Just weeks after getting my promotion, I attended my first Annual General Meeting in Singapore under my new designation. I usually attend but I play more of the behind the scene role on most AGMs. Of course, a promotion is a promotion but with it comes a great deal of responsibility It was a baptism of fire and a great deal of it. I had to adjust in such a short span of time plus add to the fact that I still have to cover my previous responsibilities since I really haven’t even advertise to hire someone to take my previous role. To compound my woes, there was a network downtime for our oracle system that delayed the reports. Something always happen when it comes to reporting periods.
Board Meeting and AGM
Yesterday was a busy day for me during our AGM in Singapore being the lead presenter for the Company’s financials (previously, I only had a voice when consulted on several IFRS issues). I was a bit jittery at start (I always am) but in the long-run I became more comfortable and effective even if I had so little time to analyze the numbers. I am quite relieved that at the toughest of circumstances, we were still able to present a decent yet concise report. Luck finally did catch up with not much queries made by the shareholders. With shareholders getting face to face time with management only once a year, there are times that you can be queried on so many aspect of the Company.
Post Board Meeting
I went to the Singapore Museum of the Arts later that day with some colleagues. There was a unique tour about Singapore’s culture though it became a bit dragging owing to a very lengthy narration and of course, fatigue was catching up from several overtime as of late. I also went to Chinatown to buy some souvenirs and did a my usual ‘get lost in the city routine’ by deciding to walk back to the hotel instead. I really do get lost in this adventure and it did require a great deal of walking just to find my way back in the hotel. I rested for awhile and after talking to some of my friends who are now based in Singapore decided to go down to the bar and joined our Group auditors.
Started the following day early with a marathon of meetings with bankers, potential business contacts and financial media. I also volunteered to join in checking out possible office spaces for our Singapore office (so I’ll know which place to crash whenever I’m here) and now I rest for the mean time but will be going to Ministry of Sound with colleagues and spending my weekend here with friends before I go back home on Monday. It’s quite a great deal to manage but I’m glad it’s over and now from work mode, I return to my regular mode – vacation mode. It’s always a busy time in Singapore but I did survive my baptism of fire. =>