Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Thinking Big!

"Oh that You would bless me indeed,
and enlarge the pegs of my tent to the coast,
and that Your Hand might be with me,
and you would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!"
And God granted him that which he requested.
(Prayer of Jabez)

On thinking big and plan-ning ahead !...

One of the favorite lines that our CEO uses during our regular brainstorming and planning sessions is, "He who fails to plan, plans to fail!" He always thrusts this maxim to his team. A big dreamer and a visionary who continuously weaves the dream and vision for the company, he embarks on a very ambitious and awesome expansion project that will put the National Prawn Company to become the undoubted yardstick and world leader in aquaculture... A Vision with a Cause!

During the past three days, all 4 executive managers of NPC, 2 Logistics Improvement Project Consultants from Germany, 4 Technology Partners from Canada and Prince Edward Is. and 6 Senior and First Line Managers involved in the implementation of the Project were gathered for a Workshop at the Convention Hall of the NPC Palace. The Workshop was moderated by a French-lady who made sure that every one was kept on tract, active and alert and enjoyed every bit and moment of the discussions, debates, and agreements.

Around 80 to 90% of the Logistics Improvement Project will basically evolve around my responsibility in the cold chain from the pond to the the shrimp processing plant. What is challenging in this ambitious project is to see a very big increase in our average daily harvest of 60,000 kgs a day to 200,000 kgs. It's a fact that the current logistics and transport system have reached its capacity as well as its process limits and may not fit in to the future challenges and requirements with regards to the enlargement in the operation.

The 3 hectic days brought us together to debate and agree on the process improvement requirements, critical success factors, solution options and elements, etc. The exercise was trying to bring the future to the present so that we can do something about it now.

In baseball, we just got to the batting plate... there are still 3 bases to run safely through before reaching the home base... It can not become a homerun. As in the prayer Jabez, we are just preparing the tent, and putting some stakes... pitching the tent may take some time...extending through the coast will cost more determination and endurance.

I believe that it pays to plan ahead. Remember, it was not raining when Noah built the ark. I guess he doesn't even know what rain was.


  1. Talagang ang company planning ay nabigyan ng napakagandang kahulugan... Nasa sugpuan ka man, o nasa manukan ako, ang mga aral na makukuha sa post na ito ay applicable! o",)

    [Realization] As long as I live, I should never stop dreaming! Yes, dreaming is good; but dreaming or thinking BiG is certainly better.

  2. Magiging honest ako sir. I didn't read the entire post. I'd just comment on the powerful one-liner "DREAM BIG..." ;) ganda. pero huwag masyadong big. yung hindi lang malayo sa katotohanan. parang expectations din kasi ang dream. kung gaano kalaki.. ganun din katindi ang impact kapag nag-fail... :)

  3. Wow NJ, very challenging yung position mo. I like that line: He who fails to plan, plans to fail. Planning is the foundation of working towards achieving our goals. Without this step implemetation would be a disaster if not thought out well.

  4. Hanep! Kaya pala hindi ka madalas magpublish ng posts mo. Now I understand what it means to be very busy.

    You're lucky because you have a challenging job in Saudi. And you're even luckier because you get to use your planning expertise.

    Pero siempre NPC is luckiest to have you! Kudos!

    I liked the last line of the prayer: "...and that Your Hand might be with me, and you would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!"

    Matahimik na pagninilay ng Semana Santa ang bati ko sa yo...

  5. ill be right back, midnight na pala...Bukas.

  6. Very ambitious pala ang plano ng kompanya nyo. Pero okay yan, pabor sayo. What I like about your site is its along the sea, kaya parang nasa natural habitat din yang cultured shrimps.

  7. clap!clap!clap!!!

    marhaba modir Nj ah kaya pala busy ka sa mga nagdaang araw. idol na talaga kita modir.KABIR!!!!

  8. Hmmmm... dami ko napulot dito ah. Bago ako sa position ko, this post actually gives me an idea that I can do. Thanks NJ. I'll start planning na.. puro think pa lang kasi ako. I'll formulate my steps na.. and make sure its effective.

  9. company planning indeed is one aspect to be consider for a business to reach its success in industry..nice article sir..