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Zai Miztiq, CEO of Miztiq International

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Zai Miztiq is an aspiring young woman. Having faced a terrible downturn in her life, she is using her experience and approach to life to motivate other women.

What’s your story?
I am a 2X Amazon best selling author of ‘Turn Your Passion into Profit’ and ‘5 Things I Love About Being A Woman’, an international speaker and the CEO of Miztiq International Pte Ltd. However, it did not begin this way.

I started on an entrepreneurial journey in my schooling days. When my friends were busy spending their parents’ money, I would create art and craft stuff and sell them to my schoolmates.

In my college days, I was the President of the Make Up Artiste Club. I later introduced henna art to the school and people knew me for the temporary tattoo artistry I was very passionate about.
I started my modelling career at 17, and was doing makeup and henna tattooing as a part time income while still at school.

In 2001, I brought henna art to Japan. What was supposed to be a 2 week trip, became a 6 month stay. I was interviewed by various Japanese media, Tokyo FM, AMI Magazine. I was doing henna art at international parties, at cultural events and started teaching the basic and professional henna art course to the Japanese. It was soo much fun.

Moving forward, one of my most difficult challenges in life was when I met with a tragic accident in 2005. I could have died or suffered a paralysis. My doctors even gave me a letter of permanent disability which meant I would never be able to gain employment. For a whole year, I was managing the pain, learning how to walk again and almost a year into the accident, I decided that I had to step up.

My strength is my empathy and positivity. I realized this when one day, I received a chat request from a stranger on Facebook. She wanted to speak to me and after our 10-minute chat, she thanked me and said, “Zai, thank you for speaking to me. I was just thinking of committing suicide but you made me feel better.” That was when I started writing books, giving motivational talks and now coaching women in my ‘Sisterhood Mentorship Programme’ to gain confidence and clarity and turn their dreams into reality.

What excites you most about your industry?
In every obstacle there is an opportunity. I now help people turn their misery into motivation and take massive actions to live a purposeful life through my books, motivational talks and training programmes.

What excites me most, is that women, youth entrepreneurship and empowerment is on the rise and I am receiving a lot of invitations to visit other parts of the world to speak and to train women and youth. I love travelling so this is an excellent opportunity to travel purposefully.

My biggest achievement was being invited to speak on the international stage in East Malaysia for a ‘Young Achiever’s Summit’ and the ‘Rise & Thrive Conference’ in Morocco followed by a TV production in the UK to feature my work on a program called the ‘Sister Hours.’

What’s your connection to Asia?
Born and raised in Singapore, I have travelled to many parts of the world to spread my motivational talks and henna art therapy. I look forward to building my Miztiq Academy and to implement a licensing or franchise system to spread my knowledge, systems and tools to empower, educate and enrich the world in my presence and absence. This is the legacy I wish to leave behind.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
JAPAN. I love the politeness of the people and the food.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“Do not let your kindness, be an inconvenience to others.” Literally it means, MYOB – Mind Your Own Business. This is an excellent piece of advice for those of us who always say, “It doesn’t pay to be kind.” The mantra above would save you lots of heartache and headaches and help you stay focused in what you are truly mean to do.

Who inspires you?
Oprah Winfrey and Mother Theresa. I am inspired by women who are an advocate of what I stand for and strive to be better each day at; that is to be strong, soulful and successful. Without each element, it feels incomplete.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
I used to fear rejection a lot and it has cost me a lot of time. However, I have recently learnt that, “rejection is God’s way of crystallising the clarity of my path.” Having attained this revelation and mastering it has helped me in many ways.

I also learned that people come into our lives for a reason and most are not here to stay forever. I appreciate human relationships, but I have also come to the terms that having faith and tying the rope of hope in God is the most powerful and permanent source of strength.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would have had coaches and business mentors from a young age and never have attended a secular school. I would have saved my parents a lot of time and money!

How do you unwind?
Chamomile lavender tea. Hanging out with my mum. Swimming. Dance.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
The Maldives for the super gorgeous sea, amazing snorkeling, diving sites and great service.

Everyone in business should read this book:
‘Turn Your Passion into Profit’ by Zai Miztiq

Shameless plug for your business:
‘Oprah Winfrey of Asia’

I have successfully helped my clients gain confidence and clarity and make massive transformational shifts in many areas of their lives and I am super thankful to God for this opportunity.

How can people connect with you?
www.zaimiztiq.com
Zai Miztiq on Facebook | Instagram | Youtube| LinkedIn | Twitter

Twitter handle?
Zai Miztiq

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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Denise Morris Kipnis, Founder & Principal of ChangeFlow Consulting

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Denise Mossis Kipnis’ curiosity in people and the world, lead her to set up ChangeFlow Consulting.

What’s your story?
I’m driven by curiosity. Having been the only one in a room who looks like me for most of my life, I developed a curiosity about who stays, who leaves and who thrives in minority/majority situations including when and how connection and collaboration happen. I was a systems thinker long before I knew what that was, always asking why and so what; and seeing the pieces, the whole, and the places in between. So helping people and organisations move through the complexity of transformation feels natural to me.

What excites you most about your industry?
I see change and inclusion as two sides of the same thing; I don’t practice one without the other. Some people see change as death, as loss, as exhausting. And it can be. But I see in the work I do as an opportunity for something new or hidden to emerge. When an organisation understands that it is first a group of people, who themselves represent and belong to groups of people, and it begins to tackle what it would mean to understand and learn from all that talent, all that diversity, to have them all working for and not against the organisation, to truly unleash all that their people have to offer; that’s magic.

