YOUNG PROFESSIONALS A POWERFUL FORCE IN BUSINESS 2016 APRIL / MAY
Welcome to the latest edition of Access Asia, focusing on our young professionals and business leaders. I had the pleasure of speaking with Anton Schiavello, Director of Schiavello Singapore as part of the regular Face to Face feature. At 25 I believe Anton is the youngest
member of AustCham, but his depth of knowledge about the region
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and business were impressive by any standards. Anton and I discussed many interesting things but one topic really struck me. We were talking about the tenacious attitude of young Australians in Singapore and how well these attributes complement the local business landscape especially when working as part of a diverse team with local and other international members. There are huge opportunities here for young people, and I think a lot of businesses are starting to realise how powerful these people can be in their organisation. I think there is a lot of potential if we can better connect our young Australian business leaders with those here in Singapore, and I hope AustCham can help facilitate these relationships through the new young business leaders program. This is a topic I am particularly passionate about having arrived in Jakarta as a 26 year old I know both the thrills and challenges associated with taking your career offshore. It is good to see so many young Australians taking up the opportunities here in Singapore, and I would hope we can entice more Australian businesses to consider moving into this region. We are starting to plan our third Australian Roadshow, and I will be seeking to highlight the opportunity for growth and beneﬁts that come with expanding your business into Singapore and Southeast Asia. It really is a missed opportunity for many Australian businesses, when their competitors succeed in a market they haven’t thought to try. I look forward to speaking to you at an event soon.
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Welcome to our April/May edition of Access Asia, where we are will meet our six AustCham young business ambassadors, a new initiative for the Chamber. They are going to be working with us to ensure the program we offer has relevant and meaningful content for our younger members. They’ll also play an important role in welcoming new members to the chamber, offering a friendly and relaxed introduction to AustCham and what it means to be a member. Our ambassadors are from a range of industries and have all had a variety of experiences, they make very strong champions for the Chamber and the work we do. We have a very impressive group of young members, and I hope you enjoy reading their proﬁles as much as I did. The ﬁrst few months of this year have been very busy for the team here, as we set up new programs like the AustCham young business ambassadors and continue the work on areas of gender diversity, and deliver new events and programs alongside our popular regular program. We’ve held our ﬁrst of the Breakfast with the Stars series and we are looking forward to the next two speakers over the coming months. Our new Launch Pad series for those who are looking to get started in business has also been
highlighting the achievements of our young business leaders. You
6 FACE TO FACE WITH ANTON SCHIAVELLO
3 THINGS I WOULD TELL MY YOUNGER SELF
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7 REASONS WHY YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SHOULD JOIN A BUSINESS CHAMBER
popular, with the ﬁrst two events selling out very quickly. Lastly, a reminder that our annual membership is open for the 2016/17 ﬁnancial year. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the ofﬁce on +65 6738 7917 for further information. Hope to see you at one of our events soon. ANNETTE TILBROOK
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nton Schiavello is the Director of Schiavello International, and responsible for the business across South East Asia. His wide area of expertise includes business strategy, key account management and cross functional team building. Born and raised in Melbourne, Anton has been in Singapore for 4 years. At 25, Anton is one of AustCham Singapore’s youngest members. Was your Italian heritage a big part of your life growing up? Most deﬁnitely, and it still is. My grandfather travelled to Melbourne in 1956 with his father, to see what prospects Australia could offer the family. Soon after arriving they sent messages back to family in Southern Italy once they realised yes we can live here, and about two years later the rest of the family followed. This European culture has deﬁnitely inﬂuenced my upbringing and it’s been really beautiful to have a very true 1950’s Italian inﬂuence. Tell us about the operation here, I’ve heard you speak about business in Australia experiencing a certain conﬁdence due to the isolation of the market, but when you come here with that same level of conﬁdence it’s just not applicable? Yes, I think Australia’s isolation has protected businesses. As much as Australians do drive for change and for evolution, our isolation to the rest of the world has protected us from strong global competition. While the Australian market has become locally competitive, there just isn’t the same level of international competition that we see in Singapore. What we do in Australia suits Australia, however that needs to be adapted to suit different cultures when entering new markets. Do you think a company that is very Australia focused at the moment would have to go through a bit of a mind shift to make that big bold step to move out of Australia? Yes, enormously. Any organisation that expands outside of Australia does need to undertake a fundamental shift in cultural expectations 6
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and an understanding that the nuances of individual markets aren’t easily overturned. On top of the immediate shift in approach, there is also a shift in the product offered and level of service that is expected. Typically Australia has a much more lenient way of doing business, where in comparison Asia is more fast paced. For example, we turn around project pricing and budget work in 24-48 hours in SEA, however in Australia it’s one week. How do you ﬁnd the markets you’re dealing in? Is it with mostly local companies within those markets or is it a blend of local companies and foreign companies? This is an interesting question and I actually sat down with my Dad, Peter Schiavello, recently and reviewed our market. It was apparent that our market is around 80% foreign businesses. These businesses expect a certain standard of product, professionalism and a level of respect for project timelines and program, our business is well positioned to deliver on each of these criteria. It could be something as simple as having a ten year warranty and honouring it, or guaranteeing component availability 10 years after purchasing the product. That is something that organisations really do worry about, especially as businesses see their real estate more as an investment than a cost. They are driven not just by cost constraints but also by the level of risk.
