MANAGING DIRECTOR | TRILLIANT ASIA PACIFIC P&L
As the Managing Director for Asia Pacific, Bryan Spear is responsible for Trilliant’s Asia Pacific P&L. Bryan was responsible for establishing the business for Trilliant in 2012, providing advanced applications within the IoT, smart city and smart grid sectors to address critical challenges such as energy efficiency, renewable integration, and decarbonisation. He has worked closely as a trusted advisor with major private and government entities in the energy and smart city sectors in North America and Asia Pacific over his 20-year career.
This interview was originally published in The Global Power & Energy Elites 2021.
WHAT’S THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ THIS YEAR?
Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. I love how he digs into complex issues, how he challenges assumptions. He can use data in a way that others haven’t considered and then tie it to a broader point. In this particular book, he examines how we interact with others and challenges us on the assumptions that we make about people.
This book makes you think differently about everyone you meet, how you judge them and how you interact with them. I found it a fascinating read.
If anyone is looking for direction, particularly after the past year, I would recommend one of his earlier titles, The Tipping Point. He delves into trends and traces them back to the inflection point.
I think we’re going to look back 5-10 years from now, whether it’s the transformation of retail or other trends that have been accelerated, the principles and some of the underlying fundamentals that he explores in this book will be relevant to the time that we’re in today.
WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES A SUCCESSFUL LEADER?
The best leaders that I have seen, or had the opportunity to work for, have been incredibly passionate about their mission. They care deeply about their employees, which then helps them obtain employee buy-in, which is critical.
These leaders create a culture where people will stop at nothing short of success while ensuring there is always an element of fun to everything they do.
And this is a really important concept. Additionally, these leaders have a high degree of self-awareness, which I think is a trait that’s undervalued but extremely important.
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