It is wonderful to see fellow MAI Group company, ICD Property sponsor Melbourne's #LightUpMelbourne Festival. This will be the first large lantern event in Australia & is an exciting initiative to share Chinese culture with the broader community.
Businesses that embrace the value of their people will thrive in increasingly unpredictable times.
More than thirty percent of Australian start-ups fail in their first three years, while established businesses are challenged to adapt, according to the Department of Industry. Staying relevant is hard not only because it requires flexibility, but because the nature of relevancy is also constantly changing. MAI Group CEO Michael Mai says the most successful businesses will be those that put their people first, not their profits.
When you meet a leading entrepreneur for the first time, it’s hard to know what to expect. Clichés of fast cars and arrogance may spring to mind, but with Michael Mai, it couldn’t be further from the truth. He exudes confidence, entrepreneurialism, ambition and intelligence, yes, but his manner is mature, unassuming, polite, warm and welcoming. You soon realise that despite being born to one of China’s most influential, successful and wealthiest business men Boliang Mai, CEO of China International Marine Containers Group, Michael Mai is humble, and thankful for being born into a privileged family. As well as wanting to build on his own success with his businesses including ICD Property and Mai Capital, he wants to pay it forward by helping those dealt a less lucky hand of cards in life.
It does not take much effort to find a litany of both domestic and international companies that have unsuccessfully tried to break into the Chinese market – often spending a considerable amount of time, resources and money in the process. By Grant Titmus, originally published by GROW Magazine