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Lesson blog

Every batches, I'll setup the lesson blog to share my view about the lessons or observation of the the performance of the groups. Some of the info may be generic across different batches. Instead of repeating the info, I suggest that students also read all my previous lesson blog to get an insight of important observation. 

Less than 3 weeks to the finishing line

posted 14 Aug 2011, 10:20 by Adrian Chye

Over the last 3 - 4 weeks, I have read some encouraging posts and had some very constructive email/tel conversations with some of the teams, to say the least.

Some teams made their first dollar from strangers (you should be very proud of yourself), did a Proof-of-Concept etc, while others procrastinated or continue to find reasons/excuses (fine line) to procrastinate. Some made big promises/assumptions at the start and fell below expectations (again with various reasons/excuses), while others "Under Promise, and Over Deliver".

Come 3rd September 2011, make sure you don't look back with regrets as an individual, or find enough excuses to console yourself for not trying "hard" enough, or worse of all, self-pity.

In business, nobody owes you a living.

For most of you, keep up the good work!

Result of Poll

posted 12 Jun 2011, 07:41 by Roderick Chia



45
responses
Summary See complete responses
Face to Face meeting between your instructor (Adrian or Roderick) and your group
I don't like this option :-( I support this with both hands and legs up ;-)
1 -
I don't like this option :-(
6 13%
2
1 2%
3
0 0%
4
1 2%
5
4 9%
6
2 4%
7
5 11%
8
7 16%
9
6 13%
10 -
I support this with both hands and legs up ;-)
13 29%
Face to Face meeting between instructors (both Adrian and Roderick) and your group
I don't like this option :-(
I support this with both hands and legs up ;-)
1 -
I don't like this option :-(
6 13%
2
3 7%
3
2 4%
4
2 4%
5
5 11%
6
1 2%
7
7 16%
8
7 16%
9
2 4%
10 -
I support this with both hands and legs up ;-)
10 22%
Online meeting between your instructor (Adrian or Roderick) and your group using Google Wave
I don't like this option :-(
I support this with both hands and legs up ;-)
1 -
I don't like this option :-(
5 11%
2
4 9%
3
4 9%
4
3 7%
5
8 18%
6
5 11%
7
4 9%
8
3 7%
9
2 4%
10 -
I support this with both hands and legs up ;-)
7 16%
Online meeting between instructors (both Adrian and Roderick) and your group using Google Wave
I don't like this option :-(
I support this with both hands and legs up ;-)
1 -
I don't like this option :-(
4 9%
2
7 16%
3
4 9%
4
2 4%
5
6 13%
6
4 9%
7
5 11%
8
5 11%
9
3 7%
10 -
I support this with both hands and legs up ;-)
5 11%
Online conference call between your instructor (Adrian or Roderick) and your group using Skype
I don't like this option :-(
I support this with both hands and legs up ;-)
1 -
I don't like this option :-(
8 18%
2
3 7%
3
1 2%
4
5 11%
5
10 22%
6
4 9%
7
2 4%
8
3 7%
9
5 11%
10 -
I support this with both hands and legs up ;-)
4 9%
Online conference call between instructors (both Adrian and Roderick) and your group using Skype
I don't like this option :-(
I support this with both hands and legs up ;-)
1 -
I don't like this option :-(
7 16%
2
3 7%
3
1 2%
4
5 11%
5
11 24%
6
3 7%
7
2 4%
8
5 11%
9
4 9%
10 -
I support this with both hands and legs up ;-)
4 9%
Number of daily responses

Polling on format of Team's Progress Update on 25th June 2011

posted 1 Jun 2011, 04:00 by Roderick Chia   [ updated 12 Jun 2011, 07:40 ]

Adrian and myself had been discussing what is the best format for this team's progress update on coming 25th June 2011.  Past few batches, since batch 20, I had introduced an online tool called Google Wave to facilitate this meeting so that participants learn how to conduct meeting virtually instead of struggling to find common time to meet up. Check out this, this and this to understand what it is all about. We got some positive feedback on this initiative. However, having not met up face to face enough, I find myself not able to remember my students! During the consultation the following lesson, we did it face to face, this is not compulsory session but rather only for teams in need, Adrian and myself can share both of our experience with them. We found it very helpful to the groups in need.  Trying to decide how we want to do it this time and having an additional option of using Skype as an alternative to Google Wave (speaking vs typing), we have decided to listen to our customers, YOU. We let you decide how you want it. We want to serve our customers with the best option possible, to ensure maximum learning. Please response to this polling by 10 June 2011, 2359 hrs.


It is now or never.

posted 22 May 2011, 13:01 by Adrian Chye   [ updated 22 May 2011, 13:22 ]

Thanks to the latest posts coming from some of you into my Google Reader, I know that your exams are over. I am also happy to know that many of you are beginning to really kick-start your business operation plan from now. The next 6 to 8 weeks will be very critical to the success of your new venture. More importantly, how far you go (in terms of personal growth) will be determined by your own choices. Remember:-

1) Be very disciplined and work together as a Team to build the business.
2) Be very persistent. With a decent value proposition, it is a just matter of probability. You will find the "one" who will give you a chance, so long as you don't give up.
3) Your instructors will not give you the answers (else it defeats the purpose), but are more than eager to give you opinions/suggestions/feedback so long as you have made good effort to do the ground work. We are just an email/phone call away.

Give your all, and let there be no regrets come 3 September 2011.

Be Credible and Accountable to your stakeholders

posted 26 Apr 2011, 04:19 by Adrian Chye   [ updated 22 May 2011, 13:23 ]

As many of you will be embarking on your venture (officially) after last week's business plan presentation, it is timely to remind all of you the importance of credibility in business. A company can rise and fall, but people will always remember whom they dealt with during the course of the business. More often than not, your suppliers, business partners, customers etc  will remember you and how credible you were when doing business with you. The University will not be held responsible for any of your action or inaction with regards to your dealings with external parties. Last but not least, in the event of any unlawful activities, including but not limited to cheating, misrepresentation etc, it can result in your immediate failure of this module.

EN105 is not a student project. It's for real. Your stakeholders will always remember how credible and accountable you were, even after this module has ended. Do not ever put the reputation of the Minor in Entrepreneurship program, the credibility of the future batches and more importantly, your own reputation at stake.

Summary of Comments from Business Plan Presentation

posted 24 Apr 2011, 14:36 by Adrian Chye   [ updated 24 Apr 2011, 21:54 ]

Summary of Comments from Business Plan Presentation


Final reminder to follow the basic instructions

posted 17 Apr 2011, 08:11 by Adrian Chye   [ updated 17 Apr 2011, 08:30 ]

If you have taken a look at the "Course Assessment" segment, you will notice that the Blogging component makes up 40% of the total assessment. Yet it is difficult to comprehend why some of the teams still do not understand how to follow the basic instructions given to set your Blog.

Even at this stage, I still see individual blogs not being set up the proper way (wrong page template, absence of Team Blog, RSS feeds etc), just to mention one. While entrepreneurs have the tendency to be innovative and flexible in getting things done, the ability to listen and understand the basic rules and regulations are essential to getting it "right" from the start.  

Let this be a final reminder for all to follow the blogging rules.

Lesson 2

posted 3 Apr 2011, 00:19 by Roderick Chia


This slide is similar to what was delivered to last batch, however more cases have been highlighted. This lesson usually provide an overview of EN105 while sharing certain tips on what to expected for the course and highlight potential pitfall. 

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