We Get More Via Mutually Beneficial Relationships

The parish priest wanted to construct a building beside the church.  The new building would be a venue to host church gatherings and organisational meetings.  He asked his parishioners for help.  A construction contractor approached the priest and offered to build the church at what he said would be half his standard price.  The 50%Continue reading “We Get More Via Mutually Beneficial Relationships”

About Ellery’s Essays

Hi, I’m Ellery. I’m a supply chain engineer and an administrator.  I write essays that promote productivity and Aha moments.     I’ve been immersed in supply chains since 1984.  I’ve worked with plenty of people in manufacturing, logistics, purchasing, engineering, and planning.  It’s a broad field where many do overtime anonymously and where there’s roomContinue reading “About Ellery’s Essays”

A Reminder to Walk Around

I finalised a contract to lease an office unit to a new tenant in February 2022.  I obliged to give the tenant two (2) free months of rent or up to the end of March 2022 to allow him to make improvements and buy & move in his furniture & equipment.  I didn’t see theContinue reading “A Reminder to Walk Around”

Our Waiting Nation

This blog was written on May 19, 2013 and was re-published a few weeks after the 2022 elections. -Editor 12 noon, Election Day, May 13, 2013.  I’ve been in line for almost two (2) hours waiting with about 40 other people to vote at our election precinct at the elementary school at Mandaluyong City, Manila,Continue reading “Our Waiting Nation”

Adversities versus Miracles

Adversities are events that we don’t look forward to.  They are the disasters that set us back, the incidents which lead to outcomes that we rather not face.  Adversity is the unfavourable situation that we run into or that arrives in untimely fashion. Adversities have become more prominent in our daily lives and even ifContinue reading “Adversities versus Miracles”

We All Have Superpowers

Ed was a retiree who lived near our family store.  One day, Ed saw me and asked me what kind of business he could get into. Ed said he could use some extra income as his pension wasn’t really enough.  I asked Ed what he used to do.  He said his job before retirement wasContinue reading “We All Have Superpowers”

The True Benefits of Earth Hour

Since 2007, countries around the world have turned off lights at landmarks, homes, and offices in a united symbolic effort to fight the perils of environmental degradation.  Every year, the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and partners promote Earth Hour.  People around the world at 8:30pm on the last Saturday evening of March are asked toContinue reading “The True Benefits of Earth Hour”

Visioning: The Last Thing an Enterprise Needs When Starting Up

A husband-and-wife couple approaches and asks a consultant for help in their business. The husband-and-wife couple just started a business selling electrical devices such as relays and circuit breakers.  Demand was strong at the onset and the couple has found themselves working around the clock serving customer orders.  Maybe the consultant can contribute some ideas?Continue reading “Visioning: The Last Thing an Enterprise Needs When Starting Up”

The People First Proposal

I would like to propose organisations put people first when it comes to their priorities.  Organisations may say they already do but based on my observations, they aren’t.  Two (2) banks asked me one day to update my business’s account information.  They gave me a pile of forms for my business accounts’ signatories to fillContinue reading “The People First Proposal”

The Chore of Buying A Smartphone

My OnePlus 6 smartphone is overheating and automatically turning itself off.  And it’s annoying.  I bought my OnePlus 6 phone in mid-2018 at quite a high price.  Reviews then touted the OnePlus 6 as the best Android phone in the market.  I liked its features and its chipset, a Qualcomm SnapDragon 845.  Because OnePIus promisedContinue reading “The Chore of Buying A Smartphone”