When Hai Kim joined his company as an IT Engineer in 2017, his only colleague was his boss. The startup has since grown into nine offices around the region. Today, he leads his organisation’s burgeoning IT services division, guiding its 40-strong team to tackle projects from big brands all over the world. This incredible journey, both in work and in his personal life, has come to be symbolised by his Fine Jadeite Guan Gong – which he got from Imperial Harvest.
We can do many things, as long as we're using technology in the right way.
Growing up, I was always fascinated by technology. When I was in school, I’d ask my friends to form a team with me and take part in robotics competitions. Although we didn’t win any prizes, I got to practise and explore different things, like programming a robot to navigate its way around cones, put together LEGO bricks and even play basketball. The possibilities are endless! It made me realise that we can do many things, as long as we’re using technology in the right way.
I try to bring this impact to my work. Last year, my team and I collaborated with – for example, a carmaker – to upgrade its technical platform so that it could finally offer all its online services such as test drive bookings and servicing appointments in one place, improving the user experience and reconnecting with customer expectations. For me, it was just very satisfying to be able to help make things work. Of course, the project wouldn’t have been successful without the combined effort of everyone in the team.
There’s a clear distinction between being part of a team and being the leader of a team. When I joined in 2017, the company took on only small projects because there weren’t many of us. So I just did my work – and that’s all for my contribution. When the company grew, we started to have more and more groups spread across the different offices in the region. I also undertook a leadership role. When you get to that level, somehow work becomes about many other things. Suddenly, everyone had an opinion about me!
I learnt to focus on what I want to accomplish and have great people around me to help me fight my battles.
As a leader, you’re not just expected to be good in your job and lead by example – it also means being the person who can show your peers a way to get better and keep them working together to achieve the same goal. I’m glad I met Master David Goh, who was very patient in listening to my problems. He made me aware that I had a choice of who I wanted to open my mind to. I learnt to focus on what I want to accomplish and have great people around me to help me fight my battles.
I think the key here is ‘choice’. I got the Fine Jadeite Guan Gong, in green to match my favourable Bazi element of wood, when I started working in this company because I believed it could help me in my career. It’s a reminder of how I’ve gone from strength to strength in this company, not just in terms of seeing it become a much larger organisation than it was before, but also in terms of seeing myself come into my own as a leader.
Some say I was lucky. But luck is a choice. It’s not something that’s built into your fate – you need to take it for yourself with your own hands. So that’s why I decided to pick up my second Imperial Harvest remedy, the Agarwood beads, a year after getting my Fine Jadeite Guan Gong. The Agarwood beads help to maximise my contribution to the company and expand my wealth capacity.
Luck is a choice. It's not something that's built into your fate – you need to take it for yourself with your own hands.
There’s always a higher aim in life: in what I do, in how technology can help us and what we can achieve. But our choices shape the results we get. I’m glad I made the right choice.
What Hai Kim is Wearing