Monday, September 25, 2023

Ted Lasso: Lessons on Kindness, Leadership, and Team Dynamics

"Ted Lasso" is a hit TV series from Apple that offers a plethora of valuable lessons and insights. We have compiled 8 resounding insights and reflections from Season 1. This will definitely benefit you as we will be tackling positive leadership styles, emotional intelligence, resilience in the face of challenges, cultivating a growth mindset and so much more, here in the 1st episode of the season 4 of the QT podcast.

1. Positive Leadership Styles

One of the standout scenes that exemplifies Ted's positive leadership style, occurs in Season 1, Episode 3.
In this episode, Trent Crimm, a cynical journalist, is assigned to cover an interview with Ted and  AFC Richmond deliberately, for the purpose of humiliating Ted as instructed by Rebecca. 
Ted, aware of Trent's skepticism, doesn't shy away from the challenge. Instead, he takes it as an opportunity to win Trent over.
There's a moment when Ted offered Trent a dinner date, to formalize the interview as way of showing courtesy because of the hectic schedule on that day leaving no room for a 1 on one with him, it's a gesture of kindness and hospitality. He engages Trent in a warm and genuine conversation, showing a sincere interest in getting to know him beyond the role of a journalist. Ted's positivity and authentic connection with Trent start to break down the journalist's initial reservations.
This scene showcases Ted's belief in the power of positivity and kindness to build connections and win people over, even in the face of skepticism or negativity. It's a prime example of how Ted's leadership style goes beyond the field and extends to his interactions with everyone he encounters. This positive approach ultimately leads to deeper relationships and a more harmonious team dynamic.
Ted Lasso exemplifies a unique and effective leadership style. He leads with kindness, empathy, and positivity, showing that a positive attitude can have a significant impact on team dynamics and performance. This highlights the importance of nurturing a positive work environment.
2. Emotional Intelligence

The characters in the series display high levels of emotional intelligence. They understand and manage their own emotions, as well as those of others. This teaches viewers the value of empathy, active listening, and understanding in building strong relationships, both personally and professionally.
There's a poignant moment that beautifully illustrates Ted's emotional intelligence. 
Ted notices that the team's star player, Dani Rojas, is struggling emotionally after a game-winning penalty kick goes horribly wrong, injuring the team's mascot, Earl. Dani is visibly upset and feels responsible for the incident.
Rather than immediately addressing the football-related issue, Ted approaches Dani with empathy and sensitivity. He invites Dani to talk about what's on his mind, creating a safe space for him to express his feelings. Through their conversation, Ted shows a deep understanding of Dani's emotional state and offers support, demonstrating a genuine concern for Dani's well-being beyond his performance on the field.
Ted's ability to connect on an emotional level and provide a supportive environment for Dani reflects his high emotional intelligence. He recognizes that a player's mental and emotional state can significantly impact their performance and overall well-being. This scene showcases Ted's capacity to be attuned to the feelings of others and respond with compassion, highlighting the importance of emotional intelligence in effective leadership.

3. Resilience in the Face of Challenges

The characters in "Ted Lasso" face various challenges, both on and off the field. Ted's ability to stay resilient, maintain a positive outlook, and find creative solutions demonstrates the power of perseverance and adaptability in overcoming obstacles.
In Season 1 of "Ted Lasso," there's a powerful moment that exemplifies Ted's resilience in the face of challenges. This occurs in Episode 7, titled "Make Rebecca Great Again."
In this episode, AFC Richmond faces a particularly tough game against the reigning champions. The team is struggling, and Ted faces pressure and doubt from various quarters. Despite the odds stacked against them, Ted remains steadfast and unwavering in his positive outlook.
During a crucial halftime speech, Ted acknowledges the difficulties they're facing, but he doesn't let it dampen his spirit. Instead, he motivates the team with a blend of humor, optimism, and genuine belief in their abilities. He encourages them to keep pushing forward, emphasizing that they're all in it together.
This scene showcases Ted's resilience by demonstrating his ability to maintain a positive attitude and provide unwavering support to his team, even in the most challenging moments. It highlights his capacity to lead by example, showing that in the face of adversity, maintaining a resilient and positive mindset can make all the difference. Ted's unwavering spirit serves as a source of inspiration for his team and underscores the power of resilience in overcoming challenges.

