Sec­ond Wind, Sec­ond Win

Port­fo­lio Fo­rum par­tic­i­pants share sto­ries of their jour­neys and new­found suc­cess af­ter trad­ing ca­reers

Portfolio - - IN THIS ISSUE - by Li Hao­han

Some peo­ple de­velop the abil­ity to breathe freely dur­ing a stren­u­ous ac­tiv­ity, es­pe­cially af­ter hav­ing been out of breath for a while. This phe­nom­e­non is known as‘ sec­ond wind ’, and it can power the com­ple­tion of the said ac­tiv­ity. Although com­monly en­coun­tered in sports ac­tiv­i­ties, some peo­ple go through a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence in life: When their fo­cus blurs, their in­ter­est flags, and their old en­thu­si­asm wan es, a sec­ond wind kick sin and pro­vides them with en­ergy to stay on– or head else­where – fully recharged.

In a fo­rum or­ga­nized by Port­fo­lio, we had the priv­i­lege of lis­ten­ing to in­spir­ing sto­ries of five pro­fes­sion­als who, at the peak of their ca­reers, stopped and did a sharp turn to do some­thing else. Some found them­selves at cross­roads that forced them to re think where they were headed; some en­coun­tered per­sonal crises that made them ques­tion their as­pi­ra­tions. Some, still brim­ming with en­er­gies, sim­ply wanted to test what­ever they have learned some­where else.

Con­tin­u­ing The Legacy Mr.Dou­glas Chia CEO & Manag­ing Direc­tor G&M Pte Ltd

Mr. Chi a knew what a fast life meant. He par­layed his back­ground in in­vest­ment bank­ing to be­come an eq­uity de­riv­a­tives trader, and quickly found suc­cess in Tokyo and in Hong Kong. It didn’t last long: His fam­ily sum­moned him back home, to the bed side of his fa­ther who was then very sick, where he was told to leave what­ever he had built and re­turn to Sin­ga­pore.

Mr. Chia’s fa­ther had founded an in­sur­ance agency by him­self, a mod­est but well-re­spected en­ter­prise whose clients looked up to its founder for his in­tegrity, hon­esty and per­sonal ser­vice.

Lit­tle did Mr. Chia know that his trad­ing days would sharpen his risk man­age­ment skills, and pre­par­ing him for the stew­ard­ship of the fam­ily busi­ness. He ap­plied his in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence in bank­ing, in­tro­duced tech­nol­ogy to man­age parts of the op­er­a­tion, and re­di­rect its fo­cus on spe­cific mar­kets, such as high end-cars. From his fa­ther came the legacy of per­son­al­ized ser­vice. Mr. Chia goes out ev­ery­day to meet and speak with the clients.

To­day, G& M ser­vices nearly 70 per­cent of high-end car in­sur­ance mar­ket, and Mr. Chia is quick the at­tribute the suc­cess to the foun­da­tion that his fa­ther had built be­fore him.

Har­ness­ing Mul­ti­ple Op­por­tu­ni­ties Mr. Li Yi Pri­vate Banker Citibank

Mr. Li would seem like a rest­less young man who ca­reered from one pro­fes­sion to an­other, but given the string of suc­cesses he has achieved in each of them, one would un­der­stand that he goes where op­por­tu­ni­ties come knock­ing. To date, he has worked in me­dia, in­te­grated re­sort, and now bank­ing. At Chi­nese lan­guage news­pa­per Lianhe Zaobao, he did on­line me­dia sales while writ­ing a sports col­umn. He then went to New York Univer­sity to pur­sue a mas­ter’s de­gree in Pub­lic Re­la­tions and Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

By the time he grad­u­ated in 2008, the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis had shut­down­theop­por­tu­ni­tieshe­waseyein­gonWal­lStreet.Mr.Li de­cided to re­turn home to Sin­ga­pore and joined Re­sorts World Sen­tosa to spear­head its sales and mar­ket­ing ef­forts in China, where he ended up as busi­ness de­vel­op­ment direc­tor.

His net­work in the Main­land opened new door sat U OB pri­vate bank­ing, where he was des­ig­nated team head for busi­ness de­vel­op­ment in China. Fol­low­ing that stint, he joined UBS as a pri­vate banker cov­er­ing the same mar­ket for three years, and fi­nally, in 2016, he was in­vited to join Citi Pri­vate Bank, where he won the pres­ti­gious 2017 Global Chair­man’ s Coun­cil of Ci ti Pri­vate Bank.

A grad­u­ate of the Na­tional Univer­sity of Sin­ga­pore( Com­puter Sci­ence), Mr. Li is also a vet­eran aer­o­bics in­struc­tor at var­i­ous fit­ness clubs in Sin­ga­pore.

Manag­ing A Dif­fer­ent Fund Ms.Cather­ine Loh Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Sin­ga­pore

Ms. L oh be­gan her ca­reer at the Gov­ern­ment of Sin­ga­pore In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion be­fore as­sum­ing lead­er­ship po­si­tions in the Sin­ga­pore of­fices of No mu ra, Lehman Broth­ers and Gold man Sachs. She cut her tee that deal­ing rooms where she honed a com­pet­i­tive and re­sult-driven at­ti­tude that served her well in her ca­reer in fi­nance.

