ME, INC. VENTURES IN THE NEW NORMAL

COMMUNITY WEBCAST

21 APRIL 2020

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100-HOUR LAUNCHPAD:

CEO CHALLENGE

GROWTH EXPERIENCE

The global pandemic is the ultimate litmus test of people’s grit, resilience and agility, How can we turn this crisis into an opportunity to blaze new trails and create our own career destiny whether as an employee or as our own boss?

In this 100H session, Andre Yap and Miguel Aranaz of Ignite House, together with Rumarocket Founder Kathleen Yu, SAGE Managing Director Genesis Alegata, and serial entrepreneur and investor Roger Collantes discuss zones of opportunity in Me, Inc., and examine how agility and grit must be grounded on one’s purpose and compassion in order to drive real impact in the New Normal.

The global pandemic is the ultimate litmus test of people’s grit, resilience and agility, How can we turn this crisis into an opportunity to blaze new trails and create our own career destiny whether as an employee or as our own boss?

In this 100H session, Andre Yap and Miguel Aranaz of Ignite House, together with Rumarocket Founder Kathleen Yu, SAGE Managing Director Genesis Alegata, and serial entrepreneur and investor Roger Collantes discuss zones of opportunity in Me, Inc., and examine how agility and grit must be grounded on one’s purpose and compassion in order to drive real impact in the New Normal.

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GROWTH LESSONS

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS WEBCAST

KEY TAKEAWAYS
FROM THIS WEBCAST​

Compassion Drives Value

The essence of Me Inc. according to Kathleen Yu is about professionals proactively creating their own value and seeking ways to deliver that value to people who have a need for it. But Andre Yap emphasized one key ingredient to creating value; empathy or, more aptly, compassion. It’s virtually impossible to create real value for a particular stakeholder that drives real impact to them if we don’t have genuine compassion towards them in the first place.

Learning by Doing

Beyond textbooks and coaching, for Me Inc-ers to thrive, they must be exposed to an environment where they can continuously learn through deliberate practice. Kathleen recounts her trip to Shenzhen, China when in her search for a particular circuit board for a tech she was developing, she discovered a marketplace that sells various versions of the same board she was looking for. This is just a manifestation of the culture of building and learning they have successfully cultivated in Shenzhen. But we must not rely on external policies or instructions that will enable this culture, instead it must start from our own discovery of the value we can offer and taking charge of our own processes for innovation and self-development.

Learning Vs. Teaching

In order to cultivate a culture of learning through practice, we must start with getting people on the right mindset. According to Genesis Alegata, 87% of college students right now are not ready for the real world, because the problem with most school systems is that there’s too much focus on theoretical education, and less on essential life skills such as grit, agility, innovation, empathy and honing an entrepreneurial mindset. If we could institutionalize learning processes that focus on these essential skills, we can better develop students into future Me Inc-ers. Roger Collantes takes this point further by proposing to teach these skills as early as in pre-school level, just as how they do it in one of his ventures.

Man Can't Live on Grit Alone

While grit is indeed an important skill to have, it’s not the be-all and end-all of Me, Inc success. It all depends on context; sometimes being gritty works, sometimes it doesn’t. Similarly, grit can’t be fueled by the pursuit of status or paycheck alone. If there’s one thing that Me inc-ers should take away, it’s that they must find meaning in what they do, and one’s grit will naturally work hard towards fulfilling that meaning.

ZONES OF OPPORTUNITY

Me, Inc. is all about deliberately taking steps in order to develop one’s skills with the goal of creating real value and impact for their target stakeholders. Here are some Zones of Opportunity that can help trigger the Me, Inc. movement in the New Normal.