Friday, December 10, 2010

Insurance Scam I watch and experience

An Interruption from leadership segment because I like to share what I watch last night in XXX (a program of abs-cbn) which featured an insurance company scam. This scam had been experience first-hand by my former girlfriend and me in one of the malls in the Philippines. The scam start with one staff of the company which will approach a prospected client promising some coupon and prizes which will be given upon accomplishing some forms. Later, they will lead you to there office in a corner of the mall which you will be meet by other staff and helping you become comfortable. Once you are comfortable they will lead you inside there office. There you will be entertained by an insurance agent who will give you history and benefits of joining there company. In the end of the conversation the agent will then literally push you to swipe your atm or credit card in there tellers booth to know if you are qualified for the plans. Additionally, I watched in the XXX that the woman who appeal in the program has automatically been enrolled in the policy which she regretfully and angrily appealing with the agent but failed to be acted upon.

Personally, I don’t think people should undergo such circumstances because of the time they are wasting and the treatment they are getting after wards. Thankfully, I don’t have that kind of money in my atm when I was being interviewed (half was withdrawn previously). I also check my outstanding balance after we went out of that company. Personally, I think this scam is very conceited it was a waste of time for the person who is being scam and had no intention to enroll in an insurance plan.

Hopefully after reporting this to the insurance commission the scam will be watched and monitored by both government and private sectors.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Intuition and what it play in our leadership role

“Good Leaders rarely think in terms of boundaries; instead, they think in terms of opportunities. They are initiators”  - John Maxwell, the 360’ Leader

Today I learned about informed intuition. The topic is different and hard to discuss because of the intangible qualities of having an intuition in leading. I think being a leader should always strive to balance between intuition as well as facts. This is because the primary role of a leader is still seeing the future as far as years or decades of the company. Combining intuition and facts or data are called informed intuition. This is very useful in successful leading because the leader will eventually depend on it in times of setting up vision as a direction of the company. Few people can balance these two distinct and often conflicting things so one advice I can give is having 40-60% of the facts and the remaining should be a mix of past experience plus rate of opportunity for gain.

Personally I experience this when I am in a project. There are times when facts are not enough in doing a unique and desirable result. I personally put the things in different perspective so that issues can be address and conflict be detected. There are instances which meetings are unsuccessful because some issues were not tackled or have been given proper attention.

But as a leader there are times that you are the only one seeing the problem from the top or having the privilege to grasp the whole issue. Intuition can be learned especially if you dedicate time and energy to enhance informative intuition.

Do you experience things that you think are right and should be doing? Are you eager to follow what you feel is right even if the facts are in different direction?