Pono is the personal and organizational value of rightness and balance. It differs slightly from the others, in reach: Most of us will spend more time aspiring to it, rather than fully practicing it. When a person is Pono they have the feeling of contentment that all is good and all is right in their life, a life of full integrity: Ma‘alahi is a Hawaiian word we’ll often use to describe this feeling, for it’s “a pervasive persuasion toward calm, peace, and serenity.”
Don’t for a minute think of this as a staid value though (in Managing with Aloha there’s no such thing): Pono fully embraces the attitudes of positivity and optimism. Life itself excites you, and you are full of hope, seeing that the future can only get better.
In MWA we seek to practice Pono as a state of being that builds upon Nānā i ke kumu and Aloha, with a sense of belonging and an Alaka‘i-driven work legacy. We work on Pono by scaling “the 4 Peaks of Kūlia i ka nu‘u” : We Live with Aloha, we Work with Aloha, we Manage with Aloha, and we Lead with Aloha. There’s a reason this is the last chapter of Managing with Aloha! All the others factor into it: We must arrive at Pono, having done the good work of getting there.
From Managing with Aloha (Chapter 18 preamble):
Rightness and balance
The feeling of contentment when all is good and right
Pono steadies you with rightness and balance.
When you are Pono, you have a feeling of contentment, wherein all is good and all is right.
Pono teaches the attitude of positivity. Life itself excites you.
Those who are Pono are optimistic and full of hope. All they see in their future is that things can only get better.
Keep your life in balance. Do what is right. Reach for hope.
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For a brief, single-page listing of all 19 Hawaiian Values of ALOHA within the Managing with Aloha philosophy, see The 19 Values of Aloha.
For more about values and why we choose them, see Let’s Define Values.
This is the Site Index of articles which include PONO, with comment boxes for questions, stories, and our continued learning from each other: When people speak, they give voice to values, and their personal expression of them. In Hawai‘i, we call this expression their mana‘o.
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