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Master Hui and Feng Shui

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Many non-believers may liken the art of Feng Shui to pure hokum, but with his many years of experience with feng shui, Goh Chuen Meng, or better known as Master Hui, has worked hard to dispel such myths commonly associated with the practice. Master Hui explains that Feng Shui is actually based on the natural study of energy and magnetic fields founded on a system of science and knowledge. While Master Hui believes that destiny is in one’s hand, he recognises that one can make use of Feng Shui remedies to improve one’s fate, fortune, health and love related aspects of their lives. Master Hui emphasises on a Chinese proverb: “The land where a good person lives is a land of happiness and on each land of happiness lives a good person.”

Master Hui believes firmly that one who acts in kindness towards others will be naturally rewarded with good things and get to know the right people, who will in turn be able to offer him assistance.

Master Hui started plying his trade in 1986 and has offered Feng Shui consultancy services to not only individuals but for large corporate bodies as well. The services ranges from personal matters pertaining to health, wealth and love to professional interior design for residences and commercial properties. Master Hui has always made it a point to educate his clients on how to identify the line between superstition and Feng Shui.

His unwavering dedication and commitment to his art has resulted in a notable pool of clientele, many of whom have been referred through testimonials and personal recommendations. This includes high profile artistes from Mediacorp, radio DJs, as well as numerous regional stars. Feng Shui is not limited by any race or religion, with it becoming a common practice even amongst other ethnic groups, many of whom are frequent patrons of Hui Master’s services.

Master Hui also contributes frequently to popular magazines such as You-weekly, Woman’s Weekly, Nuyou, Her World, Female, STYLE Living, Healthy Times, Lianhe Wanbao, Shin Min Daily, and The Straits Times, sharing his knowledge and helping readers to resolve their problems. The fact that Master Hui is able to explain Feng Shui and Bazi in simple terms and real life examples has made his articles very easy to read and relatable, thus allowing people to learn more about the ancient wisdom and understand what success and true happiness in life is about.

As a professional Feng Shui consultancy firm, Hui Master International Geomancy keeps its flag high. In 2006, the company was awarded the ISO9001:2000 certification, which is a quality control and assurance standard that is recognised internationally. This proves that Master Hui has achieved a world-class standard in his profession and service management in Feng Shui, and that the Hui Master brand has attained a global status and leading position in Southeast Asia. In 2007, the development of Hui Master International Geomancy Pte Ltd was brought forward once again, as it was awarded the Golden Brand Award and Heritage Brands Award by the International Brand Summit (IBS).

All of these illustrious awards embody all the recognition and praises that Master Hui has received. He is certainly a pioneer among the Feng Shui practitioners in Singapore in receiving honours worldwide. Always striving for excellence, Master Hui has aimed to continue to provide first-class Feng Shui services for his clients.

Other than his numerous achievements with his company, Master Hui has worked hard in giving back to society as a generous philanthropist. Master Hui also proudly stands as one of only four Singaporeans who have achieved the Overseas Chinese Outstanding Achievement Award – a testament to his life’s work and knowledge. The award recognises Master Hui’s efforts to aid the less fortunate by participating in charitable deeds each year. His fund raising activities have benefitted organizations like the National Kidney Foundation, Ren Ci Hospital, Kwong Wai Shui Hospital, Moral Home For Disabled, Singapore Community Nursing Home and Handicaps Welfare Association.

Aside from giving his invaluable time to charities, Master Hui also sets aside a sizable sum to lend a helping hand to those in need. From regular donations of basic commodities to old folks homes and orphanages both locally and regionally, to five-figure donations given to help victims of natural disasters such as the Sichuan Earthquake (2008), Myanmar Typhoon (2008), Qing Hai Earthquake (2010), amongst many other non-publicized charitable deeds.

On one occasion, when a serious flood had occurred in Thailand, Master Hui rendered his help at once and personally went to Thailand and joined in with the charity drives. The benevolent efforts that Master Hui had put in were recognised by the Thai Royals and he was summoned and rewarded by Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his family.

