@IBM with Abraham Thomas

Updated: Aug 21, 2018



BBA 1986

Managing Director

IBM Singapore

https://www.linkedin.com/in/abraham-thomas08/



Q. Any memorable experiences when doing business in other countries?

I was asked to offer a bribe to win some business, which of course I flatly refused, knowing full well that if I did so, I would lose the business. And because of that, the client was impressed and decided that they would do business with us. If you stick with your principals, good things will come out of it. But of course, there were other times when that resulted in lost business. However, you have to understand, things tend to come full circle and your actions today will come back and affect something else further down the road. So, stick to your principles!


Q. You’ve been all over the world, how do you view overseas assignments?

If anybody asks me, I’d say go for it. Grab it with both hands! What holds us back? People in Singapore are too comfortable here. Pay is good, everything works smoothly. When you come back from an overseas assignment, you’d be a very different person, a much more seasoned executive. You will get experiences outside of what you get in Singapore. For example, I was in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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