In 2008, as the fi­nan­cial cri­sis trig­gered a global re­ces­sion, Ms. Loh’s health suf­fered. She took a break to re­cover and be around her fam­ily. About a year later, she gave birth to her third child and de­cided to put her bank­ing ca­reer be­hind her.

With her tod­dler at pre-school and her health much im­proved, Ms. Loh de­cided to re­turn to work. It was then that an of­fer that led her to her cur­rent po­si­tion at the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Sin­ga­pore (CFS) came her way. The de­ci­sion was not dif­fi­cult for Ms. Loh, who has done vol­un­teer work at Ass is si Hospice, Met ta Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion and Telok Ku­rau Pri­mary School. Her ex­pe­ri­ence in man­age­ment, sales and mar­ket­ing, and fi­nan­cial man­age­ment could be used in grow­ing CF S–in ways that would ben­e­fit the larger so­ci­ety.

Un­der her lead­er­ship, CF S man­ages 110 donor funds, in­clud­ing the SR Nathan Ed­u­ca­tion Up lift ment Fund, and has raised over S $100 mil­lion in to­tal dona­tions. It also works closely with over 400 char­i­ties to iden­tify gaps in the com­mu­nity that need sup­port. It has been six years since and Ms. Loh still feels she is ful­fill­ing her life’s pur­pose.

Com­mu­ni­cat­ing Di­verse Op­por­tu­ni­ties Ms. He­lena Ma Head of Pub­lic Af­fairs

Sino In­ter­na­tional En­trepreneurs Fed­er­a­tion

A mul­ti­lin­gual Chi­nese na­tional who has lived in Shang­hai, Swe­den, Lon­don, and Sin­ga­pore Ms. Ma own sand runs the multi dis­ci­plinary con­sul­tancy firm IDEA com­mu­ni­ca­tion P te Ltd. Her man­age­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tion ex­per­tise was honed sup­port­ing the growth of over 30 multi­na­tional com­pa­nies in mar­ket-en­try or global ex­pan­sion phases imp act­ing China, A SEAN, EM EA.

Ms. M ah has worked as in­ter­preter for the Chi­nese Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion( CCTV) and as press of­fi­cer at World Expo 2010 sim­u­late­nously. She also ful­filled cor­po­rate in-house roles for a num­ber of years in Swe­den and UK be­fore shift­ing to an en­tre­pre­neur­ial path found­ing IDEA Com­mu­ni­ca­tion in Sin­ga­pore.

Ms. Ma ex­e­cuted her tran­si­tion to var­i­ous roles skill­fully, be­liev­ing that each po­si­tion she has held has pre­pared her for the next one. She is a mid-hand­i­cap golfer, and a vine­yard in­vestor who has hiked three stra­to­vol­ca­noes in Su­ma­tra in 2015.

She now heads the pub­lic af­fairs port­fo­lio for state coun­cil­backed N GO, Si no In­ter­na­tional En­trepreneurs Fed­er­a­tion–a plat­form that ag­gre­gates elite en­trepreneurs and politi­cians from China, Europe, Africa and Aus­tralia, and ac­tively pro­motes the mul­ti­lat­eral trade ties be­tween China and other coun­tries.

Cre­at­ing Em­pow­ered Cul­tures Mr. Ashok Mi­randa Founder & Busi­ness Trans­for­ma­tion Ar­chi­tect Trans­form and Tran­scend

It hasn’t been long since Mr. Mi­randa pub­lished his book, Culling Cult uri tis, which seeks to em power busi­ness lead­ers and HR pro­fes­sion­als to build a strong com­pany cul­ture, and po­si­tion their com­pa­nies for suc­cess in to­day’s hyper-com­pet­i­tive and dig­i­tal dis­rup­tive econ­omy.

Culling Cul­turi­tis in­tro­duces the ADCOE cul­ture trans­for­ma­tion blue­print to trans­form a toxic cul­ture into an ex­em­plary win­ning cul­ture, and show show to cre­ate an ex­cep­tional work­place that fu­els cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion, de­liv­ers mean­ing­ful and ful­fill­ing work and at­tracts the right peo­ple aligned with the com­pany val­ues.

Mr. Mi­randa of­fers the fol­low­ing in­sights: A 2017 world­wide Gal­lop poll showed that 85 per­cent of em­ploy­ees are dis­en­gaged at work, with poor com­pany cul­ture be­ing cited as the main rea­son. There is a grow­ing rift be­tween what em­ploy­ees want from their jobs, and what com­pa­nies of­fer, a sit­u­a­tion that is es­pe­cially true for mil­len­ni­als. With the co­hort mak­ing up 75 per cent of the work­force by 2025, this will po sea huge chal­lenge for com­pa­nies look­ing to at­tract and re­tain top tal­ent.

Mr. Mi­randa has worked for the lead­ing me­dia com­pa­nies Walt Dis­ney and Sony Pic­tures where he de­vel­oped his pas­sion to find what makes suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies tick and what doesn’ t.

As much a sought-af­ter speaker, trainer and con­sul­tant, Mr. Mi­randa helps busi­nesses trans­form and be suc­cess­ful in the dig­i­tal age. He is pas­sion­ate about build­ing a bet­ter busi­ness world, with pur­pose-driven com­pa­nies and work places that fos­ter happy and en­gaged em­ploy­ees.

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