人之將死,其言也善

剛剛看到的一篇文章,裡面敘述到一位護士面臨到臨終的病患最常聽到的五句話。裡面沒有一句是關於金錢,事業,甚至希望不要工作如此辛苦,快樂竟然是一種奢侈的願望。

1. 我希望我能有勇氣過自己的生活,而不是別人期待的日子。
2. 我希望我不用如此辛勞地工作。
3. 我希望我能勇氣表達我的感受。
4. 我希望我能經常與朋友連繫。
5. 我希望我能讓我自己快樂一點。

我覺得我們這群朋友裡面,只有烏龜可能沒有這些後悔。

REGRETS OF THE DYING

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.

深思熟慮的郭董

昨天跟一位在富士康工作的朋友聊iPhone 4G。聊著聊著就聊到富士康事件。成也蘋果。敗也蘋果。蘋果電腦這家原本是早期個人電腦的巨人,因為策略一時失誤以及比爾蓋茲,Intel的崛起,從此一厥不振將近20年。

這期間蘋果遭受IT產業界的欺凌,嚐遍無盡的苦果。

連創始人賈伯斯也被迫悄然離開。但就在iPod的出現讓原本可能消失在IT產業的蘋果燃起一線生機。而iPhone的出現更讓蘋果改變IT產業的生態一舉再次榮登霸主的寶座。

老霸主HP因為他將要裁員9000人。Nokia因為他營收短少一半。Wintel因為他輝煌的時代也即將告一段落。

蘋果再次奪霸幕後最大的推手不是別人就是郭董的鴻海,富士康以及數十萬的大陸廉價勞工。這次富士康東筦龍華廠12連跳事件的第一跳就是iPhone 4G原型機遺失所引起。

工程師家屬取得優渥的撫恤金後(約台幣120萬),後續接連11跳都跟優渥撫恤金脫離不了關係(死者生前遺書敘述)。

中共中央見機不可失見縫插針,派員潛伏富士康28天。中央電視台罕見專題報導富士康跳樓事件,中港媒體大肆報導醜化郭董及富士康壓榨勞工。此事件引發大陸民眾一片譁然,人人爭相討論什麼時候或是誰將是下一位犧牲者?

而中共中央派員300名進駐龍華廠看守。此時郭董承受來自全中國13億人民及中共中央無窮無盡的壓力。他老兄原本六神無主似的在龍華廠不停的鞠躬道歉。

第一段解決方法富士康員工全員加薪33%而蘋果總裁賈伯斯也背書願意提撥3%的MSRP(市場成交價)贊助郭董,此時民怒已稍微平息,中央電視台專題報導稱頌郭董”以薪換心”原本已經達成中共中央全面提升中國勞工基本薪資的目的,此時廣州本田因薪資也鬧罷工事件(原來在大陸也可以罷工,靠!!怎麼從來也沒聽過在台灣有人敢因為薪資鬧罷工),而本田也以加薪22%解決。

第二段郭董不知哪根筋不對自己自動再加薪富士康員工工資到66%。此時全中國勞工已經按耐不住了。

第三段郭董不愧是狐與虎的化身直接一次到位加薪富士康員工工資到120%,這下球踢回給中共中央並確定引爆全中國工潮。

我來分析為什麼郭董連利潤都不要也要玩死中國勞動市場,

第一,不滿中共中央的連環計:

中共中央見富士康12連跳,不僅不封鎖消息中央台還見縫插針專題報導。中共中央想醜化郭董跟富士康用低工資壓榨中國勞工的形象以達成要企業調整基本工資以及強迫企業西進為目的,但中共中央找錯對象了。

瘋瘋的郭董知道中共中央的目的他的智囊團獻給郭董一個連中共中央都意想不到的事,那就是無限制的加薪。這個結果郭董將球踢回給中共中央,這下事情大條了。

一次加薪120%(原本900RMB加到2000RMB),小弟自從踏入社會後從來也沒聽過有人加薪是以倍數計算,這後果是怎樣大大們應該可想而知那就是引發中國勞資雙方對立的大工潮。

