REY ELBO is a business journalist and management consultant. He writes two newspaper columns in BusinessWorld (since 1993) and The Manila Times (since 2002). His consultancy firm – Kairos Management Technologies (est. 1997) specializes in HR and TQM work under the principle that "you can't improve quality and productivity without the active help of the workers." He is the former Country Director of Kaizen Institute Consulting Group in the Philippines and was head of HR and TQM departments of five major corporations, including his stint as the Executive Director of People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) in 1997-1999. Rey studied in Tokyo under a 1993-1994 management scholarship grant by then Nippon International Cooperation Center, now merged with Japan Business Federation (Keidanren). Aside from Keidanren, he attended many Japan-based programs funded by the Asian Productivity Organization, Asian Overseas Technical Scholarship, Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs, Japan Institute of Labor, and Ministry of Labor, Health and Welfare. Every year, he organizes the Kaizen Study Mission to Toyota City for Filipino executives. He wrote four books, namely – “Problem Workers are Created by Problem Managers” (2019), “Total Quality by Maximization” (2016), “Lessons to Learn before They Kick you Out of Your Job” (2010), and “The Buzzword-Centric Workplace” (2007). In April 2018, he retired as a faculty member of the De La Salle – College of St. Benilde after 15 years of service. He has a law degree from San Sebastian College of Law, a one-year Program on Strategic Business Economics from University of Asia & the Pacific and pursued an M.A. in Japan Studies at De La Salle University – Manila. He is a Fellow in People Management by PMAP and one of very few professionals from the private sector with a Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) eligibility. Also, he is one of two Filipinos certified as a Toyota Management System specialist by Toyota Engineering Corporation, Japan.
Rey has been consulted by more than 10,000 management professionals from small businesses to major corporations on his unique, sometimes in "there's no box ideas" on how to manage problem employees and how to employ them in the company's quality and productivity efforts in the service and manufacturing sectors.
If you're not sure about your management idea or plan, check it out with Rey.
Rey Elbo loves talking to people on HR and TQM topics. Even if you're not a client, he would be interested to know your concerns that he can use as a feed to his weekly columns in BusinessWorld and The Manila Times. As a business journalist, he's always in search of interesting stories for his readers in the Philippines and some parts of the globe. Anonymity is guaranteed!
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