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Saturday, March 28, 2009

The 3rd week in China

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After past 2 weeks of chaos, things are going more smooth now. Management support clear much of the road blocks. Hope next week would be the last week in China. Really need to appreciate people that helped me.

Project management is always a tough job, especially when counterparts are disorganized. In many occasion, it would be too late to discover someone missed the ball or misinterpret messages. I must say all of my staffs are good & diligent, but fail to complete their responsibility in critical path is discouraging, especially when all teams are using all efforts to meet common goal. Any ways to help them out? I think it is just a lack of skills.

Would transparency in cross-functional teams help? At least it could keep whole team on the same page. I am thinking of a better project management tool/function for manufacturer...

My company is always like a "long head" exponential curve, efficiency is only high in the end. I guess it would not be a bad thing, athought it makes me having many sleepless night. Any ways to improve it?

I could say my company is top notch, can not imagine how lesser companies run projects. I need to remember all incidents with one of my supplier which nearly screw me up. It is a paradox that a company too open to customer would create a never-fed-up monster like me, too closed would create like darting in dark. I start to feel compassion to them, a varition of stockholm syndrome?

The excitement from the market on my project give me a shot of adrenalin! People are eagerly paying $$ even before they saw an actual product!!! Come even closer to my US$9M.

Here I remind myself to write a summary on this project next week.

On the other hand, I nearly dropped US$400,000 on sales of current products this month. I missed to data crunch and monitor supply, god bless that everything is fine now.

It is interesting that I feel uncomfortable & could not accustom to less hustle life, even though scene of gruelling life is still lingering in mind.

Cynthia is complaining and singing 愛得太遲 repeatedly...

New: (18thin 2009, 374th since 2005)
The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It
Marcia Angell / Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (August 9, 2005)

「職業罵手」兩年半賺30萬 2009-03-27 文匯報 B06, 神州大地
20+創業自白 2009-03-26 壹週刊 S014-016, NEXT 2.0, iHearU
激光槍殺蚊 瘧疾Bye Bye 2009-03-16 文匯報 A11, 國際新聞
當世間已沒有英雄 2009-03-26 明報 B13, 觀點, 精裝君王論, 蔡子強
今日山寨明日主流 2009-03-21 信報財經新聞 P11, 理財投資, 投資者日記, 畢老林
天才加勤奮 造就莫扎特 2009-03-19 信報財經新聞 P12, 時事評論, 林行止專欄, 林行止

Funny: Clean all dirty mouth (f_ck! transform to luck!), especially for Mr Tsang & 3 Council Watchmen.


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Saturday, March 14, 2009

9/15-3-2008/9 讀報 (Week 11)

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V. looking forward to April, at which my US$9 milion project could launch.

My life now is so so hard and harsh. 2 weeks to go...

港版「百萬富翁」結局有喜有悲 2009-03-15 星島日報 A08, 港聞
打鼻鼾便秘 「80後」的離婚理由 2009-03-13 文匯報 C01, 神州大地
超級電池誕生10秒充滿電 2009-03-13 明報 A27, 生活
銷售陷阱 2009-03-11 信報財經新聞 P37, 副刊專欄, 此時此刻, 劉健威
網絡惡搞 古剎月薪7千招和尚 2009-03-11 文匯報 C02, 神州大地
林敏驄寫詞五年已達標 感激阿麟成全 2009-03-11 香港經濟日報 C02, 人物, 人物, 區家歷
商業模式推倒再建 2009-03-10 信報財經新聞 P15, 理財投資, 投資者日記, 畢老林

Funny 1:

Climate activists dressed as penguins protest outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels March 12, 2009.

Funny 2: 錭刀 = dildo


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Saturday, March 07, 2009

1/8-3-2008/9 讀報 (Week 10)

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After all, tomorrow is another day!

I have bought the latest issue of Foreign Affaris, it seems worth subscripting, although $144 per issue...

New: (14/15/16/17th in 2009, 373th since 2005)
All the Money in the World: How the Forbes 400 Make--and Spend--Their Fortunes
Peter W. Bernstein (Author), Annalyn Swan / Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (December 2, 2008)
When Markets Collide: Investment Strategies for the Age of Global Economic Change
Mohamed El-Erian / Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 23, 2008)
More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places
Michael J. Mauboussin / Publisher: Columbia University Press; Upd Exp edition (September 26, 2007)
Art: Paintings, Sculpture, Artists, Styles, Schools
Robert Cumming / Publisher: DK ADULT (October 17, 2005)
The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century
Parag Khanna / Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (February 10, 2009)
The Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories
James McConnachie / Publisher: Rough Guides; illustrated edition edition (October 17, 2005)

逆市賺錢 廉價航空研推500元飛布吉 2009-03-07 文匯報 A15, 香港新聞
87年《讀者文摘》傳申破產將停刊 2009-03-06 頭條日報 P14, 港聞
亞馬遜乘Kindle逆流而上 2009-03-06 信報財經新聞 P18, 理財投資, 徐天任
逆市打品牌戰 毋須減價促銷 運動品牌攻女性市場 Starbucks貴價咖啡照賣 2009-03-04 香港經濟日報 A23, Executive & Market, 洪小晶、陳韻文
祥益網瀏覽頁數突破336萬 2009-03-06 文匯報 B11, 經紀天地線
Ayn Rand 2009-03-05 信報財經新聞 P12, 時事評論, 林行止專欄, 林行止
Recipe for Disaster: The Formula That Killed Wall Street WIRED MAGAZINE: 17.03

Funny: This book cover attracts me.


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