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Founding Member and Director

Inspire Leadership Consultancy


Inspire Leadership Consultancy


FunWorks Inc.

Chief Executive Officer

FunWorks Inc.


Success Options Publishing Company


ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation


Business Matters Values Foundation

Corporate Trainer

Business Matters Values Foundation

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Company B


Inspire Leadership Consultancy

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FunWorks Inc.

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There are many factors that affect ...

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There are many factors that affect performances of an economy an industry and a corporation and the here's what the country's leading motivational speaker, writer & consultant Francis J. Kong has to say...

Clues or Clueless by Francis J. Kong
Francis Kong One of the most prominent public speakers in the country, Francis Kong, is the founding member and Director of Inspire Leadership Consultancy. He has extensive experiences in manufacturing and retail and founded one of the most popular clothing companies.
Francis Kong's extensive work experiences have given him enough credibility making him one of the most sought-after speakers here in the Philippines. He has written 10 books, "The Early Bird Catches the Worm" which now has been translated into the Korean language and "One Day at a Time" which has been given a most favorable review by Channel News Asia of Singapore.
Currently Francis Kong has a daily Radio Program entitled "Business Matters", which was given a Year 2007 special citation by the CMMA (Catholic Mass Media Awards). Aside from his daily radio program he also writes for the Business Page of Philippine Star every Saturdays and Sundays. He regularly guests every Thursday morning at ABS-CBN's morning show Umagang Kay Ganda. He conducts some of the best programs of Inspire.

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Seminar: "Inspiring Excellence" with speaker Francis J. Kong

Francis J. Kong is the co-founder of a leadership consultancy company called "Inspire". He also serves as a business consultant for many high profile corporations in the Philippines. Francis has a radio program titled "Business Matters" that was given special citation for Inspirational Programming by the Catholic Mass Media Awards of the Philippines. He is the author of 18 books and holds around 300 seminars in the Philippines and abroad. Francis received the The Outstanding Filipino Award (or TOFIL Award) in 2014. | For more information about the venue: http://www.cogdasma.com/ | To register or inquiries about the event, please call 0917-810-0796 or 0920-953-5286. | For the benefit of Genbless Project. With buffet dinner and COG Dasma Silver Grace Coffee Table Book.

Wanna be King? Listen to Kong

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Listen to Kong

[Photo of Francis Kong] Award-winning author Francis Kong shares modern business techniques - and a dollop of humo - with the Chinese-Filipino Business Club
"What's the difference between a boss and time?"
Francis Kong asked this question before a puzzled crowd of around 500 businessmen, employees, educators, and students at a recent leadership seminar in Binondo hosted by the Chinese-Filipino Business Club.
Indeed, what keeps Kong busy these days are his Chinese paisanos (compatriots) wishing to learn modern techniques in running their businesses. Rumors have it that Kong is fully booked till 2009 with the country's top companies to give leadership seminars for managers and employees.
Debunking Tradition
Kong, president and CEO of Funworks Inc., among other business concerns, surely has a lot to tell colleagues about the pitfalls of traditional Tsinoy management. Most of his management prowess was learned in the hard-knocks garments industry back when it topped the country's exports.
Another thing Kong belied is the traditional belief that if you taught your best employee the secrets of the trade, you would be digging your business' grave. You'd wake up one morning to see your right-hand man setting up shop right in front of you, applying a better version of your strategy to his own business, and being your staunch competitor. This, Kong said, is an old, backward, reactionary belief that should be discarded.
He said modern Tsinoys should apply a more Western approach to succession, by building second-liners and nurturing their loyalty. Instead of guarding trade secrets, he encouraged bosses to share them with subordinates who sought out their wisdom. Impart knowledge to the next generation, he exhorted.
Kong reminded the audience the old masters actually did it right. They handed down knowledge and education from one generation to the next, loyalty being a byproduct of this generosity.
If those you nurtured one day tried to make their mark with their own businesses and profit from your teaching, wish them luck, Kong told the audience. Society will have a way of rewarding you.
No Sacred Cows
[Photo of Francis Kong] Part of the Kong's trademark is his willingness to question everything in his discussions, even himself. He said even speakers like him may not teach the right things. He admonished businessmen to not only keep an open mind, for that won't be enough, but to also think critically.
He also had a bone to pick with hypersensitivity, a trait common to both Filipinos and Chinese, businessman or not. He said hypersensitivity retards critical thinking and, therefore, hinders progress.Put yourself in a state of disbelief, Kong advised, but welcome truth when it presents itself to you.
Manage Systems, Lead People
Leaders are made, but first they have to be born, Kong quipped. A leader is made two ways, he explained. Some are born leaders, like the Dalai Lama.
But if you looked at how businesses were run in the last century, Kong said, emphasis was placed on management - the implementation of systems to run industries.
In essence, it was the businessmen - not the unions - who spurred the labor movement, Kong said.
"Management is all about production and control," he explained.
"We are not here to produce products," Kong reminded the businessmen.

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"We encourage the principals and science teachers to avail themselves of these science shows from Mad Science and Globe Gizmo as these would really aid them in bringing out their students' interest in learning science," says Francis J. Kong, CEO of Funworks Inc., the Philippine franchisee of Mad Science.

Kong adds that interested schools have until March to avail themselves of the free programs.Only 200 slots are available, so he encourages them to book now to experience the fun and engaging "edutraining" Mad Science experiments that are now taking Metro Manila schools by storm.
Mad Science's troupe of Mad Scientists will let kids on the magical world of bubbling potions, air pressure experiments, tricky floating balls, burp potions, and heaven effects.Mad Scientists will also let kids discover the difference between magic and science, with experiments on air pressure, fire safety, carbon dioxide, states of matter, sublimation, and Bernoulli's Principle, among others.They will also get to conduct the experiments themselves which are guaranteed safe for any kid to experience.
Globe Gizmo and Mad Science share a common mission: To educate and spark the imagination and curiosity of kids to the world around them through science.Kong is delighted to know that more and more teachers around Metro Manila are starting to trust Mad Science to bring the latest and coolest in cutting-edge science content to their classrooms.The group's partnership with Globe Gizmo is no surprise, states Kong, as parents also relay on Globe Gizmo for on-demand information services that bring essential scientific info to kids' cellphones anytime, anywhere.

Business leaders emphasize social change and innovation

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The speakers were Filinvest Development Corporation (FDC) Chairman Jonathan Gotianun, The French Baker Chief Executive Officer Johnlu Koa, Success Options Publishing Company President Francis Kong, Golden Arches Development Corporation President Kenneth Yang and Richprime Global Incorporated Managing Director Ana Melissa Yao.

Kong, Yang and Gotianun emphasized the value of business in promoting social change.
Kong, a renowned motivational speaker and lecturer, challenged the audience to deviate from the business culture of simply making profit.
"Business is not about creating money. Business is about creating value in the marketplace," Kong said.
He cited McDonald's efforts to raise food quality in the Philippines and his client work for Filinvest, which involved talking to overseas Filipino workers on values and principles for living.
Kong highlighted that the purpose of business is to provide products and services that meet a need.
"Successful business people are solution-oriented, not problem oriented. They look at the disturbance," he said.

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