After a month of having the class with the gurus, Professor Wow gave a group activity where the guru’s title or contributions written down and all of us have to identify which owns which.

Here are some few gurus and their contribution to the management table:

John Henry Patterson – Father of Modern Salesmanship

David McLelland – Father of Aspiration Management

Igor Ansoff – Father of Strategic Management

Jack Welch – Mr. Vitality Curve

Kenichi Ohmae – Developer of 3 C’s Model

Juan Lopez Perez – Inventor of Negative Learning

Peter Drucker – Father of Modern Management Theory

Philip Kotler – Leader of Marketing Thought

Bill Gates – Grand Entrepreneur of the PC Revolution

Mary Parker Follet – Mother of Scientific Management

Carlos Ghosn – Mr. Fix It

Michael Porter – Father of Strategic Competitive Management

Frederick Hertzberg – Two-factor Theorist

CK Prahalad – Advocate of Core Competency

David Ogilvy – Father of Advertising

Edward de Bono – Known for Lateral Thinking

Warren Buffet – Wizard of Omaha

Charles Handy – Originator of Shamrock Organization

Albert Humphrey – Mr. SWOT Analysis

Edith Penrose – Theory of the Growth of the Firm

Steve Jobs – Father of the Digital Revolution

Rosabeth Moss Kanter – Researcher on Tokenism

Adrian Slywotzky – Advocate of Value Migration

Alfred Chandler – Father of Business History

John Kotter – Guru of Leadership

Henry Fayol – Father of Administrative Management

Sumantra Ghoshal – Father of Strategic International Management

Henry Mitzberg – Creator of Organigraph

Sam Walton – Father of Modern Retail Management


How would you reinforce to learn the management theorist? Let the students be them.

That’s how Professor Wow did yesterday.  The idea was brilliant.  I was thinking “Where did I saw this strategy again?” Because it was like I’ve seen this somewhere. I’m not sure if its in the movies or anime or somewhere I read. You personify. You be in the shoes of the guru. Your wear the glasses of the guru. You contest like the guru.

Mine’s Dr. Kenichi Ohmae, known as Mr. Strategy, labeled as one of the five management gurus in the world by The Economist in 1994.  He authored the 3C’s Model–the three factors one must focus for success.


I’m glad the guru assigned to me is a Japanese. This gives me a leverage in understanding the strategies of our Japanese executives.  Planning to read The Mind of the Strategist: The Art of Japanese Business.

Other management gurus to meet:

  1. Edith Penrose – The Theory of the Growth of the Firm
  2. Mary Parker Follet – Woman pioneer theorist in management theory
  3. Sumantra Ghoshal – “Springtime Theory”
  4. Carlos Ghosn – Responsible for Nissan’s turnaround
  5. Rosabeth Moss Kanter – Business and Change Management; a professor at Harvard Business School
  6. C.K. Prahalad – core competency and its role on the corporation
  7. Adrian Slywotzky – business model design and innovation
  8. Juan Antonio Perez Lopez – motivation theory of work
  9. Oscar Perrigo – a mechanical engineer, and early technical and management author
  10. David Mackenzie Ogilvy – The Father of Advertising
  11. Constantinos Markides – researched on international competitiveness, corporate restructuring, refocusing, and international acquisitions
  12. Albert Humphrey – devised SWOT analysis, organizational management and cultural change
  13. Igor Ansoff – The Father of Modern Strategic Thinking
  14. Henry Fayol – proposed 6 functions of management, and 14 principles of management


I’m referring to the boss.

Imagine this: You were given a task to generate specific topics for an arranged seminar. You were ready to present ideas. You asked for five minutes (one lesson from Prof Wow, is that when doing a presentation give your audience an estimate of how long will your presentation be. Be mindful of the time estimate and manage it). You were pretty confident with the presentation but something just ain’t right. The ideas don’t get in. What’s happening?

Now picture this: Notice the way he act. He projects himself like a boss, the confidence in his seat, then little by little he fidgets. For every idea, he googles, reads, gives comments while glancing at his monitor from time to time. Based on his search results, he disagrees. Heartbreak.

He starts to question. Unrelated and irrelevant. Why is there a need to explain the course outline when the objective of the task is to throw in possible subtopics? Why the need to figure the outcome of the proposed topics when these topics are just one of the several factors that would define the success of the course? Why the need to tailor fit the topics to the competence of the identified / endorsed presenter when the objective is to address the existing gap?

