That is a very interesting question. I would like to mention three aspects:
First, the desire and fun to learn, especially here in Singapore. Even after completing their training or studies, employees are constantly continuing their education. These efforts are often sponsored by the government, which provides additional motivation. In this fast-changing world, I think it is wonderful that people really want to keep at it.
Second, that my employees do their jobs quickly and efficiently, whether in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing or Singapore. There are not many discussions, I always notice that when I’m back in Germany.
And finally, I like the way my teams tackle their tasks and stay on track. Be it as it may, whether it’s a new task or a problem, they take care of it and find a solution.
What Asians can learn from us Germans? I would be happy if they were sometimes a little more decisive and less afraid to make a mistake. Making mistakes is part of life, and you always learn from it. My message to my team: Don’t be afraid, just try it out.
Above all, this is where our topic “women in business” comes in again, because I would definitely like to add what Germans can learn from Singaporeans: Working mothers in management positions are the norm here. A woman with three small children who manages the business for the entire region is not a big thing here at all. It’s left to the families to organize it for themselves. Certainly, there are other aids here that do not exist in Germany. However, I have the impression that a mother will not even be considered for such a position in the first place. In Germany it is often assumed that she will not be able to travel or work full time.