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I have this idea of integrating work and games together. I’ve told some people about it. 1/10 said it’s interesting. Another 1/10 told me to go for whatever i believe in. 2/10 said i’m crazy and 6/10 just said that it’s impossible.

They actually made me believe that it’s impossible until i found this article in Entrepreneur.com. Apparently, there’s someone in the US who is researching on the same thing.

So my dear readers, do you think this is a good idea? I know it’s not going to be easy especially to some people who are anti-games.

Here’s the link.

Are You Game?

Some of my friends have been working in small companies for few years. You might say that some people prefer to work in smaller companies. True. But these friends of mine always have this mentality that big companies or so-called Multi-national companies (MNC) are actually better in terms of prospects and rewards. They like to say “Alvin, your salary so high la…jealous leh” and I’ll say “Nope, my salary actually quite low” and then they’ll say “Don’t bluff la, MNC sure high pay 1”.

Then it struck me….and I’ve asked few of them “If MNC is so nice to you…why don’t you join MNC?”. And well, you should be able to guess what is the answer they gave me – “Don’t want lah…MNC a lot of politics”. 😐

SOOoooo, the question is…. does it mean working in a big company will expose you to more office politics? Answer is YES. Why? Because the possibility of being involved in office politics is higher, when there are more people in the company. Human beings are the cause of politics in office. So with more people in a company, the possibility of having some screwed up individuals will be of course, higher.

However, one should not be afraid to join a big company if one really likes the company and what it is doing. You can always try to change team (or company) if you are being dragged into something you do not want to be involved in. 😉 In big companies, you can at least try to change project team…or division or department. If you work in a small company with office politics……..well, where else can you escape?

In the end, it all boils down to one thing – luck. 🙂 Just do what you like …if you wish to try your luck in a MNC, do it. Don’t be afraid of politics because if you are unlucky…..you’ll be involved in the politics even if you don’t work in a MNC. 🙂

Let’s admit it, most of us do not like to face the ‘cruel-looking‘ customers or the ‘ridiculously unreasonable‘ client. But if you are in a business or profession where customer-facing is a must……there’s no escape no matter how much you hate or dislike it. This is sales to you. It can be very rewarding…but it’s never easy and it’s most probably one of the most challenging jobs in the universe.

Recently, i’ve just finished reading the famous book “Rich Dad Poor Dad“. In this book, Robert Kiyosaki talked about the importance of sales and marketing. How the ability to sell will impact our daily life.

To be honest, I used to hate all these sales things. I don’t like to go out and sell stuff…or maybe even to the extent of ‘begging’ someone to buy something from you. I don’t like this idea at all.

However, i’ve come to realize one important thing……i can never escape from doing sales, from selling things (services/products or anything) especially if i plan to start my own business. True, some of you might argue with me that you can find the right people to do sales while you concentrate on the company’s operation.

Valid point. I’ve had the same idea before this. But i soon realized how wrong it was to think that way when I witnessed something which happened to 1 of my previous employers. The CEO and other board of directors were concentrating too much on the operation of the company and they left the entire sales department to a lady staff. She did very well for the company….but she found a better opportunity after that. She left. The CEO and the board of directors were stuck…they have no proper knowledge in terms of sales…..they did not know how to sell for their own company! Well, as expected…the company went downhill after that and I left. 😛

If you are thinking to start your own business…..then always remember that you should be your own salesman. Maybe not the best salesman, but you should at least be able to sell your stuff. You’ll need the skill to sell it to the customers, the potential investors, business partners, etc.

If you still think otherwise, then feel free to post up your comments here. 🙂

First of all, I must apologize for being away for so long from this blog. Been pretty busy with work….and i’m still busy actually. 🙂 Just taking a break.

So here i am again…throwing this question to all of you who want to start your own business.

Let’s face it. Most people, especially in Asia, want to start their own business. But why? What’s the reason of you, wanting to start your own business? Is it for fame? To build an icon like Microsoft or Google? To pursue your dreams and ambitions? To work for yourselves rather than relying on someone else? Or is it you just want to be rich and become financially independent?

I’ve asked this question to a lot of people…..not just you. Most of the answers I’ve received, well…it’s quite disappointing. Most people gave me answers such as “I just want to be my own boss” or “I want to be rich”. And none of them actually say something like “pursue my dreams/ambitions”.

If you seriously want to start your own business….have you heard of people saying that 9 out of 10 startups will fail in the first 5 years? The 1 will actually survive the first 5 years….but after that, 9 out of 10 surviving companies will struggle and perish. The survival rate is actually 5-10%….and that’s only for the first 10 years…and jst to survive.

If your main objective is to get rich quick or be financially independent, then don’t start your own business. You can do that by using your money wisely – investing in the right place, generating money from money….etc. You don’t need to start your own business to be rich. You can use other people’s business to be rich. And also…even if you start your own business, there’s a very high possibility that you won’t get rich.

For myself, I still insist that i want to start my own business. Not to get rich from it….but more like to pursue my dreams and do what I want AND, be successful with it. 🙂

What bout you? 😀 Ask yourself….and answer the question honestly. 🙂 Hopefully, you’ll find the answer you seek.  

First of all, sorry folks…i’ll be rather busy for the next few weeks. I’m currently rushing for a project (design documents for now….implementation later). I won’t be posting that much….BUT…since blogging and sharing are part of me nowadays, I’ll still post something up here…maybe just not that much.

