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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?
A brand is what you make of it
by James Michael Lafferty - April 10, 2017 - 12:00am
When you spend your formative years as a businessperson working for Procter & Gamble, you certainly master one thing: Doing consumer research! Lots of it. P&G will research every detail of a new product launch. I...
The sheer brilliance of being simple
by James Michael Lafferty - March 13, 2017 - 12:00am
One of the most unfortunate things often taught to young people is the idea that the more complicated we make things, the more “big words” we use, the more slides and charts we employ, the smarter we...
Separating good from bad coaches
by James Michael Lafferty - February 27, 2017 - 12:00am
Having great coaches in any organization, be it a sports team or a business, is crucial for success. Unfortunately, not all coaches are great.
The deadliest mindset of all: Entitlement mentality
by James Michael Lafferty - February 6, 2017 - 12:00am
My friend and fellow STAR columnist Wilson Flores made an astute observation in one of his recent columns.
Business mimics life, and vice versa
by James Michael Lafferty - January 9, 2017 - 12:00am
Any ‘jumper’ who moves between jobs like Paris Hilton changes boyfriends is a person developing the habit of quitting. Of leaving when things get tough. Of failing to finish anything.
What is your market value?
by James Michael Lafferty - December 5, 2016 - 12:00am
The painful reality is, the job market is all about supply and demand. Do you have skills and talents that the market wants?
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