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Cheryl Liew Chng, Founder of The 24-Hour Woman

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For women who want an ‘excellent’ work life balance, find out how you can be a 24-hour woman…

What’s your story?
After serving in leadership positions in multiple industries, I founded LifeWorkz and created The 24-Hour WomanTM, working with women professionals and entrepreneurs to thrive in their business and live a vibrant, happy and fulfilled life.

Inspired by my CEO who encouraged me to have an excellent life, I relished motherhood  while pursuing a master’s degree and holding down a full-time job. I realized then it was possible for women to succeed in the workplace as well.

Now as an award winning coach and bestselling author, I have worked with 5000 women globally witnessing their transitions to what they define as an excellent life.

What excites you most about your industry?
There are more opportunities now than ever in the personal development and leadership arena in an increasingly complex world. However, the problem is that as the opportunities for women in the corporate and entrepreneurial world increase, so do the demands on their personal and professional lives.

That’s where The 24-Hour Woman comes in as a platform for women’s personal and leadership development. This is an extremely exciting time to be interacting with women across Asia and see their transformation impact their families, workplaces and the next generation.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I’m a true blue Singaporean, although I have worked and lived in different parts of the world. My work has brought me to different parts of Asia, where I truly love experiencing the beauty of it’s diversity.

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Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore for its infrastructure and accessibility to networks of resources online and offline.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Don’t let your small business make you small minded. This has helped me reach out to collaborate with others, make what seem to be impossible “asks”, and see how the impossible unfolds. My God has a bigger vision for my life than I can ever imagine.

Who inspires you?
Individuals who push the boundaries and inspire others to be more and step into their higher self. I’m blessed to personally know some of the individuals who inspire me most, including Pastor Joseph Prince, Brendon Burchard, Shaa Wasmund, Claire Chiang, and Dr Jennifer Lee. There are also others whom I’ve only read about, like Queen Esther (her story from the bible), Steve Jobs and Chanel.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Change your brain, change your life. I read Daniel Amen’s work (which is based on 83,000 brain scans), where he shows how this one focused action alone can literally rewire your brain and improve your life dramatically.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would have made my transition from the corporate arena to entrepreneurship much earlier and built strong foundations to be able to springboard that which matters most to me – building sustainable businesses that will take care of my family and bless others (while sharing my message that life truly can be excellent).

How do you unwind?
I love to play with my boys in fixing their lego pieces to create structures or play classical pieces on the piano. I can really feel the tension leave when I have this quality time with them.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
I often take off for short breaks in the Taichung Region in Taipei. I particularly LOVE spending time at the relaxing Lavender Cottage area for a couple of days. There are no cell phones, and no tourists, and it’s a space to refresh and take walks (particularly in the lovely weather between Nov and April) and experience the lovely aroma of the fields and the fresh baked goods of the Cottage café.

Everyone in business should read this book:
I highly recommend The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive, by Brendon Burchard, the founder of High Performance Academy and author of several New York Times #1 bestsellers. He is also one of the top business and motivational trainers in the world. This book completely changes how you think about your life, igniting within you a new internal drive to be more, do more, and give more. It’s an awesome book for anyone in business (or otherwise) who wants to perform at higher levels of joy, engagement, and productivity.

Shameless plug for your business:
I work with women professionals and entrepreneurs to help them thrive in their work and live a vibrant life. As an award winning coach and an international best selling author, I have worked with 5000 women globally over the last 5 years.
In celebration of my brand new book being an international bestseller, I’m giving away a free course (valued @ $147) here called The Way of the 24-Hour Woman: 10 Practical Principles For Living a Happy, Vibrant, and Fulfilled Life
You can click here to get it: http://bit.ly/24HWAsianE_FreeCourse

The 24-Hour Woman hosts events – online and live events, webcasts and summits all around the world for leaders who care about women’s’ talents and women who want to thrive in their work and live a vibrant, happy and fulfilled life. Get connected with us at www.the24hourwoman.com

