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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Why Physical Fitness is Key to your Career

I started my professional career as a corporate fitness instructor for Procter & Gamble USA in 1983. I was on the cutting edge of this notion of “corporate wellness” and was paid $5/hour to train executives on diet, exercise, and stress management, in a very progressive company that was on the front end of what would eventually become a global trend.

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The Horror of Sexual Harassment

When are we going to put an end to the ‘penis principle’ — the need of some male leaders to abuse their position and power, simply to fulfill the whims of their penis? A few months back, I had a coffee with a former employee of 10 years ago. We got around to talking about a dark period in her career, about five years back, when she was the victim of continued sexual harassment from a senior leader in her company.

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