Be will­ing to try any­thing

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

For the long term, BKP wants to im­pact the real es­tate in­dus­try in terms of in­no­va­tive lifestyles and im­prov­ing qual­ity stan­dards for the ben­e­fit of the Malaysian pub­lic.

Best piece of ad­vice you ever got on your ca­reer? From Mike Useem, my pro­fes­sor of strate­gic man­age­ment, while do­ing my MBA at the Whar­ton School of Busi­ness. He en­cour­aged us to con­tinue our pur­suit of strate­gic man­age­ment ver­sus spe­cific dis­ci­plines, for ex­am­ple, fi­nance, etc. Although, ini­tially, spe­cial­i­sa­tion was bet­ter for salaries, in the long run, 10-15 years later, strate­gic and gen­eral man­age­ment won the day.

It has given me the courage to ex­plore many dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines and re­main a gen­er­al­ist, and not a spe­cial­ist, in my own per­sonal lead­er­ship devel­op­ment jour­ney.

Most ad­mired busi­ness leader? Why? I think ev­ery busi­ness leader has ad­mirable traits that have brought them to where they are today. But per­haps the most ad­mired lead­ers that I re­spect are not busi­ness lead­ers.

I truly ad­mire lead­ers who stand for causes be­yond them­selves and who were will­ing to suf­fer as a re­sult of it, peo­ple like Mother Theresa, Nel­son Man­dela, Jane God­dall, etc. They led a pur­pose-driven life that went be­yond who they were and rep­re­sented those of us who aspire to do our best for oth­ers.

How do you stay abreast of is­sues af­fect­ing your in­dus­try? My in­volve­ment in Real Es­tate and Hous­ing De­vel­op­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Malaysia (Re­hda) over the years has kept me up to date with the lat­est is­sues lo­cally. But per­haps my trav­els abroad have given me the most sig­nif­i­cant im­pact in terms of learn­ing, un­der­stand­ing and keep­ing up to date with the chang­ing world of real es­tate and peo­ple’s lifestyle as­pi­ra­tions.

What man-made in­no­va­tion con­founds you? Why? The in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion. While we have pro­gressed a lot as a re­sult, we have also de­stroyed a lot of nat­u­ral re­sources as a re­sult. We have also lost touch with what it is to make things with our own bare hands, to ap­pre­ci­ate the sim­ple things in life.

A must-read for ev­ery busi­ness owner/ man­ager is ...? Lead­ers Eat Last, by Si­mon Sinek. A great fol­low-up to his other book, Start With Why. Lead­ers Eat Last starts with a very in­ter­est­ing his­tor­i­cal per­spec­tive about lead­ers from the an­cient past, how they be­haved and how their fol­low­ers were will­ing to be sub­jected to them, in re­turn for pro­tec­tion, se­cu­rity and safety.

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