Bases for Decision

"PMs are trained to look at risks and choose the risks with lesser probabilities happening."

I make decisions based on what is beneficial for my family. The consulting engagements I choose, the jobs I apply for, and the candidates I choose. 

Even on issues affecting the country, I choose sides based on what is beneficial to my family.  My aggressive criticisms of Smartmatic is an example.  I do not want my family to live in a country with political uncertainty.  And with an election systems provider like Smartmatic, which does not even respect industry-accepted change management procedures, which install queue servers to filter results from precincts before the election returns are sent and consolidated in the municipal/city canvassing and consolidation server, the COMELEC central server and the Transparency server, there will always be lingering doubts about the integrity of the election results.

Even my decision to criticize COMELEC Chair Bautista is based on what is good for my family.  It is not good for my family, nor to any Filipino family for that matter, that the chair of the constitutional body tasked to handle Philippine elections would allow a foreigner, Venezuelan Marlon Garcia, to alter files during election day, and let that person get away with it. 

On Duterte’s war on drugs, I reluctantly side with the administration’s policies.  I have been asked by friends, “what if it was your family member that was shot by police during a drug raid?”.  This is where my training as a Master Project Manager kicks in.   PMs are trained to look at risks and choose the risks with lesser probabilities happening. And in my analysis, the risk of a family member being shot by the police in a drug raid is lesser than a family member being harmed by a drug addict.  The probability that an immediate family member is hit by a bus driver high on shabu, or a drug pusher/addict running amok in a mall is much higher than a family member shot by police during a drug raid. 

In certain situations, I make my decisions on which side to choose based on consistent principles of the proponents.  Like I could never side with the Leftist when they protest against US imperialism because they have never protested against Chinese imperialism (Tibet up to now is occupied by China).  I have said this before and I will say it again, if you are against imperialism, you should be against all kinds of imperialism.  Leftist groups have also been very vocal about the deaths caused by Duterte’s war on drugs but have never raised a whimper on the thousands of deaths caused by internal purges in the Communist party.  The leftist would march against taxes imposed by the government but they never made any negative comments about the revolutionary taxes collected on farmers in communist controlled areas. 

This selective principle reminds me of someone who would post negative and abusive comments about the LGBTQ community marching in gay parades and encouraging people to boycott products that support the LGBTQ community.  But this guy unbelievably defends white supremacists and their right to march in Charlottesville while chanting “you will not replace us!”.  It seems that it did not dawn on this person that these white people were menacingly referring to him, a Filipino, who replaced one of them in the workforce. 

His values are not consistent with my family’s values.  So it was not a really difficult decision to consider him not a friend anymore.  

About the Author
Mr. Leo Querubin is a Certified Management Consultant, a Master Project Manager, A Certified International Project Manager and a Fellow of the American Academy of Project Management with over 30 years of extensive, international experience in planning and implementing large scale IT projects. He is currently a Managing Consultant at Indra Philippines handling the Public Administration, Education and Healthcare markets.
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