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Learning to Make Important Decisions

Chong Liang Ming
Chong Liang Ming

Manager (Strategic Planning), ST Engineering

Q: Which past jobs have been most helpful in getting you to this point in your career?
My last role as a manager in-charge of the Commercial Shipbuilding department in ST Marine has taught me numerous invaluable lessons. It was a role that gave me the privilege of working closely with the President.

While working directly under the highest in command can be very stressful at times, I learnt from first-hand experience how a senior leader makes critical decisions when put in a difficult situation. I came to realise the importance of decision making as a wrongful decision can impact the business detrimentally and consequently affect many other people downstream in the organisation.

That being said, a leader should never be afraid to make decision as it is an integral part to being a leader. As the head of my department now, I get to hone my leadership skills in leading a team to solicit for new businesses, meet and exceed existing customers’ needs, and manage and negotiate with various local and overseas vendors.

“Learn as much as possible in any position because you never know when a new opportunity may come knocking on your door. Don’t end up regretting not having learnt enough before moving on.”
Chong Liang Ming, Manager (Strategic Planning), ST Engineering

Q: How does your career at ST Engineering fit into your aspirations?
After spending the first 10 years of my career working in various departments of ST Marine, I am glad to have an opportunity for a corporate role in strategic planning.

I am particularly excited to be a part of the team whose role is to shape and drive the growth strategy for the whole of ST Engineering. My new role provides me with various avenues to communicate and collaborate on projects and business initiatives with people from all the four sectors across the Group.

Which better job can one ask for to sharpen his business acumen competency? As I am still in the early phase of my career, I see that there is still plenty of room for improvement and personal development. I am confident that my new role in ST Engineering will enable me to acquire new skills, think critically and find a broader spectrum of new initiatives which are instrumental for my career development. 

Q: What abilities or personal qualities do you believe contribute most to success in this field/job?
Critical thinking skills are an important attribute to excel in strategic planning. You don’t allow your thought process to be confined by current norms. My work today requires me to constantly look ahead and examine what more can be done to improve our present state.

Another quality which is important is the ability to communicate and deliver the game plan to your counterparts. A good plan can only yield the best result if it is well executed. Hence it is important not only to communicate but also to convince and win over others.

 Q: Any advice for new staff?
I would advise any new staff to never be contented with the status quo. Change should be the only constant in one’s career. Avoid staying too long in a comfort zone. A newbie should always be driven, motivated and constantly strive for improvement.

Learn as much as possible in any position because you never know when a new opportunity may come knocking on your door. Don’t end up regretting not having learnt enough before moving on.