4. Teamwork and Collaboration

The show emphasizes the importance of teamwork and collaboration. It showcases how a diverse group of individuals can come together, support each other, and achieve common goals. This serves as a reminder of the strength that comes from working together.
In the episode entitled Two Aces, AFC Richmond is struggling with team cohesion, and conflicts arise among the players. There's tension, misunderstandings, and a general sense of discord within the team.
Ted saw the opportunity to unite the team when Dani Rojas got injured by organizing an activity involving each of the players, including Rebecca and Nate, to join a sacrificial offering exercise, just so to lift the curse in the team's treatment room.
Through this exercise, Ted fosters an environment of trust and camaraderie among the players. It encourages them to communicate openly, listen to each other, and work together to find solutions. 
The episode ultimately showcases how Ted's approach to leadership in prioritizing teamwork and collaboration, emphasizing that success on the field is a collective effort that requires unity and mutual respect.
This scene highlights Ted's ability to bring people together, promote open communication, and foster a sense of belonging within the team. It exemplifies the powerful impact that teamwork and collaboration can have on achieving common goals, both in sports and in any collaborative endeavor.


This 1st installment of  Episode 1 Season 4 of the QT podcast, entitled Ted Lasso's Lessons on kindness, leadership, and team dynamics was brought to you by our partner website
To wrap, we covered 4 lessons in this episode namely: Positive Leadership Style, Emotional Intelligence, Resilience in the Face of Challenges, and Teamwork & Collaboration.
We hoped you enjoyed listening to this 1st installment, and we look forward to you on staying with us in our Episode 2 of Ted's Lessons on Kindness, Leadership and Team Dynamics.
Our Episode 2 Season 4 of the QT Podcast will showcase the remaining lessons and insights such as Cultivating a Growth Mindset, Balancing professional and personal life, The impact of mentorship, and last but not the least Overcoming Stereotypes and prejudices will air next Sunday, that's 1st of October 2023.
Thank you once again for listening to the QT, where wel equip you with the tools and insights to thrive this rapidly changing world,  leaving you inspired and refreshed with amazing perspectives.
My friends…, Stay emotionally intelligent, and, continue to tip the scales in your favor!
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Sunday, September 10, 2023

Iglesia Ni Cristo 109th Anniversary #ThankfulNoMatterWhat #INC109

What Are You Thankful For?

Last July 27, the church celebrated its 100 and 9th anniversary.. it is appropriate and right, therefore to support and partake in the Thanksgiving Anniversary of the Church thru a special worship service.

In reflection - this meaningful experience must be shared, not only from within but as well as to everyone specially to you, as a listener of this podcast.
Our team compiled some publicly curated posts on soc med like Facebook and instagram about the church member's thoughts on what they are thankful for.
We shall read verbatim these posts as a way of sharing, reflecting, and savoring the beauty and inspiration being brought by what it means to be a member of the Church of Christ.

Sister Wilminia Dumaop

Happy 109th Anniversary dear brethren! 🇮🇹✨

With Thanksgiving as we celebrate the victories of the church, I remember my journey as a convert. It’s been 18 years since I started listening to God’s words.

There had been so many challenges along the way. Choosing what is right is not always easy.

To get stronger, I decided to become an officer in the church.

Being an officer in the church is indeed the best decision I made. It taught me so many things. We always pray for a “wise heart”. This lead me to my husband. My Kawikaan 19:14. ☺️

Our life together flourished with grace. What we have today is more than what I asked for in my prayers. 


God’s love indeed continue to manifest in our life. The growth of our family is the testament to that. For all of this, without any doubt, we will always remain steadfast and thankful to our Lord God. ⚓️❤️🙏🏻





Brother Anthony Taberna

At Iglesia Ni Cristo, Templo Central — Isang maligayang bati sa lahat  ng mga Kapatid sa Iglesia ni Cristo sa buong mundo. Happy 109th Anniversary po. Salamat sa Panginoong Diyos dahil tayo'y nakapananatili sa karapatan. Nawa'y matupad sa atin ang dakilang layunin ng Tagapamahalang Pangkalahatan na tayo'y makarating sa pagtatamo ng kaligtasan sa harap ng mabigat na mga pagsubok na dinadaanan. Kaya malinaw ang tagubilin sa atin sa pagsamba ngayon - "Maging handa kayo at magpakatatag sa inyong pananalig. Magpakatapang kayo at magpakatibay (I Cor. 16:13 MB)" 

#AkoyIglesianiCristo #IkinararangalKo 





Brother Jeremy Pasamonte

Ano man ang mangyari sa atin Biyaya man yan o Pagsubok lagi tayong Magpasalamat sa Ama 🇮🇹

 Happy Anniversary Thanksgiving! 🇮🇹



Sister Rowena  Sibulo 

Happy 109th Anniversary dear brethren! 🇮🇹✨

As we celebrate the victories of the church, I remember my journey during those many times in my life while performing my duty as a Light of Salvation (LOS) officer in Ecclesiastical District of Australia East.


