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June 06, 2014

KBAM Reflection – Environmental issue in asset management

Talking about environment, I am actually a white paper - I know nothing about how to manage the issues about environemnt in a company in real life. However, I always know how much a company can do to chance the enviormental issues.

Good examples: Cocacola changed their pulltab as a part of the can, so that people will not discard the pulltab everywhere, which is a waste and hard for cleaner to clean. Maybe it impact a lot because it is a consumer package goods. But what changes is not only the waster, there are also change among people. People then to realize the waste and more people will involve into the environmental-friendly thing.

Bad examples: SOOOO muny manafactures in China... they produce bad product to make a short term money, and at the same time, they polute the enviorment. They rebuild so many villeges, those green beautiful villeages turn to black dark factories. The worst is that because some of these factories, people dont have clean water anymore. more and more people start to have cancer........ I can hardly read those news, but it happens everyday... everyday.... Sometimes I think this is what we may go through in development. However, no. We should at least protect people's life.... I feel so sorry about all of this.

What we should do? even though I dont totally agree with ISO standards, but I think it brought the environmental thinking into countries like China. therefore, companies have a standard to follow, and customers have a standard that they can identify what they can choose and to support those good companies.

What I think may help is that,, using CSR and PR together. What is the main driver of the enviornmental improvement? A good will for better world? For some people yes, but for the whole market, no! Therefore, let the customers to be the jusge and the driver. When they know that which company is doing a good thing, they can express their attitude by choosing products. I think this is the most important driver. PR is also important coz there are a lot of companies they do good thing but no one knows, so then they have no more drivers to keep that. If we could do PR properly, people will know about the CSR activities and involves in it. Then things change. :P

Hope everything is gonna be fine. Pray for those people in bad condition.


kBAM Reflection – Asset management, really important~

You cannot imagine how I first met the asset management. That was the time when I have my 4th or 5th internship. That was in a stateowned company in China. Before it, I always work for the most improtant department in my interned companies, so I never have a chance to know about the asset management. This time, it is because that it is a stateowned company, I felt so bored everyday and go every meetings I could go. I heard that there is a 'asset mangement meeting'. OMG, Asset, it seems like millions of money to me.....then i went there...... then we talk about how many computers my department have....... I felt like be cheated....lol

At that time I was thinking it is so boring to manage these facilities. However, later, in classes like Finanical courses, I reallized the imporance to manage these facilities, and they really worth a lot of money. ;P each department have 300 computers but we have so many departments. adds up, it s a lot!

Therefore, first, I understand the importance of the asset management, and provide suggestions for a company just like in a real work. I also undestand that there are numours unknown people are doing there work to support a good company, such as safety department. 2nd, to manage asset with knowledge is important. Before I learn this couce, I always think that the asset are machines.... they are boring. However, as an expert to provide suggestions for waveriders, I understand that how to combine your knowledge then to modify your way to manage asset is important. Those knowledge change the way we manage assets and finally change the way we produce and earn money. This is how Toyota choose their asset : those machines that could produce unit production. Therefore, to be a good asset manager? you need to be an ' professional engineer'...


KBAM Reflection – LEAN & teamwork

Our cource is Bussiness Excellence, and my dissertation is about lean. Actually, lean is a part of excellence. When reading books about lean, I really think what we do in teamwork can be more excellence.

How we do teamwork in KBAM? We nearly meet everyday, always stay more than we expected, no clear schedule. However, at least value the team makes us stay together and not fight with each other. However, is this an exllecence teamwork? I guess now.

There are a lot of reasons lead to this result. (1 communication. this year really tells me how hard to do good teamwork with people from different culture. there are a lot of time, when we spend a lot of time but finally find that we are saying the same thing. English, the language, is another problem. (2 no leader. Actually this is not about no leader this role, but about no one is a eral expert. I think this is really dif in a company. Because in a company, there is always a real leader who can provide the direction and control the whole thing. But this mbe condition provides us a way to practice as a future leader. However, it also leads to worse teamwork. (3 no clear structure and agenda. Structure and agenda is so improtant. It is like the 'flow' in the lean management. Identify the flow makes us to consentrate on the main job. However, without the structure and agenda...... we spend a lot of time but no good progress.

Learn from Lean. What I think we should do is (1 find a leader, this leader should be a very good one and good at communication, Because we are all the student, there is no one have more capanilties than others, so in the circumstance, the leader needs to be more concentrate on communication rather than assign work to teammembers. (2 clear structure and agenda. This is what a leader should do. Without this, we will have no deadline for anything and spend soooo much time without progress. (3 each one responsible for each part. This really happens in our teamwork. When no one is responsible for each part. People just wait and think others may do that. This is what we have learnt the disadvantages about teamwork. (4 always identify the main job and assign parts to each people. Focusing on the main value is the key of lean, and what we really should learn. :P


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