Challenging the norms
By sheer coincidence, The Peak caught up with OMG Creative Consulting’s chief creative officer Yoris Sebastian the very same day that Apple’s Steve Jobs announced his resignation as company CEO. Jobs has been described as the world’s only CEO with rock-star status. (Less flatteringly, some commentators have also referred to him as “the micro-manager from hell.”)
Asked for his “take” on this momentous piece of news, Yoris’ reply displays his typically no-nonsense, unsentimental, analytical approach to business: “It shows the importance of regeneration in a company,” he says, adding, “Companies must focus on culture, not individuals.”
Technically a university drop-out, Yoris tellingly observes that Jobs’ most valuable learning experience was when he was effectively kicked out of his own company in the mid-1980s, only to return stronger than ever a decade later. Yoris became the youngest-ever general manager of Hard Rock Cafe Asia Pacific (and the second-youngest in the world) at the tender age of 26. Now 38, he looks back on those days as an incredibly valuable learning experience.