Thursday, January 29, 2015

Solving The Philippines' Talent and Leadership Shortage

The booming Philippines IT-BPO industry is plagued by high rates of employee attrition, often leading companies to promote employees due to lack of choice rather than because they are either suitable or fully ready for the role. Whilst companies have been experimenting with methods to motivate and retain staff, overall attrition rates remain high. Hence, a more nuanced approach is needed, one that adapts generic people management initiatives according to the specific personalities of your employees.
Download this article to find out how:
Essential Advice for Managing Employee Personality Types: Enhancing Employee Performance and Retaining Talent
  • To what extent does a high salary motivate and retain staff?
  • What are the personality traits of gen Y employees and how can you get the best out of them?
  • Strategies to cost-effectively motivate staff and nurture middle managers
Download the article for free here or email us for a copy.
This complimentary article was researched and produced as part of the research process for the 2nd Annual Leadership and Talent Transformation Summit, taking place in Manila 10 - 11 March 2015.
The summit will bring together Asia's top talent and leadership experts from Accenture, Jollibee Foods Corporation, AIG Shared Services - Technology, DHL Supply Chain Philippines, Inc., Cognizant Philippines, Sykes and Schneider Electric among others to network and discuss specific challenges they are tackling in talent transformation and leadership development.
To find out more about Leadership and Talent Transformation Summit, view the brochure.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The ASEAN integration. What it means to you?

We all heard the Initiatives of ASEAN Integration (IAI) for years and expected something in January 2015 which is now, where the Integration is expected to boost investments, job creation, and incomes in the region.  

The Asean Integration aims to develop an Asean Economic Community, same what the European Economic Community have which later evolved into the European Union. "The aim is to establish a single market and probably a single trading currency in the region by 2020."

1. The integration is focused on seven components to ensures ‘free trade’ and the promotion of a single market (ASEAN as a whole) and production base. It consists of the following:
1. free flow of goods
2. free flow of services
3. free flow of investment
4. free flow of capital
5.. free flow of skilled labour
6. development of priority integration sectors
7. competitiveness of food, agriculture, and forestry sectors

From those focus, it means to say that in Philippines, if investors from the rest of the ASEAN countries will look outside their homeland, it means;

1. More land space for offices,
2. More manpower or labor force, 
3. More tourists in the Philippines,
4. More food consumption,
5. More businesses in the Philippines, 
6. Higher competition in the existing businesses in the Philippines,
7. More innovation in our part. 

The Philippines is one of the signatories in the AEC Blueprint, which means the country, along with other ASEAN Member States (AMS), should be open to zero import duties for ASEAN products and services by 2015.  AMS nationals, meanwhile, should be able to work anywhere in the region without a work permit.

The ASEAN Heads of State at their Summit in 2000 launched the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) with the objectives of Narrowing the Development Gap (NDG) and accelerating economic integration of the newer members of ASEAN, namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam (CLMV).

The IAI main objective is to become competitive too in international market joining forces with the other ASEAN members. What's in it for Filipinos? Must be more projects because of the new investors, more work in different industries and must be decrease in unemployment. 

 The ASEAN integration. What it means to you? by Annie Bahwani

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Manila vs Cebu - which is the right location for your shared service centre?

The Philippines’ IT-Business Process Services (BPS) market is booming, but with over 75% of the total IT-BPS activity concentrated in Metro Manila, companies are increasingly competing for top talent and real estate, thereby causing providers to seek alternative delivery locations such as Cebu.

But what are the comparative benefits of choosing Cebu over Manila? Is your SSC or BPO better off located in Manila or Cebu? Download this exclusive infographic to find out.

Manila vs Cebu - Which is the Right Location for Your Shared Service Centre?
Download this free infographic to discover:

• How many people are employed in the IT-BPS sector in each location and what is the size of the remaining talent pool?
• What are the comparative salaries and real estate costs?
• What are the opportunities and potential risks for sustained growth in Manila and Cebu?
Want to learn more about how you can take the next big step for your shared services strategy and help [Field: Account] achieve its strategic objectives? Then join me at the Shared Services & BPO Cebu summit, 10 – 11 February 2015, Cebu City Marriott Hotel, Philippines.

A lot of you have mentioned that you’d like to hear from JP Morgan’s SSC so we’re very excited to announce that our latest confirmed speaker is Jason Beaber, Senior Vice President and Cebu Site Leader, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

 Download the full event brochure for more info.

Call +65 6722 9388 or reply to this email if you have any questions or would like to reserve your place today.

PLUS! as a reader of The Tribune Post, you can enjoy 10% off of the conference ticket.
I hope to meet you in Cebu next month.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Asia Women's Summit on January 28, 2015 at Fairmont Makati by Grace Bondad Nicolas

Join us for Asia Women's Summit on Wednesday, January 28th at the Raffles Fairmont Makati.  Register at this web location: .
Asia Women’s Summit, presented by Belo Medical Group, features many of the nation’s most remarkable women describing how they built extremely successful careers while managing family and other responsibilities. Women in Philippines rank among the most advanced in the world for their participation in the economy and politics, according to the World Economic Forum.
Any enterprise that does not harness the power of the women is doomed to failure or gross under-achievement. Learn how to improve your own career and personal life by hearing how others did it. Learn the secrets of some of the most accomplished professional women in Philippines. Each will deliver high-impact 25-minute presentations and share strategies you can use to immediately improve your own professional careers and personal relationships.
As well, we will feature a Men's Panel Session entitled "Defenders of Men's Contribution to Women's Success" so high profile male leaders can describe what they do to develop and promote female success at home and at the office.  They will also share how it is possible for men to actually understand women -- and useful strategies for not getting killed by them.  
Download the Event Program HERE: 
High Profiles Speakers and Panelist are (in order of appearance):

