Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Business Leaders engaged in running

It has been a common knowledge that most businessmen and executives usually play golf as part of their stress relieving activity. This is a venue where business meetings are held, and business deals are closed. For some, it has been their way of exercise. Golf just like any other sport requires patience, skills, and discipline and it is a good sport as well.

However, I have noticed that young business leaders and executives in their mid 30’s to late 40’s are now engage in running and have included it in their daily routine. Have read an article last month re “How the CEO became and Ironman” featuring Mr. Wilfred Uytengsu of Alaska and is instrumental in bringing the Ironman 70.3 here in the Philippines which will commence in August this year. He has his own story to tell on how he prepared himself to be a triathlete. At 47, it is very inspiring to see how he managed to achieve his level of fitness. It simply shows, that age is not a hindrance as long as you stay fit and healthy. The Concepcion brothers, Ton and Patrick, have been into running for a long time and is instrumental in the Condura Run event. With their busy schedule at work, it doesn’t stop them to continue running and has been an inspiration also to old and new runners.

Just today, I have read in the inquirer lifestyle section that Lance Gokongwei is also into running. They were a partner in the Condura run where their beneficiary is Bantay Kalikasan. Good to see our business leaders sponsoring such events to be able to help others. He is now training for the New York Marathon in November.

Obviously, it helps leaders to be more effective at work as they have a clearer mind, more energy, and determined. Since running requires discipline, it manifest also on the way they manage their business. As they are competitive in sports, they are likewise competitive in their business. All problems, obstacles, or struggles in the company doesn’t stop them from being creative in finding solutions. If they can go an extra mile in running, they can go an extra mile at work.

Mike Dauden and myself both business unit leaders have engaged in running as well. Mike is engaged in boxing and body building, and have joined running as his cross training activity. I am into cycling, golf, and have engaged in running after the Condura run event. I am now more focused in running and cycling to help me reduce weight. I play golf to improve my patience and it is also relaxing after a very busy week at work plus the strenuous training activities. We both influence our respective teams by being positive at work and helped influence a good working environment. We are trying to invite our peers to join us in our activity, we join races now and has been the talk in the board room among managers/directors during our meetings. Hopefully, we can influence them. Our president (Jojo Concepcion) gave a challenge that all who run 10k in the condura run to run 21k next year, those in 5k to advance in 10k, those in 3k to advance in 5k, those who did not run, to join the 3k run. It was a good challenge and obviously Me and Mike is up to the challenge, the rest will have to give up smoking first then start running (hehehe).

Mike and myself after finishing the 10k run at PAA-TIBAYAN last sunday.

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