How can people connect with you?
Meet Cheryl Liew-Chng at www.LifeWorkz.asia Or www.The24HourWoman.com
Join the 24-hour woman community at www.fb.com/The24HourWoman
Subscribe to free training at https://www.youtube.com/user/The24HourWoman
Connect with Cheryl via Linkedin: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/cherylliewchng

Twitter handle?
@The24HourWoman

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

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Callum 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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Mark Winterton, General Manager of InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay

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Mark Winterton has dedicated his life to achieving unparalleled and extraordinary guest experiences in the hospitality industry.

What’s your story?
I’m a seasoned hospitality professional with over twenty years international experience launching luxury brands, repositioning existing brands and driving innovation for some of the world’s most successful hotels.

As General Manager of InterContinental® Singapore Robertson Quay, I’m responsible for the strategic positioning of the property as the next generation of the InterContinental hotel brand and have been spearheading the hotel since its opening in October 2017, with the goal of achieving a unique and unrivalled market positioning as Singapore’s most luxurious residential hotel.

I started my career with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) in 1995 and have since been dedicating myself towards achieving perfection. I find immense fulfillment in leading my team towards achieving extraordinary and unparalleled guest experiences.

What excites you most about your industry?
The hospitality industry boasts an extremely dynamic landscape, and we are always seeing new hotels opening alongside the entry of burgeoning brands. This growth has, over time developed positive competition and generated positive driving forces that have elevated the overall standard of the industry in Singapore. The industry has a dynamic landscape. There are many opportunities to bring the right people together and create amazing teams to launch or reposition hotels. The process of creating teams, inspiring individuals and then working together to bring a project to life is where I find the excitement lies.

What’s your connection to Asia?
The lure of Asia has always been very strong for foreign economies and companies, with great accessibility to new opportunities, customers, consumers and clients. My first foray into Asia was back in 2007, when I launched Crowne Plaza Changi Airport in Singapore. Following that, I was also based in Bangkok for a couple of years for the rebranding of Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park. Over my years in Asia, I have had the opportunity to truly immerse myself in new cultures, establish new connections with key counterparts and friends; and these have further solidified my interest in and strengthened my connection to Asia.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Definitely Singapore. Commonly known as the gateway to Asia, we’ve been blessed with a stable government, a sound political economy and a comprehensive infrastructure for reliable business operations. With tremendous efforts put in by the Singapore Tourism Board towards elevating the city as an attractive venue for visitors, the growth of Singapore as a key MICE destination, coupled with a cosmopolitan pool of talent, Singapore remains my favourite city in Asia for business.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“You can never be 100% ready for a new role.” I believe that there will always be room for growth and learning on the job. As long as a person is 80% ready for a new role, the opportunity should be extended. I am a strong believer in the development of people and the grooming of talent, and this piece of advice has allowed me to take more chances on people I’ve worked with and developed over the years.

Who inspires you?
Simon Sinek, a speaker with TED Talk.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
I don’t think I can pinpoint just one lesson learnt recently, as learning is an ongoing process. No matter how small a piece of knowledge may seem, it should be valued. Everyday is a journey of learning and development.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Nothing at all. I don’t believe in regrets and everything that has happened thus far, has had a part to play in who I am and where I stand today.

How do you unwind?
Spending time with friends over relaxed conversations and wine or working my green fingers in my balcony garden.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Bali. It’s one destination where I’ve always returned to, simply because it offers me the same level of comfort and familiarity each time I return. It’s where I can feel most relaxed, yet still be able to enjoy the vibrant dining scene.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott.

Shameless plug for your business:
Officially opened on 12 October 2017, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is the first international luxury hotel brand situated at Robertson Quay. Set amidst a dynamic, sophisticated neighbourhood along the Singapore River, known for its dining options and arts houses, the luxury residential-inspired hotel has been carefully curated by world-­class designers, architects and culinary purveyors. Located minutes away from the CBD, the hotel still maintains a stylish but laid back, relaxed feel in the leafy, upscale neighbourhood of Robertson Quay. The hotel offers 225 luxurious studios and suites, including an expansive Penthouse, which has unparalleled views of both the Singapore River and vibrant city via floor-­to-­ceiling windows.

