Thursday, January 22, 2009

會食 Please be my heroes..dining for project team, Premium Managua Dec 21 2005

In the week of Christmas I hosted a dinner for my project team, Mombacho.
At then I was leading a project for Process Management, Quality Management & Factory Compliances for the factories in Nicaragua and Honduras. Since I tried to touch and reengineer every inefficient and in effective aspects of factory management, they needed to work really hard and actually smart. Though I set up the expectation level of their performance high, the result was not impressive at all so I used to drive them with discipline and tried hard to let them learn on professionalism. But it's not easy for those young guys without enough experience though they were group of elites graduated from one of top three universities in Nicaragua..

Now upon my good memory of working with them, I hope they work great in whichever places for their beautiful country of Nicaragua..

Please be my little heroes..
Do you think the factories are for Koreans forever?
Look at those beautiful & dilligent people in the manufacturing lines
who are your fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and your amigos..
If you, as young elites, do not work harder and smarter till very late at night your beautiful people in Nicaragua have to keep working & working in the factories.. all day long..and you will find your sons and daughters working in the lines soon..
These factories are for yours..nobody else...
You would soon be a team leader, production manager and general manager for the whole plants..

This is a place, YOU take care of.. YOU take care of all the initiatives..
for higher productivity with superb quality creating customer delight generating more orders.
We take care almost 2% of whole families of capital city of Managua when we take into account the number of employees of couple of thousands. This one of the biggest and most admired factories in Nicaragua would soon be yours.. yours already..

But the thing is that you don't know the fact yet..
blah blah..

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

現實 Reality Check, City of Managua Nicaragua Oct 15 2009

I stayed three months in Managua, capital city of Nicaragua leading a project for couple of manufacturing sites in the industrialized zone.
I had a wonderful memory of those times I worked so hard and those beautiful landscape of the volcanic country. Also I had a good memory of making new friends in there, Luigi, Judy and other Nicaraguans for project team.

I tried best restaurants in the city with colleagues, buyers, project team members and sometimes alone while staying one of the best hotels in the city. I've been accompanied by my friend, Italian Nicaraguan, for the national singing festival and met with government people, i.e., president of Nicaragua and other ministers.. And I'd been relaxing in a huge resort in the beach side which have been built & operated by European group.

So it seems that Nicaragua for me is sitting as kind of paradise over my empirical set of memories. But when I uncover the layers of memory once again, the other image of Nicaragua emerges..

What I witnessed is quite too far from the image of paradise as an independent nation..

Now they are too much dependent on foreign aids because of lack of national capital. Actually the rich people who has been experiencing civil war never want to invest their money for their unstable motherland. The main road has been built by the money from Japan. Their commuter buses are mostly from US, i.e. used school bus with long nose. Nearly all big commercial facilities has been built and maintained by foreign money. It seemed that there is no national capital other than beautiful natural resources. They've just been providing human resouces with most competitive labor rate in the world, cheapest.
Actually my expectation level was high when I asked factory management team to hire best people of university graduate for project members. And they hired and provided me six graduates from the best university in Nicaragua. (to-be-continued)

革命 Managua-City of Volcanic Lakes, Volcanos and Volcanic Revolutions.., Managua Nicaragua Oct 16 2005

綠樂 Playing the Green, Nejapa CC Managua Nicaragua Oct 10 2005