Scoring on and off the court - By Kevin Tan
Every weekday morning, we wake up, get suited, and drive through traffic to start our roles at the work arena. The clock is winding down and we are racing to work to make the 9AM buzzer. However, for some people, it is all work and no play. Every Wednesday evening, a team of Unicalians departs work and suit up in their roles to compete in a basketball league at the Walnut Teen Center. Surprisingly enough, there is very little difference between sports and business. We work as a team and we play as a team. Just like the game of basketball, the performances of business organizations are assessed in 4 quarters. The organization posting the most profits/points at the end of the 4th quarter is the winner. Game over? Not quite. Great teams continuously look for ways to improve because the competition will continue year-‐after -‐year. Why do sports organizations scout for the top talents to fill positions on the team? Simply put-‐-‐ to try to form a better team. Similarly, managers and HR seek talented individuals with the appropriate skill sets to fill positions and improve their organization. However, the addition of a skillful teammate might make the team more talented, but it does not always make them more effective. 2
Whether it is sports or business, the development of great teams does not just come from the outside, but it is cultivated from the inside. Recruiting might help make a better team, but great leaders know how to make the team better. Have you ever wondered why talented players and teams do not immediately win championships? Phil Jackson holds the record of 11 NBA championships with 2 teams, the Bulls and Lakers, alone. As a leader, he understood how to bring out the best of his talented players and make the team better. Michael Jordan, known as the greatest basketball player of all time, never won a championship until legendary coach and leader Phil Jackson came along. Kobe Bryant, Shaq, and other players on the Lakers basketball team, , did not win championships until Phil Jackson jumped on board. While both teams had tremendous talent, they still could not win championships. Under the leadership of Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan quickly learned and quoted "talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships." Year after year, Phil Jackson had led these organizations to repeated championships by helping talented players develop and improve on their skills, chemistry, cooperation, and teamwork-‐-‐ necessary ingredients for organizational success, which requires loyalty and respect for each other in order to achieve a common goal and vision. John Wooden, legendary coach and leader of the UCLA Bruins, who led the Bruins to a record of 10 NCAA championships, states "loyalty will not be gained unless first given. All that we send out to others comes back to us. In almost every way, the team ultimately becomes a reflection of their leader."
"A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment."
-‐ John Wooden, UCLA Coach, 10-‐Time NCAA Champion
As we close out the 4th quarter and lead ourselves into the next four, we need not worry about the competitors, but let the competitors worry about us. To become a threat to others, we do not need to focus on the outside, but cultivate a culture and environment to better ourselves on the inside. Respecting everyone and their talents, helping each other improve their skills, further develop our strengths as a team, tackling the challenges of our weaknesses, and leading our team to becoming the best, is how we will succeed. As a result of improving ourselves and skillfully being on our best game, the numbers on the scoreboard will take care of itself.
"Good. Better. Best. Never let it rest, until your good becomes better, and your better becomes best."
-‐ Tim Duncan, 4-‐Time NBA Champion
“We have grown to a 19 person-team now…”
I remember the days when GQ just started. I remember when we went through a pile of dusty and rusty tools from US Air that KC purchased in an auction. We spent countless hours going through them, cleaning them, and registering them. I remember those days where we fried our brains trying to figure out how to carry the big hydraulic test stands from the back of the warehouse, maneuvering them through all the shelves filled with precious aircraft parts and put
forklift might topple over. I remember the first FAA walkthrough, when Mr. Charles Johnson, our FAA PMI, barraged me with a bunch of questions. I was not really sure what the answers were (although, I know what they are now, do not worry). He scrutinized every single word in our quality manuals and put red markings all over it. I remember the relief I felt when we finally received our FAA Repair station certificate and also the lunch at Carinos that followed after. I remember our first big order: 9 brakes to overhaul in 3 weeks we had KC breathing down our necks
them in places where they belong. At one point I even stood on one side of the forklift as it extended its fork to place the hydraulic reservoir tank where it should be, fearing that the