Backed by two generations of experience and a lifetime of practice, Master Hui redefines what it means to be a Feng Shui consultant in the present age and time. Service quality, aptitude and professionalism – hallmarks of Hui Master’s winning brand.

Master Hui believes that as the school of Feng Shui develops and matures, living standards will be improved and this in turn will promote a more harmonious and stable society, which will be beneficial for progress and growth.

Goh Chuen Meng is a winner of the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2015 Singapore, under the Most Promising Category. The Awards were held on 14th August 2015 at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel.

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Women on Top in Tech – Tara Velis, Growth Hacker and Digital Innovation Strategist

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(Women on Top in Tech is a series about Women Founders, CEOs, and Leaders in technology. It aims to amplify and bring to the fore diversity in leadership in technology.)

I am talking to Tara Velis, Growth Hacker and freelance Digital Innovation Strategist. Tara was selected and recognized by TheNextWeb.com as one of the 500 most talented young people in the Dutch digital scene during the 2017 TNW edition. Tara is known for her creative, entrepreneurial spirit, which she is using to her advantage in leading the change in SMEs and corporates around the globe.

What makes you do what you do?

I tend to see life as a big, complex puzzle. Because of my curious nature, I am in constant development, looking for new angles and new approaches to business problems. Innovation through technology is exploring ideas and pushing boundaries. The most radical technological advances have not come from linear improvements within one area of expertise. Instead, they arise from the combination of seemingly disparate inventions. This is, in fact, the core of innovation. I love going beyond conventional thinking practices. Mashing up different thoughts and components, connecting the dots, and transforming that into something useful to businesses.

How did you rise in the industry you are in?

I consistently chose to follow my curiosity, which has led me to where I am today. If you want to succeed in the digital industry, you need to have a growth mindset. Seen the fact that the industry is evolving in an astoundingly quick rate, it’s crucial to stay current with the trends and forces in order to spot business opportunities. I believe taking responsibility for your own learning and development is key to success.

Why did you take on the role of Digital Innovation Strategist?

The reason for this is twofold. On the one hand, I got frustrated with businesses operating in the exact same way they did a couple of decades ago. Right now we are in the midst of a technology revolution, and the latest possibilities and limitations of cutting-edge technologies are evolving every single day. This means that companies need to stay current and act lean if they want to survive. On a more personal level, I noticed that I felt the need to use my creativity and problem-solving skills to their maximum capacity. In transforming businesses at scale, I change the rules of the game. I love breaking out of traditional, old-fashioned patterns by nurturing innovative ideas. This involves design thinking, extensive collaboration and feedback, the implementation of various strategies and tactics, validated learning, and so on. I get a lot of energy from my work because it is aligned with my personal interests.

Do you have a mentor that you look up to in your industries?

Yes, I look up to Drew Boyd. He is a global leader in creativity and innovation. He taught me how to evaluate ideas in order to select the best ones to proceed with. This is crucial because otherwise,you run the risk of ideas creating the criteria for you because of various biases and unrelated factors. He also taught me a great deal on facilitation of creativity workshops.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I tend to have the characteristics of a transformational leader. People have told me that my enthusiasm and positive energy is motivating and even inspiring to them. Even though I take these comments as a huge compliment, I am not sure how I feel about referring to myself as a leader. To me, it still has a somewhat negative connotation. I guess I associate the concept with being a boss who’s throwing around commands. But if a leader means listening to others and igniting intrinsic motivation in people, then yes, I guess I’m a charismatic leader.

Do you consciously or unconsciously support diversity and why?

Yes, one hundred percent. I believe that creativity and innovation flourish when a highly diverse group of people bounces ideas off each other. Diversity in terms of function, gender,and culture is extremely valuable, especially in the ideation phase of a project, as it can help to see more possibilities and come up with better ideas.

Do you have any advice for others?

Yes, I have some pieces of advice I’d like to share.
First of all: Develop self-awareness. You can do so by actively seeking feedback from the people around you. This will help you understand how others see you, align your intentions with your actions, and eventually enhance your communication- and leadership skills.

Surround yourself with knowledgeable and inspiring people. They might be able to support you in reaching your goals, and help you grow both personally and professionally.

