On the Saturday afternoon, December 7th, 2013, the NTU Global Lounge was filled with elegant coffee aroma as “Coffee Break with Manager—Meeting Mr. Chou, Hai-Po,” the seminar held by the LDP students, took place. The students were honored to have invited the guest speaker, Mr. Chou, Hai-Po, a professional manager of Great China enterprises, to talk about future career development for college students and rapport building and management in enterprises.
“Coffee Break with Manager” was initiated by LDP students who hoped to “walk from campus into society,” a concept of realization for academic learning. The concept turned into an afternoon seminar, aiming to provide a close atmosphere for interaction between the professional guests and the students, so as to help senior students to get an early glimpse at fields that are off-campus as well as broaden their vision. Hence, with the generous help from LDP Director, Professor Wu, the seminar was launched, respectfully inviting Mr. Chou, Hai-Po as the first speaker ever.
Mr. Chou, Hai-Po has had prestigious profession in management in Great China area for more than two decades. Having served as Assistant Vice President of the Human Resources Department in Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corporation and Prime Success International Group Limited, he owns abundant overseas experiences. Not to mention his long-term service at society freshman recruitment and forefront talent training and development.
Setting Goals and Being a Dream Fulfiller
The “coffee break” began with Chou telling his own story. At age 10, he had had a clear picture for his future. The aspiration later led to his “rebelling” teenage when he rather chose to attend a vocational school instead of a regular senior high school and to skip college to be a book vendor. He finished his college study in the night school, gaining not only the after all essential academic diploma but college experience as well as management knowledge for his future career. Hence, he used to spend his daytime working as a part-time operator and delivery person in local corporations and foreign firms.
Chou aimed to equip himself with the understanding of various business cultures and thoughts of a fundamental employee. He thought that the learning would help build the empathic relationship among his future company, his followers and himself. They would identify one another as family members that grow together and create the best business outcome. Therefore, he then set a goal of taking a new and different job of in a new company after every four to six months. Also, he aimed to have his lifelong direction confirmed before he turned 30 years old.
At age 26, Chou set his feet onto Mainland China as the Taiwan-China restriction was lifted. In the beginning, he attended graduate school in Peking University, urging himself to learn the mindset and culture of the Chinese people. Apart from finishing all the education materials ranging from the elementary school level to college level, he traveled throughout the land, met Chinese people and had himself blended. All the efforts were greatly paid off in his career life later.
Starting with “People”
Mr. Chou brought about 10 PET bottles of different beverage brands in China to the coffee break that day. He analyzed the marketing strategies there and further talked about how talent training and development in a business, as well as the disposition of its members could affect its product image. He took Tingyi Corporate to exemplify the ideal product design concept and crisis management methods.
He encouraged students to hold onto self-discipline and human kindness no matter where they would be and be given what position.
Having a Clear Great China Concept in Hand
As the Chinese influence gradually becomes greater, staying in the competition is now the most serious concern for the undergraduates in Taiwan. With this regard, Mr. Chou suggested the students broaden their vision to the extent of “the whole Chinese region” and have a Great China concept in mind. After all, knowledge is power. He also pointed out the common phenomenon of “giving too little but wanting too much” among the young people in Taiwan. So, he encouraged the students, especially those who were graduating soon and panicking at the moment, to design and examine life and be generous in investing self-growth.
The seminar in the afternoon was well-received. With the foreseeing suggestions and precious experience sharing, the LDP students felt greatly inspired and could not be more readily prepared for the non-stop changing world.