>If a company's best people
>are up to these sort of risky demands, they'll come out with some
>sort of success.
I think Turner is spot on - selling to suits isn't the issue, it is trying
to sell services to companies which are entirely bewildered by them.
My knowledge of corporate Japan is decidedly limited and confined to a few
corporations - but I have been struck by 4 things.
1) the brightest and best are far more concerned about getting
qualifications that will stand them in good stead for the day the crunch
comes than they are in taking risky new initiatives. Most I speak too are
concerned mainly in keeping their head down. They know they are in a
marathon and are not tempted by a brisk and meaningless 100 yard dash.
2) The least knowledgable about new technology I have seen are very often
the aforementioned "brightest and best". (In this context that means,
Japanese guys in their mid 30 to early 50s with an MBA and perhaps CPA.).
3) By and large, the brighter and sharper they are, the crappier their
keitai. A surprising number make do with elderly green screen PHS's. It's
the dimmer little boys who play with the toys.
4) Some very large companies are shareholders in and hence committed to
PHS networks - which have lost them billions of yen. Anything they do with
wireless they will do with PHS if at all possible.
Received on Tue Feb 5 17:14:21 2002