Friday, November 27, 2009


He is the Chairman of the power company that supplies more than 75% of the power to Hong Kong, and of the company that owns hotels that have been voted the best hotel in the world. He’s been awarded knighthood by Queen Elizabeth !!, and been made an officer of the Legion of Honour by the government of France. A fixture on the Forbes list of the world’s 200 richest men, the foundation that carries his family name gives away huge sums of money to charity. Whichever way you look at it, the man is a legend.

She is a twenty something lady working for a non-profit. Bubbling with energy and enthusiasm, she introduced herself to him before a conference where he was scheduled to speak. Their conversation was interrupted by someone, but she was more than happy to have just shaken his hand.

Two hours later, she was standing near the exit, saying her goodbyes. He had shaken all the hands he was required to shake, and was on the way out. He caught sight of her and walked across to her, “Lady”, he said. “I am sorry I cut our conversation short so abruptly. Pray continue.”

She launched into a passionate description of her organisation and her work, he listened patiently to her spiel, nodding at the right places, and asking the right questions.

I finally understood the meaning of the word “Great”.

Is it any wonder he is lauded more for his values than for his wealth.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful and inspiring! (Both of you...)

Jan Morrison said...

I would like to know more details - are you the young woman? What is the cause the young woman is so passionate about? Will he help? You have intrigued - now spill! (bossy ain't I?)

Anonymous said...

He became great by being able to count on the support of great people. He knows how to conquer them one at a time. The art of listening is truly a rare gift and almost always leads to greatness of one sort or another. I came by your blog via Jan's and am so glad I did. I live in the south of France with my husband and five children, work and myriad of activities so am with you on the juggling. I look forward to following your blog.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Fiona - thanks

@ Jan - no, the girl was not me- I was merely a witness to the whole thing. And yes, she is sending a formal proposal to the foundation he represents.

@ Kerry - welcome to the blog. And I do agree with you - the ability to listen is one of the greatest abilities one can have. And I will visit your blog soon.


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