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The underperformance doomsday scenario

After years of debate and wrangling among legislators, workers’ associations and employer groups, the Security of Tenure (SOT) bill is now on the desk of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for signing. The bill seems sure to become law since the president himself declared it a priority based on his campaign promises.

MBAs can make a positive difference

For the first time, Harvard Business School and the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago have not increased tuition for their MBA programs. Applications to the US business schools have been dropping due to online alternatives and more specialized courses. Worse, many international applicants have been scared off by anti-foreigner sentiment in many parts of the US. Some business schools, such as the University of Illinois Gies College of Business, have gone further and shut down their on-campus MBA programs altogether.

Making democracy work after elections

The recent elections were quite unusual. The near total shutout of the opposition, the staggering losses among political dynasties and the emergence of millennial-elected leaders are just among the remarkable results we are seeing from the unofficial results. As expected, these unofficial results are already being contested. The mysterious failure of the Comelec transparency server gave new meaning to the word oxymoron. Failures of both voting machines and memory cards were reported in record numbers. Yet the Comelec and PPCRV assess the elections to be within the normal range of acceptability.

School leadership and bullying

A few days before Christmas, I, like many others, was shocked to see Facebook videos purportedly showing an Ateneo high school student using his martial arts skill to assault and humiliate a schoolmate inside a restroom. The videos were disturbing not only because of the humiliation and physical harm inflicted on the victim, but more so because of the way the young man appeared to take pride in bullying his schoolmate not only in plain sight of others but also on video.

Can business managers safely play with FIRe?

In 2016, Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, heralded the arrival of the second machine age and its promise as well as threats for business and society. In his 2018 book titled after the phenomenon, Schwab explains that the basis for the so-called “fourth industrial revolution,” commonly abbreviated as FIRe, is not only new technologies alone, but also the new ways through which people and things are connected to each other and are communicating in new and faster ways.

Civilizing the workplace

Whether here or abroad, the level of nastiness in national politics in recent years has reached perhaps its highest peak in history. It often appears that the gloves are off for most candidates, many of whom find it appropriate to make the most horrible public comments about others, often their opponents or critics, but sometimes even completely uninvolved people.

Are you a dignity-enhancing manager?

I was recently in New York to meet colleagues in the International Humanistic Management Association (IHMA). Over the three-day meeting hosted by Michael Pirson at Fordham University, we planned how to accelerate progress towards our vision in IHMA: “We envision a society and an economy that works for all. Such a society promotes organizing practices that honors the inherent value of all life and protects human dignity. Management practices in such an economy promote human well-being and focuses on flourishing of all life.”

Humanistic management and competitiveness

Following tradition, President Duterte released an Executive Order on Labor Day to somehow address the expressed needs of the country’s workers. As expected, most...

We need good retail jobs

Last week, a Facebook post with several pictures of the terrible conditions in the employee locker and rest rooms at a well-known Makati City...

Getting constitutional governance right

Our legislators are busy discussing changing the Constitution -- again. Our lawmakers, often with prodding from Malacañang and special interest groups, think that the...

Corporate governance and productive conflict

When an online newspaper article declared that “Sereno violated SC collegiality,” I took some time to view the YouTube videos of the House Justice...

Lessons from millennial corporate leaders

In 2013, Time magazine called the millennials the “Me-Me-Me” generation and its cover declared that “millennials are lazy, entitled narcissists.” Not surprisingly, the age...

The anatomy of sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is hard to talk about because it is a socially, emotionally, and gender-charged topic. My earliest exposure to the issue was during...

The miracle work of teachers

My early encounters with high school math were horrible. Try as I could, I couldn’t make sense of it. Everything seemed strangely different from...