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Catherine Molloy, Director of Auspac Business Advantage

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Catherine Molloy has enjoyed adapting to the Asian culture and way of life and is well and truly grounded across Asia with her businesses.

What’s your story?
We grow businesses and create courage and confidence through communication and our leadership programs. When I started my training company in 2010 I made a pledge to donate 10% of my earnings to worthy causes. Since 2012 I have been fundraising for orphans in Uganda and every 2 years we have been able to go over to Uganda and assist in the construction of their houses. I am a mother to 3 young adults and 2 dogs as well as being a wife, a daughter, a sister, friend, business owner, philanthropist, speaker, author and trainer.

What excites you most about your industry?
I am a learner so being in the field of training and education is the best job in the world. Every day I get paid to research and develop programs and facilitate the delivery. I love to take these tools to the wider audience so as to help clients increase sales, service and leadership with the overarching tool being communication. I get to meet 1000s of people globally and am able to see the differences and similarities of cultures and all human behaviour. I am blessed to be able to make friends worldwide whilst making a difference to their income, happiness and purpose.

What’s your connection to Asia?
My father read me beautifully illustrated books from China from a young age and one of my favourites was Tikki Tikki Tembo which I still have today. From the age of eighteen and onwards, I travelled to a lot of Asian countries loving the food, learning to communicate non verbally and loving the people I met. Four years ago I started working internationally. I am on the education task force for our council and I was asked to speak in China and from there, I have been invited back each year since to speak and train. I also worked in India last year and have been invited back again this year. I have worked in Singapore and Hong Kong this year with the main focus being to partner in Singapore and Shanghai to establish a soft skills training company. I also assist new Australian exporters research their product in different Asian countries with the view of exporting their products.

 

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
China was the first Asian country I was contracted to deliver speaking and workshops to. I love their food, their kindness, their humility and forgiving ways. Even though I am emotionally intelligent and train in this area I’m sure there are still a lot of customs I don’t know. I love working in Xiamen as it is near the beach and when I get a break I always head there for a rest under a tree. I have forged friendships with a number of people there and enjoy their food banquets and hospitality. I absolutely love eating with chopsticks much better than a knife and fork and love my soup breakfasts. I really enjoy working with simultaneous translators and have had awesome results at conferences because of these wonderful people. I am always inspired greatly by the people I meet and how much the Asians love to learn. My field of soft skills are now regarded as an important priority for people to get a job; stay happy and work effectively in teams. Working in countries where English is a second language means I am pushed to communicate in many different ways. Every time I have been to China (where I love the people), Hong Kong (I love the nightlife), India (I love the dancing) and Singapore (I love the business connections), I have successfully sealed a deal, so my communication skills are at a master level now!

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Believe in yourself, your business and your ideas. I truly believe each person on this planet is enough. I am enough and you are enough, and each and every day we can make a difference … Even if it is only smiling at a stranger.

Who inspires you?
I love Richard Branson for his simple methods of building teams. My parents for unconditional love and belief in me even though I lost them at a young age. My children for their love and support. My husband for his behind the scenes help in setting up events, training rooms and looking after the home when I am travelling and working in different countries. My team – all legends in their own right. All people who give from their heart. Eckhart Tolle, the author, for his inspiration and genius in understanding the human conditions which map my discoveries.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
That so many of us are polymaths (someone of wide knowledge or learning). I love this word and I didn’t know I was one.
That all minds are Maya and eventually everyone will not be happy for some reason and that all the skills I have learnt and teach make a real difference to leading a better life and creating a bigger picture of happiness.
That everyone can achieve operational excellence and when put into place will encourage self-leadership and create performance at a higher level.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Believed in myself at a younger age. Commenced my soft skills training company earlier instead of running and owning a registered training company that was governed by government funding. Developing, researching, training and education is my great passion and I discovered at the age of 10 how much I loved teaching and learning and should have completed my bachelor in my teenage years. I have loved every experience I have had and the things I have been able to learn in each job.

How do you unwind?
Wherever I am or whatever country I am in, if I can get to the beach and put my feet in the sand – that is an awesome feeling and something which soothes my soul.
I also enjoy being absorbed in a good book, dancing, walking and swimming. Last time I was in China I climbed a 3000 ft mountain.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
There are too many to pick just one. I like the places with great food, culture, beach and surf. I have just spent 10 days relaxing and surfing in Bali, as well as visiting a few schools there. I truly can relax anywhere and I also make sure when I’m working, that I take a few days after to see the sights and become part of the country, mix with the people and eat the food, and if I get to dance well that’s just a bonus!

Everyone in business should read this book:
A NEW EARTH. Awakening to your life’s purpose….by Eckhart Tolle it was released in 2005 and The Million Dollar Handshake – How to powerfully connect in Business and Life by Catherine Molloy being released in March 2018! Both are self-help books.