(Then in the middle of irrelevant questions, he recalls the personality of his brother just to justify his manner of questioning.)

For two days now I still cannot move on from the fact that the presentation failed. But from every failure there’s a lesson.

I look at my material.  Are the ideas at fault? They can’t be. Each were carefully thought, what exists and what doesn’t were considered, also the applicability on the current issues. Studies we’re cited from my HBR readings even!

Communication? Perhaps, on listening particularly. When do you listen? When do you talk? If you asked for a presentation, be open about it before blocking. (Unless you’re the boss. Does that qualify?) Next time I’ll see if giving a hard copy of the material plus presentation will work better.

How about timing? Probably. Although the task was given and was permitted to submit the assignment, presenting hard-to-grasp ideas in the late afternoon maybe was a bad idea. Morning will probably be a good time to do it. Well I think this depends.

The speaker! The factor I failed to consider! When I thought of topics, I never thought of the competence of the speaker because he is a given variable! He was limited!  It could have been the other way around–identify topic first then source for competent person to talk instead of getting someone talk a topic that doesn’t belong in his area.  (I feel bad with the exclamation points.)

Still thinking.  We’re not yet done.

1. Make yourself an instrument for the education of others.
2. Make yourself an instrument for the employment of others.

Of all the the lessons he taught us, Professor Wow only wanted us to remember these. They’re like the two greatest commandments for him.

But that’s not all. Remember how I admire him because coming into his class is like reading already. In the midst of his discussion he would throw out interesting ideas, notable persons, and famous stories that makes me think, “am I missing this much?”

  • The Nordstrom’s tire story – urband legend or not, the fashion store became well known for its great customer service
  • Sam Walton’s hula dance – think: you are the CEO of a growing company, you projected a declining sales and even bet on it by even going to the levels of dancing in the streets, but your subordinate thought otherwise. Then you lost. Will you do your punishment?
  • Fortune’s 75 Smartest Books – Prof. Wow introduced the topic with the question, “How do you know if a book is good? It starts with a number.” Prior further studies, I was reading fiction (e.g. Coelho’s, Collins’, and Rubin’s), which are all good, most of which appeals to the emotions, but these 75 books… on the intellect.
  • Peter Drucker – again, where was I? I had a few encounters with the name, usually when I search for management quotes. Further reading, led me to watching Moshidora, a 10-episode anime about a high school girl who led a baseball team to success by applying Drucker’s principles.
  • Harvard Business Review – Simply put–the source of the food… for the brain.
  • The Third’s Theory (best explained by Mr. Tim’s post). Which third’s do you belong?

Lastly, and the equally important other than the first two, is the love for reading. It takes you places, it keeps you waiting, it makes you learn, it makes you humble.. the reasons are endless! It’s what every person pursuing further studies must develop, which is true. This is a realization on my first year, that time must be allocated for your readings, but not limited to your course books. Otherwise, you won’t further.



“Just because you are in graduate school doesn’t mean you will have better set of professors. All of them.”

That’s what I thought. I was wrong.

Please don’t get me wrong by saying “I was wrong” because I mean “wrong” in a good way. It means, expectations did not meet reality.

When I was in my undergraduate studies, I had a set of my favorite teachers. A teacher will qualify if they meet one of the following:

  • Comes to class prepared. This can be observed if the teacher manages the lessons vs the given schedule. Punctuality enters here
  • Encourages discussions related to the current topic but keeps it to a limit. This keeps students interested
  • Stimulates thinking and further reading. Makes students relate current topics to real life outside
  • The rest belongs to the second set whose characteristics includes the opposite of the first, and the identifying characteristic of all: teachers who, at the very first day of the class, distributes the course syllabus and assigns reporters for the whole semester. Worse? No main textbook. Student reports are good, but I don’t see the point of having the whole semester depend on it. Personally, I am becoming uninterested because I get the feeling that I can read their source myself instead. Unlike when a teacher do the presentation, I listen closely afraid to lose one thought on her sharing.

    Despite the heterogeneousity, I survived college and still managed to get that prestigious title in my diploma.

    Enter graduate school. It was a dream I had right after graduation. I was able to pursue it 5 years later, also in my dream university. The University holds a prestigious image; being a student gives you a feather on the hat already.

    August 24 marked the last Saturday of my first year. For the 9 subjects (total of 18 units, 2 per subject) I had 7 professors, each with different teaching style.

