John Kim

VP, Transaction Advisory Services

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25
Years' Experience

Experienced in mergers and acquisitions, transformation initiatives and program/project management.

John’s Perspective

The single most important quality to have for leadership is integrity. One can have the greatest vision, high intelligence and exceptional personals skills, but without integrity as a solid foundation, those pillars of qualities will crumble. Integrity is the core attribute of a leader because it defines who he/she is—i.e., being real; it doesn't matter if people are watching or not.

More About John

With more than two decades of experience, John offers deep expertise as an advisor to Corporate Development groups on growing and changing trends in M&A integration processes, tools and resources.

He’s passionate about innovation, growth in new markets, and people and organization dynamics—and achieving and recognizing set objectives through teamwork.

In his spare time, John enjoys playing guitar, travel, golfing and bowling. (And he hopes that, one day, the scores will be changed between the two!)

 

3 Questions

What sort of disruption has happened in your career that has spurred personal and professional growth?

Among many disruptions that occurred over the past decades, the ones that stand out as spurring my personal and professional growth are mobility and market volatility. For example, the number of mobile phone users grew from 11 million in 1990 to over a whopping 2.5 billion in 2021. The financial market crash in 2008 revealed to us, once again, that the reality is always too complex to be accurately modeled, and everything is interconnected. Both of these examples taught me that disruptions can be viewed as opportunities.

What does human agility mean to you?

For me, human agility means promoting and fostering a more agile approach to work, so that it cultivates creativity, celebrates diverse viewpoints, and encourages taking calculated risks. I believe that human agility is all about possessing a right/growth mindset rather than having a specific skill set.

What excites you the most when you think about the future of work?

"Change is the only constant" is an old adage and somewhat jaded saying. However, it is the truth, nevertheless. The changes are coming at a faster pace and I'm looking forward to what the next innovation and "disrupters" will be. This change is what excites me most when I think about the future of work.

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