Be­lieve in your­self, be pas­sion­ate and pa­tient

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

The best piece of ad­vice I ever re­ceived was to al­ways have pri­or­i­ties in your life which cover both pro­fes­sional and per­sonal goals. There should al­ways be some­thing more im­por­tant than your job. I am a driven pro­fes­sional and con­sider my­self rea­son­ably ca­reer-ori­ented. This ad­vice re­minds me that in the end there are things – fam­ily, health, friend­ship fore­most of all – that are more im­por­tant in life than any job. This al­lows me to stay grounded when I have great pro­fes­sional suc­cess and pre­vents me from get­ting too de­pressed when I hit pro­fes­sional chal­lenges.

How do you stay abreast of is­sues af­fect­ing your in­dus­try? I am a dig­i­tal native, and so I learn from my net­work. The peo­ple, who I trust, of­ten pro­vide me with the news and opin­ions that in­form me of the changes in the world.

What do you think is Malaysia’s great­est brand? With­out a doubt, it has to be Tourism Malaysia. There is no one who can­not com­plete the iconic phrase ‘Malaysia, Truly Asia!”

Blue or red ocean strat­egy? Or nei­ther? Why? My strat­egy is based on a line of think­ing known as “first prin­ci­ple think­ing” where af­ter some con­sid­er­a­tion; we ar­rive at cer­tain un­shake­able “truths”. All of the in­no­va­tion and plan­ning is then based on these truths, and this al­lows you to in­no­vate in clear leaps, rather than build­ing small im­prove­ments onto some­thing that al­ready ex­ists. This con­trasts with an ana­logue mode of think­ing where we are do­ing some­thing but it is some­thing that has al­ready been done be­fore or is what peo­ple are now do­ing.

In the end, ev­ery­thing should be driven by the truth and we should al­ways lever­age on that as our guid­ing prin­ci­ple.

A must-read for ev­ery busi­ness owner/ man­ager is... Time to Think by Nancy Kline. It will fun­da­men­tally change how you think and help oth­ers think, by chang­ing the way in which you lis­ten. It was a real eye­opener and the Prop­er­tyGuru lead­er­ship team has ben­e­fited from read­ing and work­ing on this method­ol­ogy to­gether.

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