Holy Week Blessings

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May the blessings of the Holy Week be upon us all. May we use our time well to reflect on the Passion and Love of Jesus Christ and extend kindness and help to those who need us the most. Be good and do good. Always.

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Caring for the Self this International Women’s Month

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March 8th marks the celebration of the International Women’s Day or United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. We join the world as we give credit to all women across race, age, culture, or religion in all their achievements in various levels in history with the purpose of advancing women’s rights for gender equality and a better way of  life.

Our team in Green BOX are predominantly women and I have witnessed how they demonstrated their unwavering dedication to the business in terms of time and effort, their ardent sense of compassion to those in need, and their firm resolve for truth and justice.

All of these attributes they were not born with but were learned through time and experience. These life lessons did not come in easy, some were painful and highly stressful.  And this is why as we celebrate our being “women leaders”, this also calls for the need to take care of ourselves.

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For some busy people, it is almost natural to deprioritize the need to listen to their core and address what it requires. And when this happens, the outcome almost always is not positive. Our team would like to share with all our readers, women and men alike — the need for self-care because we believe that everything starts with the self and that there is only one “self” that we need to attend and nourish.

We have collated a few self-care tips we chose (among so many!) to engage ourselves into and hopefully inspire our readers to do the same.  These tips will come out here in our blog in a three part series. Here’s the first part we have put together for you.

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1. Indulge in a body massage or spa treatment.  Women do a lot of physical activities starting from household chores to running errands, taking care of children, managing their career and a whole lot more!  Physical activities as such can zap women’s energy and strength leaving a sore body and a tired mind. Relaxing our tense muscles is important to recharge he body so as to achieve a sound thinking.  For the more adventurous there is also Acupuncture (have not tried this but a fellow business partner tried and affirmed its positive effect).

If budget is a constraint, seek a family member or a friend who can offer a free back or foot massage (doing so can be time spent for bonding!) A once a month basic massage can be a good start! If you are capable of spending more, then a weekly schedule is more than enough.

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2. Break away (temporarily) and head to your personal sanctuary. Women in general are busy people. Thus they need a time out from all their endless activities to spend time for themselves. Can you picture your own sacred place? It has to be special (for you) because this is where you would be spending your “Me Time”. Your choice of sanctuary could be any place you heart connects to. It could be your favorite go to place, a local church, a cozy coffee place or your very own room can fit the definition.  What is important is that the place allows you to have some quiet time for self-reflection and for undisturbed centering activities.

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You will dictate how often you need a personal “time out”. Some people allot a minimum of 30 minutes a day, a few hours once or twice in a week or others use their personal vacation time four times in a year. Again, it depends on your calendar and finances (if your sanctuary is outside your home), the challenge here is you need to make it happen!

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3. Be present in the moment. Worrying robs us of the joy the present moment offers. I know this maybe easier said than done but it can be done believe me! Given the many roles that most women carry, they often think about what to do in the next few hours, days, or even weeks and this can make them highly anxious. There is nothing wrong with planning don’t get me wrong, but if you over think the things that can happen or may not happen that you lose sight of the gift of what the present moment brings.

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Let me ask you, when was the last time you savored the taste of your morning coffee or tea at home? How about the last time you enjoyed your meal? Or were you always caught in a rush that instead of enjoying your drink you were busy thinking of your tasks in the next hour, day or week? Doing this robs you of the gift of the “here and now”.

Have a mental note and check yourself whether you are living in the present or perhaps you are already in the future. Be in the present. Feel the moment as it happens. Enjoy the feeling as it unfolds now.

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We hope you like our first of three blog series as we celebrate International Women’s Month! Stay tuned for the rest next time. Until then, include Self-Care in your To-Do list. You can try these tips we shared or feel free to create your own list. We’d be happy to listen to your Self-Care stories! To all women, live long and enjoy the rest of March!

 

 

Passion and Compassion

TGBLS joins the world in celebrating World Wildlife Conservation Day!

As HR practitioners and Learning & Development professionals, we at The Green BOX Learning Solutions not only have passion for growing and harnessing the potential of our human resource.  We also value and have compassion for another important type of natural resource – our wildlife.

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Sadly in this day and age, this type of resource is rapidly decreasing mainly due to the activities of “human” resources.  When people cut and burn trees on a massive scale, we consequently deprive wildlife living in forests and jungles of their natural habitats.  When people improperly dispose of non-biodegradable materials in rivers and oceans, marine life suffers the consequences.  When people use animal parts for traditional medicine, clothes and accessories, lucky charms, status symbols, or trophies, hunting and poaching wildlife for this purpose leads to whole species of life becoming endangered or extinct.

