In the vibrant world of hospitality, where dedication and passion intertwine, Bailon de Guzman, Jr., fondly known as Bai, made a life-altering decision. He resolved to take a daring leap of faith and pursue an MBA degree, a decision that would test his commitment and the support of those around him. Bai’s workplace, Hotel Ronda Lesseps, is at the heart of this inspiring story, a family-run gem led by the remarkable Mr. Pere Ramon.
As Bai began charting his educational journey, he faced a pivotal challenge: balancing his burgeoning responsibilities at work with his pursuit of knowledge. The answer lay in a candid conversation with his boss, Mr. Pere Ramon. It was a conversation filled with uncertainty as Bai wondered how his educational aspirations might affect his work schedule. Much to his delight, Bai soon discovered that his fears were unfounded. Pere, the epitome of a supportive leader, rose to the occasion. Together, they crafted a schedule allowing Bai to attend weekend classes, aligning his educational ambitions with his work commitments. Yet, Pere’s support did not end there. When Bai shared his desire to focus his thesis on enhancing guest satisfaction within the hotel, Pere eagerly stepped forward to be his mentor.
In a world where some bosses may view such endeavors as a disruption, Pere perceived Bai’s initiative as an opportunity for growth for the individual and the entire hotel. Pere’s philosophy transcends the traditional boss-employee dynamic; He dedicates himself to being a mentor and a guide, identifying and nurturing potential. Within a year of pursuing his MBA, Bai earned a well-deserved promotion to Encargado or Manager of his department. It was a testament to his dedication and the unwavering support he received from Pere, who viewed his team members as workers and individuals with limitless potential.
Bai, in turn, is effusive in his praise for Pere as a mentor. He acknowledges Pere’s role in his journey, emphasizing that his mentor guides him through insights and feedback without imposing his own will. Gratitude fills Bai’s heart as he reflects on the incredible support and encouragement he has received from Pere. “I could not have completed my MBA degree without him,” Bai declares, humbly acknowledging the profound impact of Pere’s mentorship. “I am truly blessed to have someone like Pere to mentor me.”
In this remarkable tale, we witness the transformative power of mentorship, where a boss becomes a leader and a guiding light on the path to personal and professional success. It is a story of courage, support, and the extraordinary heights one can achieve when encouraged by a mentor who believes in the boundless potential of their mentee.
By: Noemi Katuin