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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Duterte, Jordan & the Hypocrisy of the West

Being an American executive living and working in the Philippines, it is safe to say my phone has been ringing off the hook recently, with reams of inquiries about “How is it in the Philippines now?”, or “What do you think?”, or “How is all of this going to play out?” with regard to the new Duterte administration and the war of words that has dominated the global press. One can debate these questions back and forth for hours, and certainly social media is alive with the debate raging in full view.

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What is the Opposite of Love?

The words “love” and “hate” seem to fit together like bookends in the English language. We say things like, “I have a love-hate relationship with X person,” hence implying the opposite of love is hate. If you casually asked most people, “What is the opposite of love?” the predominant answer would invariably be “hate.” But nothing could be further from the truth.

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The Law of ‘Unintended Consequences’

We in business can learn valuable lessons from other walks of life. We can learn from sports. From the military. From the arts. There are many facets of this wild and unpredictable thing called “life” from which the business community can glean applicable learnings. One of the best lessons comes from the game of chess — because nothing better prepares us to understand the concept of “unintended consequences” in every move we make.

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