Shameless plug for your business:
This year we have have won international awards for training and leadership around positive growth for business through sales and leadership. We also won an Asia Pacific award for the development and implementation of our conscious connection framework where we get to make a difference in the way we self lead and communicate to ourselves and others. ‘The Million Dollar Handshake, how to powerfully connect in business and life’ has been delivered this year in Australia, New Zealand, China, Singapore and India. The book is now having the finishing touches applied for release for the new business year in 2018. It’s all about learning how to make yourself and others feel a million dollars by creating a level playing field for win-win results. It’s about making and keeping great connections as well as sealing deals and working internationally for successful business growth. It is aimed at the corporate world and universities to use for their students as they step out into the business world. It is a soft skill book working with proven tools for hard core business results. Also a plug for B1G1 as you create a better business, you will find the need to give is strong. When you give, so too shall you receive. We encourage people to have fun in their business to laugh and play, as business should be a little like kindergarten was when you were young, a place where you have fun and create the outcomes you would like to see in the world. These simple tools, skills and mindset lead to better business practices and a better and happier work place for all. Contact us if you would like an education framework tailored for your business with your people and outcomes in mind. Enjoy better results, play a bigger game and get ready for business growth. See our website for testimonials.

How can people connect with you?
Website: www.catherinemolloy.com.au
Email: [email protected]
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherinemolloy/
Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/catherinemolloykeynotespeaker/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catherinemolloyspeaker/
Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc07VCr2KtVOCtxM2m4gjlg

This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:

CallumConnectsCallum Laing invests and buys small businesses in a range of industries around Asia. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is the founder & owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 12 countries. He is a Director of, amongst others, Key Person of Influence. A 40 week training program for business owners and executives.

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Joelle Ung, Founder of Treasure Unity

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Joelle’s entrepreneurial journey has been an interesting one, leading her to the world of network marketing, enabling her to help other entrepreneurs succeed.

What’s your story?
The sense of wanting to make an impact, of needing to add value to ‘something,’ be it focused on business or peoples’ lives, has led me, through many failures, to where I am now, the food and beverage manufacturing industry. My entrepreneurial journey began as a wedding planner. Then, having tasted initial success, my desire to find meaningful business mentors brought me to the world of network marketing.
Having benefited from the teachings of my mentor, plus the time I spent growing up as the daughter of a great father, I realised that the urge to ‘pay it forward,’ by mentoring future entrepreneurs and helping my colleagues, other entrepreneurs to succeed, had become a personal mission.
The Honest Living Program, owned by my current company, Treasure Unity, is a realisation of that dream. The program opens up learning opportunities for women under duress, underprivileged women and single mothers. It provides a platform from which I am able to teach, imparting people skills and the art of presentation through the day-to-day program. It is absolutely free.

What excites you most about your industry?
To be able to keep adding values to others. On stage or off, it doesn’t matter. I enjoy every call I receive, every appointment that is set up, every individual I have met, and have yet to meet. There is only one agenda, and that is to add value to the person I am speaking to.

What’s your connection to Asia?
Having lived in Singapore and Malaysia for the past 39 years, my heart is impacting the people in Asia.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Because of the people who live there, and because there are no barriers to communication for me.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Don’t make any decision out of confusion, disappointment or anger. Decisions should always be made with a restful heart.

Who inspires you?
Walt Disney: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
My husband is an ‘overcomer’ who had a near fatal stroke 18 years ago. He lost the ability to practice his dream career as a medical doctor, yet he chose to be a prisoner of hope rather than be a prisoner within his body, and he has never indulged in self-pity.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Lately, I have learned to be still when an opponent strikes at me. It works! You do not need to immediately rebut an opponent. He, or she, will most probably be waiting for a reaction. When they don’t get one, when you remain still and unmoved, you become unpredictable. They do not know your next move.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would have sought advice from more wise counsellors before making major decisions, especially if finance or investments were involved.

How do you unwind?
Sometimes I like to take a short getaway or, on a daily basis, I read bible verses that I find uplifting.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Penang. It is close to home and you can get a premium service at an affordable cost. Also, I can pack light, and it is easy to find anything and everything there.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Like a Virgin, by Richard Branson

Shameless plug for your business:
Become an irresistible woman with substance! We will bring out your natural leadership skills through the Honest Living Program.

How can people connect with you?
They can connect with me by email [email protected], through WhatsApp 92300071, or they can call me on my mobile.

Twitter handle?
My twitter account is inactive. @ungjoelle @treasureunity

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

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Ee Ling, Co-founder & CEO of Smarter Me

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Ee Ling, co-founder and CEO of Smarter Me, took a leap of faith to pursue the startup route. She is using her life learnings to better prepare the next generation for the technology-charged future.

