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Advocates for rent

A crowd on the scene, rallying for a cause or defending an embattled individual, raising placards (SALN? So what!) with a designated spokesperson ready...

For your eyes only

Nonverbal communication is quite prevalent in our culture. Maybe it’s the nuance of our language or the avoidance of possible misunderstanding that leads to...

Should dogs also go malling?

Malls have already banned smoking, gun-toting, and skateboarding inside the premises. Does this intolerance for disruptive behavior extend to dogs? Sure, they’re on a...

Unboxing your thoughts

In 2014, the top YouTube sensation in the Philippines belonged to a video series of toys being unboxed by two sisters recorded and uploaded...

Raise your hands

To lift energy levels including their own, performers and lecturers who also feel like rock stars, usually at the middle of the routine when...

The demand side of culture

Humanities as a field of academic pursuit or lifelong obsession has been relegated to a quaint addiction, like restoring antique cars or collecting stamps....

In my humble opinion

In the spirit of this week, we take a breather from irony, satire, ridicule, cynicism, and irreverence. We shift to matters of the spirit,...

Wrong send

Our mobile phone penetration rate is over 100% of the population, including babies, hermits, and prisoners. Some have multiple phones and SIM cards. Messages...

Flattery will get you places

Part of getting along socially involves some flattery. Remembering names, titles, and personal circumstances (didn’t you win a declamation contest in grade school?) puts...

Nothing wrong with being dull

Life is full of dull people. They make the interesting ones stand out from the crowd, as they make up the bulk of our...

You can’t always be positive

Not everybody can be a cheerleader celebrating only things positive. A boss who dismisses suggestions because of doubts and perceived risks is considered “too...

What do you bring to the table?

For a highly paid senior executive recruited from the outside, one question the board asks is what value he adds to the enterprise --...

Oh, it was nothing

No national trait is more endearing than modesty. It routinely attributes even clearly personal triumphs to sheer luck, divine intervention, and the support of...

A warm embrace

Proper etiquette governs most corporate practices. As an example in the case of gift-giving -- is it okay to give something with a five-year...

Do we buy what celebrities sell?

Companies sometimes employ celebrities to sell their products. This expensive marketing approach has often been used with little regard to its effectiveness in the...

Dealing with difficult people

It is not always clear when there are undeclared feuds in the office whether it’s the fraught situation causing short tempers to flare up,...

The swimsuit competition

Nothing lasts forever, or even five years. It’s not just a change of management but simple boredom (can’t they come up with something new?)...

Naming the customer

Is the anonymity of the customer no longer sacred? Outside of banking and massage parlors, there seem to be no compunctions in calling out...

A meal for any occasion

It seems that in our culture, no commemoration is complete without a meal. It’s not just for happy moments. We also eat when we...

Staying on the sidelines

Not all those who analyze business and follow its ups and downs are necessarily movers and shakers, or even real players in the game....

Keeping it light

It’s not always easy just to have a simple conversation among friends about topics like movies, books, illnesses, diets, new restaurants, and gossip. Some...

A matter of habit

Life tends to be more stressful when there are too many decisions and choices to be made, sometimes immediately. Weighing options and analyzing costs...

Can you let me finish?

At the dinner table among relatives, when grown-ups talk, children (until they become adults themselves) are discouraged from joining the conversation. In families, designation...

Which way to the washroom?

Developers of malls are mindful of the goal of making their property a desirable “destination.” Thus, restaurants and lifestyle outlets (salons, gyms, and kid...

Luck has something to do with it

It seems being hardworking isn’t enough to achieve success. The workaholic is only noticed after he has already reached the top, thereby ascribing to...

Do you still need a calling card?

The calling card, previously referred to as a visiting card originated from Europe in the 18th century. It was part of the etiquette for...

Data dumping is not just for computers

“Data dump” is defined as the transfer of large amounts of data from one system or location to another. It refers to a machine-to-machine...

Getting the message across

“Signaling” has become a new management watchword. It means consistency with a brand image or a value system by being ever mindful of unintended...

Losing has its benefits

Is it possible to have a strategy based on not coming out on top? Does losing sometimes have its benefits? In the case of a...

Some like it hot

Foreign buying of local stocks is considered a sort of anomaly. Smart money is supposed to stay in its more developed home country, especially...

Just post it

It’s no longer considered odd when posting photos of trips in exotic places -- please note the Antarctic penguins at the background. Still, this...

Not the real me

Incidences of road rages can be caught by passersby with their ubiquitous phone cameras to be posted in social media and eventually the news...

Can you be too prepared?

By this time, the planning sessions of companies are done. Risks and opportunities have been assessed. And appropriate responses arising from assorted threats like...

Shouldn’t miss the office party

In terms of corporate ritual, the office Christmas party has to be up there with recognition night and team building. (There’s no “I” in...

Just heard it

Media sometimes present stories based on unconfirmed reports and anonymous sources. Even accusers who file cases in court can rely on something they heard...

Getting support from the bottom

One only has to look at the constant investigations in the headlines to see what havoc predecessors, successor, and most especially subordinates can do....

Getting into the picture

With the invention of the reversible lens on the camera and the phone, the selfie has made the photographer the subject as well, and...

Stock information

Insider information in the stock market should not only refer to illicit access to still undisclosed developments. It should also include lessons to be...

All my shirts are blue

The emotional investment on the results of the UAAP Finals Game 3 for the sea of blue and green, all 22,000 of them inside...

Restarting the engine

When being suddenly unemployed, whether through mandatory retirement or a company being acquired by what seems at first to be a friendly force, applying...

Is business just a game?

Many a CEO is a sports enthusiast. Tycoons immerse themselves in sports as team owners, sponsors, or simple spectators. Don’t they skip meetings in...

What can we learn from hindsight?

Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his 2012 book, Antifragile: Things that gain from Disorder dismisses the notion of planning for the future based on analyzing...

Let’s hear from our panel

In the name of mentoring and sharing experiences, theoretically to aid the beginners and the still unsure, conferences regularly feature established business icons, who...

Ten insignificant developments in 2017

1) Traffic is again an acceptable excuse for being very late in getting to a meeting. The breathless announcement that it took you four hours...

Left without a forwarding address

With well-known personalities breaking up, the disaffection is all too publicly displayed. Protestations on the need for privacy (please don’t ask me about my...