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7 Questions with John Yip
Name: John Yip
Current title: President CEO
Current organisation: Ever Wonder Solutions
I spent the last 27 years of my career as an investment banker. I was made redundant in 2020 on the pretext of COVID-19 pandemic and how the pandemic adversely affected the business. Despite such discouraging development in my life, I was fortunate that I prepared myself, a new second career in 2017. Juggling 2 careers at one time beginning 2017 was not incredibly fun nor easy. My second career in e-commerce suffered as it received the least of attention from me, right up until the time I was made redundant. I am turbo charging my e-commerce career with vigour and rigour. So far, there have been more misses than goal scoring in my e-commerce career. My young business has yet to turn in a profit since 2H 2020. I am still hopeful despite the challenges that I have to countenance in using a myriad of Apps to run my ecommerce business. I realised that being an entrepreneur demands all of my time and focused attention. The road to my eventual financial independence is now ladened with a great many obstacles whose resolutions require a calm and collected composure in response. I am working on improving my time management skill and strengthening the psychology of seeing and seeking positivity in all instances.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
People management and politicking
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
My ability to deal with regulators and clients as well as my strategic thinking capability were required to make sense of and manage a far flung business unit left behind from the merger.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Start off with doing the mundane stuff that I have to do before graduating to work necessity.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Bide your time, quick or first to react and respond may not necessarily be the most ideal
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
I do not have a book in mind. I read about Ho Chi Minh and how he inspired and motivated the downcasted lot to rise up against inequality brought to bear by the French imperialist yoke. Ho did not finish law despite his rather privileged upbringing. Neither did he attend military school but Who was able to articulate and inspire his message, strategies and tactics so well that motivated and spurred those who are lesser endowed in material possession, technical knowledge, and confidence to eke out a better life, to join and even sacrifice for a cause notwithstanding the apparent bleakness to succeed.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
Give people a sense of ownership and shared responsibility.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
Listen to your direct reportee as to the ways that can be used to improve a process.