Something different HAVE to be different before using that word – and different it was for me to gain a female friend, so let me give you some background;
During my early years as a CEO, I often came about various situations with foreign workers, not understanding the working culture of our country. So mainly I had to adapt a kind of “Applied Leadership Management” for those coming from Russia, Germany, France…and surely Philippines.
I helped me a lot to also have offices abroad, both in London and Moscow, but also have representatives in France and Ukraine.
Employing quite a bunch of Philippines, I had some difficult times with a female worker in 2009. She did her work as agreed, but always had to add personal issues into the the working environment, being a hassle for co-workers and me.
We’re mainly talking about gossip here, she created rumours, stupid gossips on “who’s with whom” – “I know this and that” – simply just stupid, though her work performance were top of the best.
I tried to find answers among other staffs, but to no avail.
Then came the difference…….; I was searching the internet for some answers on human behaviour (related to the above) and found a comment from a member on a certain management board.
To make all this shorter, her comments made me finding a solution with my Philippine Female Worker – and I re-posted on this other woman’s comment writing; “Thank you Rosmarie, it worked for me!”
Then shortly after, we developed a kind of internet-related-friendship, ever so often writing about employment issues, but more and more personal issues we all human face during life.
I never saw a single photo of this Rosmarie, nor did I know anything really personal about her, until 3 years into our first meeting. Rosmarie were hit by polio at age 4, now 42, working with advisory for American companies operating business in Philippines. Rosmarie are bound to a wheelchair, so mainly works from home, although always 6-8 days at office.
We agreed to met first time in 2012 where I went to her office, but later on my stay also visited her home, met her family (quite big), went to see the various charities she did administrative work for – but most of all; saw her real HER as a very good example of what becomes of a determent family, providing care for their children, limitless of illness and means.
Rosmarie have visited me often, as I still come by her place every time I come to Philippines.
During the development of our friendship Rosmarie have been a constant advisor to many Philippine girls working as Au Pairs in my country, she have helped to establish few charities here, providing help on NGO-level for Dump Side Children, sponsored by companies in my country (+ England, Germany and Sweden).
The word “different” surely applies to Rosmarie, not only by meaning, but also by living.
Just to let you know that FlipFlopLand also hold those souls inside, that can make this world a better place.
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