FACEtoFACE Given your role running a diversiﬁed business across a diversiﬁed geography, a lot of what you do must be administrative and senior management. How much time do you spend on nurturing relationships? I’d say directly, about 30% of my time. It’s important for the right people to see the right faces from Schiavello and it is important to give our clients the time when it’s needed. And that time needs to be more than just a ﬂeeting pass; it needs to be a true attempt to build a strong relationship, based on a strong core of trust. We also want to be a part of something that’s successful for both parties and enjoyable of course. It’s never fun when you engage in something that’s not beneﬁcial for both parties, because you won’t be as motivated and will never exceed expectations, this is human nature. Your business is very diverse, I was back in Melbourne over Christmas and pleasantly surprised to see you guys all over Southbank with lots of developments, so it was different to my perception of the group… Yes, it’s changed a lot in the last few years.
looking outwards to understand how they can do things better. I wish Australia was more like that (laughs). What do you think AustCham should be doing in the young business leader’s space and what do you think our young ambassadors can get out of it? Young Australians in Singapore are some of the most driven and ruthless business people and that’s an amazing opportunity for organisations to make the most of. Young Australians come here and they want to achieve. They want to be motivated and get out there and make a change, and change for their business and their personal situations. AustCham is such a supportive community and I feel that our (Australia’s) young leaders in Singapore need to be connected with other young leaders in Singapore, especially with Singaporean young leaders. Singapore and Australia have so much in common, there are not many other countries that are as close as Australia and Singapore and that’s something to really make the most of. If you were able to ask yourself any question in this interview what would it be? (Laughs) I think that question would be “where do you see yourself in ﬁve years?” And the answer is I don’t know. And the reason why I don’t know is because opportunities always present themselves in different ways and the nature of our business is to pursue
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WANT TO ACHIEVE Anton and Guy having a friendly game of table tennis in the Schiavello showroom.
Any plans for developments in this part of the world? We are continually looking for opportunities and as a family business we have the freedom to identify opportunity and pursue it as we wish. At the moment we are very planted in Australia when it comes to our developments, so for Schiavello Asia isn’t a target at this stage. But having said that, wherever we are we will pursue opportunity. I’m sure one day we will do something here. So 17 years ago the business set up operations here, why here versus Hong Kong or Bangkok? I was interested in that too, and a few years ago I asked my dad the same question. Dad’s always been a conservative business man, and he still is. From what he’s told me, the decision was made around security and longevity and that goes hand in hand with our business ethics and morals. Dad saw Singapore as that kind of stable long term location. Do you think the changes that have occurred in Singapore over the last 10 years have either diminished the quality of the decision or enhanced it? We have found that Singapore is a fragile market. It’s very easily inﬂuenced by global economic events, and at the moment it’s a pretty tight market that we’re navigating through. Singapore continues to amaze me with the countries perceptiveness, especially around the government’s ability to continuously learn and implement their learnings. If you have the opportunity to listen to Singapore’s Ministers, they discuss this as well, they say they are continuously
opportunities as they present themselves. I’ve got no idea if I will continue this pursuit of pushing our international business or if I will delve into something to do with property or maybe the hospitality side of Schiavello. There are opportunities everywhere, it’s just about taking them and giving them 100%. It’s often said that people’s careers stagnate when they go out of Australia because their experiences offshore are either undervalued or not valued at all when they return. I wouldn’t imagine that would be the case in your organisation? Deﬁnitely no, and also I continuously hear the opposite. When people leave Australia to work in Asia they generally ﬁnd that the hierarchy to climb within their business is minimised. In a way this allows people to work harder, achieve results and be acknowledged a lot faster for their actions. Australia is a small place. It’s good to see a lot more Australian businesses expanding internationally. I’ve deﬁnitely seen a rise in Australian businesses expanding into Asia since I’ve been here. For Schiavello, we’ve got a long way to go, we’re about a third of the way through our strategy in the region and we are working towards replicating the level of strength we have in Australia throughout South East Asia. I’m happy to be a part of the wave of Australian businesses that are looking internationally for opportunities. These are exciting times.
