Creative Business, Malaysia

Taxing Taxis

Coming from a third world country, I have always accepted taxi services as an important part of the Malaysian society. It is the occasional unethical and unruly drivers which I cannot stand.

Thus, we tried an app known as Grab for the first time today. D and I were torned between our hate for the uber-ishness of this system, but can’t help loving the ease of use, the low cost and the friendly drivers we have met so far.

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Creative Business

Coupon Points

After returning a library book, I stopped by the grocery store to buy a few things. Two of the three items I bought came with extra coupon points. I collected 300 points while spending less than €15. I believe I have just achieved a personal best!

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Creative Business

Innovation Planning

The following paragraph is an excerpt from an Inc article entitled Don’t Look for a Great Idea. Look for a Good Problem:

In addition to strategic planning, or planning based on things we know or think we know, we need to start innovation planning, or planning based on things we need to learn to solve new and important problems. That’s how you quest. You don’t plan the journey as much as you prepare for it.

Reading this article made me think of the saying “Necessity is the mother of invention”.

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Creative Business, Simplify

System Struggle

At the grocery store, an old man was having a panicky moment paying with his bank card. He kept telling the cashier that he has input his pin code correctly, that it is the fault of the card reader.

The old man’s struggle and embarrassment reminded me of the increasing difficulty of catching up with the times. It made me think of the old folks and their daily struggles with the ever changing technology around them. How do you use a phone these days? The door bell has a camera and the microwave is talking to the fridge via the internet. Oh for heaven’s sake, don’t get me started on those pesky self flushing toilets, automatic soap dispensers and faucets!

I thought of my ageing parents and wished that I could help the old man. Maybe he has just neglected to press enter? This also made me wonder about my later years. Will I be able to catch up and be in tune with this fast forwarding global culture of ours? Will I too struggle with my payments one day? Oh good grief…

In the quest of advancement, we need to simplify things. Not make things so complicated that we eventually forget or do not know how it works anymore.

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Creative Business, Travels

Free Magazines

I have used some of my frequent flier miles from Delta and United, subscribing to magazines for my family members in the US. One of these days, I seriously need to look into the other areas where I can take advantage of all my accumulated miles. It definitely won’t hurt to get other freebies besides magazines. Maybe get more comfortable seats, gain access to some cool airport lounges and services, or even fly free! Why not and what the hell is stopping me?

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Creative Business

Strategic Thinking

The following is an excerpt from an article entitled Make Strategic Thinking Part of Your Job:

Executives must extract themselves from day-to-day problems and do the work that aligns their job with the company’s strategy. They need to be armed with insights that predict where best to focus resources. And they need to build a coalition of support by inviting those who must execute to disagree with and improve their strategic thinking. Taking these three practical steps will raise the altitude of executives to the appropriate strategic work of the future, freeing those they lead to direct the operational activities of today.

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Creative Business, Events

Handelsbeurs

On this grey Sunday afternoon, D and I walked to the meeting centre to attend a local trade fair. There were quite a lot of people attending the free event. We met and talked to a couple of the trades people, got a free glass of beer and enjoyed our short walk.

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