Leaders on leadership: Rolls-Royce's regional director

Paul Harris, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars' Asia-Pacific Regional Director reveals the company's workforce plans for 2018.

Paul Harris

Asia-Pacific Regional Director,

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited

in 2017, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars faced a volatile business landscape. As a business, we confronted uncertain market demand conditions, faced complex regulatory challenges, and operated in an environment of ambiguity.

Indeed, this is the new volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) business norm, but amidst this also lies opportunity. Wealth inflows to Asia-Pacific present high potential for growth, and our team must be able to adapt to this new reality while consolidating our position at the pinnacle of luxury.

Today, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars thrives by employing some of the world’s most talented craftspeople, engineers, and professionals. But to continue this momentum moving forward, our lean team of employees and managers will need to multi-task more than ever.

As a leader, my goal is to find highly talented individuals to join our cause – and grow them to become the best versions of themselves.

This nurturing of talent must be a combination of continuous challenge, discovery, and inspiration. The result is an intrinsic purpose for achieving excellence that extends beyond work and throughout their personal lives.

Our team must also be adaptive, which means allowing for multi-level feedback, open communication channels, and quick identification of disruptions to the business. We encourage freedom to experiment, cross-discipline work projects, and inter-department cooperation. Unique problem-solving skills in these uncertain times are also a must.

The new “VUCA” business norm means our actions will most certainly produce unpredictable results; the only thing we can be sure of is the unknown.

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