Mending shoes.

Stepping out of the bank after cashing in the cheque I ticked off another item off my “to-do” list. It was 6pm Monday and I had just left the office for the the bank to help pay for one of their orders.

Looked down at my shoes, I noted the tears and wears. Mind you – it was still good, but could use some fixing up. A cobbler had set up shop right next to the bank. With time to spare I paid a visit.

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Drinking after work.

What is it with companies going out for drinks until the wee hours in the bloody morning? I rather be reading or sleeping at home than be out drinking beer for hours on end – especially on a week day. It just means coming into the office the next day hangover and feeling below peak.

But companies seems to think by taking their staff out for “drinks”, they be inclined to work more with less sleep. Managers think this “bonding” exercise with staff will make them work better together – yes, the only way to work harder is to drink beer senseless with people like some late night frat party, when has that ever worked?!

If you want to improve my productivity, first start off with better tools, better planning and not just keep using Henry Ford’s stupid quotes,

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.

If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.

To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.

I swear if I hear another one from some nitwit manager who just reads off from some que card, I will strangle him or her with their own tie or bra respectively.

Whatever my view, I do know one thing – drinking excessively does not improve productivity or thinking – it’s a recipe for fucked up minds. I think it’s  a western management technique, it doesn’t translate very well here in Asia although a lot of Asian company try to emulate it. Let’s get it straight, it does not work especially with engineers who have to think to do their work!

Just look at companies like Google, facebook and Apple. They seem to have the right idea on treating employees – with respect, recognition, and reward. Just look at their vast levels of technical achievements when compared to other “old school” companies of the same size like Oracle, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Leaving comfort zone

I’m not trying to sound pretentious nor am I trying to be a jerk, but having worked in many industries and companies I have noticed those that worked in those company the longest – they are terrified of leaving their comfort zone. While seemingly brilliant at everything they do, except change companies. I had the pleasure of once asking one such engineer why not go somewhere for better pay with their skills. The answer given will surprise you. Continue reading

All hands on deck.

No more ominous words uttered has more dread in my experience when it is used in the context to emphasise mandatory attendance for a meeting.

The times those words had been used resulted in major retrenchment at Agilent, Runge and Tsys.

My heart literally stops when I hear those words, “All hands on deck.”

While watching a youtube video…

While watching a youtube video about the Fujifilm GF670 camera, I was suddenly taken back to the moment in Japan of December 2012; going off to the model shoot with CrossChannel. I think it was the mood portrayed by the youtube video that had triggered the memory.

It was sunny and windy, I still remember the smell of hot food coming from the nearest mini mart passing by, the sound of the train rumbling overhead could be heard. Japanese homes passing by as we rushed to the home studio for the model shoot.

The feeling was magically, for a moment, I felt as if I had travelled back in time. There I was there again, I could even feel the weight of my camera bag and the pain in my legs running.

There was a moment I wanted to feed the memory of what is to come in the following years into my younger self, letting him know of what is going to happen and how to avoid it. But it was memory and soon as we reached the home studio and opened the door, the memory ended and I found myself again sitting in front of my computer  – Watching a youtube video about the Fujifilm GF670.

Can you believe we’re here on work?

I should have known that happiness wouldn’t last long once those words of joy were uttered. Like the opening of a brand new can of coffee, you smell its freshness and feed on the taste of caffeine in it. But it doesn’t last long once opened and as time goes by, the joy eventually fades and soon only the happy memories remains.

It is said that is enough – the memory is proof of good times, but how can it be when the epilogue was so sad? The only way to avoid the pain is to disregard it, but if you did, wouldn’t that be denying reality?

The woes of memories, you cannot have the good ones without the bad ones – It’s a package deal.