Vicki Belo
CEO and Founder
Belo Medical Group

PRESENTER: Builder of the country's dominant cosmetic surgical and medical organization and one of the largest in the Asia Pacific region.
Fe Perez-Agudo
President and CEO
Hyundai Philippines

PRESENTER: Oversees one of the fastest growing automobile companies in Philippines.
Darlene Berberabe
President and CEO

PRESENTER: Head of the country's largest home loan provider and winner of the Public Sector Leadership award at Asia CEO Awards 2013.
Mina Lim
Managing Director
Oracle Philippines

PRESENTER: Started as an accountant, moved up to Country Head of one of the world's largest software organizations.
Ace Itchon
President & CEO
Aspen Philippines

PRESENTER: Set up from scratch what has become one of the country's fastest growing pharmaceutical companies.
Nina Aguas
Chief Executive Officer & President
Philippine Bank of Communications

PRESENTER: Returned to Philippines from regional postings with an international bank to head PBCom.
Medy Camba
Regional Controller

PRESENTER: Head of regional finance for the country's largest engineering group.
Kim Bernardo-Lokin
Managing Editor
Business+Class Magazine

PRESENTER: Former elected Congresswomen and Anchor for ABX-CBN.
Rebecca Bustamante
President and CEO
Chalre Associates

PRESENTER: Starting from extreme poverty, become one of the country's leading motivational figures.
Dan Reyes
Country Manager
Genpact Philippines

PANELIST: Defender of Men's Contribution to Women's Success
Hayden Kho
TV Host and Celebrity Doctor
Paparazzi – TV5

PANELIST: Defender of Men's Contribution to Women's Success

Mark Lwin
CEO and General Manager
AIG Philippines and Guam

PANELIST: Defender of Men's Contribution to Women's Success
Noel Lorenzana
President and CEO
Mediaquest, TV5, Cignal, Media 5

PANELIST: Defender of Men's Contribution to Women's Success
Richard Mills
Asia CEO Forum

PANELIST: Defender of Men's Contribution to Women's Success

Download the Event Program HERE:

Confirm your attendance and payment on the Official Event Website at (Visa, M/C, Amex, Paypal accepted). The price of admission is Php5,000 and includes elegant lunch and snacks -- Php5,500 if paid at the event.

Asia CEO Forum with Dr. Bernie Villegas on January 13, 2015 by Grace Bondad Nicolas

The first Asia CEO Forum of 2015 will feature Dr. Bernie Villegas, widely considered the country’s foremost economist and one of the most important in Southeast Asia. Be with us on Tuesday, January 13 (next week) at the Dusit Thani Makati.  CONFIRM your attendance and payment on the Official Event Website at (Visa, M/C, Amex accepted).

Start the year off by hearing what’s in store for the future of Philippines and the Asia Pacific region:
+ Will a new government turn back Philippines to the bad old days of self-destructive economic policies and over-the-top corruption?
+ How much longer can growth in remittances and BPO continue? Are long-waited reversals around the corner?
+ Will tourism be a viable growth sector for the future or will infrastructure deficiencies throttle it in the cradle?

Hear Bernie answer these questions and give a complete overview of the Philippine, Asian and global economies. Dr. Bernie Villegas has a PhD from Harvard University and was one of its youngest ever teaching fellows (at age 21). He was previously economics professor at IESE Business School in Barcelona - ranked as one of the world's best. Bernie has written numerous best-selling management publications and has been special advisor to 6 Philippine Presidents.

Bernie Villegas also holds the record for the highest number of attendees of any Asia CEO Forum event despite last speaking almost 3 years ago. Join us to have the “Rock Star Economist” tell what you need to know about the economy and political environment we all operate in.

See Dr. Bernie Villegas on Tuesday, January 13 (7:45am-9:00am) at the grand ballroom of the Dusit Thani Makati in downtown Metro Manila. Confirm your attendance and payment on the Official Event Website at (Visa, M/C, Amex, Paypal accepted). The price of admission is Php1,200 and includes elegant breakfast (Php1,500 if paid at the event).
Asia CEO Forum, presented by PLDT ALPHA Enterprise, is the largest regular business event in Philippines with major sponsorship from AIG, Ascentia Consulting, Aseana City, Jones Lang LaSalle, Meralco, SAP and SHORE Solutions. See details at

Which companies are winning the battle for talent in the Philippines?

Like it or not, there is a battle for talent going on in the Philippines and companies that fail to prioritise attracting and retaining top talent, will find themselves losing their competitive edge to rival companies. To help you win this battle, we take a look at the leading companies in the Philippines and the secret weapons behind their success:
  • What is Convergys doing to help prospective applicants meet job requirements?
  • How does Lexmark make its employees its competitive advantage?
  • What is “impact sourcing” and how is it helping Accenture access talent outside the major cities?

Benedict Hernandez, BPO Service Delivery Operations Lead from Accenture will be speaking at the 2nd annual Leadership and Talent Transformation Summit on the 10th-11th March in Manila, Philippines.

 In his session, he will be sharing the future growth of talent transformation in Philippines, the trends in talent management and educational development programs, and highlighting how companies can utilise government initiatives for employees’ benefits.
Join Benedict and other talent and leadership experts this March as they help you to overcome the challenges of developing a strong team of future leaders. View the agenda and full speakers list here
Early-bird offer is still available!

Book your seat before 16th January and save up to US$400 off. Email me at to find out more or visit to register!

I look forward to seeing you this March!