Entrepreneurship is like a way to express freedom… While not all the times, entrepreneurs can enjoy the “fruit”, the journey is worth much beyond that. That’s the journey to grow. That’s those lessons and experiences throughout the journey. In this talk, I had a chance to share my own lessons learned through my entrepreneur journey of starting and growing a software company from 0 to 1000 people, 12 years ago. I hope you, entrepreneurs, can find it useful with many suggestions to have a wonderful entrepreneur journey of yourself, full of energy, full of motivation, and full of inspiration. Gud luck!
This is the quick summary of what I shared with a group of MBA students from McDonough School of Business | Georgetown University visiting Vietnam early this week. This is more or less what I have experienced throughout my entrepreneur journey to establish KMS Technology Vietnam and grow it up to nearly 1000 people company, before I resigned from the top position early in 2018, to pursue my new journey of spiritual development. Scroll down to read below.
In order to become a great manager with effective leadership, we certainly need to invest a lot of time to… improve and develop ourselves first. I would say that’s always true. Whenever you stay still, not advancing yourself, that’s the moment you are really moving backward. As people are keep moving advance, once you stay still. As a leader, it’s even more critical for you to learn and experience more things to advance yourselves each and everyday. While it may sound a bit stressful, I believe this will give you more rewards than anything else can give you.
With nearly 20 years in the field, I would suggest that for whatever you do, you need to find the core principles underneath of what things are happening. Once you can see those core principles underneath, you will also see things clearer. I’ll take this chance to share the 13 principles that I’m currently reading from a book named 13 things mentally strong people don’t do. By just listing them here, I do hope it sparks some suggestions in you for how you would perceive this world and what is happening to you and around you:
They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves
They don’t give away their power
They don’t shy away from change
They don’t focus on things they can’t control
They don’t worry about pleasing everyone
They don’t fear taking calculated risks
They don’t dwell on the past
They don’t make the same mistakes over and over
They don’t resent other people’s success
They don’t give up after the first failure
They don’t fear alone time
They don’t feel the world owes them anything
They don’t expect immediate results
Hope this is a meaningful gift for the new year, 2018. Happy New Year!
It’s always special once we do this on the stage in front of KMSers. It’s always great moment to watch again and again. We are not professional singers, dancers. But we are very committed to go through all this as a token of appreciation to KMS family.
I got interviewed by VTV4 for Bizline program and it was broadcasted last weekend. You can refer to the whole episode below. As part of the growth of this ITO industry in Vietnam for the last 16 years, I have quite many great things and positive things I can tell about ITO. While some people may not consider ITO as a good option for Vietnam, I would think otherwise. As from doing ITO and improving ourselves to climb up to the value chain of software product lifecycle, I am convinced that it is a great means to advance software development workforce in Vietnam. As a side note for ITO industry, we can’t compete in term of scale forever with big population countries like India and China. Yet, we can always secure our future by more added values we climb in the value chain. That’s more sustainable, I would say. That also generates more revenue.
This is the opening speech I prepared and delivered at KMS Year End Party, just happened last Friday. It’s a bit of beautiful thing about KMS that I would love to share with you all.
It’s always a great pleasure to be here on the stage to start one of our biggest parties in the year, the Year End Party, to really say goodbye to 2014. Once we look back, it’s easy to see that time is flying fast. And yes, we are here, ready for 2015. Continue reading “Who fly the kite?”→
During one of the sessions in the leadership development program at my company, KMS, I got an interesting question from a staff in the group. The question was “aHung, I observed that you have the tendency to be close to staff, don’t you be afraid that one day, once it’s too close, people would lose the respect of you?”
I bought this book Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh on March 22, 2011 and knew that it is a good one. Yet, I haven’t read it till now, after 2.5 years. It was a fast read. I completed it in 3 days. What I would say is that I agreed with most of the suggestions and practices at Zappos and I believe that if any companies do those principles, it would yield nothing less than happiness and success. Continue reading “Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh”→
Rewinding back to 2007, I was at a cross road. I was faced with the basic question that we all ask throughout our lives: “What is my next step?” I didn’t have a clear answer. At that time, I received a recommendation to join the newly launched VEMBA-HCMC program. Continue reading “GOOD PEOPLE: The Key to Success”→
I created this one for one of my talks at internal ToastMaster club at KMS Technology Vietnam. We’re in software development business and many times we lost our focus on what we need to do to produce software. I hope this can raise the awareness of us about producing a working software as an end result. The beauty is that sometimes we don’t even need to program the software. We can leverage quite a few free tools available to solve almost all of our problems.
2010 is coming to an end in a few days. I’d like to use my interview with HTV7 channel as a wish for KMS in particular, VN IT in general, to have a great 2011 with more and more work sent into the country. Also, the software industry can get more respect in term of IP in domestic market.
Found out this one from SlideShare that I think it’s worth to share with everyone. I learned a bit about Business Strategy (didn’t read that much the theory and text book though). Yet, I’m not that satisfied with the business model definition from the class. Why? It simply represents only the 3 views of: Value Proposition, Value Creation and Delivery, and Value Capture. Though it’s simple enough and it’s somewhat useful, I do want to see it a bit more details than that. Continue reading “Business Model Design and Innovation for Competitive Advantage”→
What really motivates our employees? Loudly, benefit and compensation would naturally come first. However, based on a research from Harvard Business School, that is not the correct answer. Toward in either the ends (led to satisfaction or dissatisfaction), salary is not dominant in either of the ends. See the figure below. Is it true? Do you believe in that? Hard to believe for our employees. But for management, this should serve as principle in building a positive environment in which employees are naturally motivated by what they are unconsciously looking for at work.Continue reading “What motivates employees?”→