More Than a Check List

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More Than a Check List


Byline: Jesus P. Estanislao

LOOKING at these different facets - each with their own particular aspects - can be daunting. It can also be misleading, unless we are committed to move forward into the long-term future.

It is daunting to have to worry about finance, learning and growth, internal process, and service to the constituency. It is even more daunting still to find out that embedded within these facets are these many different aspects. In finance, we have the financial and economic. In learning and growth, we have the educational and cultural. In internal process, we have the professional and physical (from the perspective of infrastructure). And in service to the constituency, we have the social and spiritual.

The questions to ask with respect to the above are the following: Are these the most important aspects that we have to consider? Have we left out any aspect that may be important? If we take all these into account, can we secure the proper balance between them as we assess where we currently are, and as we begin thinking where we should be sometime in the distant, yet already foreseeable future?

Let us not forget that this is the key, i.e. to consider all aspects that are truly important and critical for what we would consider a success, and having taken them into proper account, to strike a balance between them as we formulate a strategy for moving forward into the distant future.

How easy it is to focus only on one aspect, e.g. the financial and material. Without much reflection, we can mislead ourselves into thinking that success is measured only by the amount of money we can amass. Or, we can buff ourselves up into good health, but neglecting to take better care of our family, where we also need to put in enough quality time. …

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