The urgent need for a digital-savvy board

In June 2018, I wrote a column on one root cause of the failure of digital transformation in organizations — the dearth of digital-savvy boards. This was the case then, because “corporate boards have been traditionally focusing on effective governance during the last decade brought about by scandals in the business world, such as that … Read moreThe urgent need for a digital-savvy board

Agility and discipline

Jeff Bezos once said “The only sustainable advantage you can have over others is agility, that’s it. Because nothing else is sustainable, everything else you create, somebody else will replicate.” That is why he is the richest man in the world because he and his companies are agile in all aspects – detecting opportunities earlier … Read moreAgility and discipline

How the sales process transformed overnight

As businesses all over the world start to reopen, many of them find themselves struggling to restart, especially those that require personal, or face-to-face, selling. Such businesses, like those in insurance or business-to-business (B2B) sales, face unresponsive prospects and customers, and difficulties in delivering a sales pitch using videoconferencing tools. Many insurance agents, for example, … Read moreHow the sales process transformed overnight

Stories on food and life

Editor’s Note: Today, The Manila Times Lifestyle welcomes Kay’s Kitchen as a new column to the “Flavors” section. Its author is Kay Calpo Lugtu who is an active nutrition advocate. She is vegan by choice and still prepares regular meals for her family. She studied at the International School of Culinary Arts and Hotel Management … Read moreStories on food and life

Bartering: An emerging community commerce model

Never underestimate the power of the community. Before the general community quarantine took effect in Metro Manila on Monday, the enhanced version of the lockdown paved the way for the formation of several groups and communities as alternative platforms from which essential products and other items can be bought and sold. I am sure a … Read moreBartering: An emerging community commerce model

Webinar fatigue — another pandemic?

When lockdowns and community quarantines were implemented in many parts of the globe, suddenly everything became digital, including the traditional face-to-face conferences, trainings, public fora, and corporate presentations. Enter the now-ubiquitous webinar! A webinar (a combination of the words “web” and “seminar”) is a video workshop, lecture, or presentation hosted online using webinar software. This … Read moreWebinar fatigue — another pandemic?

Business model innovation

The coronavirus pandemic has definitely forced companies to change how they create and deliver value to their customers. Take, for example, Philippine fast-food giant Jollibee Foods Corp. The Nikkei Asian Review reported that the company recently announced “it will spend P7 billion ($138 million) to build discreet ‘cloud kitchens’ and a stronger delivery service as … Read moreBusiness model innovation

The case for digital content delivery

Now is a good time to look back as the country eases its lockdowns somewhat. Barring a second wave of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections that could prompt a stricter community quarantine, we can step back and see how we managed the last eight weeks or so under enhanced community quarantine vis-a-vis our daily routines, … Read moreThe case for digital content delivery