Friday, May 30, 2008

Those Are Silver, These Are Gold

Make new friends, but keep the old;
Those are silver, these are gold.

New-made friendships like new wine, age will mellow and refine.
Friendships that have stood the test of time are surely best;
Brow may winkle, hair grow gray, Friendship never knows decay.
Alas! But old friends may die; new friends you may find.

New is good, but old ones are better
Cherish friendship, money cannot buy.

Make new friends, but keep the old;
Those are silver, these are gold.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

My Dad Will Certainly Bring Me Home

Zuan Ren is a seven year old student in Chengdo, Sichuan Province. Every morning, his father brings him to school and brings him back from school at 6pm in the evening. Rain or shine, never fail.

A 7.6 magnitute devastating earthquake hit Chengdo on May 21, 2008, killed more than 60,000 people and some 5 million people made homeless. Thousands of students includng Zuan Ren was trapped in the rubble. 120 hours after the quake Zuan Ren, was pulled to safety from a pile of debris. Under normal circumstances, a human being may not survive without food and water so many days (hours).

People are amazed of how he survived in darkness for so many hours. Zuan Ren replied, "I know, my dad will certainly come and bring me home." It's because Zuan Ren can count on his dad, therefore he survived. Friend, are you the one your family can count on? Are you the one your teammates can count on?

Friday, May 16, 2008

Another Small Idea

Potential car buyers normally requested a "test drive" before they make a purchase of their new cars.

Kenny is a very successful car salesperson. Everyweek he never fail to sell at least 2 cars. One day, I took him to lunch and asked him about his secret of success. This is what he told me. "I spot those potential car buyers from my competitors who offer them a test drive of new cars, and I followed them back to their homes or office."

People who test drive news cars are those who have need, good reasons to own new cars and money to buy them. Kenny only takes great effort to convience them to buy his brand.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Small Idea, Big Business

A company selling tooth pastes hired a team of business development consultants to see into how to increase market share of its products . They invested countless hours in the boardroom brainstorming on advertisements, marketing plans, distributions that involved millions of Ringgit....yet sales did not increase.

Jack has an idea. He suggested the manufacturer to make the tooth pastes with 1.0mm increase in diameter on the nozzles. With the new design, sales increased with a whopping 15%.

People are creature of habits. By applying the same pressure habitually on the body of the tooth paste, more tooth paste is being dispensed, resulting the increase in sales.

A small idea. big business.

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