Do your home­work and be­lieve in your­self

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

in­dus­try? By al­ways keep­ing well con­nected and in tune within the in­dus­try. I don’t have a pyra­mid struc­ture of run­ning the busi­ness. I keep it flat and I keep in touch with my staff from the ground up, and that’s how I know ex­actly what’s hap­pen­ing within the com­pany and within the in­dus­try.

I keep a close watch around me and an even closer watch on those within the in­dus­try, re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally so I am al­ways one step ahead of the game. I keep re­build­ing and strate­gis­ing new plat­forms so that the com­pany would keep ex­pand­ing and evolv­ing.

If you could have an hour with any thought leader in the world, who would it be and why? Em­peror Taizu of the Song Dy­nasty, the way that he man­aged to unify China by con­quer­ing ter­ri­to­ries into one and con­trol­ling the war­lords to en­sure peace – that is as­pir­ing. He was also cred­ited for ad­vances in ed­u­ca­tion, trade, arts and lit­er­a­ture in his time and to be more open with the com­mon peo­ple. He was a great vi­sion­ary, busi­ness and po­lit­i­cal leader way be­fore his time.

What was the most out­landish busi­ness pro­posal you have ever heard of? No busi­ness pro­posal is out­landish.

I be­lieve in brain­storm­ing, pre­par­ing and ex­plor­ing, be­cause ev­ery idea may lead to some­thing big or may be ground­break­ing.

What man-made in­no­va­tion con­founds you? Why? Smart­phones – can’t live with them, can’t live with­out them.

Malaysia’s great­est brand? There are many iconic Malaysian brands that has en­joyed world­wide recog­ni­tion, some of whom are be­ing car­ried un­der our KTC sta­ble of brands along­side in­ter­na­tional names, which proves that Malaysian brands can de­liver qual­ity prod­ucts at com­pet­i­tive pric­ing.

Blue or red ocean strat­egy? Or nei­ther? Why? Both. Blue – be­cause there is a con­stant need for in­ven­tion and in­no­va­tion. Red – be­cause healthy com­pe­ti­tion en­sures ev­ery­one is of­fered its best.

A must-read for ev­ery busi­ness owner/man­ager is … Sun Tzu’s Art of War, Men­cius’ Doc­trines and Teach­ings.

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