James Michael Lafferty
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The gutless leadership model
by James Michael Lafferty - November 26, 2018 - 12:00am
Several weeks ago, I outlined three significant achievements of the Trump presidency.
What Trump got right
by James Michael Lafferty - October 22, 2018 - 12:00am
The polarization of the American electorate has seemingly become every political writer’s “go-to” topic these days. It’s all doom and gloom.
Solving issues always starts with confronting painful realities
by James Michael Lafferty - September 24, 2018 - 12:00am
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is widely considered one of the most effective treatment programs for alcoholism. It’s a 12-step program that has stood the test of time for 83 years.
The brand loyalty myth
by James Michael Lafferty - August 27, 2018 - 12:00am
Since that fateful day in 1985 when I first walked through the doors of Procter & Gamble’s hallowed headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, I have had the honor of working on some of the world’s most iconic...
Are Century-Old Business Giants The Next Kodak?
by James Michael Lafferty - June 25, 2018 - 12:00am
In Part I, we outlined a four-stage theory of corporate evolution: the innovators; the rapid scaling-up, geographic expansion; re-engineering of the value stream; and the financial “dance moves.”
Are century-old business giants the next Kodak?
by James Michael Lafferty - June 18, 2018 - 12:00am
Most with a grasp of business history know the rudiments of the Kodak story: a titan company, employing 160,000 people at its peak, and an integral part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Dubai: The city fueled by Filipino talent
by James Michael Lafferty - April 23, 2018 - 12:00am
After nearly 12 years living in the Philippines and truly calling it “home,” one of the most difficult decisions in my life was leaving (if only temporarily) to move to Dubai. But, like so many, one has...
Ignore employee wellness at your own peril
by James Michael Lafferty - March 19, 2018 - 12:00am
Over the past two weeks, I have consulted with different companies in Cebu, Manila, Dubai, and Paris. All had one common thread: in each case, the concept of employee wellness programs was front and center of the...
The Bacolod formula for happiness
by James Michael Lafferty - February 5, 2018 - 12:00am
When you boil life down to its core, one could argue it’s all about happiness.
From bullied to business
by James Michael Lafferty - December 24, 2017 - 4:00pm
I can sympathize deeply with people who are bullied. I was bullied, incessantly, from first grade at six years old all the way to the start of high school at 14.
Are you a winner or a champion?
by James Michael Lafferty - October 29, 2017 - 4:00pm
Winners are defined as those who win occasionally, while champions win consistently.
‘In life, we are all blind mountain climbers’
by James Michael Lafferty - October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
Erik Weihenmayer became the first, and is still the only blind man to conquer the ‘7 Summits’ — the tallest mountains on each continent.
Be a hero in delivery, not in promises
by James Michael Lafferty - September 10, 2017 - 4:00pm
The country’s recent SEA Games debacle once again illustrated a cardinal rule of effective business management: “Be a hero in delivery, not in promises.”
Never confuse niceness with weakness
by James Michael Lafferty - August 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
Human nature can have its flaws.
The dark side of social media
by James Michael Lafferty - July 30, 2017 - 4:00pm
Like all things in life, social media such as Facebook and Twitter are double-edged swords, meaning they cut both ways. There is a good side and a bad side.
The oft-missing piece of the business puzzle
by James Michael Lafferty - July 16, 2017 - 4:00pm
One of the saddest and most debilitating lessons a young business leader can learn is to equate increasing intelligence with increasing complexity. To equate quality with the number of PowerPoint slides or pages...
Let’s cut millennials a break
by James Michael Lafferty - July 3, 2017 - 4:00pm
In the Philippines, I interview Millennials every week. I see so many superb young people who are juggling school, jobs, helping provide for a wider family, and enduring daily commutes that would destroy most p...
Great leaders break paradigms
by James Michael Lafferty - June 25, 2017 - 4:00pm
Facebook, Airbnb and Uber are just some of the companies that took paradigms and flipped them upside-down.
The Tsunami Principle
by James Michael Lafferty - May 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
Sometimes, when we least expect it, we get hit very hard by a wave that changes everything. We have no warning. But it comes. And life is never the same afterwards.
When profits supersede customers
by James Michael Lafferty - April 24, 2017 - 12:00am
If there was ever an industry that has lost its way, it is the aviation industry, particularly in the United States. It’s all about money. And who gives a damn about the customer?
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