REY ELBO

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I’M not sure if you’ve noticed it. For decades now, some brilliant manufacturers have been using for their products those reverse bottles with spouts on the bottom rather than at the top, similar to what you would imagine plastic containers of ketchup, mayonnaise, even shampoo and conditioner to be. What’s…

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WE are amused at the popular saying that’s often attributed to Mark Twain: “If your only tool is a hammer then every problem looks like a nail.” That means you may need a carpenter to do it. But not anymore. You just have to find another person capable of using…

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MARK, a newly appointed CEO of a medium-size organization, wants his employees to adopt the Toyota system of extracting valuable ideas toward continuous improvement. He hires Tony, a consultant who boldly prescribes a six-month roadmap and installs a corporate-wide program that requires all workers to come up with at least…

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SINCE 2016, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has been telling us he’s not in favor of hiring government contractors based on the lowest bid policy, noting how many multimillion-peso projects suffer from low quality due to corruption. “The lowest bid often means the lowest quality,” the President was quoted in a…

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WHY do drug dealers still live with their moms? What do school teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? And how is the Ku Klux Klan like a group of real estate agents? Those are some of the intriguing, if not freaking, questions raised by The New York Times bestselling…

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MERGERS and acquisitions are old textbook tricks. Company A enters into a partnership with Company B to combine their forces and double their strength to beat Company C. Sooner than you can imagine, you’ll hear nothing about Company B as it has been eased out of the picture. Look at…

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SUPPOSE there are 1,000 political monkeys who decide to cross party lines and change their old, nothing-doing style. “Enough is enough,” they chorus, “Let’s improve this country for our grandchildren, at least to achieve its second world status in ten years, no matter how difficult it is.” A tall order,…

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IT’S YEAREND. And if you’re a corporate slave, you must have worked hard for the past year to deserve not only the legally mandated 13th month pay, but the discretionary bonus as well. Assuming you were given P300,000 more than what you’re expecting, what would you do with that kind…

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IMAGINE yourself looking around for the best Total Quality Management (TQM) program amid various proposals being offered left and right by consultants. The goal of finding the best consultant is on everyone’s lips after your organization has fallen victim to an inexperienced scammer, who charged the lowest consulting fee of…

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A YOUNG, beautiful and jobless woman from an impoverished family marries an average, but educated and gainfully employed man, choosing him over a couple of other jobless suitors in a slum community. Automatically this newly wed husband becomes a welcome, instant celebrity in the woman’s family. The same thing could…

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