Having commenced my career in 1996 I have found professional inspiration to come in many forms and was recently alerted by an executive placed 13 years ago, to remain thankful for the effort made to secure his interest in career change. Noting that he remains with the same Big 4 banking organization, I was reminded of the extraordinary effort my client went to in order to secure his coveted signature.
Having spent the formative years in this profession establishing Reach and cutting my teeth in Australia, my wife and I decided to embark on a return to HK to be a lot closer to her family. Having spent 4 jolly interesting years in this city pre-hand over, I took solace in the fact that I was returning to my comfort zone.
Often when mandated by our clients to identify and secure that elusive Director level executive we are asked to give strong consideration to those candidates that display entrepreneurial qualities. This comes as no surprise when you consider the ever changing business environments that are so influenced through the continuance of emerging technologies, coupled with a far more sophisticated consumer base. With the strengthening corporate push to discover new lucrative markets "out of the box" thinking and competitive action is required.
As a side note a truly interesting development took place when we were mandated to secure for a global client a HK based Sales Director to drive their Asia Pacific expansion within the e commerce and digital sector. At the time of briefing it was conveyed by their HRD that they sought an executive decidedly rich in entrepreneurial skills, in fact they would give strong preference to those whose medium-long term vision involved establishing their own business. Strange you might say, myself included. Further probing revealed this organization to be blessed with a dynamic culture and this being a Greenfield role, such motivations and self-interest would be supported. Just between you and I, they were also of the view that once settled, the risk of losing such talent was minimal. I encourage the reader to view the case study titled "Consulting" in this web site.