Management Philosophy

1.Use extreme suggestion for negotiation to people to come in the middle or at least be aware of this tactic

2. Lower employees — safety, middle employees — fair and high — ideal and vision

3. Be uncomfortably excited to excel and move forward. Only medicore people are at its best

4. People always overestimate yourself and underestimate others. So always give yourself a discount and give people double the evaluation

5. Many problems do not have a single answer. People look up to management for a problem without consensus. So you need to explore, try, adjust


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