Ask “why?” a couple of times. This simple and powerful method is useful for getting to the core of a problem or challenge. Make sure to often remind yourself and your team of the outcome of this exercise to have a clear sense of direction and focus.

Data is your friend. Whether it’s extensive quantitative market research or a sufficient amount of in-depth consumer interviews (or both!), your data levels all arguments. However, always be aware of biases and limitations of research.

Say “Yes, and…” instead of “No”. Don’t be an idea killer. Forget about the feasibility and budget, at least in the ideation phase. Instead, encourage your team to generate ideas without restrictions. You can compromise certain aspects later.

Prioritization is key. There is just no way you can execute all your ideas, and, quite frankly, there is no point in trying to do so. Identify the high potential ideas and start executing those first.

Encourage rapid prototyping. Don’t wait too long to experiment, launch, and iterate your product or service. Fail fast and fail often. Adopt an Agile mindset.

If you’d like to get in touch with Tara Velis, please feel free to reach out to her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taravelis/

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Marek Danyluk, CEO of Space Ventures

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Marek Danyluk has a talent for assessing the competencies of management teams for other businesses and pulling together exceptional teams for his own businesses!

What’s your story?
I am the CEO of a venture capital business, Space Ventures, which invests in seed and pre-series A businesses. I also own and run Space Executive, a recruitment business focused on senior to executive hires across sales, marketing, finance, legal and change.

My career started as a trainee underwriter in the Lloyds market but quickly moved into recruitment where I set-up my first business in 2002. The business grew to around 100 people. I moved to Asia in 2009 as a board member of a multinational recruitment business with the mandate to help them scale their Asian entities, which helped contribute to their sale this year, in 2017.

My main talent is assessing the competencies of management teams as well as building high performing recruitment boutiques and putting together exceptional management teams for my own businesses.

What excites you most about your industry?
Building the business is very much about attracting the best talent and being able to build a culture which people find invigorating and unique. It’s an exciting proposition to be able to define a culture in that regard and salespeople are a fun bunch, so when you get it right it’s tremendous.

From a VC point of view there is just so much happening. South East Asia is a melting pot of innovation so the ideas and quality of people you have exposure to, is truly phenomenal. The exposure in the VC has taken me away from a career in recruitment. Doing something completely different has given me a new level of focus.

What’s your connection to Asia?
Whilst I came here with work, both my boys were born in Singapore and to them this very much is home. That said, my father in law spent many years in the East so coming and settling here was met with a good degree of support and familiarity.


Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Possibly Hong Kong. It’s the closest I’ve been to working in London. Whilst there are massive Asian influences people will work with you on the basis you are good at what you do and work hard. I find that approach very honest and straightforward.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“Always treat people well on the way up!”

Who inspires you?
I like reading about people who have excelled in business such as Jack Ma, James Kahn, Phil Knight, Sir Richard Branson, Elon Musk, all have great stories to tell and they are all inspirational. No-one has inspired me more than my parents and they are well aware as to why…

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Pretty much any technology innovation blows me away.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Whilst it is important not to have regrets I do continually wake up thinking I’m still doing my A’ Levels. So, I’d have probably tried a little harder in 6th form.

How do you unwind?
I like the odd glass of red wine and watching sport

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Japan skiing. I love skiing and Japanese food and it’s a time when I can really enjoy time with the wife and kids. I recently tried the Margaret River which was divine, although not technically Asia.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Barbarians at the Gate

Shameless plug for your business:
Space Executive is the fastest growing recruitment business in Singapore focused on the mid to senior market across legal, compliance, finance, sales and marketing and change and transformation. Multi-award winning with exceptional growth plans into Hong Kong and London this year, and the US, Japan and Europe by the end of 2022. We are building a truly global brand.

Space Ventures is interested in any businesses that require capital or management and financial guidance or any or all of the above. We have, to date, invested in on-line training, food and beverages, peer to peer lending platforms, credit scoring as well as other tech and fintech start-ups. We are always interested in hearing about potential deals.

How can people connect with you?
[email protected]

Twitter handle?
@Spaceexecutive

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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