Notes from Everest, Ep. 4: The Little Things

This article is part of a five-article series, inspired by my trip to the Mt. Everest Base Camp. This episode discusses one of my favourite things about hiking: the fact that we give up many things we take for granted, and return to them a more grateful person. Continue reading “Notes from Everest, Ep. 4: The Little Things”

Notes from Everest, Ep. 3: The Moments that Matter

This article is part of a five-article series, inspired by my trip to the Mt. Everest Base Camp. This episode explores one of my most important personal philosophies when it comes to travels in general and hikes in particular. Continue reading “Notes from Everest, Ep. 3: The Moments that Matter”

Notes from Everest, Ep. 2: The Secret Sauce

This article is part of a five-article series, inspired by my trip to the Mt. Everest Base Camp. This episode explores what I believe is the most important trait of any team’s members, the “secret sauce” of a successful team: humility. Continue reading “Notes from Everest, Ep. 2: The Secret Sauce”

Notes from Everest, Ep. 1: How to Build a Team

This article is part of a five-article series, inspired by my trip to the Mt. Everest Base Camp. This episode explores our team – how it was formed, the dynamics within it, and why it’s a model case on how to build a team. Continue reading “Notes from Everest, Ep. 1: How to Build a Team”

An Important Question: What Message Are You Trying to Send to the World?

A local celebrity, if you can call him that, was ‘unveiled’ to the public not too long ago, to mixed reactions from the Internet. Why? Because he is now the result of the Cosmetic Surgery to End All Cosmetic Surgeries for Men. Here’s what I’m talking about.

While I generally ignore 99% of all celebrity-related issues in this country, I couldn’t let this pass. The kid’s transformation (if you clicked the link above), unfortunately, forgets the answer(s) to a very important question young men and women need to ask of themselves everyday. Continue reading “An Important Question: What Message Are You Trying to Send to the World?”

How To: The Art of Deliberate Disconnection

The Internet and social media are obviously great. They help us find stuff in just a few clicks, or reconnect with old friends. But there is a very real risk of these two wonderful inventions taking over our lives – together with our relationships with others and personal productivity. How do we keep “connection addiction” under control? Continue reading “How To: The Art of Deliberate Disconnection”

How to Build a (Basic) Social Marketing Plan

How do we make the most out of social media? Should we even be on it? What will we do there that can help the business? On this latest partnership with Writer’s Block Philippines, I discussed a basic mindset (and framework) to help build a working social marketing plan. Continue reading “How to Build a (Basic) Social Marketing Plan”

The Truth About the Millennial Workplace

The workplace has changed. Across many industries, employee average ages are dropping; it’s estimated that by 2020 (less than three years from now), at least 50% of the global workforce will be made up of us – the Millennial generation.

In this changed landscape, how can organisations plan for the future that’s just around the corner? Continue reading “The Truth About the Millennial Workplace”

Five Thoughts from Five Years in Advertising

It has been five years since I became an adman.

About one month before I put pen to paper, I was going through a mini “quarter life crisis”. I had very little resources, very little work experience (just 18 months at that point), and not many choices. I had just finished the Foreign Service Officer (FSO) Examinations – the toughest and most draining test I’ve ever taken – and with a pending application at Shell (the oil company), I would either be an anonymous researcher in the petroleum industry, or an agent of the government.

Neither one was particularly glamorous for someone barely out of school.

Continue reading “Five Thoughts from Five Years in Advertising”