To successfully lead in both uncertain and unknowable situations, we need leaders who rely upon a fundamentally different rationale for the existence of business and are leveraging a different logic of business decision making. Profit maximization and shareholder value creation, long considered an adequate basis for businesses, are no longer sufficient. Maximizing the common good and minimizing social injustice and environmental impact is the order of the day. Similarly, the logic of business decision making that emphasizes prediction and analytics as the way to handle “uncertainty” must come to grips with how to discern and respond to “unknowability” as well.
With this, Mr. Gerry O’Connor, Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) Volunteer Adviser from Toronto, Canada together with NARTDI and the University conducted the National Seminar-Workshop on Entrepreneurial Leadership and Income Generation held on September 24-26, 2013 at the La Union Honeybee Center, Raois, Bacnotan, La Union.
The 3-day session was jam-packed with the following topics discussed by adept lecturers: Lecture on Intersection of Entrepreneurship and Leadership – Mr. Gerry O’Connor; Lecture on DMMMSU Experiences in Entrepreneurship – Dr. Orlando P. Almoite, Director for Business Affairs and Auxiliary Services; Lecture on Entrepreneurship: DTI Experiences – Ms. Daria Mingaracal, Provincial Director, DTI La Union; Lecture on Public-Private Partnerships in Support to Entrepreneurship – Nestor G. Rillon, OIC Regional Director, NEDA RFO I; and Lecture on Elements for Making Entrepreneurship Relevant to Leadership – Dr. Victoria M. De Padua, Chairperson, DMMMSU-NLUC Agribusiness Department.
Workshops on developing an income-generating business and presentation of outputs were also part of the seminar. An open forum after each presentation was moderated which allowed participants to share/ask other necessary information relevant to the topics discussed.
Participants were: David T. De Castro, Rowel M. Munar, Joseph A. Panas, Arvin F. Sobrepena; Merlito D. Tangalin; Cristeta F. Gapuz, Francisco V. Gapuz, Jr., Roel D. Supsup; Fermina Catherine B. Marzan; Angelita D. Bayle; Susan J. Boado; Leovigildo J. Camba; Gerardo P. Dacayanan; Nellie B. Diaz; Kimberlyn L. Egalla; Jimilee M. Garcia; Jocelyn Q. Higoy; Claire C. Oway; Sonia T. Pasion; Jerlina C. Salingcod; and Gloria N. Sibayan.
At the end of the seminar-workshop, the participants were able to: acquire in-depth understanding of the nature and components of entrepreneurial leadership; identify the intersection of entrepreneurship and leadership; enumerate elements for making entrepreneurship relevant to leadership; and develop an income-generating business plan applicable to participant’s situation/condition.
After the closing program was the “despidida party” for VA Gerry O’Connor who went back to Canada on the 29th of the same month.
Dr. Diosdado B. Bangug, DMMMSU Vice President for Administration graced the occasion.