Hope you folks won’t mind. Sincere apologies. 🙂

Till then, have a nice day and check out this interesting article from Entrepreneur.com

The Perfect Presentation: Materials.

Here’s an interesting article from Entrepreneur.com.

Do check it out when you have time 🙂

I think it’s a MUST READ for all entrepreneurs-wannabe.

Countdown to Startup

Ever heard of the term “tightness of fit” ? It is a term used by Jerry Poras and Jim Collins in the book Built to Last to describe how visionary companies keep only the individuals with the right mindset with them.

On the other hand, I have a friend who keeps a private mailing list with some of his close friends and named it “Just among ourselves“. No one else (except the few close friends) is allowed to join the mailing list and he will go to the extent of explicitly telling other wannabe-joiners that the mailing list is – “Just among ourselves“. So if you’re not in the list, means you should not and will not be in the list.

Sounds a bit..harsh right? But that’s what a visionary company should do. At least, that’s my opinion.

Why?

If you notice, most big and successful companies have some mission statements…or visions…or ideologies. These are the things they believe in…the things they are working towards to…the guidelines…the set of principles that they MUST follow. To them, it is as important as the law itself. That is why they always stick very close to these so-called “statements“. These “statements” could be more important than the money itself. It’s the LIFE of the company.

Now, imagine if the company hires someone new to fill into an important job position….potentially a decision maker in the company. There are only 3 possibilities…….The first one, the new guy shares the same mentality or “mission statements“as the company itself………and this is the best scenario. The next possibility is the new guy does not share the same values or mentality……but he is open to change and can adapt to the company’s culture. The last possibility is the worst…..the new guy has a completely different way of thinking and does not wish to change.

Imagine this….you are working in a big company and has been made to believe “Making a customer happy is your first priority“. You and the rest of the employees will be willing to go through anything (even outside your line of duty) to make the customers happy and hope that they will return to seek your company’s services in the future. This is your company’s “mission statement“. Suddenly, this new senior manager came in. He forced the idea of “Who squeezes the most profit out of a customer will be rewarded” onto all of you. What do you think will happen? The priority has changed. The business will not be like what it used to be anymore.

A senior manager is able to have such a huge influence on the small team of people…….can you imagine the impact of having an important decision maker to practice such mindset?

That is why if you go for interviews with certain big companies…….they will ask you about your dreams, your goals, ambitions…your plans for the future, or even do some personality test on you just to see whether you are able to fit into their culture.

Blame them not because i am sure that you will do the same thing………..if you are a good leader who cares about the company. 🙂

Hope it helps 😉

And this is EXACTLY what i intend to do when I start my own business in the future. 🙂

http://www.entrepreneur.com/humanresources/managingemployees/article179274.html

Why I want to do this? I personally believe this will boost the morale of the employees – teamwork, competition (and perhaps some extra stress…well, couldn’t help it right?), fun, etc. Most importantly, the employees get to feel at home…doing what they want…enjoying and having fun before getting back to their work.

Some people have doubts over this so-called “new method of retaining employees“. It might have few side-effects, just like every other thing in this world. In terms of productivity…i believe there’s something called “timeline” for every assignment. No? If that’s the case, a responsible employee will know when to get back to work and not becoming a game addict. 🙂

More entertainment will make the employees feel much more like home….and stay longer in the office…and work only when they feel like (but of course, the assignments should be handed in within the given timeline).

So if you are running your own business and are wondering how to retain your employees (especially the creative ones)…. do consider this option. 🙂

Entrepreneurship, as defined by The Free Dictionary is the activity of organizing, managing, and assuming the risks of a business enterprise. Sounds complicated? Well, it is. Being an entrepreneur is never easy. You need to go through a lot of hurdles in order to survive, not to say successful.

If you want to be successful (everyone does, right?), then there are more things that you need to look at. The uniqueness of your offerings (be it products or services), the usefulness (values for your customers), your competitors, etc. There are so many things that you need to think of and so many plans you need to lay out (and execute) if you are seriously into making your business a success.

However, there are things that would help you in your quest to be a successful entrepreneur.

One of them is the policy(or policies) set by the government of your country. In my country, Malaysia, most entrepreneurs obtain fundings from the venture capitalist or the government itself. That’s good. But you provide people with funds.. and maybe training (to train them how to use the fund etc) and maybe even to teach them how to market their stuff. Are all these sufficient? They could be.

But why don’t my country (and many other countries for that matter) consider one simple policy like what the South Korea government did (entrepreneurs from South Korea and Japan have achieved much greater heights than those from Malaysia)? The policy is simple – to give extra incentives or “bonuses” to the companies using the products/services of the entrepreneurs in that particular country. The “bonuses” could be tax reduction, free facitilies, etc. Imagine if the government of your country has such policy, it would definitely boost the condition of the entrepreneurship in your country.

By doing that also, the entrepreneurs do not need to worry much about selling their products/services locally. Most of the entrepreneurs these days (including from my country) would need to look outside their country in order to sell. The local market, most of the time, would not be interested in their products. How unsupportive.

That is why, in my humble opinion, a country should at least provide some policies to help boost the local market for these entrepreneurs before asking people to venture into this risk-taking and dangerous world of entrepreneurship.

Remember, why rely on people outside your country when you have ample of potential clients locally? 

I find this article pretty useful especially for those in the consulting line, or for those who need to face clients quite often.

Here’s the link

http://www.entrepreneur.com/sales/customerservice/article77404.html