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Younger Trends of Modern Entrepreneurs
Left: A world-ﬁrst connected medical kit featuring a digital stethoscope and non-contact
revolutionise home-based treatments and save healthcare systems around the world billions of dollars. Andrew Lin and Hon Weng Chong are the founders of Melbourne-based medtech startup CliniCloud. CliniCloud’s ﬁrst product is a medical kit containing a world-ﬁrst connected digital stethoscope designed for home use, non-contact thermometer and mobile app. Right: Marita Cheng, Founder of Robogals, was 2012 Young Australian of the Year. Noticing the low number of girls in her engineering classes at the University of Melbourne, Marita rounded up her engineering peers and went to schools to teach girls robotics as a way to encourage them into engineering. Recently, Marita joined a trade mission to Israel led by Assistant Minister for Innovation, Wyatt Roy.
As many of you may be aware, each year, AustCham President Guy Scott, High Commissioner Philip Green and myself have been going down to Australia on a roadshow conducting and presentations around Australia. Now, I ﬁrst started working overseas for the Australian Trade Commission almost 24 years ago, and have visited Australia many times from post, to present to and talk with Australian exporters. But on these most recent visits, I have noticed something very interesting. After these presentations, there is usually a number of people waiting patiently to talk to me about my market. In the past, these were most often folk in their forties, with samples of their products in their hands (although I have had folk show me samples that were so large they had to be left out in the car park). Recently, however, the people I speak to tend to be younger - usually in their twenties or early thirties - and their products are not in their hands, they are in their heads. They are the next generation of Australian exporters younger, service or tech-based businesses who are coming up with solutions to global, not local challenges. A few years ago, the term “born global” was a common one, to denote ﬁrms that
started addressing global market demand from the very start. We see that term used less and less, as digital platforms are increasingly making this sort of capability unremarkable. In Australia, we are seeing more and more innovative ﬁrms making real inroads into global markets. Many young Australians have made the best of the education opportunities at home and have emerged as transformers and innovators. Individually, they have emerged with new ideas and developments. Collectively, they represent the discovery and knowledge-creation important for Australia to improve its productivity and create the industries of the future. Please see our side bars for two great examples. The Australian government’s recent innovation policy statement, the National Innovation and Science Agenda, is a $1.1 billion initiative for a more innovative and entrepreneurial economy, with incentives that we expect to provide more opportunities for younger entrepreneurs. Many of the incentives are designed to help start-ups - a majority of which are being run by younger businesspeople - gain access to early-stage capital, and to become sustainable more quickly.
Austrade is working to help such businesses and start-ups access overseas opportunities. For example, with the upcoming Australia Week in China trade mission in April, we will be taking over 100 Australian businesses in the tech ecosystem - accelerators, startups, research institutes, the best of our tech world - to Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing. As well as start-ups, the group will include advanced manufacturing, ICT and biotech businesses. They will be exposed to incubators, collaborators, customers and investors, and get a ﬁrst-hand look at how Australian know-how can complement China’s own aspirations. Closer to home, we see Austrade’s own client base in Singapore becoming younger. They have different expectations of the world, with a lot of commitment and very little fear of the unknown. They are taking on the world on their own terms. To paraphrase our Prime Minister, it would really seem that there has never been a more exciting time to be a young Australian entrepreneur in Asia.
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I WOULD TELL MY YOUNGER SELF Lachlan Halstead COO, Singapore ANZ
Cheuk Chiang CEO Asia Paciﬁc Omnicom Media Group
SEEK A CAREER IN ASIA The dynamism, the speed, and the cultural diversity provides amazing opportunities for concentrated learning and growth. I have great business contacts across a range of industries that I would never have established in my home market.
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(I’d probably be retired by now).
Never get stale in a role, remain intellectually curious, and hunt for ways to continue to lift the bar. I have found the best way to do this is to pretend you are new to your role every 12 months, apply the same performance ruler across your function as you would when you are starting a new role.
WORK OVERSEAS EARLIER The international experience has been invaluable. The personal experience has been life changing.
Take more “calculated” risks. It’s the best way to learn.
The pace of working in Asia can be all consuming and if not kept in check, can creep-up on your health. Book regular time in the calendar with activities that allow you to shutdown for me this is golﬁng, ﬁshing, or a short break to visit good friends in the region.
BREAK MORE RULES (You asked me for 3 things so I gave you 4).
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Suyin Lee Managing Director Flight Centre Be brave enough to take some risks with your job choices because you can early on in your career.
