Letter to the CEO, again!

Dear CEO,

Are you a designer?

Not that I have not known you all these time, but I must ask if you are a designer? Why am I asking?

I think me and you, like many other younger entrepreneurs, especially the techpreneurs have to change what we do. I have read about the many successes around the world where newer stuff (those techies are ruining our plans!) are ruling the customers! Ours too!

They seem to be able to magically come out with something that the world wanted them so much. Something that they have not seen or tasted before, but surely, they are buying. It is mind boggling. Do you know why?

I am not sure if those ideas have something to do with the fact they understood the Gen Y better than us. I mean with the fact that Gen Y guys will be our top CEOs by 2025 and you and me already in our grey hats surely, we are missing something.

Just cross my mind, if we could not do it perhaps, we should allow someone from within can be given the opportunity to do so. I believe the younger blood, if not us should take the challenge to rework on our prized horses and our processes. I think it is just more that the process re-engineering we learnt back in the 90s. I think a radical change in our office here is necessary. We need a real transformation if not magical immediately.

Could you look out for someone that you could promote within your area that can see differently? Someone younger and probably, those who are able to understand the demand better? I mean look at Howard Shultz, he is actually stepping out to allow Kevin Johnson to work on the more tech stuff with so much as stake for Starbucks. I mean he knew he would probably can do the job but eventually, like our prized horses Starbucks know that the corporation is what matters.

Honestly, me and you have proven ourselves but eventually the younger world of customers that we are dealing with is changing so fast in taste and buying patterns are going to rule. We need someone to redesign how we open for business tomorrow!

The designer must be someone with that conviction that we had when we started this business, someone that is so passionate about the need to grow the company the way he or she wanted it. I mean in creating a demand for our brand name. Customers associate their needs to our brand name knowing that there are thousands of the same goods in this market. The designer must make them associate it to ours. Just like the one we are having now for the past thirty years.

Please give this a thought overnight and I am ready to discuss with you and the team in the next few days. We have to show them the way, getting them to seriously focus on designing a better in whatever we do to serve our customers. I believe this is out next growth path.

Let us start from our thoughts!

Letter to the CEO

Dear CEO,

Do you see the next S-Curve?

I am wondering if you are on the lookout for next S-Curve. I can sense that our sales are good as usual, only that it’s unusually flat for the last few months. Our prized horse doesn’t seem to give a good run for our money. Even our second fiddle slowed in her own class.

Our beloved customers, as I accidently heard from our neighbor, have been seriously betting on some tech stuff. Not that they are all the Gen Y, most of our loyal ones seem to be hinting that we need another prize winner.

Seriously, our vendors don’t seem to be interested anymore with the older stuff that we get from them. Some tells me that they are also moving to some greener pastures where they can race better. I am seriously worried that we have no more feeds for our horses, let alone that there could be very difficult race ahead of us. I wonder our rivals are secretly breeding better horses or even racing down some tech stuff!

Are these tech stuff ruining our races? Or is it just my fear that the races will soon be over? Some bankers are telling me that they are not betting the races anymore, they have indicated to me that they have more exciting past times elsewhere.

Are you looking at the next S-Curve for us? Stuff that can move us to win races every time. I love those days when everyone recognizes me more that our horses! The time when those betting were behind our horses and not our money! Do you have feedback from our rivals of what they are up to? Or what they have been up to with their betters?

Seriously, what do you think of our race track? It doesn’t seem to be straight anymore as in the past three years. Our horses seem to slow down before they finish. Our rivals have the same adrenalin level I believe. I hope everyone’s taking have not been jeopardized by these slow downers!

Give a thought on these tonight and maybe can discuss the in the morning.

p.s. if you still wonder what I am talking about, it is our corporate’s growth path!






16/365 Complicated relationships

Complicated relationships.

Maths always ask you to find her X wirhout telling you Y.

Chemistry has you figure out what happen to C when she breaks up with O2.

Physics makes you wonder what happen to E when mc square her out.

Biology makes you wonder what happens to the heartbeat when he sees her.

Geography let us figure out if a long distance relationship will lasts

Englush tests you what will happen to s when he is with many people (plural)

….. lol….just me and my imagination

14/365 Are you searching?

A while ago I played Billy Joel’s “The River of Dreams”, it was a beautiful song especially when you are playing it in the middle of the night. I am inspired to write about this tile “Are you searching?”

So are you searching?

Have you lost something in the past that you work very hard now to find or recover? If there is, then what it is? Will it be the lost friendships? Lost time and opportunities?  Lost direction and patience?

Or that you are looking for something that you don’t even know it was lost or taken away? Or simply that you need to look for something that would make you feel better once you have found it? Or something that your instinct tells you to find to complete what you have now?

Will that also be a case that you are searching for something that others do not have? Like something of a magic potion of lasting youth? Or simply something to make you feel better because it will make you unique? Or perhaps the thing you are looking for is priceless? Fame? Fortune?

