A reading for business leaders Vocation of the Business leader: A reflection is a 30-page document that is meant to be a vade-medcum for business men and women. The word is a Latin term that means “ a handbook or guide kept constantly at hand for consultation.” It is also meant for professors and instructors who teach management and business related subjects in schools and universities. The document is a practical and pragmatic work which may surprise many businessmen who may think that this is similar to sermons. There are 91 numbered paragraphs; and, each one is a stand alone lesson or principle. My suggestion is to treat this document like a handbook and do not try to read it in one sitting. I will not try to summarize this reflection in one column because it is already in summarized form reflecting the lessons for business people based on Catholic Social Teachings. Most business persons would … [Read more...] about A reading for business leaders
There are times when we can’t seem to inspire ourselves to do anything but play Free Cell — the type that uses two decks of cards — on our computer. I like to play it while my husband takes a long siesta on the bed behind me. I should be writing my column because it’s my deadline, but this Solitaire has a way of keeping my attention riveted. There are a million things I could do. I could knit. Before I left for the States recently I spent a frantic period knitting sweaters for myself. I knitted three. Now I don’t know where to keep them. The closets here are so small. One day I will solve that problem. Today, I’m just playing Solitaire. Once I crocheted bags. I decided to crochet one using string found at the supermarket. I didn’t much like it and instead undid it the other day while watching TV. That’s what my husband and I seem to enjoy doing these days — lying down and watching TV together. But I get bored after a while so … [Read more...] about Busy being lazy
Businesses founded on rackets abound P5 million a day was offered to new Manila Mayor Isko Moreno to abet illegal street hawking. Many were unsurprised when he revealed its exponential proportions: P150 million a month, P1.8 billion a year. Filipinos seem inured to such stink. Rackets abound in city halls. The national capital is most notorious. Since the 1960s have been exposed “tong” collections in Manila from “colorum”, trip-cutting jitney drivers, tricyclers, and “magkakalesa”. Anyone who blocked traffic was let off for a “lagay”: illegal parkers, pushcart junkmen, roving venders, and syndicated panhandlers. Technology overtook some illicit moneymakers. But new ones sprouted and spread to other cities. Today bribes are extorted for public market stall space; building construction, excavation, electrical, plumbing, and occupancy permits; business licenses; sanitation and fire inspections. Anything a … [Read more...] about Businesses founded on rackets abound
NEW YORK — The first issue of The City Record, on June 24, 1873, listed a procurement notice for a steamboat engine for the New York City Department of Charities and Corrections. A more recent notice, from 2017, listed the purchase of almost $4.4 million worth of condoms and lubrication packets as part of a city public health campaign. In between lies the vast history of the city and of The City Record, a bottomless trove of municipal minutiae and legally required announcements that calls itself the “Official Journal of the City of New York.” While most New Yorkers have never read, or even heard of, this city-published paper, it is indispensable to many city officials and to those seeking city contracts. “This is the bible of doing business with the city of New York,” said Eli Blachman, the paper’s longtime editor. “If you want to bid for a city contract, it’s like the lottery,” he said. “You’ve got to be in it to win … [Read more...] about News Selling Condoms or Pet Food? Inside New York’s Business ‘Bible’
The beautiful, sun-kissed islands of our tourism paradise of the Philippines have the mixed blessings of abundant natural resources, fertile volcanic soil and also lots of natural disasters once in a while, such as earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, typhoons, and others. How can businesses — most especially the numerous micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) — be prepared for any natural or manmade disasters? How can small enterprises and professionals survive calamities and accidents? The following is not based just on textbook research or interviews, but I personally suffered a destructive accidental fire in one of my businesses and it was caused by the fire from a next-door neighbor’s business (which had mysteriously been allowed to operate by the fire department without any fire extinguishers, while my staff had to use up to 13 units of 10-kilo and 20-kilo fire extinguishers). Here are suggestions for all of us: Review and be sure to update your … [Read more...] about How can small businesses & professionals prepare for disasters?