    My first set of professors (not their true name) includes Prof. Wood, Prof. Troy, and Prof. Stock. Prof. Wood was a pro in his profession but the course he was assigned did not allow him to utilize on his brilliance. Prof. Troy is full of intellect and knows very well his subject that he speaks alien already. It took a while before I learned to speak his language and get on the same plane everytime he says, “I really don’t know the answer. That depends.” Assumptions must be made before an answer is considered correct. Prof. Stock is bookish and breathes numbers. Yes, he’s into stocks.

    For the next set I had Prof. Belle, Prof. Star, and Prof. Quinn. Prof. Belle is a high ranking school official and got loads of credentials. Her brilliance shines every meeting when the lights would turn off for the reporting group. Unfortunately I have to meet and live with the let-the-students-report type again. She was always busy she rarely bring down her phones. (Yep, spelled with an ‘s’). Prof. Star got some bucks an is an avid fan of Starbucks’ Americano. This professor appeals with professionals: he assigns a chapter to read and then scraps the idea during the discussion. But I see what he’d like us to learn–the basics and see applicability in real life. And of course there’s Prof. Quinn, another let-the-students-report type. With bonus features: students-to-dramatize-reports and expand-one-pager-to-fifteen-pages maximum.

    Now the recent combination of professors was the best so far. Again I had Prof. Stock and Prof. Troy. Plus a new addition to my favorite, Prof. Wow. His efforts to impart knowledge can be seen by the way he teaches–he gives his best every meeting. And being on his class is like reading.

    Let me tell this again that frustrations should not stop you from achieving your objective. And the eyes must jot be taken off that goal. Soon I will encounter another set for the coming semester. I just have to remember that however the manner of teaching, the lessons must not be spoon-fed. As a student, I also have the responsibility to ensure that in every assignment, there is a lesson to be learned. Who knows, for the second half of my life, I may (or may not) pursue the dream of becoming one of them. 😉


    As mentioned in my previous post, I sincerely wanted to keep this space active. Well, at least, it is breathing. Forgive me for being in the busy-ness business of juggling between work, school, and my healthy lifestyle struggle.

    While I am not really absent online, I got attached with Harvard Business Review (HBR) articles. And it all started with the report assigned to me for my Marketing Management course. Our group was assigned the book on Brand Management, I personally chose my topic, Building Brands Without Mass Media by Eric Joachimstaller and David Aaker. Prior to reading the article, in my mind were ignorant questions like “How?” “Why?” “Is that possible?” By the time I finished reading, I was like “Wow!” and “Where was I?” (Because I live under a rock–less updated on current events other than my studies. A recognized weakness I must work on.) My professor said, “Never fall in love with your article.” I read it again, every bit of it, googled over the companies, the founder, the brands, their strategies, and others outside my article who did the same.

    And there’s more to that! HBR articles ranges from self management, growth, customer service, leadership, teams, and many intellectual reads. I call them food for the brain. The knowledge never get old. Reading. Every one who took their masters must be a fan of reading. And when I say reading that means carefully choosing books, articles, or publications that adds to your worth.

    I’m not sure if I can keep up with the plan but I intend to share some thoughts on the articles I read. Let’s hope for the good. 😉




    When I went back to getting fit only had this in mind:


    I started thinking about the serious change during the week of March 25. For the past few days, I’ve been feeling happy, bouncy, and proud because I can feel changes already. And then I realized, this is the fourth week already.

    The changes:

    1. Water. I’ve been loyal to drinking water more than ever. The summer heat is helping me realize that. At work, I usually do three refills of the Nestea litro tumbler within the day.
    2. Portion control. It’s a tough challenge being with people who enjoy eating as much as I do.  It’d be rude to say “no thanks” always. So I just take everyday as an opportunity for me to exercise control.  A little bit of this, a little bit of that…
    3. I do not starve myself. I eat more often, this time healthy foods like bananas, crackers, and, yeah, bananas. Gives you the feeling of fullness.
    4. I make it a point that I continue my weekly exercises. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays are me time, as much as possible I do my exercise after work hours, while Thursdays and Fridays are days when I prepare myself for my Saturday classes, mostly readings and essays.

    Most tips would recommend having an ideal body that can serve as your inspiration. In an instant, she came to mind:


    Gwen during No Doubt’s performance at Jimmy Kimmel’s show, January 2013. Photo from

    Just to remind everyone, she’s 43. (Yes, I’m not lying.)

    Apparently, mine’s abs-ent. Needs a lot of umph.


    More baby fats to burn.

    How about you? Who’s your abs-piration? 😉