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Great book: 13 things mentally strong people don’t do


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:

  1. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves
  2. They don’t give away their power
  3. They don’t shy away from change
  4. They don’t focus on things they can’t control
  5. They don’t worry about pleasing everyone
  6. They don’t fear taking calculated risks
  7. They don’t dwell on the past
  8. They don’t make the same mistakes over and over
  9. They don’t resent other people’s success
  10. They don’t give up after the first failure
  11. They don’t fear alone time
  12. They don’t feel the world owes them anything
  13. They don’t expect immediate results

Hope this is a meaningful gift for the new year, 2018. Happy New Year!

On VTV4 to talk about Vietnam IT Outsourcing

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.

Who fly the kite?

01This 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.

Dear 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.  Xem chi tiết…

A question about respect

01During 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?”

Wow, that was one of the best questions I got, once doing training or so. What would you say? Xem chi tiết…

Top 5 things to build a success software outsourcing firm out from Vietnam

I have shared this top 5 list in the 27th Offline of CIO Vietnam community. This is based on my 5 years experience with founding, growing and building KMS Technology.

One of the key things I would like to re-emphasize for any businesses who want to build a sustainable success: That is the quote from Mr. Zig Ziglar which I am all for it.

You don’t build business.You build people and people build business.

I hope you will find the list useful for your work, your business.

View the whole presentation below.

Xem chi tiết…

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh


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.  Xem chi tiết…

GOOD PEOPLE: The Key to Success

01This is the article I wrote for VEMBA Newsletter Vol 2. Issue. You can access the whole issue here:


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. Xem chi tiết…

Zero spending for software?

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.