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Meet Rhea Ong Yiu Co-Founder of Teal Around the World

May 14, 2022
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Rhea Ong Yiu Co-Founder of Teal Around the World
Rhea Ong Yiu Co-Founder of Teal Around the World

Rhea is a partner at LIVEsciences AG and a catalyst. This Swiss-based consultancy is committed to helping companies become more human-centric.

She also co-founded Teal Around the World in 2020. This non-profit brings together future-of-work enthusiasts and teal-minded people from around the globe to learn, share and create immersive virtual co-creation.

It breaks down the barriers of language, culture, and geography and brings out resonance, courage, and inspiration.

She is a true enabler and synergy instigator, a community builder, and a great communicator.

She is passionate about connecting people, inciting movements that spark change, and helping leaders and future leaders unleash their inner superpowers within their communities.

Rhea is an entrepreneur and uses her core competencies to improve the company’s bottom line.

She bridges business and digital agility by using creative ways to connect communities and other skills within the organization.

Rhea’s extensive experience in strategy, technology, and innovation makes her an expert advisor in complex areas such as organizational transformation and change.

From where did you get the idea for your career?

Frank, Timm, and Steffen founded LIVEsciences in April 2016. They believed that they could make the corporate world a better place.

We are now a 16-strong team of experienced catalysts who work tirelessly to bring about organizational change.

Teal Around the World was founded in April 2020 by Emerge, LIVEsciences, and Hive Logic.

It is a platform for sharing experiences and learning from one another.

Our ultimate goal is to create a community of people who can change how we work and give leaders and organizations the courage to do so within their ecosystems.

How do you make your day more productive?

After 15 minutes of meditation, I head out for a quiet walk in the fields with Coco and then go for 5 minutes reading, 5 minutes silence, inner reflection, and 5 minutes gratitude.

The rest of my day is spent dreaming, scheming, and working with clients.

Sometimes I facilitate workshops, do strategic advisory with leaders and teams, or work on fun projects such as Teal Around The World and our Living Room Conversations.

We also have virtual coffees to share ideas and experiences around Future of Work and Teal.

This podcast is where we dive deeper into the thought processes of change-makers, their approach, and experiences to shifting the needle. All done to inspire courage.

How can you bring your ideas to life?

Innovation is best experienced in tension. This is where ideas simmer, and it’s where they can be validated through experimentation.

As a problem solver, I’m always curious about what it feels like to be in a tension/problem zone and the potential outcomes that might emerge once the tension is overturned.

Remember to include the customer and other experts, as this is where the real fun begins.

Which trend is your favorite?

Although I am always excited about change, the acceleration and recognition of the need for adaptability, the need to do things differently, and the need to be more human-centric leaders keep me up at night.

This is something I have longed for all my life, and I am thrilled to be able to make it happen.

Which habit makes you more productive as an entrepreneur than another?

I am always conscious about what I have that I can pass on to someone who can do it better.

It’s not a habit, but I am always mindful of creating space for the unexpected.

Because of this, talent is easily noticed by me. Don’t forget to acknowledge them!

It helps me free up my capacity while allowing others to develop and deliver better products than I could.

What advice would your younger self give you?

You should take your time and enjoy learning. Do not rush. Growing is a process.

The value of experience is priceless. Take lessons from others’ mistakes and learn from them.

Keep an open mind to the possibilities. You can be observant, sense the unmet needs around and see the potential for addressing them.

Don’t aim for perfection; strive for excellence in all you do.

We need to hear something you believe is accurate and that nearly everyone agrees with.

I am an ambivert. Most people agree that I am one, except for the personality assessments.

My energy can be shifted depending on the situation.

What is one thing that you recommend to everyone as a successful entrepreneur?

Keep your ears open and listen, and keep in touch. Epictetus, a Greek philosopher, said: “Nature has given men one tongue and two ears so that we can hear from others twice the amount we speak.”

Which strategy has been most successful in growing your business?

In all we do, we believe in abundance. We are passionate about helping people and serving them in the best possible way.

We don’t view people from the same business as competitors.

Instead, we see them as partners who can help us in our monumental task of removing bureaucracies from work and shifting our focus to happy organizations that thrive in change.

How did you overcome that failure as an entrepreneur?

Management of stakeholders is a huge responsibility.

It often happens when we least expect it. It was a learning experience for me not to set boundaries sooner.

This reminded me of how important it is to manage expectations, scope work, and build trust.

We had a productive conversation with the client to correct it.

We were able to move forward because of this.

Which business idea would you be willing to share with our readers?

Co-Working, Corporate offices, hotels/resorts, and groceries are all close to Co-Working. You would be a great customer!

Which was the most expensive $100 you spent recently? Which and why?

Spa day. Self-care is essential.

Which piece of software or web service can you use to help you be more productive?

Although I am not a digital native, I love technology.

I use cloud apps to help me be productive and can work from anywhere.

My favorites are Whatsapp and, Calendly, Slack. Miro, Google Suite.

Which book would you recommend to our community? Why?

I have many! If you are looking for new ways of working and a way to design your organization, Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux is a great resource.

It is fundamental to creating a new way of thinking, being, and living that is more human—Brave New Work by Aaron Dignan—led by Travis Marsh, Susan Basterfield, and Brent Lowe.

Which quote is your favorite?

You will never cross the ocean unless you are brave enough to see the shore.

Christopher Columbus

What could the Key Learnings “Rhea Ong Yiu” offer to Enterprenuer readers?

To build great relationships, you must have a mindset of abundance

Our biological nature is to listen more than we give advice.

The client is the key to a successful change.

Our role as catalysts is to cheer them on and help them maintain their enthusiasm for the change.

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