Learn from Success – Jason Tham Kien Wai

Jason Tham“Very often, after staying in our own circles for too long, we have less impetus to think outside-the-box as we are too familiar with everything. This leads to hesitance to explore new ways during decision making. I have heard new opinions since joining Vistage, allowing new perspectives and thinking to take shape.”

Powerwell is a leading global switchboard manufacturer based in Malaysia, serving the markets of Southeast Asia, Middle East and Oceania. A new plant was set up in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam eight years ago, while a new office was established in Indonesia to plan for a new factory. The company has great expectations in Vietnam and Indonesia, and is looking forward to double-digit growth from these two markets.

According to Mr. Jason Tham Kien Wai, Managing Director, Powerwell was established in 1986 with a small set-up. The company adopted modern management teams with proper systems, strategies and planning in 2002. Subsequently in 2015, its overseas expansion began.

“Switchboard production requires precision engineering, hence our emphasis on Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Key Performance Index (KPI). With a 210-strong workforce, our turnover is over RM100 million and we are in the midst of preparing for Initial Public Offering (IPO). The company always emphasises satisfying the customers in terms of safety and innovation. As the company aspires to become a world class switchboard manufacturer, it strives to scale greater heights and achieve better qualities.

Jason Tham leads his team to participate in exhibition in Indonesia
Jason Tham leads his team to participate in exhibition in Indonesia

With flourishing business, Jason leads the listing initiative and global expansion confidently. “Teamwork spirit is very important, as we must embrace future challenges with better systems, planning and strategies. As the responsibility to lead the company is now heavier, I focus more on innovation and sharing, and I believe there is always give and take in everything we do.

Jason opines that sharing and growing together will drive the team capacity and multi-faceted thinking. “We need sustainable management to develop the business sustainably, and herald in a new dimension in the industry we are familiar with, including new products and new markets. To achieve the goal, we must retain talents, nurture new blood, offer generous remunerations, and to set a right target.

Every time Jason faces a difficulty in decision making, he likens it to “computer hang”. During such impasses, he would always ask for opinions from third parties.

His Vistage Chair and members visit Powerwell's factory in Vietnam
His Vistage Chair and members visit Powerwell’s factory in Vietnam

“I got to know Vistage by chance, and became a member. I was pleasantly surprised when the experts from various industries offer plenty of knowledge and unorthodox suggestions based on their unique experience in management and decision making.”

Jason reiterates his view that “If we stay in the comfort zone, we won’t be able to breakthrough on certain things. The different opinions based on other perspectives and thinking have sparked many great ideas. “My most important gain from Vistage is the positive energy and the paradigm shift.”

Business is never easy. When Jason finds himself in adverse circumstances, he believes the key to overcome it is to take it easy and relax. “Sooth the mood before solving the problems. Once calm and relaxed, you can clarify everything, decide on a solution, and implement it without hesitation.”

“Success is the outcome of regularly challenging oneself. As change is the only constant in life, plans can never catch up with changes, therefore we must always analyse problems from different angles. This also underscores the importance of listening to others’ success stories.”

For aspiring entrepreneurs, Jason would like to share this advice, “Change the world, don’t let it change you. You can study on your competitors, but never follow their footsteps

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CC Ngei – Dare to Change

Chan Foo – Focus and Foresight

Dato Paul Wong – Perseverance – Key To Success

Datuk Mohamad Danel Abong – Monthly Rejuvenation

Datuk Azlan Abdul Karim – Sustainable Growth Ensures Value Creation

Dr Donald Chen – Wiser and Willing

Dr. Laurence Lim Chee Loy – Changing Mindsets

Dr. Lee Toong Chow – From Scientist to Businessman

Heah Kok Soon – Opening the Doors to Business Coaching

Hong Khay Chai - Challenge, Hammer, Accept, Inspire & Reinforce

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KC Tan – Leading to Grooming

Kenny Lim Seng Lee – Going for Number One

Krishnan Vadivelu – Making Sound Decisions

Kwong Lok Wah – Building Trust

Lee Siew Mui – Persistency ● Training ● Integrity ● Trust

Leong Keng Mun – Accelerated Learning

Leanne Ooi Siew Lin – Building a Green IT Business

Lim Chin Ming – Prospering with Perseverance

Lim Peng Jin – High Achiever

Low Han Sin – Coping with ‘Happy’ Problems

Mok Sew Wah – Vistage Veteran

Ng Chong Lam – Better Boss

Ng Kok Cheong – Positive Push

Ooi Toon Kit – Service Above Self

Pang Tse-Ming – Master Marketeer

PJ Lim – Well-Rounded CEO

Raymond Gan - Self-Enrichment ● Capacity Building

Richard Wong Chin Mun - The Bold Startup

Saifulizam Mohd Saleh – Getting Good Value

Saw Hai Earn - World Class Recognition

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Sean Lee – Inside Out Approach

Simon Soh - Facing Real Challenges

Soon Lay Ean – Woman Power

Teng Beng Lee – Taking Charge

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