Happy New Year! Thank God, 2020 is over. Hello, 2021. But certainly, there would be nothing like the shock, struggles and slaying that everyone did to survive 2020’s beastly moments. And now that things seem have settled in their surreal turn, plus with a vaccine in sight at the end of the “pandemic” tunnel, there should be a lot of learnings and awakenings to think about.
And as we continue to breathe through life with masks and face shields on — here are “illuminating yellow” (in honor of this year’s Pantone color) quotes from three business leaders we’ve interviewed either in this column or on Daily Tribune’s FB Live Show Pairfect.
Hopefully, they’re not only meant for quote cards on your Instagram feeds, but to keep you pumped up, inspired and motivated to be your better selves while sincerely doing good for others.
Denice Sy Munez, Ever Bilena Cosmetics Inc.’s chief sales and marketing Officer, who launched the best-selling beauty kit Hello Glow amid the pandemic
“When my dad and I were talking about our stress and anxiety, he told me the main reason he went into the business, after providing for the family, is to provide for those who depend on the company. So that’s what he keeps telling me. It’s all about the people whom we are able to help because, at the end of the day, if the company doesn’t help its people, then why does it still exist?
Denice Sy Munez, Ever Bilena Cosmetics Inc.’s chief sales and marketing officer. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF IG/DENICESY
“I think it’s really about first surviving on your own and then next is looking at how many people could help you through this venture. If people look beyond just making a profit and look at how much they can help at the macro level, then that’s when they can feel more empowered to continue their job. I think that’s very important for any entrepreneur — to look at the people who were able to empower their business.”
Money, manpower, mentorship
Adolf Aran Jr., restaurant coach, and CEO, founder and management consultant of Courage Asia Philippines
“Let me just summarize into three what advice I have given so far, especially to young entrepreneurs and young chefs. I think it can be summarized into three Ms.
Number one is Money. I think we should watch our cash flow. From the business perspective, a good business cannot survive if you only have two to three months, for you to be able to extend, and I think we’ve seen that. You need to have at least six to 12 months to be able to sustain the business, that’s why cash flow is king.
“The second M is Manpower. This is time in which you start looking into your human resources. Some people will go, some people will stay and it’s important for business owners to hold on to your good people. By holding on to them, you know that these are the people who will be able to allow you to survive and eventually thrive in the future.
“The third M is Mentorship. During these very critical times, we need to find good mentors that we can listen to. It’s not enough that we can listen to our gut or our conscience or even our arsenal of ideas. Because we’re young, we have limited information. What we’ll be able to do is to look up to those who have been there. Seek mentors to be able to find ways to generate and bounce off ideas so that you know you’re making the right decision.”
Restaurant coach and CEO Adolf Aran Jr. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF fb.com/adolfaran
Have a purpose
Christian Eyde Moeller, founder of Lionheart Farms
Most of the time, a random thought in the most unusual places is the one that totally changes one’s life or, in this case, the lives of many others. For businessman Christian Eyde Moeller, the idea came while gazing at the sea in Hong Kong while having lunch and having a fascinating conversation with a friend on the “tree of life.”
Here, the seeds for building a coconut farm in Palawan was first planted.
And from that initial germ of an idea, in 2013, and in true trailblazing fashion, Moeller and his partners traveled to the Philippines, took a seven-hour banca ride from Puerto Princesa to a seemingly deserted and small island in Rizal, Palawan to plant their very first coconut palms.
The vision wasn’t just to utilize the coconut palm but to celebrate the coconut tree as a total giver of life — from its trunk, to its leaves, fruit, to the coconut flower sap, which is the raw material at the core of the farm’s various finished products.
Christian Eyde Moeller, founder of Lionheart Farms. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF LIONHEART FARMS
This was how Lionheart Farms’ fruitful start came about. Moeller, its president, believes in the salient power of sustainability especially in agriculture. And so, the sap from the coconut flower led to healthy edible essentials like coconut flower sugar, delicious coconut flower nectar or syrup that are great for pancakes and even for baking, and savory coconut amino seasoning or vinegar for everyday dishes.
Lionheart Farms adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in its farming system and recently, the Council for Sustainable Development accomplished its UN Sustainable Assessment for Food and Agriculture and bestowed the Lionheart Farms with an impressive score of 4.79 out of 5.
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