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5 Essentials for Student Leaders


As student leaders, we can be so excited about the “GO-ing” part that we easily lose sight of what “finish line” we are aiming and if we really are “set” to go and thrive in the race that’s marked out for us.

Whether you’re the team captain of your fencing club or your campus basketball varsity; an “SK” chairman of your barangay/village or a student council president, this post will surely help you kick-off right.

I want to share something that I’ve been learning and been thinking through recently. Here are 5 non-negotiable components that make every student organization really productive:

1. Vision- a clear mental picture of what could be coupled with a strong conviction that it should be as Andy Stanley puts it. It must come from the heart of the leader or a team of leaders and he/she/they should own it and thrive with it. Specifically, what do you want to accomplish this school year? Where do you want to bring your people this year? Can everyone be united for that end-in mind? Where you are right now is your “point A.” Where you want to go is your “point B”

2. Values- As an organization, a clear set of values-system must support and guard your team’s vision: You may value leadership development, trust, honesty, coaching and advise from the experts, excellence, punctuality, respect etc. What values could you agree on that will help you as a team keep you moving from “point A” to your desired “point B”.

3. Skills-You got to have certain skills to get the job done certainly.  Each member in the team has different skills-set. Know where each one is good at and what he/she loves doing and position them there. Now there will be skills that need to be learned. Each should be always be ready to learn new ones and enjoy where they will be “planted”.

4. Resources– Money is a tool that we use for us to accomplish our goals. It is a means never an end in itself. Financial resources should be monitored well and well accounted for. Yet there’s another resource that is much more powerful than money-its human resources. Value them, earn their trust and you’ll get to accomplish more when more people are involved.

5. Strategy- Knowing where to go, what to value, what skills to have, and resources needed is good but without a wise working strategy, it would have a false start. Never allow a know-it-all attitude. Get coaching. Work with your advisers.

Each component should be present. Without Vision there will be confusion. Without upholding some Values there will be compromise. Without Skills, there will be confidence crisis. Without resources it could be so frustrating. And Without a written working strategy, it will be a false start.

Kudos to all the student leaders gearing up for this school year!

Weird Students! (Students & Money Part 2)

Here’s a follow up blog on the recent one I posted.

About three weeks ago Pastor Dennis graced our youth service in its series called “Superhero and Villains.” (The series tackled certain major student issues like academic excellence, relationships, and money.) And I like it when he started talking about these “weird” type of students.

These students are weird in a sense, because they don’t live like how the majority does. They don’t eat like the majority does. They don’t talk like the majority does and they don’t relate with their money like the majority does in our time. They would even at times be laughed at because they don’t drink the almost 200php coffee like the rest does, nor eat outside most of the time, like the majority does!

Here’s what makes them weird:

1. They Have a Written Game Plan

This written game plan/weapon they use is called “Budget”. And it makes them effective because they make sure it is written down in paper than just writing it on the tablet of their minds! 🙂 They master their money and not allow it to master over them. Most of them does the 10%(Give)-20%(Save)-70%(Spend) technique others would adjust it to 10-10-80 or some 10-15-75 etc. They put a name on each money immediately after they receive their weekly/monthly allowance and they stick to it to win!

2. They Act Their Allowance

These weird students live as if they have nothing to prove. They spend less than what they receive. They don’t get into the habit of borrowing as much as possible (debts.) They are secure that they don’t borrow money from their classmates just to buy the stuffs that they think would elevate their status and image. If they have cash they enjoy buying the things they can but if they don’t, they refuse to buy with the money they don’t have yet.

3. They Save

Extra money for the majority means extra ones to splurge (spend for mere thoughtless happiness) but for these “weird” ones, extra money for them means savings! They start their own bank accounts young and learn the value of preparing for the future. Some of these weird ones even grow their money in investments in stock market and they do the portfolios!

4. They Are Generous

While the rest would hoard what they have, these “weird ones” know how to share and help worthy causes and people. They are not stingy but they give freely! They live in real happiness because they know they can be channels of resources that other people have been needing. They don’t wait for excess but even the ones they have, if needed they would give for others!

5. They Know Their Ultimate Source

They know its not Mommy or Daddy. They know its not their Ninong or Ninangs (their relatives) during the Christmas Season . They know that its not their allowances nor salaries, nor their bosses or the company they work with when they get to their dream jobs one day. They know and acknowledge that God is and will always be their ultimate source of finance, providing for them and their needs and sometimes even more to bless others.

Because of this, they don’t live in entitlement as if they deserve what they receive. They know they are mere stewards and they learn to grow to be better at it. And by this they might look weird, yet in the long run they end up to be the successful and satisfied ones!