平平都是做12小時苦工哪家工廠沒達到富士康的加薪水準任誰也會心理不平衡。工人因薪資向心力不穩很容易引發意想不到的事件發生。最可怕就是勞方非理性反噬資方或是全國性大罷工,大工潮。

如果鬧到這個局面那不只是64天安門學潮事件那麼簡單了。待看後續精采劇情發展。

第二,一刀砍死所有競爭對手一次到位:IT相關業界的大大們都知道,鴻海富士康做的產品是包山包海什麼都做。逼不得已才會外購零件。

他的製造成本已經是業界最低了(毛利最高)其他競爭對手如廣達,華碩(合碩),仁寶,緯創,英業達,金寶(泰金寶),台達電,Flextronics,精英。根本無法與他競爭,而且富士康工程師的素質是最高,工廠福利最好。

這次郭董員工加薪120%等於要這些競爭對手的命也等於要外購零件供應廠商的命(cost down)。

現在製造一台成品毛利3%~5%不等且原廠還每月或是每季要求cost down。有的案子根本就是無償做義務。

要這些競爭對手向郭董看齊根本不可能,後果人為財死,鳥為食亡,西瓜偎大邊。這些競爭對手在一,兩年內消失殆盡(沒工人誰做啊?)。

第三,集結力量反擊原廠:原廠OEM(如蘋果,HP)對這些代工廠就像吸血鬼一樣。一台iPhone 3GS 16G MSRP約300美金,代工廠毛利3%=9美金=300台幣,你覺得很少是嗎?

iPhone一年賣一億隻算是最好的代工案也只有鴻海能做(其實手機量那麼大毛利應該不到3%),其他如PC,NB出貨量少毛利更低。

OEM知道你這家代工廠cost down能力太差就轉單給別家做,但OEM最怕就是代工廠商一家家減少(沒辦法大勢所趨)他的談判籌碼就越來越少。

郭董就是要利用加薪工資120%搞死其他競爭對手。壯大自己的實力進而與OEM爭取更高的代工毛利或是自創品牌與OEM直接競爭(FOXCONN iPhone 4G)。

你說那OEM不會自己設廠自己做?那更慘OEM設廠自己做不會比鴻海做成本更低。這些老美精算的狠。

第四,惡搞郭董,自食惡果,玉石俱焚:

中共中央為提高基本工資及大西進兩大國策,瞄準富士康跳樓事件開第一槍。

但郭董抓狂一次最低工資加到120%=900RMB加到2000RMB加上供吃住費用,再加上保險費,加班費,獎金=一個富士康基本員工每月成本約4000RMB=20000台幣,這不跟台灣的基本工資差不多。

哪個外商到大陸設廠受得了??郭董這樣加薪不就等於讓大陸廉價勞工的優勢消失殆盡??平平是20000台幣的工資為什麼要在大陸設廠,在台灣設廠不是更好搞不好還免稅政府還有優惠還可以掛牌上市上櫃(吃乾抹淨)。

所以中共中央的原意是不錯但是對象找錯人了。

郭董這招挑戰中共挑戰OEM之玉石俱焚之計不愧為”FOX”CONN,郭董你有guts我崇拜你,敬仰你,你比王永慶,李嘉誠,巴菲特,比爾蓋茲,賈伯斯。之流偉大幾百倍,你是世界經營之神。

郭董點燃這一把足以焚毀中國世界工廠之火。

待看中共中央與數以百萬計的外資廠商怎麼滅這把熊熊烈火。

2010年6月2日星期三

唐僧吐真言

唐僧西天取得真經後的一天,唐僧到如來家裏做客。席間談話如下:”你當年的成功得力於你的三個徒弟-悟空,八戒,沙僧。那麼你本人最喜歡哪個徒弟呢”?唐僧給的答案是:八戒。

