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Managing with Pono

Pono is rightness and balance. It is the feeling of contentment when all is good and all is right. Pono teaches positivity. It is life itself exciting you. If you are pono, you are full of hope and optimism. You believe that the future can only get better. When you are pono, all is right for you and all you juggle in your life is in harmony and balance. In pono there is no inner conflict, no outside struggles that need resolution.

Pono brings your kino (your physical body and health), your mana’o (your mind and beliefs), and your ‘uhane (your soul and spirit) all in balance. Instinct and intuition is referred to ‘emotional intelligence.’ It also is often referred to as the fourth factor, the Hawaiian word, oleo.

Pono is all about attitude and how attitude comes before action and outcome. Good attitude equals good outcome. Managing with aloha means you believe everyone is intrinsically good. Thus, managing with good attitude adds to this value.

When people are secure in who they are, they do what they do best. Outside forces do not shake them up too much. They are centered. They are strong. They are balanced. They are resilient. They confidently know that they can survive what change may come.


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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