constantly for 3 weeks. We did well though! I cannot believe it has been 1 year since then! We have grown to a 19 person-team now. Our capability list has grown from 10 to more than 30 parts. Our facility gained a couple new equipments. I wonder whatâ€™s in store for usâ€Ś GQ, I believe, has a very big potential. Recently, we got into APU teardown. With the help from Mr. Chris Starkey, we have torn down our first two APUs. Now, with the 10-ton crane we have, we are up for a bigger and better project-- Engine disassembly. Right now we are not there yet, but, hey, from APU to Engine, how long can that take, right? As Unical gets into a lot of tearing down, we are looking into being a supportive power for those projects. One of our engineers, Paul Subanpong, was out in Victorville, helping Joe Kijrongruangsri as he tore down our MD-11s. He is learning all the skills necessary to assist with teardowns. Who knows, one day we might be able to tear down awhole aircraft ourselves. Exciting! Tear downs are not the only thing that we are looking forward to. We are also currently expecting a pneumatic facility, which is predicted to be done sometime next year. That opens up whole new ATA chapter for us to repair. The more parts the better! Last but not the least, our newest pride is our recently granted EASA Certification. After an exhaustive struggle and days upon days of editing the EASA supplement, for our Quality manual, our FAA PMI finally approved the supplemental material. It is now, as I type this that the EASA certification is in the office waiting to be processed. Once they are done with the process, we can issue 8130-3 dual-release all day and all night. Now, this should be a great benefit for Unical when they send their parts to us! We have plans for GQ and we are going to work hard to achieve it. But, once again, this will be a lot harder if Unical, our own sister company, does not back us up. Thus, I plead to all Unicalians to support us in helping us grow in the years to come. Anyway, where else would you go when you want Good Quality repair? Of course you go to GQ! Happy birthday GQ!
-By Nico Kutadinata
As we are passing out our thanks to all of our colleagues, we would like to spotlight two gentlemen without whom this November edition of2012 Six-Eighty would not have been possible: Kevin Tan and Nico Kutadinata. Kevin’s motivational article about working as a team both on and off the courts gives us all something to think about, while Nico’s update on the happenings at GQ offer a glimpse at the inner-workings of the repair station along with the hope that it will continue to expand. Their insight is truly treasured and appreciated.
As the winter season draws near, and the last autumn leaves fall, we are granted a fleeting moment to remember what is truly important: our friends and family. Before the hectic holiday rush hits, we need to remember this is the season of thanks. It is our moment to thank everyone who has helped us through the year and pass along our best, warmest wishes to the people who made the year another worth living. Therefore, we would like to thank everyone who has made working at Unical such a pleasure.
We would also like to thank Han and Mercy Tan, for giving us the opportunity to continue publishing this newsletter: for our previous two editions, this edition, and the many more to come. We appreciate your support and blessings, immensely. Without your generosity of spirit, the inspiration and motivation behind this newsletter would cease to exist. Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving.
Unical Aviation is a wonderful company to work for. On paper it has everything you could hope for: job-security in an uncertain market, benefits to ensure the wellbeing of al employees, paid-time off, and a vast array of amenities ranging from the gym equipment to pool tables. Those are treasured gifts, of that we are certain, but nothing is more precious than having the opportunity to work with every individual within Unical and GQ. The experience would not be the same without any one of you.
UNICAL LA MARATHON TEAM CALLOUT According to Armando Murillo or famously known as Mandoman, GQ’s Lead Mechanic, one of his favorite Olympic event was the marathon. He talked about its origin reverently of how in 490 B.C., the runner Pheidipides ran from the Plains of Marathon to Athens to announce the victory of the Greeks over the Persians. After covering the distance roughly the length of today’s marathon race (26 miles, 385 yards), legend has it that he shouted, ”Rejoice, We Conquer!”, then dropped dead. Coming from last year Unical Marathon team comprised of Jasmin Flores, Rigoberto Noyola, Simon Uribe and himself, the team is ready to embark in another journey of 26.2mi from LA Dodger’s stadium to Santa Monica Pier. We are welcoming any Unicalians that has the heart to endure the challenge physically and mentally. Participant will be fully sponsored and given a company running jersey. What: LA Marathon 2013 When: Sunday, March 17th 2013 Where: Starting point- Dodger Stadium Any Unicalians interested in joining the team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 6
Deadline for registration is Friday, November 30th 2012. - A. Abraham