Lyn Boxall Lawyer Lyn Boxall LLC MOVE OVERSEAS
Leadership is not a democracy don’t be afraid of making unpopular decisions.
I moved from Melbourne to Singapore in 2000. I would tell my younger self to do that earlier.
Make time for relationships with people that really matter to you because you can’t turn back the clock.
FIND TIME FOR BUSINESS NETWORKING I worked hard and put in long hours for years. I achieved a lot, but I should have found time for business networking. Who you know counts for more than what you’ve done (so long as you’ve also done some pretty good stuff).
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not what your parents think you should do. I went back to school at age 23 to start on my path to law school; a friend went to vet school at 38. We both wish we hadn’t obeyed our parents as school-leavers.
FOCUS IS EVERYTHING it is more important than perspiration. If you are relying on passion to drive you, it can only take you so far. Do the Grind.
WHEN YOU ARE YOUNG, LEARN ALL ELEMENTS OF THE BUSINESS don’t only look for vertical promotions or expansion - a Gen Y fault. Horizontal moves within an organisation are more beneﬁcial before the age of 35.
PLACE YOURSELF IN THE INDUSTRIES THAT HAVE NATURAL GROWTH The talent of the manager or owner can only inﬂuence 30% of the result. 70% of the result is pre-determined by industry prospects. On the 18th March 1986 would you have liked to have been Harvey Norman? On the 18th March 2016 would you rather be Harvey Norman or Kogan?
Sharon Scensor Director Bergs Gourmet Burgers It’s your career. Own it. No one’s going to take you where you want to go. Recognise when it’s time to ask for what you want - you may not get it but at least you won’t be waiting for someone to read your mind. The ﬁve-year plan died four years ago. We all have goals but be ﬂexible in deﬁning your path. The world changes fast and you need to adapt. Besides, every new experience will present new options and you will want to recalibrate. Your capability will grow forever if you want it to. Don’t underestimate it. Your limits are probably greater than you’ll give yourself credit for. Just ensure it is congruent with the opportunity because the last thing you’ll want to do is promise something you can’t deliver.
Stafford Bagot Regional Managing Partner Industrial Practice Heidrick & Struggles ALWAYS BE IN LEARNING MODE I have recently started to learn Mandarin and I wish I had started earlier. My children (aged 3 and 5) are more ﬂuent than me at this stage, but I am enjoying learning more and I think it’s really more helpful, respectful and fun when interacting with clients across the region.
MEET PEOPLE I encourage others who are in any stage of their career to meet more people and you will learn loads and you will be surprised by what you learn. Don’t underestimate the knowledge and advice from experienced people. I love meeting interesting people, especially from all different walks of life.
TAKE FEEDBACK ONBOARD EVERY DAY, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT Chances are that they are sharing feedback with you because they are trying to help you and see you improve. So take the feedback and stay curious.
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AUSTCHAM’S YOUNG BUSINESS AMBASSADORS Meet our six young business leaders who have been chosen to be the first of our AustCham young business ambassadors. They are from a diverse range of industries and have all had a variety of experiences, making them strong champions for the chamber and the work we do.
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WHAT IS YOUR TOP TIP FOR ASPIRING YOUNG BUSINESS PEOPLE? Jobs are not as structured as they used to be. The ability to apply ideas from other industries and experience from across roles will be increasingly important in the future. I’m a huge advocate for a wide range of experience, both professionally and personally. In my (relatively short) career I’ve worked in automotive, banking, hospitality, IT and professional services industries. This has helped my career on numerous occasions
- for example my compliance experience is invaluable when working on innovation projects with banking clients. HOW DO YOU THINK ORGANISATIONS AND MANAGEMENT WILL CHANGE (OR SHOULD CHANGE) WITH MILLENNIAL COMING INTO THE WORKFORCE? I believe that younger professionals (as well as many older professionals) want ﬂexibility. The concept of the eight-hour work day stems from the industrial revolution. We’re now in the information age where you don’t need to be tied to a machine (or desk) to be productive.
What does this look like? The ability to take extra leave, to work from afar and not have to stay in the ofﬁce just because you don’t want to be the ﬁrst to leave. As long as the job gets done. HOW DID YOU COME TO JOIN YOUR CURRENT COMPANY? Moving away from family and friends was a big deal for me. If I was going to leave, I wanted my time in Singapore to be very different to what I had in Melbourne. In 2013 a friend from Melbourne asked if I’d lead the Southeast Asia expansion for his technology business. I jumped at the opportunity to build something for the region. It’s forced me to develop new skills, expand my networks and changed my perspectives on business in Asia. I consider it an informal MBA. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? My ﬁrst job was in the family auto repair business. I was a ‘lacky’ which meant doing preparation work for the various tradesmen and running errands for management. I loved the job because I learned about something I was passionate
about (cars) and it gave me a real-world context for my concurrent Commerce education. Despite what they say working with family was great and I hope I can do this again someday.
