How the Philippines Can Win Olympic Gold for the Bargain Price of P223,189

The Philippines sure loves sports, and enjoys a rich sporting legacy. From Paeng Nepumuceno becoming the first athlete to win world titles across four decades, to Manny Pacquiao becoming the first boxer to win world titles in eight weight classes, indeed the Philippines has left an indelible mark on the sports world. There is, however, one title that eludes the country — a global “badge of honor” among nations — and that is the ever-elusive Olympic gold medal. The Philippines shares this uncomfortable crown with Bangladesh as the two largest countries in the world (in terms of population) to not have won an Olympic gold. It’s a crown we eagerly wait to toss into the trash bin!

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Thank you, Charlie Fredrick

I really feel a certain kinship with sports lovers — people who love a given sport or particular team. I get it. I have loved track and field my whole life. I loved to run. I loved to go to a track meet and follow all the varied events going on at once. To watch a shot-putter one moment, a pole vaulter the next, followed by a race on the track! For me, a perfect weekend was going to a track meet! I ran competitively all the way through high school. I was an average runner who became good by being the hardest worker. Nobody ever accused me of having much talent. No, the genes were not on my side!

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Departing with Dignity and Grace

There is a famous line in the film Invincible, when the wife of one of the main characters reminds her husband of a time-tested principle: “Character is tested when you’re up against it.” In other words, true character is exposed when a person is in the toughest of situations. And one of the toughest situations anyone can go through in their career is departing an organization, in particular when the departure is forced upon us, either by downsizing, restructuring, or outright termination. These are the situations when true character is brought to light. These are also situations in which one’s legacy is cemented in the eyes of everyone they ever worked with. How do they go out, with dignity? Or classless and vengeful and looking like petty and immature individuals?

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Divorce and Separation in the Workplace

If we assume for a moment that the average employee starts their professional career in their early 20s, then it is safe to say an overwhelming majority, during their time in the organization, will pass through at least three of the four major “life passages” that typically occur from our 20s to our 50s. And it’s important to the employer and employee relationship that the employer is there to support and assist the employee appropriately through these transitions. That is what the great employer does.

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The 3-level Theory of Performance

‘Always over-deliver. This is how I won five Olympic gold medals,’ says Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci. As Leonardo da Vinci famously said, “ Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” Anything in life can be made horribly complex. Over-engineered. Confused and complicated. And this certainly is true for how individual performance is assessed. I have seen all kinds of matrices, grids, tables and complex readings. Abominations created to make a simple task more complicated. But the evaluation systems that work best, and make the most sense, always seem to boil down to three levels of performance. Three, and only three!

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