The partnership between Amway, Georgetown and the Japanese Times daily newspaper brings Japanese professionals to Washington D.C. and Grand Rapids, Michigan, to get a primer on the American political system and see public-private partnerships in action.
In D.C., they visit prominent attractions and meet with well-known political insiders — most recently former White House Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove. In Michigan, they meet with local politicians, including Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, and visit local attractions, such as Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
Now, over at the Amway Newsroom, we have an in-depth look at the whirlwind program, its history and its impact. The session is only a week long, but Georgetown officials say they can do a lot in that week.
James V. Parenti, senior associate dean for Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies, called GULP “the most energetic international engagement we have (at Georgetown).”
And GULP Principal Instructor Bradley A. Blakeman said the value of education is not judged in time, but in content.
“We can be flexible and nimble and entrepreneurial enough to create programs for a student body that only visits for a week,” Blakeman said. “But the content will last a lifetime.”
Those are just a few of the words that describe Amway’s Bob Hamilton, THE go-to person for policies and regulations in the home care and beauty products industries.
“His practical approach is highly valued by regulatory professionals worldwide,” says Dr. Nico Raczek, Amway global director of regulatory policies.
What else makes Bob stand out? “Good science, and products that are safe for our families as well as our communities are primary motivators for Bob,” says Terri Gaskey, who leads our quality assurance and global technical services.
“He has worked tirelessly over many years to strengthen the work we do on behalf of the industry,” says Ernie Rosenberg, ACI President & CEO. “We could never say ‘thank you’ enough for all that he has done.”
This past Saturday, Dr. Nagarajan – along with Amway Chief Sales Officer John Parker and eVent.com Cofounder Andi Sie – issued a similar challenge to another 40 University of Michigan business students.
The task: Use principles of entrepreneurship to create more sustainable economies and bring more of the world’s growing population into the middle class.
Nagarajan, Parker and Sie participated on the Entrepreneurship Panel of the 24th Annual Asia Business Conference in Ann Arbor, themed “Discover the Possibilities: Shape the Future,” and students from Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, USA, India, Indonesia and Malaysia attended.
Parker touched on how Amway measures success by the number of people we can help start their own small, independent businesses, bringing more economic and personal flexibility and independence to their lives.
Sie covered his experience in the real estate, health care and technology sectors as an entrepreneur who abides by one rule: Have a purpose. Purpose, said Sie, is the key to success that helps entrepreneurs get through the inevitable hard times.
Students were asked by the panelists to consider:
The advantages of remaining privately held, like Amway, so that taking the “long view” on solving local or global challenges is possible, over short-term gains for investors.
Remaining authentic to who you are, and your purpose, in all communications.
Understanding cultural drivers such as loyalty in Japan and youth empowerment in Vietnam.
A tenet that Amway founders lived by: Act as a guest in every country where you do business; act as if you want to be invited back tomorrow; and the next day, and the next. Never forget that it is a privilege to be doing business in countries outside of your own.
Be adaptable, but not indecisive.
The “official” first answer of almost anyone, be it a potential partner, a potential new customer, or an investor, will always be “no.” Don’t take “no” for an answer.
Read the book, “Delivering Happiness.” It inspired Sie and helped him realize to not only seek opportunity, but to give opportunity to others.
It was a unique chance for students to get real world inspiration to shape the future—their own and the world’s.
So, what about our new employees? They are not left out. The Early in Career Group at our World Headquarters was started in 2010 for anyone new to the Amway company. Regular meetings and social functions help them network, meet new people and expand their knowledge outside their own department.
They focus on professional development, leadership opportunities or volunteering events.
While it’s focused on helping new employees “connect, collaborate and grow,” veterans are welcome, too. In fact, they often use the group as a resource to tap fresh points of view.
Company executives, like Amway Chief Sales Officer John Parker, say fostering the group is “critical to the future of the company.”
“One of the great things about EiCG is that it keeps Amway entrepreneurial,” Parker said. “We’re a big company, a big business, lots of employees, and any big company like that ends up with silos.
“It’s those individuals that are part of the EiCG network that are the future leaders and the future of the business.”
Check out what some of the group members have to say in this video.