It was in 2013, when a worst flood happened in Bundaberg, our house was in an island and no other mode of transport could passed through our suburb. We waited for about a week to clear some of the roads to be passable for vehicles. The city of Bundaberg was separated by the Burnett River that connects by 2 major bridges, and due to the damages caused by the floods,  we had to travel 2 hours around to get to the other side of the city, normally only 5 minutes. During that time, it was a must to get around so we can attend the worship service. 

“We need to believe in, trust in and rely on what God can do for us” based on Jeremiah 17:7 Amplified Bible. 

There was also a time in my life when I had to choose my duty over a  great opportunity to get a job offer in United Kingdom. When I got inspired by the message of our beloved Brother Eduardo V. Manalo to help in the intensive works of propagation in villages. An Aid for Humanity in the island of Vanuatu was held in January 2020, as an LOS officer it is very inspiring to be part of this propagational works. Before I decided to accept a job offer in UK, I decided to stay for a month in Vanuatu to help out, then Covid-19 came and all international ports of entry were closed and shut. I was stuck in the islands of Espiritu Santo and Port Vila, but I was confident that moment that our Lord God allowed me to stay there so to help our brethren in the intensive works of propagation. We visited villages and educated them how to look after themselves during the pandemic. Thankfully, with God’s loving mercy, during the 5-month of my stay, the islands were Covid free and zero case.  Indeed, it continues to manifest in our life the love of our Almighty God and our Lord Jesus Christ  to all the true servants who continue to faithfully fulfil their duties. With humility, we will always remain steadfast and firm in our divine election we receive. 😇❤️🙏🏻





Brother Dave Solitario

Sabi sa teksto: 

Ang Pag-Asa ng isang Iglesia Ni Cristo ay  itinutulad sa isang ⚓️ SINIPETE. 

Matatag at hindi natitinag. 


Ang atin namang Paksang Diwa: Kailangan tayong Sumampalataya, Magtiwala, 



PAG-ASA. Pansinin po natin itong salita sa lahat ng napagdaanan nating mga paksang-diwa, mga leksyon at mga awit na inawit natin. 


Mahalagang magkaroon ng matibay na Pag-Asa sa isang Iglesia Ni Cristo, dahil alam natin na tatanaw tayo sa magagawa Diyos kapag kapag tayo ay nasa matinding kahirapan. Sa mga pagkakataon na para bang tayo ay nag-iisa, Aasa tayo sa tulong ng Diyos na makakasama natin siya. 


Minsan hindi ko narin maisip na pagkasiyahin ang oras ko sa career na Content Creator, pero laging pinagpapauna ko ang pagtupad bilang organista ng aming Lokal. May mga pagkakataon na sinakripisyong ang ilang mga opportunities na lalo ko sanang ika-sikat at ika-yaman pero pinili ko parin tumupad ng tungkulin. 


At hindi ko nga ito pagsisisihan dahil alam kong sa pag-tupad ako napapayapa. Dito ako hinubog at pinalaki, ito yung kayamanan na hindi ko ipagpapalit.


Sabi nga po ng isang Pangulong Diakono namin sa lokal si Ka. Jaime Maclang sa akin, ay basta tumupad lang ng tumupad. Papalitan naman lahat ng Biyaya. 


After multiple video shoots, gigs and

TV Apperances, nakakapagpabahagi parin ng talento ko sa pagpeperform sa mga kalapit distrito, pero higit sa lahat;


Mang-aawit at Organista sa aming Lokal, at isang taon nang boluntaryong naglilingkod at tumutulong sa INC Music Department. 

Sa Tulong at Awa ng Diyos at pagmamalaskit ng Namamahala. 


Wag tayo mawalan ng Pag-Asa. ⚓️





First! We still have our life and strength -- I get to nurture my faith and continuously believe in the power of a divine being-Him as the God Almighty. I had always been inspired to return the praises of thankfulness  espcially during the Anniversary Thanksgiving Day of the Church. 


Life and strength are two powerful components of a the human race. Life itself is fleeting, precious and at the same time wondrous. Strength -- which drives our physical being to function day by day, and in another context, Strength -- which allows our fervor within our minds and heart to continue moving onward, daily in this journey.


Once these two are gone - we are left with nothing, non-existent, "lifeless" if but for a better phrase. Therefore life and strength are important to us - without these, how can function? It is just right, to be thankful to Him… it is just right to extol The Almighty God.



Secondly, the election that I am still a member of the Church of Christ. 


You know some people are saying that we should not settle for less on the things we acquire in this life particularly those important things, services, moments that make us happy, friendships, groups we belong to, or anything that matters to us and close to our hearts.


And if we will reflect on our spiritual journey and it's affiliation, ASK this - are you nourished to where you belong in your spiritual community?


I would truly speak with conviction that yes, I am nourished, and kept on flourishing as a member of the church, and as a human being sojourning in this world.

image courtesy of Brother Michael Johnson Rapote