Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in leadership development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Anthony Ho, Co-Founder and General Manager of Organisational Development Concepts (ODC), located in Singapore, Singapore.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We are in the business of building up leadership development and management skills training. Our services support regional companies in putting in place a series of training programmes and development processes to upskill their managers to build up a talent pipeline for their leadership bench. Our customer profile includes organisations operating in Asia and fast-growing SMEs.
Tell us about yourself
I started Organisational Development Concepts (ODC) in December 2010 as companies began to expand after global economies started recovering from the financial crisis in 2008 and are looking to strengthen their management team to support organisational growth.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
We have several notable moments that are close to our hearts during our initial years, and perhaps my proudest moment was leading the team as we shifted our delivery from face to face workshop towards the online workshop. Although the transformation was necessary due to COVID, our team always did it with the learner in mind to ensure the learning experience was not compromised too greatly. We were heartened that our dedication to learner experience was validated with back-to-back nominations and awards from HRM Asia.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the hardest things for a business owner is always to anticipate the future and how to position ourselves in the changing business landscape.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Do not stick to the business plan rigidly, but always be on the front lines to direct and shape the business strategies and approach.
- Always stay connected to the customers to maintain a pulse on the sentiments and issues of the customers.
- Surround yourself with good people whom you can trust.
Where can people find you and your business?
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