I want to be this kind of “weird” …wouldn’t you? 🙂

Neon is Victory Greenhills’ Youth gatherings for the teen students of San Juan City. Gathering every 6pm at the 2nd level of Promenade Mall, students get to meet life coaches, new friends and are encouraged to live their student lives to the max! 🙂 

Students and Money

I was privileged to attend Whiteboard’s event called “Steps to Financial Peace” this morning until afternoon. Banco De Oro, Registered Financial Planners, My Phone, TV5, Magic 89.9, Moneysense, VCargo were some of its sponsors. This event happened in Teatrino in Greenhills with some of the well sought after speakers in their areas of expertise in the business world: Francis Kong (On Leadership and Right Money Attitudes), Paulo Tibig (On Effective Entrepreneurship) Jayson Lo (On Growing Businesses and Ending Debts) and Randell Tiongson (On Effective Financial Planning).

Now what has this got to do with students? Answer? … A lot!

Here’s the gist and my take home from the event:

Students should have the right mindset about money and should learn how to be good managers of it.  Because how they look at their money and manage it in their student days, would be much likely the way they would look at it and manage it when they are in their professional fields (given they get to that point 🙂)  


Right Mindset:

Losers say “Wow! Its money!” They tend to look at money as if life is all about it. But Winners say “Oh money! It’s only money!” These people see money as tools to fuel the worthy cause they live for and to nurture relationships they value the most. Having the right mindset about money early on will help young students to be wise managers of these “tools” in the future.

Basic Money Management Skills:

These three words are like the ABCs of money management: Budgeting, Saving, and Investing. To budget is to name each peso or dollar (or whatever currency you use). Budgeting is like putting a “game plan” on paper. It is the only way to win over most financial problems. Saving is intentionally putting aside your excess money for future purposes. This is most effective habit students need to learn. We only spend on what’s reasonably needed and not be emotional in our purchases and rationalize about it after we got them. 😉 Investing, is learning how to grow our money and make it serve us more effectively in the future.

I will forever be grateful to the people who coached me well and influenced the way I look at money and manage it to work for me and serve me. My mother helped me and my siblings start our own kiddie bank accounts and learn to intentionally save when I was about 9 yrs. old. She also inspired me to be generous and share my extra with others. My father also would always tell us to learn to maximize our allowances when we were in high school and college, to tighten our belts if needed and really manage them well. I am also grateful to my other mentors from church who would teach us to give, to save, and to spend our student money wisely. Even now, I stay close and stick to learn from certain people who could continue to help me grow as a good steward of my resources. Learning must always be continuous!

The younger you learn and practice these things, the better will it for you in the future. So don’t say “I am only a student… savings, and growing money is not for me at this time… the money I could save up will only be insignificant compared to what a professional person could.” You may be right in a way but that’s not the point. The point is to have the right foundational mindset about money and develop your character by learning to be faithful with your “little” money so that you could be prepared and ready, trustworthy and skillful for the “bigger” ones that could come in the future!

Special thanks to Mr. Randell Tiongson of RFP and Ptr. Dennis Sy of our Victory Greenhills for the complimentary tickets me and my parents enjoyed! 🙂

The Way of “TESL”

FCB-SMF Student Leaders '09

Time flies fast. We are now in the month of July and many of you who belong to a student government, student organization or any other school clubs are most probably in a season of team building and strategic planning for the rest of the school year.

Whether you’re the org. president, the treasurer, or simply a member of a your student organization, you got to know the way of TESL or The Effective Student Leader. Here are 3 things that I believe what TESL is all about.

1. Making Things Happen

Effective Student Leaders brings the organization to the next level by getting things done and achieves your set goals for your organization. You have to be deliberate and aggressive about goals or “wins”. Draw them out clearly. Every one should be on the same “page” and should have the same clear mental picture of “what could be” driven with a conviction that “this should be.” And remember not to be too idealistic (demanding too much on yourself and the team) nor too easy by setting “safe goals”. Get yourself and your team some coaching and feedbacks from those who have gone ahead of you. Never underestimate the role of your advisers. Honor them by asking for their opinions and set courageous goals!

2. Vital Friendships

Its possible to get things done yet in the end destroy relationships along the way. Reaching goals are good but still people are also valuable. Developing long-term friendships within the organization is a wise and worthwhile thing! There are leaders who tend to be more people-oriented and most of the time they can be too loose on the goals. And yet there are other leaders who tend to be more goal-oriented and most of the time they could easily step on people in the process of reaching goals. As a leader you must know your make-up and tendency and you must ask people to help you strike the balance and keep you in check.

3. Learning

As a student leader remember that you must always be teachable and willing to learn and grow from your own experiences and from the experiences of others. Its “ok” to make mistakes, get criticized, your firey suggestions watered down and even see some of your projects or ideas fail. It takes courage to attempt new things and it takes much humility to be better and better!