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Workers quitting as the year ends is a common dilemma for small organizations in industries like retail, distribution, customer service and hospitality, especially if they’re dealing with young and hourly-paid staff. Some employees just leave after getting their bonuses or never come back after taking a holiday break. These scenarios…

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You’re listening to a very powerful motivational speaker inside a huge conference room. Before ending his talk, he throws out this question: “Who wants to become successful?” Everybody’s hand goes up in the air, which leaves you no option but to raise yours as well. After all, who doesn’t want…

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Last of three parts If we care enough for the Filipino seafarer, then let us try to understand why removing the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) functions from the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) at this point would compromise his standing in the seafaring global market. I…

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PARITY Values Inc. (PVI) is a significant stockholder of Liberty Flour Mills Inc. (LFM). On December 18, it bought 33,647 LFM shares at P60 per share. The acquisition increased PVI’s stake in LFM to 61,127,274 common shares, or 40.752 percent of 150 million outstanding common shares. An LFM public ownership…

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It is exactly two days before Christmas and everybody is in a rush to buy gifts. The Christmas season gives each of us a reason to spend more than usual for our family, friends and ourselves. When buying gifts, we normally have an idea of what to give and to…

J. ALBERT GAMBOA

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NAGA CITY – Tropical depression Urduja mercifully spared this city and the rest of Camarines Sur (CamSur) province as it rampaged all over Eastern Visayas and parts of Bicol, and the Southern Tagalog and Western Visayas regions. Metro Naga consists of Naga City and 14 neighboring municipalities, including CamSur’s capital…

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While I am strongly advocating for the planting of more high-value crops in the Philippines like cacao, coffee, cassava and rubber, among others, I still believe in the future of corn provided quality seeds are used. And when I am speaking about quality seeds, nothing beats hybrids not only for…

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This is the second column in a series where I will discuss key aspects at the crux of the data-driven economy, especially the role of Big Data. The previous column discussed how technology giants have emerged as the most valuable corporations in the world, mainly due to millions of users…

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In last week’s introductory column, I laid out the importance innovating has for our businesses and the unique challenges we face when we make the decisions to drive these innovations. With the outcomes of our innovation projects clouded by uncertainty, our decision-making may fall victim to biases and irrationalities as…

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MOST, if not all, cases that have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) involved family-owned businesses. These cases have divided families, pitting brothers against sisters and vice-versa. In not a few instances, some children have even formed alliances to take over the family business by getting rid…

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