After President Rodrigo Duterte was elected, I naively thought that our country could now start the healing and move forward. How wrong I was! The divide has never been more apparent… and the internet has made it worse. Our country is at a precipice divided by über subjective ideals.
If you criticize certain things the current administration does, you are accused of being a part of the “Yellow Army” and, in the same coin, if you praise something the administration does, you’re labelled as a “Dutertard”. Why should we think that every political discourse has to come from either one camp or the other? Why does it always have to be Red versus Yellow? God forbid that a comment about our political situation could actually fall outside those two labels!
Despite our word war, however, I did learn a few things about scrutinizing our own comments and motives. Here's what I've learned...
If one would ask, why I started planting, I’d automatically give you three reasons:
The first and most important reason would be my family. As it is with any mother, I wanted my family to be healthy and be free from all sickness and disease. But, as our business grew, my family and I started to feel the pinch of a very stressful life. We had less time to eat properly; which led to us getting sick very often. It was at that moment that I decided that I had had enough! It was time to change their diets
With technology advancing leaps and bounds over the past decade, many entrepreneurs have been given the choice of either setting up a traditional company (a company with a physical location that houses its employees) or a virtual company (a company without a physical office, and run in such a way as its employees can work from anywhere). As a business consultant for Philippine SMEs, I usually advise many start-ups to strongly consider going virtual. For start-ups, there are many benefits to going virtual from the beginning. However, can this structure also be applied to existing traditional companies? The answer to this is not an easy one.
The Philippines witnessed a banner economic boom last year (2012), with a GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth rate of 6.8%; and many financial institutions are predicting a 7.8% economic growth for the Philippines this year (2013). But, that’s not all. The Philippine Peso has continued to strengthen and our stock market has continued to grow since 2010. This is all well and good; but, the real question is: “Why is it that most of us haven’t felt this growth yet?”
Our GDP has been on the rise since mid-2011; yet, our country’s unemployment rate has actually increased, and our poverty rate has remained the same since 2006. Philippine unemployment went up from 6.9% in June 2012 to 7.5% in June 2013; and poverty has remained steady at around 28% since 2006. If you factor in the increasing population, it could only mean that both unemployment and poverty are actually going up! So, what’s the problem?
Often times, we hear a lot of negative news about Filipinos. As a matter of fact, I actually know some foreigners (and even some Filipinos living abroad) who have a lot of negative things to say about Filipinos… and they’re not wrong. Many times these “negative attitudes” of some Pinoys have left me somewhat jaded about our future as a nation.
Every so often, however, my countrymen surprise me with heroic acts that renew my faith in them. I’m not talking about grandiose acts of heroism; but rather, simple acts (like returning a wallet or giving an old man a seat on a jeepney or keeping cool under pressure) that prove that it isn’t in our DNA to be victims or failures.
Here are some true stories that have restored my faith in the Filipino:
Ever since I could remember, my parents have always told me that President Ferdinand Marcos (FM) caused the downfall of the Filipino economy. I have always believed them. However, lately, my children have been getting conflicting reports on just who is to blame for this fall. This is why I decided to do a little research on this.
So, did FM actually turn us into the “Sick Man of Asia”? I decided to take a look at three prominent analytic indicators… the Philippine peso - US dollar exchange rate, the gross domestic product (GDP) and the country's debt to GDP ratio. I particularly focused on the period from where President Marcos began his administration to President Benigno Aquino III's (P-Noy's) term (As of this writing, P-Noy is only in his 3rd year in office).
Here's what I found:
Having been a management consultant for several years, it has always bothered me that many companies try controlling an increasingly non-traditional workforce with mainly traditional management concepts and processes. Many of the younger generation move fast in order to make an impact in the organization, most of the middle generation struggle with the company’s mission, and the older generation don’t like change. This situation has stared us in the face for years now; yet, many managers and HR professionals still use outdated carrot-on-a-stick methods to motivate their employees.
As managers and HR professionals, the key to building a successful multi-generational workplace is to understand the differences between each generation. Each of the four generations – Traditionalist, Baby Boomer, Generation X and Generation Y (Generation Z isn’t old enough to work yet) – has had particular experiences that have shaped their choices, outlook, values and work style.
Here are the four generations that (probably) exist in your workplace today and the best way to address each of them:
During my teenage years, my dad had told me to beware of my friends. His reason was that; “Only a friend can betray you.” Of course, being a teenager, I never really understood this. However, now that I am older, more experienced and (hopefully) wiser, I realized that he was right.
The Treachery of a Friend…
When I was starting out as a truck salesman for Diamond Motors (a Mitsubishi automotive dealership), I met a guy named James (not his real name), who would eventually become one of my very best friends. After being friends for about a year, we had decided to form some sort of alliance. We would go on sales calls together and, when one of us was not available to assist a client, the other would take his place. It was a good arrangement for both of us because we were able to cover more ground and make sure that each of our clients was well assisted. We watched each other’s back… or so I thought.
2012 has been an amazing year for the Philippines! By the first quarter of the year, fresh capital seems to have magically flowed into the country to the tune of nearly a billion US dollars a month; making the Philippines one of the fastest growing economies in the world last year.
A lot of factors have contributed to this economic surge. Sadly, however, our government (despite their claims) had very little to do with it. This major boon for the Philippines has actually come at the heels of tragic events that have happened in other countries. Some of the major factors that have contributed to this phenomenal growth are:
Don’t get me wrong. I believe that we need a good Cybercrime law; however, RA 10175 simply doesn’t cut it for me. I’m sure you’ve read all the arguments. I’m sure you’ve already made up your minds. For me, however, this is personal.
My gripe is with the inclusion of the LIBEL clause into the Bill. Without proper and meticulous definitions of "libel", it would be so easy to abuse this clause. I should know. I was a victim.
is the Managing Director of Our-Knowledge Asia and a Business Consultant for Local and Foreign Start-ups, SMEs and Organizations based in the Philippines.