Today, we are more than delighted to welcome Tony Hao Cheng to be our guest interviewee. Tony Cheng is our colleague from HKU MBA Class of 2022 who used to work as a consulting manager in KPMG for more than 5 years with Hong Kong CPA.
(For below, Q referred to as questions from HKU MBA marketing club, T stands for Tony Cheng)
Q: How would you describe yourself?
T: I will consider myself as professional, accountable, and friendly person. Due to my working experience as an accountant, I always stick to professional practices. Also, as a manager, I tried to foster an accountable and friendly environment where people help each other for a better good of the entire team.
Q: How would you like others to describe you?
T: I want to be perceived as a responsible and helpful person. I am enthusiastic to help others and extremely patient to my fellow workers if they asked me to give them a hand. Additionally, I try my best to finish my duties in an efficient and timely manner, and I never find any excuse or blame others for my wrongdoings.
Q: Please share with us a memorable story from work.
T: Thanks for the organizing from the firm, we had the opportunity to gather southern area colleagues (including Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong offices) from the same batch year as national training and celebration. It was always my most enjoyable moment of the year since everyone was like a family member and thus further enhanced our relationship.
Q: Please share with us about someone who you worked with that you like or don’t like about.
T: I will not accept colleague who always find excuses and blame others. Working as a team, teammates should shoulder their own responsibility and be accountable for the team.
To be professional is the priority to me. Luckily, I had an honorable opportunity to work with a team of professional people from different backgrounds. It was one of the best teams I ever worked with.
Q: Please share with us about your experience at HKU MBA
T: I did not expect that the one-year HKU MBA program to be that intensive, even more packed than my previous master’s program. However, I enjoyed the diversity that HKU MBA program created, and I haven’t felt like a student for a really long time. HKU MBA has intentionally fostered a pleasant but vigorous study and social environment that I enjoyed a lot so far.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
T: Of course, sleeping! To charge myself so that I can enjoy a lot of extra curriculums like puzzle, building Lego, and scuba diving. When solving puzzles, I forced myself to finish them at once since “To be continued” will drive me crazy. Typically, I will estimate the time it takes to solve a certain puzzle and allocate my time in advanced so I can well plan my following schedule.
Q: Describe who you want to be in the future?
T: I will foresee myself to take up a more responsible role in a financial institution. So far, I haven’t identified my potential as an entrepreneur, and I do enjoy working under a more structured circumstance and progressing myself gradually. I always can learn a lot in the process of communication and coordination among different parties and I am always passionate to learn new knowledge, as well as mentoring other in working environment.
Q: Imagine we are now at July 2032, Where are you? What are you doing? Who are you with?
T: I imagine myself diving in the sea freely, enjoying my life. I am an extremely hard-working person, but these years I learned a lot about the importance of work-life balance. A good work-life balance does not mean that I do not value my professional work as much as before, but I understand that a more efficient and creative working environment is critical. This is something I want to improve in the next ten years.
Tony is a seemingly serious but deep-inside friendly person. He is able to establish a very firm line between his working and leisure time. He can be very efficient and professional at work, but relaxing and easy-going during his leisure time. He is the most trustworthy workmate, but also a very sincere friend. I wish him all the best in his MBA journey and formidable future in IBD.