The Digital Camera as an Indispensable Tool

by Nimia Acebes on January 12, 2010

In his book, Developing the Leader Within You, John Maxwell says, A leader’s main responsibility is developing others to do the work. In order to be an effective people developer, a leader must first know the names of his people, especially if he is new to them and the people he is handling are 400 or more.

When I was new to my present regional office, I required the employees to wear their identification cards around their necks so that I will know their names.  But later on, I feel awkward looking at their IDs everytime we meet.  I feel more comfortable looking at their faces, seeing them eye to eye, smiling and greeting them; Hi, Hello, Good Morning/Afternoon or How are you?

I always carry my digital camera in my bag wherever I go.  This tool has helped me a lot in my desire to be a people person and be a good leader.  Whenever there are meetings, conferences, seminars and special occasions, I request someone to capture the events for me.  I also take pictures during my inspection and other official trips.

A pose with some employees.

Pictures keep the memories alive but they have done more use to me as the head of office.  I store the pictures in the laptop, make folders of each event and indicate names of people on it through the help of my executive assistant and other employees.

Now that I know how to use some applications of the famous social networking site, the Facebook, identifying people became a lot easier because I could now tag people in the pictures.  I find time to look at them whenever I get hold of my laptop so that I can call them by names everytime we meet.  People feel worthwhile and important if you care to know their names.

Being a good leader does not happen overnight and I know that through my digital camera, I have taken a step towards my desire.

I know you also have some good uses of your digital camera and I’m glad if you could share your list with us by leaving your  comments below this article.

Your friend,

Nimia Acebes

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Ben January 14, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Hey there, I just found your blog on Twitter! Very informative post, keep up the good work 🙂

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Nimia Acebes January 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Thank you very much for your inspiring comments Ben. More blessings for you.

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MARIA JULIE SIANGCO PACATEO January 15, 2010 at 2:08 am

Good morning Madam RD,

I love digicam because it records historic event or an impostant meeting like the one you did…….. and a good leader like “you MADAM” knows how to act swiftly and encourage quick thinking among her people.

Have a nice day………….

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Nimia Acebes January 15, 2010 at 3:06 am

So happy to hear from you Jo… Thanks for your inspiring comments. More blessings for you. Luv u!

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Luz A. Pleños January 15, 2010 at 5:12 am

My digicam? It is very helpful to me too. Like keeping the memories, events, and capturing new faces. But whatever it is, am so thankful to this post, the info here can be applied soon… Take care.

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