The best job is the one you like most of all
For Daisy Yeung and stocks, it was like a duck taking to water.
The chief executive officer of Emperor Capital Group said she liked her job from day one. “The stock market is so unpredictable. To this day I’m still learning new things, new products, everyday,” she said.
In 1993, when Emperor Capital Group had just been founded, Yeung said she was excited but, due to her lack of experience, she was a little apprehensive about taking up the job of overseeing the business.
She said her target back then was that Emperor Capital Group could be listed someday.
“I was so happy to see the company being listed in 2007, the feeling was like giving birth. After being listed, we are more transparent and able to attract more investors.”
Yeung said her father, local tycoon and entertainment mogul Albert Yeung Sau-shing, has had a great influence on her.
“My father is a great person, people often say to me that having him as my father already makes me a ‘winner’ in my life.”
On the other hand, Yeung admitted that she did feel the pressure. As she was working for the family, it was a job that she “could not quit”.
“My father is a very hardworking man, I admire him a lot. He is 73 years old, yet sometimes he still works through the weekends. His hardworking ethic has had a great influence on me,” she said.
Her father values his employees, so she learned to do the same.
“I attach great importance to communicating with my employees. We will hold a party every month with our staff to celebrate their birthdays, and I will go out with my employees for high tea at least twice every week, to talk to them and try to understand if there is any demand or challenge in their work that they wish the company could help with.”
She stressed that it is necessary to maintain good communication with frontline staff, as feedback from frontline staff has helped the company make changes for the better.
Yeung said also that as her father is a family man, his dedication to the family has had a great impact on her.
“If my father is in Hong Kong, he will host family dinners on Sundays. He also stipulates that our family should get together for all holidays, and our entire family will travel together twice every year.”
Yeung, whose daughter is now 12, admitted it is very difficult to strike a balance between work and family life, especially when working in the financial industry in Hong Kong.
But her secret is to prioritize the time.
Every morning at 7, Yeung will sit at the table to have breakfast with her daughter and talk to her. Every night about 9:30 or 10, Yeung will stay with her daughter and say goodnight before she goes to bed. At the weekends, Yeung goes to church with her daughter.
“The time I spend with my daughter is very important to me,” she said.
As a socially responsible company, all Emperor Capital Group takes pride in providing career opportunities to youngsters. Every year, the company offers summer internships to about 20 Hong Kong college students, Yeung said.
“We will let the students learn from each and every one of our departments, we will teach them how to make investments and help them understand the brokerage’s work.”
After these students graduate from college, if they want to join Emperor Capital Group, they will be the company’s recruiting priorities, she said.
Every youngster should have their own dream, advised Yeung, they should find a job or a career that they truly enjoy. They should not join the financial industry because they think they can make easy money, they should join the industry because they like it, Yeung said.
“I like my job a lot, I love the financial industry, so I appreciate every minute of my work. Hopefully all the youngsters in Hong Kong can find what they really like and do a job that they enjoy.”
Daisy Yeung advises investors to decide on a bottom line that they should then stand firmly by. Daisy Yeung CEO, Emperor Capital Group