“八戒最大的優點就是可愛,有他就少不了笑聲。很多人誤以為他最懶惰,其實他並不懶惰。

每次他打掃馬廄或者收拾包裹,都是一絲不苟挑不出什麼錯兒來。但是他很小氣,總是要暗地比較自己比別人多幹了多少,他吃不得一點虧。而且他又喜歡睡懶覺所以大家才以為他很懶。作為一個領導者,必須要知人善用。手下隊伍要精簡,屬下個人能力要強。

“那麼八戒的個人能力是你三個徒弟裏面最差的,又有不負責任等對工作不利的缺點。你為什麼不換一個精明能幹的人選呢?”如來佛不解的問。

“的確,八戒在隊伍裏面確實是個人素質最差的一個。但是,並不是由最好的人員組合起來的隊伍就可以發揮隊伍的整體功效,一個強大的的隊伍,成員必須要有不同的特點和分工。

你仔細觀察一下就會發現,通風報信的往往是八戒。而打不過就跑這個特點也只有八戒有。

我記得以前有個將軍,他就是要用怕死的兵放哨。別人不解;他說:假如用勇猛的士兵放哨站崗,遇到敵人一定會戰死,而膽怯的士兵則會跑回營中報信。這就是說明人員搭配問題的很好的一個例子。

“而且八戒這個人臉皮很厚,不怕指責。一件事情作不好,大家都可以把責任推到他頭上,這樣就節省了內部處理問題的時間。而由於他的存在,其餘的人員自然而然就會對自己有一種信心,因為別人的能力一定是比八戒強的。”

“對於我個人來講”唐僧興致勃勃的說:“我之所以喜歡他,是因為他比較喜歡溜鬚拍馬。一個領導者,不可避免的就會對一個總是誇讚他的手下產生好感甚至依賴感。你看幾乎每個領導者身邊都會有八戒這樣的人物存在。因為你不能要求領導者在一個至高的地位上,還要放低身份和自尊,去聽取下屬的批評和接受下屬的頂撞。你必須要有一個會說好話的人在身邊,否則你早就被氣死了。”

如來問:你覺的悟空這個徒弟怎麼樣?一路上他多次救你性命!

”西天取經還有一個主角人物,他就是齊天大聖孫悟空。而他由於緊箍咒問題,和我的關係非常微妙,其實我們之間是敵人的關係。”唐僧緩緩的說。

“每次危難時刻他都能出來救我,很多次我都非常感動。

但是只要一風平浪靜,我就會恢復對他的敵視態度。因為我是一個忌妒心很強的人。

每個希望自己建功立業的男人都有忌妒心。

“我必須作男一號,別人不可能和我搶戲分,比風頭。因為我是整個組織的領導者,也是這次西天取經的唯一執行者。他們都是我的助手,助手的功勞怎麼能大過執行者的功勞呢?可是悟空沒有重視自己的身份,總是擅自行事,關鍵的時候英雄當頭。我知道他的人氣和知名度高過我,實際上這是不正常的現象,畢竟經是我拿回來的。”

“那麼你們在個性上和感情上有什麼衝突呢?”如來問。

“我們的共同點:我們都是很執著的人。但是,孫悟空其實是一個無知的農村土猴。

他的文化素質是很差的,而且脾氣太倔強因為沒有受過良好家庭教育的關係。

作為一個被領導者,過於倔強的性格一定會跟領導者有矛盾。一山不容二虎。當一件事情我們有了分歧,那麼到底該聽誰的呢?當然是聽領導者的。

因為領導者是一個指揮者,他負的是全局成敗的責任。

不管是他指揮失當,還是用人失當,只要最後結果是失敗的,他就要全部負責。像中球隊的教練輸球了怪隊員就是一種低素質指揮者的表現,因為隊員是他選拔和訓練的。我是一個完美的指揮者,最後取經成功的結果說明了一切。

而如果指揮者下了命令,手下不聽從,那麼就是要手下負責。作為一個真正的屬下,即使領導者讓他跳崖他也一定要執行,只要徹底執行了他就沒有責任。而悟空就不懂這個常識,所以我說他是鄉村土猴子。

說實話,他的處事方法真讓人討厭,很多次我都想捲舖蓋回家。”