32 C
Makati City
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
It was the early 1990s, the week between Christmas and New Year’s. I was working as a sales representative for a software company. As I was leaving an appointment with the chief information officer of an investment bank, he handed me an order dramatically increasing their purchase of our software...
For years, American firms far and wide have bemoaned Chinese copycats. But these days, the water-cooler chatter in Silicon Valley has turned to the meteoric rise of Alibaba, which, in September, sparked the world’s largest initial public offering (IPO). With millions of users and merchants, the Chinese firm handles...

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...
THE Philippines is known for having the world’s longest and merriest Christmas season. Imagine Filipinos celebrating the holiday for four months,  starting from September until early January when the Epiphany, or the Feast of the Three Kings, is celebrated. Just when they hear of the “ber” months, people already feel...
Christmas comes but once a year. And don’t we all just wish otherwise? Nothing can truly compare with the merriment that the season brings. But while average people like us are wishing that the Christmas holidays would come year-round, all the more are Filipino entrepreneurs—whose businesses revolve around the...
After years of studying innovation, we’ve found that there’s great power in bringing together people who work in fields that are different from one another yet analogous on a deep structural level. For example, more than a decade ago, 3M developed a breakthrough concept for preventing surgery-related infections after getting...
United States President Franklin Roosevelt called December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy,” but to many Americans it’s more of an occasion for head-shaking confusion. The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor wasn’t a crippling blow so much as an unprovoked act of imperial suicide. When Japan...
The youngest executive on Harvard Business Review’s list of the 100 Best-Performing CEOs is Simon Wolfson of Next, at age 46. According to research on age and innovation, even he may be beyond his creative peak. As Ezekiel Emanuel summarized in The Atlantic earlier this year: “Dean Keith Simonton, at...
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...
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...
-Advertisement
- Advertisement -
-
Advertisement