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Managing with Ho’ohanohano


Ho’ohanohano is honoring the dignity of others by conducting yourself with distinction and cultivating respectfulness. Honor the dignity of others by helping them find their own nobility. Treat others well in honor of their spirit. Honor the intelligence of others; it is there. Honor your own dignity and self-respect by acting with integrity. Cultivate an inclusive attitude. Seek to demonstrate your respect for others – always. Treat others well simply in respect for who they are.

Ho’ohanohano is respect for the spirit within and the recognition that one’s inner spirit must be kept healthy. Spiritual will always manifest itself in the physical realm eventually, and as the keepers of our own spirit, we must hold ourselves accountable for it. When the spirit manifests in the physical realm, you want it to be at its highest level, not the lowest one. Example: When you feel you weren’t treated well, think about a time when you lashed out at another person. Treat everyone in a respectful manner that values who they are and with the dignity they deserve. Those who feel they have dignity act in a way that befits them.

Honor the dignity in others. Conduct yourself with distinction and self-respect. Honor your own dignity. Always treat others with dignity and respect. It is the right thing to do. Dignity is about poise and self-respect. Great managers must be worthy of the esteem and honor of their position, always conscious of the example they set for others. Your visibility is expected. What you say must match what you do. What you teach must match what you demonstrate. What you expect from others must match what you expect from yourself. You must inspire.

Additionally, the more people know, the more they can do, and the more effective they can be. Employees usually find out what you don’t tell them anyway. Knowledge is an enabler. Respecting a person’s intelligence is vital in building trust. You have to put your trust in employees for them to have an opportunity to prove to you just how trustworthy they are.

Allow ho’ohanohano to open the door to your aloha spirit. Others will seek you out for your integrity, your dignity, and your respect.


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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