What’s your connection to Asia?
Change and inclusion are personal values as well as professional strengths. For me, living and working outside of the States was a bold experiment to see whether any of the stuff I’d learned about change and inclusion would work outside of the US. My husband and I targeted Asia specifically: it would be the greatest contrast, culturally speaking, for me; and a unique career springboard for him.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Although I’ve practiced in other cities, I am biased towards Singapore. In some ways it’s what Los Angeles is to the rest of the United States, a microcosm of sorts. The regional/global nature of it means that so many different nationalities and cultures are represented. As a result of this mix, you never know what you might get. In some situations, cultural dynamics are obvious, sometimes subdued. The variability is compelling.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“Never ask anyone to do anything you wouldn’t do yourself.” Michael Rouan.

Who inspires you?
Often it’s a “what” not a “who.” I can get inspiration from a passage in a book or a situation in a movie, as well as a turn of a phrase or watching people interact. I often make the biggest connections between the various threads I’m working on when I’m sitting in someone else’s event.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
I’m honestly not blown away by much. Instead, I’m struck how circular things can be: ideas often come back around with a slightly different twist and I watch the way it shakes things loose for people. I recently sat through a workshop on Self as Instrument, and despite being thoroughly versed already, I learned something. In preparing for a panel on design thinking, I unearthed a new language to describe things.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
You’ve caught me at a good time. I’m sitting in appreciation and gratitude for all my experiences, because I wouldn’t be who I was today if all that has happened, didn’t. And yet one thing comes to mind: It wasn’t until I redesigned my website two years ago (shout out to Brew Creative!) that I realised I hadn’t made explicit agreements with my past clients as to what I could share publicly about our engagement, or whether I could use their logos in my promotional materials. In my business, confidentiality is so important, and yet I need to be able to talk about the work as reputation and experience leads to the next success, and so on. It turned out a lot of the contacts I had known had left the organisations where the work was done, so they couldn’t help at that point. So the practice I’m carrying forward is to get those agreements up front, and to make sure my relationships in client systems are broad as well as deep.

How do you unwind?
Science fiction, puzzles, wine.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Home. I don’t travel to relax, I travel to learn and explore.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Built to Change, by Ed Lawler and Chris Worley. To my knowledge, it’s the first pivot from advising organisations away from stability and toward dynamism, from strategic planning to strategizing as an action verb; to blow up the traditions and rigidity that impede organisations from developing change capability.

Shameless plug for your business:
We’re taught that there are two kinds of people: those who see forests, and those who see trees. There is a third type, my type, and we see the ecosystem. Worms, climate, birds, the spaces in between. This is the perspective organisations need to be successful in solving complex problems and thriving in change.
ChangeFlow uniquely blends four disciplines (two of which are multi-disciplinary in themselves): organisation development, culture and inclusion, change management and project management.

How can people connect with you?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChangeFlowConsulting/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dmorriskipnis/
LinkedIn Company page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/4862954/
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.changeflowconsulting.com

Twitter handle?
@ChangeFlow

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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Agnes Yee, Legal & Compliance Recruiter of Space Executive

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Agnes Yee started Space Executive in Singapore, which is a hub for businesses in some of the world’s fastest growing economies.

What’s your story?
After graduation, I joined a design media company as a Business Development Executive, during the era when ‘reading a magazine online’ was unheard of. I believe that laid the foundation for being unfazed by rejections.

I fell into recruitment pre-GFC and rode the highs and lows in the early years. A decade later, I decided to set up my own recruitment company, partly because I could. I’m acutely aware of the face that being an Asian female in Singapore is sometimes a privilege, and that many women in the world are living a very different existence.
Thereafter, we joined Space Executive as part of a merger. I am currently the Partner of Space Executive, a recruitment company focused specialist disciplines, including Legal, Finance, Digital, Sales and Marketing and Change. We also run Space Ventures, a venture capital business, which invests in seed and pre-series A businesses.

What excites you most about your industry?
On a daily basis, we’re influencing how one spends a third of their day. It is interesting how the Internet has transformed the industry, and I’m excited to see how we can harness technology to bring us to the next phase of this business.

The VC is an extension of applying our skills and experience in reading people. We very much invest in the people as much as the idea. Being a native Singaporean, it’s been exhilarating watching Southeast Asia becoming a hotbed of ideas; and young entrepreneurs simply daring to dream.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I’m a born and bred Singaporean. I love that I speak both English and Mandarin, grew up playing with Indian friends and eating Malay food.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore for the low barriers of entry to set up a business, but has to be China (and Hong Kong) for their hunger and constant innovation.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
青春不要留白 which translates to ‘Don’t waste your youth.’

Who inspires you?
Anyone who has gone against the grain.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
It wasn’t recent but reading the article on https://waitbutwhy.com/2015/12/the-tail-end.html never fails to blow my mind how little time we have left. Charting our lives in weeks, and realising I only have enough time left to enjoy 60 Christmas turkeys, read 300 books (all if I’m lucky); and mostly, I’m left with the last 5% of the time that I spend in-person with my parents.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I’m cognisant that every decision I made in life has brought me to where I am today, and I wouldn’t change one thing. But I’d really like to have had more time to travel.

How do you unwind?
Exercise and wine.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Trekking any mountain in Asia. It brings us back to the most basic. To overcome elements of nature and our own mind.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Start with Why, Simon Sinek

Shameless plug for your business:
Space Executive started in Singapore, a hub for businesses in some of the world’s fastest growing economies. We assist organisations in accessing a targeted and specialised, and often times transient talent pool.

Out of Singapore, we have recruited across 14 countries; and have embarked on our global expansion plans with offices in Hong Kong and London this year, and US, Japan and Europe in the following years.

Space Ventures provides funding, management and financial guidance to young businesses with original ideas. We have invested in peer to peer lending platforms, credit scoring, social media education, and other start-ups spanning diverse industries. We are always interested in hearing more about new ideas.

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

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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