LEGAL & COMPLIANCE MANAGER (GENERAL LEGAL COUNSEL) INFRACO ASIA WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITIES IN YOUR INDUSTRY AT THE MOMENT? There is an oft-cited quote from the Asian Development Bank that approximately US$8 trillion (and growing) needs to be spent across
Asia in order for its various populations to fulﬁl their economic potential. These are power stations, roads, train systems, sewerage treatment plants, telecommunications towers, ports, airports, that all need to be developed and built. In Singapore, we are fortunate in terms of taking good roads and infrastructure services for granted. However, in much of emerging Asia, people are not so fortunate. If US$8 trillion is not seen as an ‘opportunity’ then I don’t know what is! WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? Playing a part in facilitating access to infrastructure to an area where before there was none. These are things we in the developed world take for granted, but imagine: taking electricity as an example; suddenly people are able to access telecommunications, internet and news from the wider world, children have the ability to study at night, women are potentially able to start home-businesses as well as potentially beneﬁting from labour saving devices, trade routes are established and people become economically better-off from the trade ACCESSASIA | WWW.AUSTCHAM.ORG.SG
As millennials go from being the upstarts to the ones on top (it’s already happened in Silicon
of goods and services and creation of jobs. I still get a thrill out of seeing it all happen.
Valley!) expect change to become the one
BEST THING ABOUT LIVING IN SINGAPORE?
constant in your organisation. ‘That’s the way
The convenience and connectivity Singapore has with the rest of the world. Changi Airport is
we’ve always done things’ will be increasingly less heard, but all the better because the world
as a whole is rapidly changing as well. That ‘annoying’ tendency to move on and change
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? I was a sales assistant at a large department
things, seen in Gen Y, will become a virtue. In an increasingly globalised and dynamic world,
store. But nothing ‘cool’ like the menswear or
if you don’t keep moving you’ll be run over!
toys’ department. They put me in dinnerware and (during the festive season) the Christmas decorations department. I became quite good
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at recognising sets of plates and decorations.
WHAT IS YOUR TOP TIP FOR ASPIRING YOUNG BUSINESS PEOPLE?
DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY? There’s no typical day in my work. I could be writing a report on the Chinese economy in the morning, meeting a counterpart at
Get out and network widely. Everyone says this
IN AN “ INCREASINGLY GLOBALISED AND DYNAMIC WORLD, IF YOU DON’T KEEP MOVING YOU’LL BE RUN OVER
Michael Feller on the virtues of Gen Y’s attitude to business.
but it can’t be overemphasised. Further, a lot of the best advances in your career happen by serendipity. For serendipity to happen, however, you need to get out there! HOW DO YOU THINK ORGANISATIONS AND MANAGEMENT WILL CHANGE (OR SHOULD CHANGE) WITH MILLENNIALS COMING INTO THE WORKFORCE? So-called millennials aren’t all the same – what group of people ever is? – but there is a tendency in this generation to be very independent, very ambitious and very forthright. Sometimes this can appear quite brash, but millennials at the same time can be the most hardworking and innovative employees you can have.
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another embassy for lunch, working on a bilateral investment program in the afternoon, helping an Australian food exporter in the early evening and then speaking at a function later. Somewhere in that day there’s likely to be an AustCham event too! WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT LIVING IN SINGAPORE? The best thing about living in Singapore is the weather. I wouldn’t have said that in my ﬁrst few weeks here, but once you get used to the heat (you need to try a couple of nights without air conditioning ﬁrst) you learn to love it. A year without winter is something you can easily get used to. My colleagues in cold Canberra don’t ever want to hear about it though.
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WHAT IS YOUR TOP TIP FOR ASPIRING YOUNG BUSINESS PEOPLE? Say yes. In the beginning say yes to meeting
WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE BIGGEST CHANGE WHEN DOING BUSINESS OVER THE NEXT 5 YEARS?
