The Sheer Brilliance of being Simple

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 look. They go from being simple and smart thinkers to complex and muddled thinkers. We train them in the wrong direction. We teach them skills they later have to un-learn in life.

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Separating Good from Bad Coaches

While the word “coach” often brings to mind a sports context, it is a role that extends far beyond the playing fields and sports arenas. It is not just a classic sports coach who coaches. All of us in business who hire and develop young talent are coaches. Anyone who mentors another is a coach. Coaches abound through many facets of life and play a critical role in personal development.

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The Deadliest Mindset of All: Entitlement Mentality

My friend and fellow STAR columnist Wilson Flores made an astute observation in one of his recent columns. Having interviewed more than his fair share of true “rags to riches” success stories, Wilson found it quite compelling that a majority of these business titans had lost one or both parents at a very young age, and were hence forced by circumstances to step up and help provide for the family in a tangible manner. Henry Sy and John Gokongwei are just a few examples of this dynamic.

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Business Mimics Life, and Vice Versa

The late Mark McCormack, the legendary founder of IMG, once famously said, “Let me play one round of golf with an individual and after 18 holes I can tell you much of what that person stands for.” A few years ago, funnily enough I was playing golf in Tagaytay with an individual I was meeting for the first time. Like any round of golf, everyone keeps track of their own scores in an honor system. This guy rarely saw a fairway! He was always in the rough or in the water! It was not a good day for him.

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What is Your Market Value?

Not long ago, I received a call from a distant and long-lost relative in the US. She wanted to talk about jobs and money. She’s a high school graduate. Barely. Single mom. Lots of different jobs in her life. Mostly menial roles. She can’t find a job to earn enough. According to her calculations, she needs a job that earns more or less $60,000 per year to live the kind of life she wants. But all she can ever seem to get offered are jobs around minimum wage or slightly more, meaning she can only earn about half of what she truly feels she needs. She was desperate and despondent. She felt life had been unfair to her.

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