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Date of publication: Jun 18, 2018

Lincoln Barrett

Vice President, Commercial - Australasia & Japan
IHG
www.ihg.com

Date of birth: Jan. 3, 1970

Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 1 (as of June 2018)

Lincoln Barrett
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

In 1999, I attended a Star Alliance meeting, a company I worked with at the time, in Kyoto. I recall buying some beautiful miniature samurai swords that still sit on our shelf today. Ironically, while I bought them in Japan, I was not allowed to ship them back into the country during my move.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

My parents always instilled in me the motto of “Do your best,” and I always tried to live up to that. More recently, it has shifted to a focus of living as simply as possible and enjoying the journey versus worrying about some future destination.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

I’ve lived and worked in the U.K., U.S., New Zealand, Australia, China, Thailand and now Japan. This has given me the privilege to experience most major markets in the world. Projects come and go, and results are achieved, but I am most proud of the way I’ve been able to adapt to different cultures along the way.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

My goals in Japan are to immerse myself in the culture, see as much of Japan as I can, learn a decent amount of Japanese and move the business forward in the area I lead. Most importantly, my goal is to help lead and grow my team so they can grow their own careers and fulfill their potential.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

Listen more than you speak. Embrace the culture. Empower team members. Also, read between the lines, as communication in Japan is often implied and not always explicit. This is the opposite of most Western cultures and can be a difficult transition and change the way issues move forward.

Last updated: Sep 7, 2018