new people, going to that extra meeting, taking on that extra project, attending that
The increased globalisation of economies
WHO HAS BEEN THE MOST VALUABLE SUPPORT TO YOU IN YOUR CAREER? WHY? I have been lucky to have informal mentors who I can talk to about my industry, the region and my career choices. Having these people provide their time and stories has been really valuable to help me shape my professional career and I have also learnt a lot from how they do things, or the mistakes that they have made. My father has also provided a lot of support, advice and encouragement. HOW DO YOU THINK ORGANISATIONS AND MANAGEMENT WILL CHANGE (OR SHOULD CHANGE) WITH MILLENNIALS COMING INTO THE WORKFORCE? Millennials may be developing an undeserved reputation in the workplace, and I think there is a lot companies can learn from them. The idea of going into a company with a view to stay there for 30 years working your way up to the top isn’t relevant anymore. People may want to try different roles or industries before deciding to consciously pursue a particular path. Millennials are also conscious of sustainability and gender diversity issues and want to solve real world problems. W H AT A R E T H E B I G G E S T OPPORTUNITIES IN YOUR INDUSTRY AT THE MOMENT? Providing cost effective legal technology to clients to help with day to day legal work like due diligence, contract management and client communication will be a game changer for the legal industry. If law ﬁrms can combine this technology with strategic legal advice, this will disrupt many aspects of the traditional legal industry.
Moving forward, I think there’ll be much more emphasis on comparative management as it becomes increasingly important for companies to align their policies and strategies to the local environment in which they are competing in. HOW WOULD YOUR BOSS DESCRIBE YOUR STRENGTHS IN BUSINESS? I think he would say relationship building with both clients and within a team environment is one of my key strengths due to my transparent and honest approach. My self-efﬁciency and determined attitude are also both important when pursuing new business opportunities. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS’ TIME? In ﬁve year’s time I see myself continuing my career with Schiavello, where I’ll be leading the brand into markets that we are not currently active in. How about Texas Schiavello!? WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? Work isn’t work if you enjoy what you do. With that, seeing great results and recognition from people around me is always rewarding. I deﬁnitely work to live, not live to work if that makes sense, and the company culture supports that which makes it much easier to love what I do.
ISN’T WORK “WORK IF YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU DO
seminar in an area you know nothing about. You just don’t know what you are going to learn or who you are going to meet.
and businesses and how we as a company operate will be the biggest change over the next ﬁve years. Globalisation is really making the world a smaller place and we need to be able to react to that rapidly changing business dynamic.
Skye Nicholls on what motivates her.
SENIOR MANAGER, CAPITAL MARKETS & INVESTMENTS SERVICES, COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE BIGGEST CHANGE WHEN DOING BUSINESS OVER THE NEXT 5 YEARS? Our business is in the service sector and whilst there is a lot of talk around tech disruption, it is ultimately based on the strength of relationships, and when dealing with a unique product it is very difﬁcult to replace the value in a face to face discussion. I do see massive change in our back ofﬁce and legal processes with things like digital contracts, continuously evolving CRM tools, and with the proliferation of various free trade agreements around the region I believe we will see greater ease of cross-border capital movements between countries in APAC. WHO OR WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST VALUABLE SUPPORT TO YOU IN YOUR CAREER? WHY? The greatest support in my career has been having access to good mentors at various pivotal points. Occasionally that’s been on a once off basis, but having a sounding board at times when I’ve needed it has been very helpful. I’ve learnt that in almost all cases people who are successful are happy to give you advice and share their wisdom if you reach out to them and are respectful of their time and I hope to pay that forward. HOW DID YOU COME TO JOIN YOUR CURRENT COMPANY? I’d long had an ambition to work in Asia and was with a competitor in Australia before relocating and joining Colliers International in Hong Kong in 2011. I packed a suit, some CV’s and ﬂew to Hong Kong to meet with prospective employers and recruiters. Thankfully I had a contact with my current ﬁrm who was willing to meet and ﬂew home with a job offer in hand. Eight weeks later my wife and I sold everything and have been in Asia since. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS’ TIME? I want to continue developing professionally and move into a leadership position within my industry. A small part of this will entail further education, both formally via an MBA or AICD - type course and informally by continuously learning from those around me. The balance is going to entail hard work and some risk taking! I’d also like to be assisting the next generation of young leaders coming in to their careers. ACCESSASIA | WWW.AUSTCHAM.ORG.SG
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BUILD YOUR NETWORKS It’s often said that people do business with those they know, and joining an already established professional organisation like a business chamber, with its strong calendar of professional and social events and a wide membership of like-minded peers, is a sure way to expand your professional network.
GET ACCESS TO THE DECISION MAKERS
You may not be able to walk into the ofﬁce of your company’s boss any time you like, but at a business chamber event you’ll be free to start up a conversation. Just make sure you pick your time, and don’t overstay your welcome. (For more tips on networking read our article on page 22) .
LEARN IN A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT If you’ve just taken the big step and moved overseas chances are you will have a lot of questions – both personal and professional – and you’ll be missing your usual support network. Having a professional group who can give you frank and fearless advice based on real experiences is invaluable.
