Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Our ass was cabbage, and they were the canner

1 week after starting a short engagement in Korea, we get this email from our Korean counterpart. Now, IANAA (I Am Not An Asian) but my read on this email is that we just got severely criticized for our work focus during the first week. This may relate to our US team leader telling the client in the first meeting that their trillion won investment is a bad idea.

From: Korean Partner
To: US Engagement Team

Thanks for your effort for the assignment!

At this point, I would like to make clear some basic points about our approach in this project:

1) We do not evaluate the client's partners' business plan. What we do is to assist the clients to evaluate the plan.

2) We do not necessarily focus on the largest risks. We need to focus on the risks which the clients ask us to assist.

3) Our primary role is to provide 'measures' for them to evaluate their partner's plan. Measures would include benchmark, check list and level chart.

I am worried about where this project is heading.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008