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We may think that we are not one of those “human” resources that are involved in bringing about the demise of wildlife. After all, we don’t directly cut trees, nor do we dump toxic waste in the ocean.  It’s also unlikely that we are involved in poaching activities or in illegal wildlife trade.  And so we tell ourselves that we’re not part of the problem at all and that the responsibility of conserving and protecting wildlife falls on the shoulders of government and non-government agencies instead.  And why should we care in the first place?  Some of us may say we’re not really animal lovers nor are we wildlife advocates.  Some of us may say we prefer to focus our energies on improving the human species instead.  Let those who love animals do the heavy lifting in conservation efforts.

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However, this way of thinking is just as damaging as the actual problem.  If we don’t take responsibility for the actions of humanity against wildlife and continue to think it’s someone else’s problem and not ours, then we’ll never be part of the solution.  And we all have a stake in the solution.  UN studies show how even animal agriculture contributes greatly to global warming and thus to climate change, which impacts everyone and everything in the world.  Ensuring healthy populations of wildlife helps maintain ecological balance needed to sustain all life – including humans – while contributing as well to biodiversity. We may be the dominant species on this planet but we are interdependent with all the other species of life on earth.  We need them just as much as they need us.  We cannot survive without each other.

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Today as we celebrate World Wildlife Conservation Day, we recognize those human resources who have both the passion and compassion for this precious and much-exploited natural resource.  One need not be at the forefront of the battle for conservation, but at the very least we can spread awareness on the plight of wildlife.

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As world leaders meet in Paris to discuss climate change this week and the next, there is hope for all species to continue to flourish. Human progress and development need not occur at the cost of endangering wildlife and nature.  Let us all do our part however direct or indirect in saving all species on our planet, and in turn save ourselves.

This article is wriiten by Ms. Katrina Llona – a Learning Consultant in The Green BOX Learning Solutions, Inc. and a Wildlife Advocate. 

Customer Engagement brings TGBLS to Cebu!

Finding New Customers and Keeping Existing Ones Happy

When we discovered that our current home’s second floor had termites, I immediately called the pest control company who treated our old house. The technician who came looked capable, informed us of what he was going to do and why and, afterwards, made sure we knew what to do to avoid re-infestation.

That was 10 years ago. We are now living in the south, 2 hours away. There were ads for local exterminators posted on our village’s bulletin board but I wanted that same company, that same technician if possible. That one transaction years ago has made me a loyal customer.

Representatives from the member associations of the Philippine Federation of Pest Management Operators’ Association, Inc.(PFPMOA, Inc.) learned how to build valuable customer loyalty when The Green Box Learning Solutions Team presented “Finding New Customers and Keeping Existing Ones Happy” last November 2013. This event was part of PFPMOA’s 2nd National Convention in Cebu last November 14-15 at the Sarrosa International Hotel, wherein they hosted various learning tracks focusing on the latest industry trends and practices in the Pest Management Industry.

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Expert speakers in-country and outside were invited, and we are honored and happy to have been part of PFPMOA’s historic milestone. In a 2-hr targeted session, The Green Box Learning Solutions Team shared latest research and best practices on Customer Engagement. It was a short but sweet interaction among 160+ delegates from the North to the South of the country plus guests from other ASEAN countries.

The Philippine Federation of Pest Management Operators’ Association, Inc. (PFPMOA) is an umbrella organization of a 6-member association which seeks to unify all professional pest management associations in the country. Part of its mission is to uplift and institutionalize high industry standards and practices in urban pest management. Its member associations are the following:

a. Philippine Association of Professional Fumigators, Inc. (PAPFI)

b. Pest Control Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PCAP)

c. Pest Exterminator Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PEAP)

d. South Luzon Pest Management Operators Association, Inc. (SLPMOAP)

e. North Central Luzon Pest Management Operators Association, Inc. (NCLPMOAI)

f. Pest Control Association of Visayas (PCAV)

Our many thanks to Mr. Ulysses S. Dagan, PFPMOA President, Mr. Joselito U. Aquino, Over-all Chairman, Ms. Evangeline Alonzo, Ms. Emilie Paulate, Mr. Victor Young and Mr. Elmer Baradas for the warm accommodations.

Take the Green BOX with you this Summer!

Are you about to plan for your summer team building event? Go relax and leave the planning to us — at The Green BOX Learning Solutions, Inc.

We can help arrange your team bonding with a purpose. Whether your goal is to strengthen inter-group relationships, or to introduce new team members to an existing group, or perhaps plan strategically for the next quarter, or maybe to reward your team for an outstanding Quarter 1 performance – – whatever your purpose is, we can make it happen for you!

Say goodbye to the usual unstructured team activity consisting of team drinking or eating sprees.Take us with you this summer and we will help you redefine your team building event.

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