Far-thinking and visionary in business, Tan takes as his role model in business and life the biblical King Solomon. Tan says, “Many of us, myself included – whether in business or in life – when we want, covet, desire, fancy, wish for, or when in pursuit of a business deal, a multi-million dollar contract, a partner (whether in life or in business), an investment, etc.; we ask and pray for our direct needs to be fulfilled. King Solomon, the Number One richest man ever in history and to ever exist, was reported to have a net worth in today’s dollars in excess of $2 trillion during his 40 year reign from 970 to 931 BCE as the wealthiest man on earth. And yet, he asked for only one thing – Wisdom. With the gift of wisdom, he was able to judge, assess, ascertain and decide and through the process, amass and gather immense wealth and an epic reputation that lasted for thousands of years.”
Tan constantly reminds himself, as a leader, to stay above the noise, and to stay focused with the purpose, and with the gift of wisdom, to lead and contribute to the betterment of the organisation he is in charge, and responsible, for.
He believes a good leader must beable to tackle both the Human Resource issues as well as the running of the business, thus demonstrating the ability of “walking the talk and talking the walk.” Tan says, “To have purpose is to stay focused. To have persistence gives one the ability to survive the distance.”