By Prof. Robert Anthony, Anthony & Cie
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By Prof. Robert Anthony, Anthony & Cie
by Armen Danielyan, Delovoy Profil
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By Nicolas Fauchille, Triple I
In a previous article, we explained why more foreign investors have been expanding their operations or are willing to relocate to the Philippines. Philippines is an excellent choice when it comes to service outsourcing such as back office support, call center services, legal function or accounting since provides a vibrant, qualified and low cost labor force. Recently, the Philippine government is also pushing foreign investment in other industries which will surely bring a more equitable and long term economic growth and stability to the country.
By Larissa Ogusico, Triple i Consulting
Despite of still being the main hub for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), with revenues of USD 118 billion for 2014 according to the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), India has something to worry about as year-by-year Philippines is taking from India the spotlight with regard to offshore related activities. In 2011, the number of call center agents employed in the Philippines surpassed the number in India regardless of the first one’s much smaller population.
By Dr Anuphan Kitnitchiva, Dherakupt International Law Office Ltd.
This time last year, millions of Thai citizens took to the streets demanding political and social reforms for their beloved country. The demonstrations continued for six months until the tense situation erupted on Thursday 22 May 2014 at 4.30 p.m. local time, with the Thai approach to resolution involving a peaceful coup d’état by the military. The military government was formed with a strong commitment to reform the country and to bring back a genuine democratic regime in which Thais from all walks of life would have the opportunity to participate and be involved by the year 2015.
By Victor Viana, Triple i Consulting
Manila is the call center capital of the world. Boasting excellent communications skills and high levels of English proficiency, the Filipino labor force is also very affordable – realities that explain why the Southeast Asian archipelago has been crushing Indian in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry.
By Victor Viana, Triple I
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By Alan Rajah, Lawrence Grant, Chartered Accountants
The 9 characteristics that I believe are the key drivers in being successful:
2. The need or an overwhelming desire to achieve
3. Screening for opportunity
4. Locus of control
5. Goal orientation
6. Continued optimism
7. Courage to see it through to the end
8. Tolerance to ambiguity
9. Strong Internal Motivation
By Victor Viana, Triple I
Philippines remains one of the most difficult countries in the world to register a business. A close look to the World Bank’s survey ” Doing Business 2014 gives us clear picture on the complexity of incorporation in the Philippines. Several bureaucratic and legal hurdles can be pointed out: the number of governmental agencies involved and the communication between them, dissimilar requirements from each local government and the absurd number of procedures. Curious numbers: It takes 15 procedures in order for a business be legally approved by the government, making it the third worst in the world after Equatorial Guinea which takes 18 procedures and Venezuela which takes 17 procedures!
By Olena Makeieva, Aksonova & Associates
In 2009 I visited a unique training IBR University Leadership Professor Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, PhD. in Psychology Larry Stout. Larry was able to represent us great, who is the real leader. We watched a movie about the great expedition explorer Ernest Shackleton in Antarctica. In 1914 Shackleton organized the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Expedition ship, reaching the coast of Antarctica, sank as it was nipped. Hike ended catastrophe, but Shackleton managed to save the entire team and no one died. Intuitively, from the example of great men and their stories alive, comes the understanding of who the leader is, crystallize a clear understanding of the vital qualities of a leader.
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