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Sunday, March 26, 2017
By Leony R. Garcia Retirement is the point where a person stops employment completely. An increasing number of individuals are choosing to put off this point of total retirement by selecting to exist in the emerging state of pre-tirement or reducing workhours for themselves. Many people choose to retire when they...
By Walter Frick There’s a reason companies like Google and Facebook offer their employees so many perks, according to new research: Firms that treat workers better are more innovative. One study found that companies with higher worker treatment score—for safety, employee relations, diversity and corporate governance—produced more patents and more highly...
‘KUNG walang corrupt, walang mahirap.” The voting public must have loved this quote, the campaign slogan of then-Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel Roxas II, who ran for the Philippine government’s leadership in the 2010 elections. This five-word slogan has earned the people’s trust and renewed their hope for reforms...
    Killing off brands is never popular or pleasant, but we should do it more often. Some executives may be reluctant to admit—perhaps for sentimental or political reasons—that their brand is draining more value from the company than it creates. They sustain a brand even if that means aggressive discounting,...
HE found himself seated inside an office of a Pakistani bank, bored by an accounting job that paid him really well. It didn’t matter to then 25-year-old Safdar Hayat that his profession was highly sought after, and that it could lead him and his future family to a better life....
NOW is the time to glue our eyes on President Rodrigo R. Duterte and watch him how he does the trick with his iron fist. Cutting to the chase, Duterte waters the seeds of hope in the hearts of every Filipino who did want nothing but more deserving governance for...
  The dispute over the strategic waterways of the South China Sea has intensified, pitting a rising China against its smaller and militarily weaker neighbors who all lay claim to a string of isles, coral reefs and lagoons known as the Spratly and the Paracel islands. Only about 45 of...
A few years ago, I was assigned the worst secretarial assistant I’ve ever had. A colleague I confided in gave me some surprising advice: “Her performance review is coming up. Give her the highest possible rating.” “Why would I do that?” I asked naÏvely. “It’s the fastest way to get her...
By Hemant Taneja Scale isn’t what it used to be. It’s never been easier to start a company, and as a result, new entrants are unbundling incumbents’ businesses and chipping away at their advantage. Upstarts like The Honest Company (consumer products), Warby Parker (eyeglasses) and Airbnb (lodgings) can quickly win market share...
Trust in business leadership is at historic lows, according to surveys by Edelman and the World Economic Forum. One reason might be our tendency to think of leaders as either instrumental (pursuing a particular business goal) or heroic (pursuing a unique vision). In short, we want super-machines or superhumans, or...
AT the same time, Trump’s suggestion he might reduce Washington’s global strategic presence to focus on domestic issues would be a gift to Chinese leaders. They could expand their political and military profile in East Asia with less risk of conflict. The incoming Trump administration faces the task of maintaining...
NEW YORK—The trains that link global centers of learning, finance and power on the East Coast lumber through tunnels dug just after the Civil War, and cross century-old bridges that sometimes jam when they swing open to let tugboats pass. Hundreds of miles of overhead wires that deliver power...
  There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about how to nurture and grow creativity. If your team is in the midst of solving a problem or generating a new idea, you might be killing their creativity without even realizing it. Three common mistakes: Spending too much time on brainstorming....
The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago this month signaled the unmatched strength of United States economic and military power; but it also reflected the seductive charisma of American democracy and its open, pluralistic, prosperous society—or so Americans thought at the time. So why, then, has that same...
ADVANCES in information technology have made it possible for predictive tools to access and manipulate Big Data, and to do so continuously—opening up opportunities to anticipate issues with unprecedented precision. No industry is unaffected. But nowhere is the potential more exciting than in health care. Predictive analytics is fueling a...
At its core, coaching is a simple idea: Help your direct reports improve both what they do and who they are. But it’s not a simple process. Good coaches create a safe space to have an open discussion, ask the right questions (and genuinely listen to the answers) and...
THE economy of Pakistan is the 47th largest in the world in nominal terms and 27th largest in the world in terms of purchasing power parity. Pakistan is South Asia’s second-largest economy, representing about 15 percent of regional GDP. Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves amounted to $20.3 billion in January 2016....
By Leslie D. Venzon / Philippine News Agency Malacañang has enjoined all government and private agencies, and local government units (LGUs) to participate in the synchronized Metro Manila-wide earthquake drill on Thursday. Executive Secretary Paquito N.  Ochoa Jr. signed Memorandum Circular (MC) 79 according heads of government departments and LGUs discretion...

A Christmas Bucket List

People are at their happiest during Christmas, according to the findings of a study released recently. While it is not celebrated by everyone, many agree that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It is only during this time, at least in the Philippines, when people bring out...
Who are the Uighurs? The Uighurs (pronounced WEE-gurs) are a Turkic-speaking Muslim ethnic group native to China’s far western region of Xinjiang, which was sporadically controlled by Chinese dynasties over the centuries. They have long complained of ethnic discrimination and religious restriction under the Chinese government, which is dominated by...