Technologist . Humanist . Minimalist
Richard Ong is the author of Mindsets and Core Purpose. He is deeply passionate about helping others develop new products and services for the future. He is also a business coach and keynote speaker, with multiple IBM Bravo and Performance awards. He was met by Prince Charles to discuss his entrepreneurial efforts in Malaysia and was featured on national radio.
Richard Ong earned his Masters in Business Administration from Victoria University, Melbourne. He was the president of the VUMBA Community from 2010 to 2011 and was recognised as a WORQ super-member in 2018 for his community-building efforts. He also teaches part-time at Sunway University and Jeffrey Sachs Center.
Is it possible to cycle from Malaysia to Japan? Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. There are going to be challenges along the way, no doubt, but that is what life is about.
Building a micro-community of your own comes with a lot of benefits. It is an exciting venture that can be used by people who are looking to grow themselves and their influences. These kind of micro-communities are what I like to call Bonfires, and it is widely adopted in WORQ today. So why build one?
Some of my day-to-day responsibilities at WORQ involves driving our technology roadmap and empowering teams to embody modest change through the use of technology. Most of them don't know how to code at all when I started, but they are now learning to develop automation solutions to address the community's needs.
There are times when I had to explain my decisions to someone who did not favour them. It was naturally hard for us, and I don't blame anyone. They have not gone through the thought process I have developed over-time, and their assumptions made on the matter are what they are - just assumptions.
Being at WORQ allows me to spend more time driving my purpose, and that is to create value and build meaningful relationships with the community there. Not only am I able to meet them at different corners of the Klang Valley, I am also fortunate enough to work with a brilliant bunch of individuals to co-create solutions and products that we all hope will accelerate the human connection at WORQ's growing spaces.
Some have shared with me their feelings about the bleak future of technology and how the next generation will have to deal with the increasing demand for automation. I am not surprised about this claim, especially when you have trade wars happening between two economic superpowers like China and the US.
When I was in pure technology consulting, I used to fill up a career framework, which I thought was very tedious and lengthy in process. You were given a series of questions to answer every year as a way of justifying your contribution to the company.
As CTO of WORQ, I find it valuable and healthy for me to spend a percentage of my time with members and to learn more about them, what they do and their needs. It is part of our mission, values and culture that we have the community in mind.
“You’ve ignited a fire and WORQ’s community wouldn’t be the same without you.”
- Community Team, WORQ
“You are an honorable man.”
- Samuel Kim, Center for Asia Leadership
“You have been like a brother to all of us.”
- Students of Acharya Bangalore B-School