Amway is a business built on relationships, powered by excellent products and guided by the principles of entrepreneurship and free enterprise. It is an organization of one-on-one connections, that has ultimately connected many parts of the world.
That impact has led many to seek additional information about Amway. Our answers are often guided by the Amway Media Guide, a trusted source inside the company for facts and figures that help quantify the organization’s size and scope in some way.
While the guide is developed with the news media in mind, we thought it would be of interest to others as well — including you. So here it is. Enjoy!
Open a closet or cupboard door in many homes around the world and odds are you’ll find at least one product from General Mills, Campbell Soup, Coca-Cola, L.L. Bean or Fisher Price. And the leaders of these companies have much to teach us: about transformation, innovation, big data, culture, philanthropy and purpose.
That’s why Robert Reiss, Forbes columnist and longtime host of The CEO Show, brings these leaders on air, and asks them the tough questions about their personal management styles, how they have reinvented their industries, and how to develop best practices while upholding their own values. His show airs weekly and is syndicated in full or in segments in 85 U.S. cities.
The recent interview that Reiss did with Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel and Amway President Doug DeVos went live on the show’s website last week. It was an excellent opportunity to amplify Amway’s story, share the entrepreneurial spirit and drive behind direct selling, and have an important conversation about the role of entrepreneurs — people like our Amway Business Owners — in healthy, growing economies.
In the final minutes of the interview, Reiss asks both men for the advice they have for anyone considering becoming an entrepreneur. Said Steve, “You have to just jump in and try something. It doesn’t always work, but it doesn’t matter. Just keep trying.” Doug added, “Get connected with mentors and other people who’ve done it. . . everyone thinks it’s about money. It’s not. It’s about people and it’s about connecting with others who can give you encouragement. . . ”
On average, almost 8 out of 10 respondents, or 77%, have a positive attitude toward self-employment. That’s a boost from last year’s 75% and about 7% higher than the international average.
Among 18- to 24-year-olds the number grows to 86%. Add a university degree to that group and the number jumps to 91%.
On the whole, 88% of the respondents with a college degree report positive feelings toward entrepreneurship. Views dropped among those without a degree to 74%, but that’s still higher than the international average in that group — 67%
So, why do those in Great Britain like the idea of starting a business? Well, it’s not about the money. “Second income prospects” was one of the least important reasons they would consider it. The highest ranked reason was “independence from an employer and being one’s own boss.” The second most appealing reason was “self-fulfillment and possibility to realize own ideas.”
Question asked: In your opinion, which of the following aspects appeal to you as reasons to start up your own business?
Self-employment is gaining attractiveness in Ukraine, according to the 2013 Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report. In fact, among Ukrainians under 30 years old, and those living in the West and South regions, positive attitudes toward entrepreneurship are some of the highest in our entire study — at 83%.
Recent advances in infrastructure, agriculture and the business start-up environment in Ukraine are likely contributing to the positive outlook.
Money talks: When compared to the international average, respondents from Ukraine overwhelmingly state that the most appealing reason to start a business is the prospect of a second income.
Location matters: Respondents living in Kiev see it differently, choosing “self-fulfillment” as a motivator to starting a business at a higher rate than their fellow countrymen.
Gender does not: In Ukraine, there is no gender gap in positivity toward entrepreneurship.
Any age: In contrast to most other countries surveyed, respondents over the age of 30 are just as leary as self employment as a good choice for themselves as their younger countrymen. Maturity and experience do not lessen the fear of failure.
Business friendly: Ukrainian respondents see “low bureaucracy” as an important factor to the foundation of business. They see their regulatory, media and social environment — despite recent forward momentum — as neither friendly nor unfriendly. (See below.)
Amway looks forward to its second decade of doing business in Ukraine as well as continuing to study, sharpen and socialize ideas for keeping the entrepreneurial spirit alive and well there.
Question asked: If you think about politics, media coverage and the people you know: how entrepreneurship-friendly is the society in Ukraine?
Disclaimer: The authors of these blogs are Amway employees. The opinions expressed here are not necessarily reviewed in advance by anyone but the individual author. These opinions do not necessarily reflect the view of Amway or any other person or company.