Multiple Hats

Dock/Xu/BoshiAnd I do not mean the colourful hats of De-Bono.

During meetings with potential partners and client, I always have this problem of which hat to wear. I am currently wearing multiple hats and I sometimes switch hats in the middle of a meeting.

Like last week, I had a meeting with a company where I went in with one hat and changed into another hat during the meeting. I also had a situation of visiting another company with one hat last week, and I will be visiting them again in a fort-night with another hat.

I am actually wearing several dynamic hats these days. Sometimes, people get confused as to whom I represent. I try to fix this by having multiple name-cards and presenting the one whose hat I am wearing at that point in time. I sometimes end up giving out several name-cards to people.

It is not confusing for me because I have been multi-hatting since I was young. I am used to adopting several roles at the same time. Maybe this makes me a little schizoid, which is supposed to be a good thing for entrepreneurs. So, I’m not complaining.

However, I suddenly realised this weekend that there is precedence for multi-hatting – super-heroes. Peter Parker – Spiderman, Tony Stark – Ironman, Bruce Wayne – Batman, etc. (Fools too – shhhh!)

So, it seems that multi-hatting is a norm for a super-hero, not that I claim to be one. However, I definitely have to become one if I am to succeed at what I am doing at the moment. It is not easy to be a boot-strapping solo-founder of a cutting-edge engineering company.

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered/Professional Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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