GET OPPORTUNITIES TO DIVERSIFY YOUR SKILLS
As is the case with many things, you will get out what you put in, and this is absolutely the case with your membership of a business chamber. There are many ways to get involved and diversify your skills. If you want to get experience in writing and have the opportunity to be published, offer to write an article for the magazine or their website. Think about the skills you’ll need to demonstrate in order to take the next step in your career and use your business chamber as a place to get real world experience.
GET ACCESS TO HIGH LEVEL INFORMATION A chamber will keep you informed of changes and issues that may affect your business, news on available grants and tips for doing business in the region or in a speciﬁc industry. From ministerial visits to analysis of major world events, a business chamber will ensure you are across the current issues.
While this isn’t the sole reason you should join a business chamber, who would turn their nose up at free access to a ﬂight lounge or special rates when dining at world class restaurants? (You can ﬁnd our most updated membership card offers on page 32).
A BUSINESS CHAMBER IS NOT A SOCIAL CLUB Your membership of a business chamber will speak to your professionalism and your commitment to building your corporate network. It’s recognisable and well respected. While social clubs certainly have their place, a business chamber membership shows that you are actively seeking to establish yourself as a professional business person. And who knows, someone on the panel of your next job interview could be a member of the same chamber who was impressed by a thoughtful question you asked at a recent event. ACCESSASIA | WWW.AUSTCHAM.ORG.SG
Developing your Director Career The role of a Director offers many opportunities. You can make a difference to the performance of a company, you can guide the strategic direction of an organisation, and you can support the CEO and provide stewardship which can impact the lives of thousands of people in those companies as well as beneﬁt shareholders.
Your Director Career” with Steven Cole FAICD.
There are the downsides of course. The public scrutiny when things go wrong, the many hours of meetings, dysfunctional directors, bad board dynamics, activist shareholders, ignorant media and grumpy shareholders. The list goes on.
Cole joined his ﬁrst board 20 years ago as a 44-year-old solicitor, running a practice employing 300 in Perth.
But despite the downsides, many people wish to become a Director. Some view this role as the pinnacle in their glittering career they wish to “give back”, to contribute to community in the form of an NFP Board role. These roles require substantial time and Directors are required to share their insight, intellect and energy with an organisation about which they are passionate, in the arts, health care, children’s issues or sport. So whatever your intentions, your interests or your skills, how do you develop your director career? There is not one right path, not one blue print for gaining a board role. But from AICD’s many years of providing Director education and programs, our membership services for our thousands of members, we can offer some tips and takeaways to help you start that journey. AICD will deliver a roadshow in Singapore in late April, which will focus on the topic “Developing
We sat down recently with Steven and asked him to share his insights. Aspiring board directors need to start planning early says Steven Cole, who sits on a number of publicly listed, government and not-for-proﬁt boards.
“I always tell people to start planning for those 10 to 15 years in advance by broadening their skills and expanding their networks’. Can you give some examples of the skills you think are important to acquire? “Listening skills are vital as well as comprehension - the ability to sift through an awful lot of information and distil it. The ability to make a point, make it well and make it succinctly. The gentle art of coercion, bringing people along and selling an idea. Being able to challenge someone’s idea without offending them.” Is the not-for-proﬁt sector a legitimate pathway for those looking for a company directorship? “I think it’s overstated. If you went onto a NFP board for the purpose of trying to build a network to get onto a company board, you’re doing it for all the wrong reasons. And you’ll probably be disappointed with the outcome. But you can also learn so much from the NFP
sector - there are different styles of governance, it’s more relationship driven, community based and mission focused rather than ﬁnancially focused, not that ﬁnancial discipline is not important. It’s a great opportunity for someone to engage and enrich their own experience and a chance to mix with a broader range of community and business leaders. The networking potential is certainly there - don’t underestimate that. Finally, it’s a great chance to feel good about yourself and give a little bit back”. There is never one “right” way to get on a board, as many paths can lead to the same outcome. However through the thousands of members, courses and events that AICD has delivered over the past 20 years, there are a number of key takeaways that we share with those members who are keen to start their Director career. Whilst simple, they are easy to remember; 1. It is a marathon - not a sprint. Start early; 2. Networks, networks, networks - they matter more than you think; 3. Do your due diligence before joining a board; 4. Make sure you craft your “Director” CV; 5. Have the training and credentials and know what you can offer a board. Suzanne Ardagh MAICD Manager, International Division Australian Institute of Company Directors
Steven Cole will present the AICD workshop “Developing Your Director Career” in Singapore on Thursday 28 April. Full details can be found at www.aicd.com.au/events
