7 Questions with Dr. Michael Lee
Name: Dr. Michael Lee
Current title: Founder / Chairman
Current organisation: Finteix Energy Inc.
I’m serial entrepreneur with businesses in Asia North America
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
The most challenging thing is to keep our family style culture.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I built my reputation as an executive through my participation in several restructuring and turnarounds of a few Fortune 500 corporations in the 90’s.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I’m a very early bird, after waking up at 5am I do 20 minutes meditation, I reply emails check my to do list for the day, around 7am I eat my jogging breakfast and at 8am get in to the office, during the day if I have no meeting I focus on talking to my executives and try to run up our efficiency as a company, in late afternoon I talk to our staff and see if we are on schedule and meeting our customer expectations.
Evening I try to spend with my daughter so she knows I’m always making time to spend with her, the rest of the evening it’s my wife no phone no computer or work, I try to set full life balance and healthy life style. I usually get 6 hours sleep per night.
4. What’s the most recent significant leadership lesson you’ve learned?
I believe COVID-19 was a big lesson to show care and make sure our work environment is safe and healthy to all of our employees from cleaning staff to all our executives.
5. What one book has had the most profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
I believe there were just too many books as I’m a bookworm, but a recent book called Aftermath talking about the financial sector and economy strikes me more than any other book as I know being a leader we need to make sure in any situation our staff comes first. In crisis situation a good leader will take the hit to protect his loyal employees
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
Lead by example is the best way, you grow leaders by showing them your hands-on if necessary.
7. If you had to pick just one story, what would be the most meaningful story from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
I believe turning around Ericsson APAC in 2.5 from US$600M deficit to US$2.7B profit was the biggest story of my career so far as an executive.