What determines the trait of a successful businessman?

Dec 272016

👤  Author: Woo

As a business consultant, with my many decades of observation and interactions with these businessmen or more precisely successful entrepreneurs, I have noticed that most of them share some common destiny attributes that set them apart from others:

1. Their extraordinary instinct in recruiting and making good use of right talents;

2. They have abundant access to loyal supporters (staffs, customers, suppliers, friends etc); and

3. Far-sighted vision

Whether or not they have the skillset to run the business, the required capital, the guts, are all secondary to determine how far or how high an entrepreneur can accomplish. It is interesting too, Zi Wei charts of these entrepreneurs do exhibit some forms of these destiny attributes.

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From time to time, our human civilisation has documented scores of successful businessmen's and leaders' stories with these attributes. To name just a few:

Liu Bei (刘备): A warlord who founded Shu Han in ancient Chinese history had made good use of his instinct to recruit Zhuge Liang as his military strategist and the employment of his far-sightedness to take over Jingzhou and Hanzhong that became important cornerstone for his later success. Of course, he was also known to have abundant access to loyal supporters such as Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun and many more others.

Sir Richard Branson who is a business magnate who founded Virgin Group that controls businesses from airlines, banking, cruises, hotels, mobile, radio to rail. His love for his staff opens up his access to loyal supporters. He places customers at second and this is in his own words:

"...if the person who works at your company is 100% proud of the job they're doing, if you give them the tools to do a good job, they're proud of the brand, if they were looked after, if they're treated well, then they're gonna be smiling, they're gonna be happy and therefore the customer will have a nice experience... So, my philosophy has always been, if you can put staff first, your customer second and shareholders third, effectively, in the end, the shareholders do well, the customers do better, and yourself are happy" 

His far-sightedness has pushed the limit of generic entrepreneurship with researches he invested into the development of commercial spacecraft that aims to invent space tourism. This adds on to his already overzealous vision that connects every possible business opportunities in the tourism arena. Of course, most of his ventures started with his instinct to recruit the right right-hand man such as Nik Powell, John Borghetti, David MacKay etc.

Just like Liu Bei, Sir Richard or even Jack Ma, you would have noticed that most corporate leaders or businessmen around you or closer to you do not usually possess the required technical skills in the businesses they do. But they are smart enough to capitalise on the above 3 major strengths. Perhaps, this explains why your hated boss/colleague keeps getting the limelight he aspires but yet he has not demonstrated any skills that convinced you for the status you think he deserves. 


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