#AllIsAboutPeople #Episode14 @JeePengLim

We reach the 14th Interview to bring on Authentic Leaders and we fly to Singapore to meet with @JeePengLim who is leading a Manufacturing Engineering Team at #EdwardsLifesciences.

If I have to choose only one quote from the interview, I would choose the following: “Understanding my biases, working on building key skills that allow me to work across boundaries and becoming a champion of an inclusive leader”.

I´m sure all you are going to enjoy and learn from this interesting interview!

  • Full name: Jee Peng Lim
  • Place of birth: Singapore.
  • Place of residence: Singapore
  • Personal situation: Married for 20 years, father of 2 (17 and 14 years old).
  • Professional situation: Senior Manufacturing Engineering Manager. Responsible for sustaining support and new solution creation for the Singapore manufacturing plant. Product Transfer, Digital Implementation Lead and Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DI&B) Committee.
  • Education: BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering
  • Hobbies: Reading, Movie, Nature Trekking
  • Favorite book: Books about Leadership, Self-Development, and Biographies
  • Favorite movie: Hidden Figures and The Pursuit of Happiness. Both are biographical films about people who succeed in life despite their disadvantageous situation.
  • Favorite song: Soothing music – calms the mind 

“Every morning marks the beginning of a new day where I can do something to produce positive results for the betterment of humanity and myself”

  •  What makes you get out of bed every morning? Every morning marks the beginning of a new day where I can do something to produce positive results for the betterment of humanity and myself. I always remind myself about The Dash (poem by Linda Ellis). That dash represents all the time we have spent alive on Earth and what we have done during this dash period, make the dash count!
  • What has been your most professional achievement? One of my greatest joys was to be part of the optical mouse engineering team that helped to commercialize the first Microsoft IntelliMouse with IntelliEye in 1999. This modern optical computer mouse uses digital image correlation to determine the distance and direction it has moved. This technology subsequently eliminated the mechanical mouse driven by a rubberized ball from today’s world.
  • What has been the biggest professional crisis you have suffered? I see every crisis in my professional journey as an opportunity for me to learn and emerge better and stronger. Stakeholders’ management and neglecting horizontal relationships are some experiences that I would watch out and ensure I do not neglect them in future.
  • What would you do differently if you could start again? Have an early career planning. I realized that knowing your career aspiration is important so that you can plan and develop in the direction correlating to your passion.
  • You started working on different industries than Life Sciences. How easy (or hard) did you find to join this Industry? What do you think professionals from other industries can bring to the Life Sciences Industry? Every industry has different requirements and skillsets associated to support the industries. For example, in semiconductor industry, the time to market is crucial and the ability to scale up in the lowest cost-effective manner are important. For medical device industry, quality and compliance are of utmost importance. For me, switching industries is not difficult if you are willing to learn or sometimes even unlearn. Do not copy your “best practices” blindly and force it into your new place. Understand and be willing to understand why certain practices happen. With a sound understanding, you can then better offer an improvement that helps the organization or industry.
  • What are you currently learning? How to be a more inclusive leader. I am currently working on getting my Inclusive Behaviors Inventory (IBI) certification developed by Aperion Global. Understanding my biases, working on building key skills that allow me to work across boundaries and becoming a champion of an inclusive leader.

A leader inspires their followers and transform them into leaders themselves. A leader is also about being there and helping them grow to become better leaders”

  •  How would you define yourself as a leader? I practice humility by always appreciating my team. Share the successes with them. Acts with a purpose and share the dream that the world or the place we are in can be a better place tomorrow.
  • What is the primary characteristic of a leader? I agree with what Peter Tom’s once said: “True Leaders don’t create more followers. They create more leaders”. A leader inspires their followers and transform them into leaders themselves. A leader is also about being there and helping them grow to become better leaders.
  • What are you doing, or have you done to inspire your team? I do not make all the decisions. My team is empowered in decision making and if they make wrong moves, it is okay as it is part of learning and growing and more importantly, confidence building.
  • Tell me a Leader who has positively influenced you. Why? Singapore’s founding father – Lee Kuan Yew. He is extremely value driven leading from a deep sense of purpose and responsibility to create positive change that transform the vulnerable small country Singapore once was to a first world country today.

“Be very ´hungry´ for knowledge and be willing to get involved (hands-on) and try different things. This is where you can gain different exposure which will help to build on your portfolio of experiences and branding that you need for your future”

  • What does work in the Health Sciences industry mean to you? I have worked in several industries but working in the Health Sciences industry gave me the greatest fulfillment as my actions might directly/ indirectly impact someone’s lives through providing quality life to them and their family.
  • What would you like to do if you were not what you are today? Be a teacher or a coach. I see how such roles can also impact other’s lives (especially for the next generations) positively in the long term, to enable others to learn something and is able to take the right actions to maximize their lives and potential.  
  • Finally, what would be your recommendation for young talents who are starting their career? For young talents who are starting out their career, they need to have a good attitude towards learning. Be very “hungry” for knowledge and be willing to get involved (hands-on) and try different things. This is where you can gain different exposure which will help to build on your portfolio of experiences and branding that you need for your future.

Thank you so much Jee Peng for your time and collaboration on this Project!

All Is About People!

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