Trouble in Hong Kong…

an outsider's perspective of hong kong

way too much white noise

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for the  last two days i have been walking around  with a stiff neck – it’s hardly sexy to not be able to turn your head with grace. but then again grace isn’t part of my genetical make.

how did i get this freaking stiff neck? i was on the phone with my partner for two hours  remapping our business strategies.

after three months in business, we want to rethink about strategies and how to streamline our business.

i realised something these past few months. everyone’s got something to say, some advice to give and we have now way too much whims and fancies to cater to. in short, we have been hearing a lot of white noise.

if people like my partner and i have been hearing so much white noise, i could imagine the type of white noise ceos and mds have to filter out.

what we cannot be –

1.) we cannot be everything to everyone. confused companies are running races determined by ” other players in the market”.

what we want to be

1.) a company with our own identity and who is constantly reviewing our client base – work with clients who respect and trust us who we in return love working with.

2.) exceptional products and then let our products speak for ourselves.

it’s so easy to lose yourself in this crazy race. so easy.

so sad to see what’s happening to nokia and rim. everybody wants to be an iphone. it’s unrealistic. i was using a nokia phone for 12 years before i switched to an iphone. nokia became everything to everyone. it became substandard.

if i were the guy running nokia, i’d create this phone just for old people. it would be the easiest phone to use. 3- 4 buttons only. 1st button – emergency button, 2nd button- next of kin button and 3rd button – home. that’s it. the world population especially in the western world would be an ageing society in 2050 ( i think, may be wrong). not everyone’s going to switch to a smart phone, right?

if only people stop listening to research analysts and the chasing the same signals. research analysts only compare companies’ performance based on industry standards. that’s wrong because they don’t understand the unique identity of each company and what they stand for.

i have to remind myself everyday – be true and f**k all the white noise.  if i fail, i have nothing to lose but everything to gain. if life is a journey, then my journey is far more interesting.


Written by smalltroubleinhk

August 7, 2010 at 9:09 am

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  1. Hope your stiff neck gets better. You should try my lifehack: if your telephone conversation is likely to go beyond 15 minutes, offer to talk face to face instead. I personally go to see them rather than the other way round. Your mileage may vary, of course, especially if the other side is abroad.

    As to white noise, Ross Wilbur (CEO of R. Wilbur & Associates) once said in a TV interview that 70% of the time, money and effort are usually spent on publicising (i.e. marketing) the product and 30% on actually making the product a great product. Wilbur’s rider was that the 70/30 rule was in the old, pre-Internet days. My take on Wilbur is that the 70/30 rule still applies to many companies today.


    August 8, 2010 at 4:18 pm

  2. Ya the other side is abroad….


    August 9, 2010 at 1:40 am

  3. Thanks for the great advice though..,.


    August 9, 2010 at 1:42 am

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