Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Paradigm Shift!

Today I was forced to listen to a paid academic tell me why we needed to change the way the company does business.

He must of used the word 'paradigm' and 'integration' about a hundred times.

Funny, I thought part of the reason why they hired waegs was to bring in these new ideas.  A more globalized vision and assessment, creating more products for niche markets etc.

Word around the water cooler was that this guy and his four female assistants were paid big bucks.

Thing is, these folks spent zero time observing how we actually do things in the various departments.  All they did was rehash standard business drivel from the late 80s early 90s and repackage it into the worst power point presentation evar.

It was like looking at a typical Korean website: cram as many images and words onto each page as possible.

It was near indecipherable, as was he.  I felt embarrassed for him.

Oddly, none of the waegs got really worked up while listening.

Par for the course really: have a Korean expert come in and tell them what the waegs have been saying for months or years, stuff most of the dedicated Korean staff already work with anyway.

Many of my Korean coworkers were unimpressed, since basically this dude trashed us all.  Again, despite not seeing how things were actually done.

They grilled him proper.  It was amusing to watch him squirm.  He got all huffy and indignant since people would dare to question his 'research'.  He wondered how they could ask the questions they did when he was simply trying to help them.  Ha.

We run a pretty tight ship.  I'd say its one of the most organized places I've worked in Korea.  We do extremely well with the resources we have, mostly because of the generally good staff we have.  All this guy said was stuff we already knew or were already doing.  But I guess it gives them something to report back to head office with.

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