When we are working in an office environment, information is supplied in various forms. Some comes with e-mail. Some others come as a formal letter. Handwritten memos can be good information. You can also look for the information you need on the Internet, today. Facebook and any other Social Networks can be good informational sources. Although a beautiful new envelop or a neatly packaged letters tends to draw our attention, we may need to pay attention and be aware of the information contained in the package or decoration.
Hiroshi was working for a Japanese electronics company. One day, he received a letter in a brown, cheap envelope placed on his inbox tray. The envelope was dirty with fingerprints and other stains. It looked as it was sent not by airmail, but instead by sea. He did not feel like touching it at first glance. When Hiroshi took it in order to open the envelope, his boss called, and he did not open it. The envelope was sitting on his desk for another week, untouched.
He went to his office one weekend to working. He picked up the letter and opened it. The 2-page letter was inside of the envelope. The paper used for the letter was thin, and some parts were torn. He was finally reading the letter. The letter was an invitation to a tender offer for electronics components used for the next government project from a third-world country.
The project cost $200 million. The contents of electronics components were mostly those that his company could supply. Surprised, Hiroshi turned to the offer deadline, the tender closing date expired two days ago. He faxed a hasty note asking if he could still offer. He received their reply the following Monday stating that the tender was closed. Hiroshi lost his opportunity on the $200 million-dollar project.
I remember that the handwritten, almost illegible memo was on a torn off piece of paper from the president of my former company. It did not even have a package. We should not be too influenced by the decoration of the package. We must keep our eyes on the information contained within and try not to make the same mistake Hiroshi did.
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