Living in Asia is something my friends envy for but even if i still like it and i survive it for 13 years, I can honestly tell you i have been through the thick and thin. Success and failure have been part of my early years in China; every time, i have been able to rebound to higher heights than my biggest previous achievements. During those soul search moments and beyond, I have always looked into the readings of my two mentors: Carlos Ghosn and Lee Kuan Yew.
Carlos Ghosn is the CEO of renault-Nissan and Lee Kuan Yew is an Asian stateman who ruled Singapore from 1959 to 1990 and is now Singapore minister mentor. What do those two people have in common? Both of them are very resilient in hard times, visionary and make people follow them.Carlos arrived @ Nissan in 1999 where it was very closed to bankruptcy. As a Foreign outsider, he was able to turn it around and to make it once again a thriving car manufacturer. Now he is facing a new challenge with the financial and economic crisis the world is facing. No other industry has been hitted so much by the crisis: worldwide car sales except in China plummeted in 2009 by more than 25%. He has done two steps: in 2009, Renault-Nissan shall have a free cash flow with a big reduction of inventory; 2nd step, during difficult times, he bets towards the future with his zero-emission vehicles. That is a vision! A concept that brings everybody @ Nissan-Renault behind Carlos Ghosn and shall benefit not only the consumer but also the environment!
Regarding Lee Kuan Yew, he is not very well-know in the western world mainly because he ruled a city- state in Asia! My thought is also some westerners they cannot learn from Asian, something i strongly disagree. Former Prime Minister of Singapore during three decades, he is also the founding father of the city-state. As he mentioned in his latest he brought Singapore from "third world to first world". I highly recommend the book and will give a review in one of my next posts.
Going back to myself, how those two people have had an influence on me? Carlos Ghosn lived in many countries including Japan and speaks several languages. He is a true citizen of the world and i tend to see myself the same way. I also like Lee Kuan Yew because he gives me meaning to the things I do everyday; sometimes, it is difficult to combine Western and Asian culture. he shows me the way to get the best out of the two of it.I will write again on the influence of those two men in my coming posts!