Short and sweet, this site is all about Managing with Aloha: The book, the philosophy, the practice, and our practitioners— today’s Ho‘ohana Community of people who live, work, manage, and lead with their Aloha— and passionately so.
I’m Rosa Say, and I’m your Mea Ho‘okipa here (your hostess) and your Alaka‘i ka ‘ike (guide in learning; teacher and coach). I’ve been a manager for most of my life, and I love that my life worked out that way, for it’s been joyously rewarding.
I write this site as Sense of Place for Managing with Aloha, and it’s been created and designed FOR YOU: Sense of Place delivers true wealth.
My goal is to provide you with a comprehensive resource to the philosophy in terms of how it can help you thrive in the work you have chosen to do. MWA has been called “a sensibility for worthwhile work” and the description fits. That’s been my favorite compliment about it, but also my ongoing guidance, keeping my work within these pages sensible and useful for you.
One of the questions I often get about Managing with Aloha is, “How did you come up with it?”
I didn’t “come up with it” in the way many assume. Managing with Aloha is not a story of invention; it’s a story of fascination… Like it? Might love it? Run with it.
In my mana‘o (feelings driving one’s beliefs) people are too big for jobs and always have been. We don’t fit into them completely enough. Jobs tend to be about specialization, and while there’s merit in expertise, we humans are magnificent generalists. Work however, can be a whole different matter, for work is a concept of abundance and growth, and it allows us more freedom to explore and experiment: We can be curious without apology. We can be more imaginative.
Thus Managing with Aloha came to be as I decided to take very personal responsibility for managing others who could work in that job-liberated way with me, and with each other. As a philosophy, MWA was charged with answering the worthwhile work challenge as the calling of Great Managers. I believe that when someone decides to become a manager of people, no other answer will do.
So jump in and look around: I welcome you to become part of our Ho‘ohana Community of MWA practitioners and Alaka‘i Managers. You may not have discovered your own work’s calling yet, and that’s okay: This is a place to learn, experiment, question, imagine and explore as you work on your own discovery of worthwhile work. Please know I’m here to support and encourage you, for of this I am sure: There is an incredible amount of goodness waiting for you within your own values, and your value discovery is the key to everything else you will find useful here.
This may be a good place to start: What if I’m not a manager?
This page, New Here? is designed for the welcome and orientation of newcomers, for you will find that I do write for subscribers: My writing style here is one of an ongoing conversation, a style and lesson plan which acknowledges our site community’s “Language of We.” This also helps us zoom to the gist of new articles without need for repetitive framing, keeping them shorter than they would otherwise be.
Thank you so much for reading. If I can answer any other questions for you, please write me, or we can talk story here in the comment boxes which appear with each new article posted.
With my aloha,
~ Rosa Say
Postscript: I do try to keep this site about Managing with Aloha, the Alaka‘i Manager, and you. If you would like to know more about me, I invite you to visit www.RosaSay.com
“If ever an author, and the lessons outlined in the volume were inseparable, Rosa Say lives and breathes in the pages of her writing. Every word is written from the heart. As such, the concepts expressed in the book can be trusted as authentic. There is nothing artificial about anything in Managing with Aloha.”
“We have all met authors whose ideas expressed in their books touched us deeply in some way. An important thought can strike a chord within us and can even change our lives. We have also met authors who wrote about values, but showed none of them in their personal or public lives. I have come to know Rosa well over the past couple of years, and she lives every single one of the values expressed in her book. In her business and personal life, the ageless wisdom of the islands is her guide and touchstone. This powerful book can be a personal and business guide for each and every one of us.”