Quennie S. Bronce | May 14, 2018
Three days. Three batches. One goal — a united AP DU.
Three batches of AboitizPower Distribution Utilities team leaders, together with corporate support unit heads and DU COOs as coaches, underwent a three-day Leadership Cascade to learn and practice Collaboration, Cooperation, and Innovation.
“The original program was done at Kool Camp with Cliff Scott and Travis Anderson sometime in 2016. This was also an offshoot of the Leadership Circle program launched in Aboitiz sometime in 2014 or 2015,” shared AP DU EVP and COO Jim Aboitiz.
Cliff Scott and Travis Anderson are world-renowned management and leadership consultants tapped for the Aboitiz Leadership Circle Program.
“The aim of the program was to cascade further down to all managers some of the lessons learned from the original program, but I believe, more importantly, it was to build and foster Collaboration, Cooperation, and Innovation among the top leaders of the DU group,” JJA added.
With the rugged terrain of the mountains of Balamban as the backdrop, AP DU team leaders from the Visayan Electric Company, Davao Light and Power Company, Cotabato Light, as well as the team leaders from the EnerZones group, learned more about their respective counterparts as well as foster good relations that will enable them to work harmoniously with each other.
There is a saying that individually we work faster, but collectively we go further. Hopefully for the three days that we will be here, we will learn more about each other and how we can work together as a family and realize that we are a family and we need to know our brothers and sisters better and enjoy working and playing with them.
– Jim Aboitiz, EVP & COO, AboitizPower Distribution
Since Kool Camp was the setting for the original program, it was decided that the three-batch cascade would also be done there, with the camp’s facilitators developing a program specifically designed for the group.
This is the first time that we gathered as one AP DU group. I know there are a lot of challenges in the workplace and this is one opportunity for us to break the barriers and work with each other and learn to collaborate.
–Enriczar Tia, Davao Light, Batch 3
While at the camp, team leaders participated in activities that challenged them mentally and physically. The AP DU team leaders, who are normally a very competitive bunch, learned the importance of having processes, the value of trust, and working together to achieve a goal, as well as helping each other out and asking for help from fellow team leaders, or even the bosses.
Day 1 was basically about how each participant deals with himself or herself, said VECO DND Head Louie Collera while Day 2, according to DLPC AVP for Customer Service Arnold Arsolon, was more about physical challenges. Day 3 was about realizations and how to better work with counterparts once everyone is back in the workplace. Collera and Arsolon were participants of Batch 3 and 2, respectively.
VECO Compliance Officer Ernesto Villarin, Jr., who was with Batch 3, shared that learning about theories in a classroom setting is easy but the challenge is applying the learnings in the workplace.
We would like to thank everybody for attending. We did this because we realized that we had to find ways for everyone to collaborate, cooperate and innovate more. I hope all the three groups took the learnings seriously but had fun also. I hope they made better bonds with other team leaders. The challenge now is to continue to nurture these bonds.
–Anton Perdices, Chief Operating Officer, VECO
On the third day, all batches came up with their definitions of Collaboration, Cooperation, and Innovation. Each participant also placed their handprint, as well as their commitments on being better leaders, on a commitment wall.
“I think it taught us many lessons, opened our hearts to the reality that we are all in this together and made us commit to helping each other out. It has shown us the way forward. However, this is something we have to continue to build and nurture,” JJA reflects.
True enough, the AP DU team leaders’ commitment to Collaborate, Cooperate and Innovate was immediately put to the test when the group held its first ever Joint Management Conference last March 23.
Counterparts collaborated on what goals to pursue and present during the activity, which was done via video conference from two locations, DLPC and VECO. The seeds of Collaboration, Cooperation and Innovation have been planted. The goal now, the bigger challenge, is to nurture these for a better and united AP DU.