Inside The Growth Room of Lam Zhi Khiam, Brand Manager at Una Brands

Lam Zhi Khiam is a Brand Manager at Una Brands. Previously working in the venture capital and corporate venture building space


Lam Zhi Khiam, Brand Manager at Una Brands

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1) To kickstart, could you share about your current role, what the company does and a bit about your career background?


Hey, so I’m currently a brand manager at Una Brands - A leading e-commerce aggregator in the Asia-Pacific region. What we do is basically offer e-commerce brand owners a fast and fair way to sell their businesses and help them scale them into global, well-loved, and enduring household names.


As a brand manager, our main responsibility is to drive the growth of the brands tagged under us as we are responsible for their P&L. To achieve that, we have to constantly identify various levers such as channel, geographic, and product expansions that are suitable for our brands, before putting together a sound strategy, and work together with our various internal teams full of talented individuals to execute our vision.


Prior to this, I was fortunate enough to have a few short stints in the venture capital and corporate venture building space, which gave me a snapshot at what it’s like being a builder, and an early-stage investor – ultimately helping me to decide on my current pathway.



2) Can you describe what your typical workday looks like?


Typically, there isn’t really a typical workday, ironically, as the nature of the job and the start-up environment both offer a very dynamic work environment, which I personally think is pretty beneficial for growth.


However, I usually start my day at 7.30am with a few stretches before washing up and grabbing breakfast to warm up my engines before the day begins around 9.30am. After checking my emails from the previous evening, I come up with an open priority list before spending the rest of the morning working on the most important tasks.


Afternoons are typically when I schedule most meetings to be. If not, I’ll spend the rest of the day clearing the remainder of my list, while solving the daily issues that sporadically pop up from anywhere.


To end the day, I go for evening runs on alternate weeknights, and work on my other interests on the rest, before turning in by 12.30am. (p.s. sleep debt is really expensive haha)



3) What does personal growth mean to you?


To me, personal growth represents progress and evolution as we move through the different phases of life. I usually identify growth as being able to do 1% more with 1% less, every day. This could come in many ways, such as optimizing your current habits, or learning about something new. Ideally, it should be something that helps you reach your goals eventually. However, it is 100% ok to hit pause every now and then as well, because time passes faster than we realize.



4) Is there a habit you consciously exercise to ensure you achieve your ideal personal growth?


Personally, I always keep an open mind to everything I come across as I find it invaluable to look at things from different perspectives and mindsets, which helps to form a wider world view. You’d find me literally asking “why” more frequently than drinking tea (I love tea haha)



5) What does it mean to grow in your career? How do you measure your career growth?


Career-wise, I believe growth is ultimately measured based on the amount of responsibility that you get over time, and with it, the job title and money will eventually follow suit. To me, the most important thing is to stay humble, open-minded, and curious. Growth will come, and ultimately in any role, to quote Garry Tan, “you should either be learning, earning, or both.”



6) Aside from your full-time job, is there anything else you like to do outside work?


I love fishing, music, and sports. I usually try to build one of these activities into my monthly schedule at least once a month, to give myself some time to unwind and disconnect.


But more frequently, I usually read and watch about the world, the latest tech, and interesting things that sometimes pop up on my YouTube feed and try out new side project ideas.



7) Are there any books, podcasts or apps that have been helpful for your growth?


There are many books that I believe people should read about, but “Blitzscaling” is one I don’t see recommended often, but I thought is an interesting read that gives another perspective to traditional business best practices.


Podcast-wise, I love listening to “How I Built This” by Guy Raz; an amazing collection of builder stories and lessons openly shared with a talented host who asks good questions.



8) Any tips you’d like to share for those who are looking to venture into similar roles?


If you’re looking to venture into start-ups, I believe its pretty important to be curious, open-minded, and have a very strong sense of ownership. It is ok to make mistakes, as long as you learn something from it. Ultimately, in a start-up, things change really quickly and there is no real way to prepare for it, so just put yourself out there, and enjoy the ride :)



9) Finally, what is the one quote you always live by?


“Growth never comes from comfort zones, seek discomfort”



 


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