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March 30, 2007

Start from basic and start it realistically

Although the session is finished, the journey of reflection is just start. From today¡¯s presentation and some thoughts from Paul¡¯s EEE structure design. I learned that everything has to start form basic and reality.

Firstly, after the two presentations, Paul acted as the board of the company which has asked a lot of realistic questions, such as the potential cost, the detailed approach and which department would be required etc. Although we all prepared to be quested, the realistic level is still giving both teams a big sock. After this I suddenly realize how tough the reality could be. Then I found that the question which shows the board did not expect any dramatic changes, all they asked was just the most basic and straightforward approaches to solve the current problems. All these facts make me think about one thing, maybe we have the most fantastic philosophy of KM and AM, and maybe we are full of passion and confident about what is right or wrong. However, this was only a dream, the dream that requires a lot of fundamental basis to make it to come true. Whereas we only know how to dream but we would never even think about where to start the basis. That¡¯s why the board is not convinced. We always tell ourselves excellence is a journey but it seems that we never learned how to start the journey.

Similar situation was happened few minutes later. Paul demonstrated his thought on why he let the students to choose the seminar topics. Basically, he believes that students should choose the topic that they are keen on, tutor should support students¡¯ decision. He also believes that learning is a journey, any EEE session is only the start point of the journey. The topic chosen by students could be effective initiations for intrinsic learning thus make a good start point. I think Paul¡¯s thoughts provide us with a good example on how we should view our management careers in the future. As we all know excellence is a journey like study, it is a never ending process. To make a good start would provide us with a platform toward future development. Tomorrow¡¯s job could never be done without today¡¯s efforts. Therefore, I think that maybe to start from basic and realistically would be our best solution for the excellent dream coming true.


The importance of sharing

After this week’s study, perhaps we all recognized that most of the management issues are associated with people. People created the system and at the same time people eliminating the system to improvement. So what is wrong with the people? May be a story could give us some initiations

Today I have read an old story, which is about the different types of living in heaven and hell. There was an envoy that came to examine heaven and hell. Firstly, he came to the hell. He found that people there were very thin and hungry, and they were suffering. Was there no food for them to eat? No, there was enough food for everyone, but the problem was that the handle of the spoon was one meter long. As the result, although there was lots of food in the spoons, but people cannot put the food in their mouths. The more they wanted to eat, the more pain they felt. Then, the envoy came to the heaven, where people there looked very healthy and happy. However, surprisingly, he found that the spoons here were the same as in the hell: with one meter long handle. He felt confused that why people here were so peaceful and happy? Finally, he realised that people in the heaven, they put food in other people’s mouths, in order to help each other to eat; but people in the hell, they just wanted to put the food in their own mouths, therefore they can never eat the food.

This story takes me back to this morning’s seminar. There was a short discussion about wiliness knowledge sharing and performance relevant pay system. From my opinion, any kind of performance pay or promotion should only be viewed as incentives for the wiliness of sharing. What is more important is people should realise that both or many of them exist in a shared system, this system is created by and contains everyone. Anyone within the system should beware that system has far more power and value than any individual. Therefore, collaborate and share is the best and only way to continuously survive. The short-term individual benefits could only lead both the system and any individual within the system to long-term death. Therefore, as the story described: do we want to leave in the hell or in the heaven?

After all this thought, I made an assumption. If I share an apple with one of my classmate who really wants to eat apple, then I would double the pleasure of having an apple (two people), and also I gained the happiness and trust between us. Overall we strengthen our system. I can’t see why should not share with others.

Moreover, as towards the end of the week and term, teamwork was a large part of EEE studies. Looking back to the beginning of the term, actually I have no idea what is teamwork about, although at the time I may think I do. Till now, I realised the amount of knowledge that we have gained from our team’s generation is far more than anyone of us could achieved. Gradually I realised this is because we were operated in a system that we all willing to share and collaborate our individual knowledge towards a shared goals. This led me to think about the collaboration in real organization, if everyone gives sharing and collaboration a try, maybe they will realized that there are much more things have been gained.


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