The residential-­inspired property combines elements from Robertson Quay’s industrial and intriguing past with sleek contemporary finishes whilst seamlessly blending into the residential surrounds. Light-­filled room interiors have been designed to magnify the familiar comforts of home where guests may enjoy bespoke amenities such as a specially designed in-­room cocktail kit.

Established as part of a holistic dining and lifestyle destination, the hotel boasts a wide range of restaurant and bar concepts. Flagship restaurant Publico, representing the central core of Italian culture, is a multi-­concept dining destination comprising a variety of Italian experiences under one roof – a neighbourhood deli and bar and a ristorante with adjoining terrazzo by the river. Other highlights throughout the hotel include New York institution Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, and a bar and dining concept from the team behind Izy Sushi. Over 40 other dining options await at the hotel doorstep, in The Quayside precinct.

How can people connect with you?
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markwinterton1/

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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Joel Tay, CEO of Soft Space

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With a desire to run his own business, Joel Tay wanted to tick two boxes first – trying his hand in the corporate world and knowing the business he wanted to end up in.

What’s your story?
I’ve always wanted to run my own business. Before that, I needed to fulfill two important things. The first thing, having a corporate foundation, and the second, knowing the business that I’m getting into. First of all, after gaining experience with Ernst and Young, I started a school in Jakarta with my mother, who used to be a teacher. Some of my ex-colleagues laughed at me for doing this instead of working towards partnership like everybody else.

While the school was running, I returned to the corporate world because I was given a chance to try out something I’ve always wanted to try, consulting in IT Security, and this time with PwC. In my second return to the business world, I never looked back. I started a mobile device distribution company with friends, and later on diversified into IT Consulting in Mobile Device Management, and subsequently ended up in the payments business.

Today I manage Soft Space – a company thriving in the payments industry with a group of talented colleagues and engineers. The school I mentioned earlier is now in 8 different locations across Jakarta serving more than one thousand students.

What excites you most about your industry?
Payments are evolving so quickly; there’s so much to learn. No one can really say that they know everything there is to know about payments. I have learnt so much going from one country to another learning each time how payments work uniquely in each society.

What’s your connection to Asia?
Asia is Soft Space’s focus. We strongly believe that markets in Asia will be the primary drivers and innovators in the payments space for years to come.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Bangkok. I have a great business partner there, the banks are innovative, the market is huge and the people are creative.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
My parents reading Matthew 6:33 to me: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” This has taught me to prioritise the important things in life, and then everything else will fall into place according to God’s will.

Who inspires you?
My father and my Godfather. Both are men of principles who are very successful in their own trade, loving to their families and God-fearing.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
The amount of money technology companies in the US lost in 2017. In Asia, and in particular SEA, investors won’t take two glances at your company if you’re not profitable to begin with.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Learn Mandarin. When I was young, my teacher gave a group of us a choice – attend Mandarin classes or wash school toilets. Every time I hear my colleagues laugh when I try to speak Mandarin, I think of that moment when we walked towards the toilet.

How do you unwind?
I watch movies with my wife. It takes us to another world and back to reality in two hours. No vacation can be so fast and effective.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Bali. Friendly people, great resorts and good restaurants.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. There are many lessons to be learned from the man who had it all, lost it all, and earned it back again.

Shameless plug for your business:
No one can claim to have one solution that fits all in payments. Your needs are always different and unique to the market you’re operating in. I’d like to think that we’ve been around the industry long enough to be able to advise and customise something for you. https://www.softspace.com.my/about-us

How can people connect with you?
I’m always just an email away – [email protected]

Twitter handle?
@crusaderdotcom

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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