Starting small is the pattern of most businesses. I guess there are occasional five-minute wonders that have maintained their growth. Some however have also seriously disintegrated or crashed. The story of an enterprising highlander in a Pacific Island nation is a brilliant example of such determination and persistence. These were coupled with a flair for recognising a good idea. It all successfully started by selling mini-doughnuts in the local market. The entrepreneur gradually developed a wide-ranging group of companies including coffee plantations, rural taxis (mini-buses), property etc. Pretty well throughout his career Harry successfully survived in a very competitive environment. The seeming disadvantage, of not being too fluent in reading or skilled at writing, did not deter him. His business head and entrepreneurial spirit buoyantly carried him through all the mini-pockets of marketing turbulence.
In spite of such success, while ascending the management ladder, he firmly retained his grass-roots contacts as well as extended family connections. He spent quality time with friends and business contacts. He sought, in a whole variety of ways, to enrich his immediate and extended rural communities. On one occasion, after a tour of a very historic nation, he returned with stunning photos. He then toured his community network with a personal presentation assisted with slide projector shows These were all very well received.
Such genuine and effective appreciation of all the support and business granted to him, reaped a whole new round of partnerships for him. There is a rich cultural trait of community-bonding and corporate ownership throughout the Pacific. Although modern businessmen in the region are not always sharing their success, both financial and experience-wise, with their extended families and language groups. Harry achieved this – with excellence…. From doughnuts in the market to coffee plantations was an amazing journey. It was achieved with excellence.