What’s your story?
I’m Ee Ling, co-founder and CEO of Smarter Me, an edtech company. Before this, I was an Investment Banker for almost a decade, clocking 100-hour work weeks working on transactions in South East Asia. I loved every bit of it – the intensity, challenges and endless learning.
When I became a VP, I started covering the technology, consumer and retail industries – and it struck me – how much technology could improve daily lives and solve real-life problems which we have always taken as the status quo. Specifically, I was more and more convinced of the vast potential of using technology to solve real-life parenting challenges.
So in 2016, I took a leap of faith and quit investment banking to pursue the startup route!

What excites you most about your industry?
For decades and centuries, education has remained largely unchanged. The subjects taught in our parents’ generation are the same as those being taught today to our children. Yes, some schools are adopting more technology – apps and hardware – than others, and Singapore was recently ranked as being at the forefront of preparing kids for jobs of the future. But there’s still a lot to evolve and change.
The majority of children still do not have the opportunity to learn coding, robotics, entrepreneurship and digital art – key “hard skills” for the fourth industrial revolution. Beyond that, what I’m super passionate about is helping kids understand their purpose and goal in life, to discover themselves. I’m so excited about the changes that can take place in education, it’s just dependent on how open we are to driving and embracing such changes.

What’s your connection to Asia?
Asia is home. I was born and bred in Malaysia, and moved to Singapore almost 7 years ago.

 

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore, without a doubt. The Government’s support for innovation and startups is immense, coupled with a strong infrastructure that makes almost everything possible. But if any opportunity presents itself, I would also try setting up a business in Hong Kong. It’s another melting pot of cultures and simply bustling with action.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Run your own race. Most of us grew up working towards a future that was defined by our parents (who wanted only the best for us) and shaped by society around us – but what happens then is that we do it not for ourselves, but for the recognition and validation from others.
Now I ask myself, what race am I running? I should re-define what success means to
me, and let that be the guiding principle to all my actions. It doesn’t matter what naysayers say, as long as I hold true to myself.

Who inspires you?
It may sound like a cliché, but this goes to my husband and my kids. His ‘everything is possible’ mindset has pushed me to explore business directions and my own personal development far beyond my comfort zone. Before we started this entrepreneurship journey together, I had serious doubts about the success of working with one’s spouse. We were such opposites. But I’ve come to realise that he compliments me professionally, and challenges me to be the better version of myself.
My kids also inspire me. Parenting is tough! In order to be able to guide them, I find myself needing to grow more and develop myself further and that has motivated me to keep learning.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
I’ve recently discovered Mindvalley. There are so many teachings by global thought leaders there that have blown me away. I am inspired by these life educators including Vishen Lakhiani, Robin Sharma, Jon Butcher and so many more. They are able to inspire individuals and enact changes in mindsets and lifestyle, and to make individuals more in tune with themselves. These are the true changemakers and they have inspired me to embark on the journey of inspiring young children.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Nothing. I believe everything happens for a reason at the right time, and I value the experience and knowledge that I have gained through my banking days.
If there’s just one thing, it would be that I would have taken up more personal mastery courses and kept growing myself. I was too busy being busy back then.

How do you unwind?
This one’s easy. I love reading a book in bed as my pre-bedtime routine.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
I would have to say Japan and Bali. To me, a good holiday is defined by the food I had – so Japan wins hands down in that aspect. But Bali is the epitome of relaxation, whether you choose to be hanging out on a cliff, by the beach, or in a paddy field, and coupled with the wide variety of quality food options – ranging from local Balinese food to hipster cafes. Bali also holds a special place in my heart as it’s where I got married!

Everyone in business should read this book:
I know quite a few have said this, but I have to go with ‘Start With Why’ by Simon Sinek. I think it’s vital to not just understand your ‘ikigai’, your “Why do I get up in the morning,” on a personal level, but also learning how to apply it to your business and communicate it to your employees and customers. It’s quite the game changer. (I’m still reading his new one – Leaders Eat Last). I also like Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger, which sheds light on what makes things go viral.

Shameless plug for your business:
Smarter Me was formed to inspire children to discover, grow and live their passion.
We believe that education for children can be more relevant and realistic, to better prepare them for the technology – charged future. We believe that education can be more meaningful when children understand who they are, what their purpose in life is, and why they learn what they learn. We believe in making quality education accessible to all children.
We believe that the children of today are not yet sufficiently exposed to the skillset which they need for the future, and so this year, we will be releasing a series of curated and holistic classes which not only equip children with key skills in coding, robotics and entrepreneurship, but more importantly, with core 21st century skills which will hopefully better prepare them for the future. Do check out our site if you are a parent!

How can people connect with you?
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ee-ling-lim-36ab3a29/
Email: [email protected]

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

Connect with Callum here:
twitter.com/laingcallum
linkedin.com/in/callumlaing
Download free copies of his books here: www.callumlaing.com

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