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Managing with Ha’aha’a


Ha’aha’a is humility; be humble, be modest, and be open to your thoughts. True humility is an act of courtesy. Groom your own character with humility in respect for others. There is nothing noble in being superior to someone else. True nobility is in being superior to your previous self. We can cherish what success we achieve with the quiet pride and effective power of ha’aha’a, understanding that if we have achieved this much, we should be able to achieve more. As a reminder, your success is also your ohana’s success, and it should be shared as such.

To have inner drive, to want to be successful is a good thing. Great managers develop a managing style with a discipline that keeps you humble, modest, open-minded, and never arrogant. This does not mean to underrate yourself. Also, humility is not shyness. Those who are humble are modest, but they are not meek, afraid, or fearful. However, it does include speaking softly, with a quiet voice, and with a calming presence. People who speak softly and calmly are listened to more than those who speak loudly or brashly.

Humility should never be self-deprecating or negate one’s confidence. There should be no damaging hits to one’s self esteem. The higher the tolerance for mistakes, the smaller the risk for failure. Humility means you’ve earned the right to speak, but you let your actions do it instead.


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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