” You know you are headed in the right direction when you hear things like, “stay healthy, show up on time, set a good example, others are depending on you.” Also, if you are a great manager, don’t be surprised if you hear that your employees have bigger expectations that you had for them. Remember, those who accept the responsibility will seek the opportunity to do so.


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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