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DO’S & DONT’S OF NETWORKING Networking events can present great opportunity but can also be a mineﬁeld of potential mistakes and embarrassing faux pas. Many regular attendees to networking events will have a story or two about ﬁnding themselves in a sales pitch or in a one sided conversation about the other person. So how do you walk that ﬁne line between being conﬁdent and meeting new people, and being remembered for the wrong reasons? Annette Tilbrook has been Executive Director of AustCham for 8 years hosting well over 250 networking events and she’s seen what makes an impression, be it good or bad. “Networking events are a core part of the calendar for the Chamber, and the most impressive and successful networkers I’ve 22
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seen are the people who read a room well. They look for someone they recognise or pick an appropriate opportunity to move into a group. “How you start a conversation is also very important, successful networkers ask questions about the other person rather than jumping into a sales pitch about themselves. If you start the event with the attitude that you want to meet people who are interesting to know, it can lead to many good relationships. “Handing out sales material or being too overt about trying to promote yourself is just not a good way to network at our events, people don’t respond well to it at all. If I see someone who looks like they are doing this I try and introduce myself, have a bit of a chat
about why they are here and what they are looking to gain, and gently let them know that this is just not how our events work.” Overseeing events gives a different perspective to people who are taking part, so what do people who regularly get approached at networking functions think makes a good impression? Ian Macdonald, President of Hong Leong Finance Ltd said one of the most important things to do at these events is not to gravitate to friends and people you already know well. “Make sure that you do meet new people. It is easy to spend time with friends and acquaintances and miss the opportunity of adding to your network of contacts,” he said. “I think that an important thing to do when you meet people at these functions is to
discuss positive things, be humourous and ask questions. In my experience people deﬁnitely respond much better to positive or humorous exchanges and are open to dialogue where you ask questions about the person you are chatting with.” Ian said his biggest bugbear is people that want to sell you something in the ﬁrst sentence. “This is people who are only interested in selling you something and those who only want to talk about themselves and what they are doing. It shows they do not have any interest in you and your views or line of business.” Andrew O’Brien, General Manager, Southeast Asia, India, Middleeast and Africa
with Treasury Wine Estates said for him the people who leave a lasting impression have a positive and open demeanour. “It’s really annoying when someone is talking to you but they keep looking around the room to see if there are any other ‘important’ people there. Similarly people who are enthusiastic in talking to you up to the point where they deem you aren’t ‘useful’ to them, because you’re not in the same industry or not who they consider important.
interested in you and what you do, and ask pertinent questions. “Approaching people with sincerity and making sure you’re present in the moment is really important,” he said. “You never know how the person you meet will have an impact on your life – so never be dismissive of anyone and be genuinely interested in the people you talk to, even if they are not from your industry. They may likely know someone who is - the world we live in is very small after all!”
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1. Grant sharing his career journey with our members over breakfast 2. Richard Coney, Ben Smith and Erica Marcellan 3. Elliot Goon, Aemelia Grounds and Michael Feller 4. Sally Trethewie, Annette Tilbrook, Grant Kelley and Daniel Song 5. Guests enjoy the opportunity to network before breakfast commenced 6. Guest speaker Grant Kelley has a chat with Sam Biggins and Ben Smith
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SPECIAL BREAKFAST: REGIONAL ECONOMIC UPDATE Wed 9 March 2016 Our recent Special Breakfast focused on the latest economic forecasts for Singapore and the Southeast Asian region. Glenn Maguire, ANZ’s Chief Economist shared his expert opinion on the global and regional economic outlook, implications of recent geopolitical events and the impact on the market.
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SINGAPORE DESIGN AWARDS Congratulations to AustCham board member Derek MacKenzie and the team at designphase dba on winning Gold at the Singapore Design Awards. The Awards honour outstanding designers, design students and design practices from across the world and it is one of the leading design awards in Southeast Asia.
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Law businesses with market-leading positions in Europe, Asia and Australia. The business now has seven ofﬁces, over 600 lawyers and a world-class client base comprising over 500 companies. The deal is the ﬁrst cross-continent merger of its type.
Derek MacKenzie said the award was certainly recognition of the hard work and creativity of his team, he couldn’t neglect to say thanks to the ﬁrm’s clients who trusted in the designphase
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We recently welcomed to Singapore new AustCham members VisitCanberra, in town to promote the wonderful things Australia’s capital has to offer. They bought with them a pop-up food and tourism trade mission with well over 20 providers to showcase what you can find in the Australian Capital Territory. Much more than the political capital of Australia, Canberra offers great food, wine and cultural experiences. From stunning natural landscapes to a thriving live music scene and wonderful restaurants and bars, Canberra really is forging ahead with a vibrant new identity. AUSTCHAM SINGAPORE
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