Or simply searching because you are not sure what you are have right now? Food for thought. Good luck in your search!




13/365 Friday the 13th

Today is Friday the 13th. It is midnight here in my country and I ask myself how was the day has gone?

To be extremely honest, I have achieved all my targets I set out to do today. Pretty long schedule that takes me from 9.00 to 7.00 in the evening! Am I dead tired. Of course no because I am still keying these words so that I could post them before I sleeps.

What powers my energy today? Was that the symbolic number 13 and happens to be a Friday. Obviously no. But I guess the energy inside me that says “I wanted to accomplish something today” has done the trick! Again and again that is, day in day out! Everyday is an exciting day to me, because I have another opportunity to do what I like to do, especially executing my plans I have for the day, usually planned the night before. I keep close to my schedule, sometimes I give very tight deadline for myself!

Tomorrow (see? I am doing so unconsciously) I will speaking on risk management to a group of strangers who will be sitting for one of the toughest examinations in the world. I need to bring them into the topic without telling them its dead boring and sometimes just an academic rhetoric year after year and not practiced in the real world! I believe this is possible but my audience would behave like anyone else when it comes to this topic. I have an enormous task tomorrow actually. I remain positive, I know I can do it and I will just shut off and sleep after posting this. Let my conscious mind do the work as I rests.

You see what I mean? I have already exciting plans for tomorrow. Peanuts!

Cheers and have a good weekend!




12/365 Hair Cut – a repost

I like this post I have written five years ago and I feel like reposting it!

Here you go.

Something I have written a while ago with a message.

This is 1943 just after WWII, a young family man told his four year old son “sunny, you need a hair cut, let’s go”. The son beamed with joy knowing that chocolate sundae is part of the deal, as usual on hair cutting day. No complaints.

This is 1953, now the man is ten years older, so is his son at fourteen. “Sunny, you need a hair cut, do you want to go because I am”. “no dad, barber Dan’s cut is no more cool!. It’s the rock and roll now dad”. Dad moves on without the little boy no more.

This is 1963, dad spotted a new hair style, not really, his head is balding. Son moves on into his twenty fourth year and has graduated college. “Sunny, you need a hair cut. Accompany me”. “I can’t dad, have to pick up Suzy. Got a appointment at the her hairdresser, she is helping me with the Afro”.

This is 1973, dad is 54 and the young man is 34. “your boy sure need a hair cut. When are you getting him one?”. “let it be dad, besides we hippie have our own freedom, so will be the boy when he grew up”. Dad is pretty upset with the response. Whatever.

This is 1983, dad no longer as mobile as he was at 64. Mom asked “you need a hair cut. Do you want to go today?”. Boy is no longer in sight as his family shifted out. Although only two sides above the ears have white hairs left, dad replied “yeah why not? Let’s go but we need a cab, maybe Joe could help”.

This is 1993, dad is almost bed ridden, mom is gone. Stay alone he depended on community services who usually drop by every Wednesday. “young man, you need a hair cut”, beamed the young volunteer. “yes I do. “. And he got one that morning, pretty happy with that cut.

This is 2003, dad has been bed ridden for the past three years, in the community hospital. Celebrating his 84th birthday coming Sunday, the hospital staff get a barber to cut dad’s hair so that he will be at his best. The whole hospital and the patients are looking forward to the birthday bash. Yet the barber is late for his appointment. “where is that barber you promised?” asked dad. “he must be having his own hair cut right now” humor from dad as he waited patiently.

This is 2011, at 92 dad became senile. Everyone that dropped by to see him will be asked “sunny, you need a hair cut. Do you want to go now?”. Dad seems to be longing too much for his boy to return all this while. We all knew that. It’s not just about the hair cut, it’s about companionship. It’s about someone to care for and being cared. But the boy is never in sight since he moved out.

This is a common story that I have imagined the past two days. Please drop by to see your old folks once a while. They are looking forward to see you, not your hair.

11/365 Describing happiness

What is happiness? Is happiness self made, I mean you make happiness for yourself? Or are you doing something with other people that makes you happy?

I define happiness in a different way. I think happiness is about seeing people happy. I like the feeling that people around me are happy. Please don’t get me wrong that I goes around making people happy all the time. I don’t. I am a professional that my behavior is defined by events that good for all. I am not pleasing you because you need to be pleased. I will not pursue this debate here but concentrate writting on what is happiness.

Recently I had an opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony for my students. I jumped into the opporrunity! Yes I did! I told myself that I must go to put the creame on their success. I know they have looked forward to see me there. I knew that their photos will not complete without the presence of an academic faculty. I want to be there. I want to be there to complete their happiness. I want them to be happy parting ways with me. I want to do it for them! I knew they will be happy.

That way, I define happiness. Making happiness to people is my version of happiness.

P.s. pardon me of not loading all photos!



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