How Do We Stay FUTURE STRONG for our beneficiaries?


Leina‘ala Ahu Isa, Ph.D., Trustee, At-LargeLet’s start with a ‘new’ Governance Framework which better aligns OHA’s decision-making process with our mission in order to meet the needs of our beneficiaries.

It may sound like a cliché, but it really is going to help our people…by just being a more ‘people person’ organization.

First, care about people’s needs. I’m empathetic. That’s the thread through everything I do. It’s the ability to always care, always have empathy. Always have good intentions towards others, always put good energy back in the universe. For me, that’s a great foundation.

About 40% of our jobs will be automated by 2025…. Soft skills are going to become even more important — the things that machines cannot do. The people with these soft skills will be tomorrow’s leaders. For many years they weren’t. The connections between creativity, innovation, empathy, and collaboration will increasingly become more important. — Source: Future Strong by Bill Jensen, Oct. 2015.

The second part is to always look for new ways to do things differently. Keep disrupting yourself, constantly. Get “uncomfortable” in everything you do. Leaders need to choose to be more comfortable with failure. Leaders need to make more long term bets, and be supported by their boards in doing so.

The third part is to always be Creative. Try all kinds of different things. You may fail at a lot of things, but you’ll learn a lot, quickly. Do lots of side projects. Do things you know nothing about.

Now here are the 5 ‘new’ Governance Framework elements to help us achieve the above:

  1. Identity
  2. Values and Mana
  3. Statutory Basis
  4. Policies
  5. Supporting Documents and Practices (operations).

It is the first one that is the most significant: IDENTITY… To place the “Lahui” identity above its state agency status. Read more about it on OHA’s website.

What are the tough choices today’s leaders need to make to be Future Strong?

Leaders need to figure out what innovation means to them.

True innovation needs to be built at the edge of the organization. Most organizations are not prepared or willing to take “risks”. So if you want to be Future Strong…. Remember the connections between creativity, innovation, empathy, and collaboration will increasingly become more important as we serve our Lahui, our beneficiaries.

The biggest “risk” is in doing nothing.

Hauʻoli La Hoʻomaikaʻi!!

Hauʻoli Mahalo Hoʻi!!

A hui hou,

Trustee Leinaʻala