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Thursday, March 23, 2017
WANDERING around Manila’s Malate district will give you a good taste of modern living in the city. There is always something to do in Malate—it offers affordable relaxation activities, a number of shopping and dining indulges, and a very contemporary entertainment culture—which is why it is considered as the entertainment...
WHEN teachers Demetrio Quirino Jr. and Teresita Quirino founded the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.), they aimed to provide the best education possible to students coming from lower- and middle-income classes. A little more than four decades later, it is their daughter’s turn to continue paving the path toward...
AMBITIOUS young women hoping to run a major business some day are often advised to take a particular career path: Get an undergraduate degree from the most prestigious college you can, an MBA from a selective business school, then land a job at a top consulting firm or investment bank....
THE success and sustainability of a corporation truly involves a lot of facets. But the most fundamental of these is simply having a structure that keeps all levels of constituents interrelated. This structure is only obtained through sound corporate governance. Corporate governance isn’t just one structure, though. It consists of...
In today’s global workplace, compatibility and chemistry can matter as much as competence and creativity. Hiring processes frequently turn into grueling marathons of test projects and psychometric profiling. And the rise of social media, big data and the predictive analytics championed by human capital gurus such as Google’s Lazlo Bock...
IN a vastly improving economic environment, there are the entrepreneurs who serve a vital role in promoting the progress and upholding industrial sustainability; it is the entrepreneurial activities of these people that help spur economic activity and encourage business exchange. The Philippines is one thriving economic landscape and behind its current...
Change efforts often crumble into excruciatingly dull meetings and PowerPoint presentations. I studied large-scale change and innovation efforts in 56 randomly selected companies in the high-tech, retail, pharmaceutical, banking, automotive, insurance, energy, nonprofit and health-care industries. My research found that the majority of the efforts failed. A hallmark of the...
It was a news story that read like the plot of a Peter Sellers or Mike Myers picture: Vertically challenged dictator of a starving populace, overweight and addicted to imported Swiss cheese, falls off his high heels and breaks both ankles. He is sent off to rehab and, in...
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...
WHEN the first issue of the BusinessMirror was published in 2005, business news in the Philippines as everyone knew it had been redefined for good. The BusinessMirror surfaced out of nowhere to become a strong and dependable voice—using its objective information, in-depth analyses and insightful commentaries—at a time when the business...
(Speech delivered by T. Anthony C. Cabangon at the Dangal Awards) The Dakilang Adhikain ng Ating Lahi, or Dangal, Awards for Elderly Care is really made for the BusinessMirror. I’ll give you three reasons why. First, the BusinessMirror celebrates its anniversary in October, and October is the Senior Citizens’ Month. Second, the...
PRESIDENT Obama has been repeatedly accused of delaying. Critics say he dragged his feet on sending more troops to Afghanistan, on addressing the dangers in Libya, on providing support to Syria’s rebels and, most recently, on initiating military action against the Islamic State. But is that necessarily such a bad thing?...
PEOPLE who waste our time have become the scourge of modern business life, hampering our productivity and annoying us in the process. Sometimes it’s hard to escape, especially when the time-waster is your boss. But in many other situations, you can take steps to regain control of your time and...
CORPORATE America wants in on the next “big thing” and is willing to pay for the privilege. Fresh off its big win with Alibaba, Yahoo! appears close to investing in the messaging app Snapchat, and it’s not alone. Venture capital investment has reached levels not seen since the dotcom crash,...
UPON retirement, many people would usually choose to leisurely spend their time and do things they could not do during their working years, such as going on long vacations, do gardening and quilting, and playing with their grandchildren. Some, however, choose to continue serving others even in their senior years. These...

Hong Kong fights back

ONCE again, as we have seen so frequently and so recently in many countries, massive crowds of young people are demonstrating for democracy against a repressive government. This time the civic protests are ongoing in downtown Hong Kong. As in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in 2011, or in the early days of...
MARKETERS today encounter a mind-boggling array of technologies, and most feel an acute pressure to climb on the tech bandwagon. But they worry about the massive distraction of full-scale technology assessments—and about the risk of buying expensive tools that don’t live up to their potential. Chief marketing officers can make better...
WE’VE all heard about the immediate threat posed by the Bash bug, aka the Shellshock bug: a software flaw that exploits a vulnerability in a standard piece of software code called the Bash Shell, whose functions give users command over computer systems that are based on Linux and Unix....
COFFEE is often taken for granted by many people, especially those who drink it every day. Why not? Coffee comes cheap in the country, with three-in-one packs readily available almost anywhere for those who need a quick caffeine fix. Plus, with the rise of the business-process outsourcing industry comes...
  JOHN joined a hot enterprise start-up, backed by a top venture capitalist. His job: close pilot deals with enterprise customers. Jess joined a software-as-a-service company backed by the same investor, to develop an inside sales process to convert individual users into enterprise clients. Two years later, both John and Jess...