The most compelling LEADERSHIP WISDOM can come from the most UNEXPECTED PLACE.
In a corporate jungle obsessed with hype. ofﬁce politics and the never-ending race for promotion and power, textbook leadership skills are failing to bridge the gap between management and their most precious commodity ‒ people.
From her humble roots growing up in a Malaysian village. author Boonsiri Somchit shows what it takes to truly engage and lead from the heart. Taking inspiration from her childhood adventures with her rag-tag gang. Boonsiri brings her authentic insights to leadership, life and dealing with rogue chickens in her book When the Chicken Dies, Everyone Cries.
“Someone once told me that you should act like the person that you want to become. I want to act like the person that I used to be, the girl from the kampung, the one who was never in her comfort zone, who took risks and who would try anything. With that in mind, I’ve decided to leave my corporate position and to start a new chapter in my life. I’ve built teams, processes, policies and organisations for others, and now it is time to do it for myself, to use all the knowledge and skill sets that I have gained and built up over the years.
“Am I afraid? Yes! I’m moving into uncharted territory. Am I excited? Yes! This book will mark the close of the corporate part of my life, as I embark on a brand new adventure. Happiness, to me back then, was watching a kite fluttering against a clear blue sky. Now, I have a new dream and it’s time to go for it. How I get there, I have no idea yet, but as I start to plan my path and my shortcuts, I feel my passion surge and the excitement rises. Slowly, I know the ideas will come and I know as I travel on my new-found journey, I’ll have new experiences to share and ﬁngers crossed, plenty more new stories to tell.”
About the author: Partner and Co-Founder, Xtrategize Technologies Sdn Bhd, Boonsiri Somchit-Ong (Boon) is a highly accomplished finance and operations professional with over three decades of experience. She has held senior leadership positions in several multinational companies including, Motorola, Komag and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).
In 2014, she was given the recognition by her fellow management accounting peers in the industry, when she became the first and only person to have won the prestigious National Award for Management Accounting (NAFMA) under the category of Outstanding Contribution to Business Performance. Boon now sits on the judging panel for NAFMA.
Boon continues to pay it forward by volunteering as the Industry Advisor to her alma mater, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, she is also the brand ambassador and the face of CIMA Malaysia. She was also recently appointed as the advisor for Outsourcing Malaysia. On the gender diversity front, Boon sits on the Advisory panel for the Penang Women’s Development Corporation and is the Executive Sponsor for the Penang Skills Development Corporation’s, Women@Work Annual Event.