Should I Let My Hong Kong Chief Headhunter stay in a US$4,500 pm Super-Condo in KL?

ChangeU International is going through a major business transformation internationally with 4 Major Brands – with distinctive brands, separate websites, and marketing teams.


One of the 4 is ‘BorneoHunter’, our executive search arm. One of my 15+ years Hong Kong Strategic Advisors, Ambrose Chan, came to Kuala Lumpur recently. I wanted to explore possibilities of him spearheading BorneoHunter. He has an impeccable private banking track record in UBS (in Switzerland) and Merrill Lynch (in USA). He was one of the first Chinese Headhunters in Asia, who is in the same league as the most prestigious top tier headhunters like Korn Ferry, Spencer Stuart, and Boyden who charge one third of the Candidates’s annual income package (including housing, chauffeur, and children education).

Obviously, his first concern is the living quarters in KL since it’s a ‘hardship’ to be away as an Expat in a foreign country. I showed him some high end condos in KL’s Golden Triangle. He liked ‘Verticas Residensi’ on top of Ceylon Hill, a short 3 minutes walk down the hill to the very hip & happening, international foreigner feel of Changkat.

He then stared at me without blinking and stated that “to be the Chief Headhunter I need to live in a super-condo as a good role model as my future CEO candidates will demand the same high end housing from our clients.” And he was absolutely right – along the corridors, lift, and swimming pool we met the Expat Country Managers of Tag Hauer, Muji and some oil & gas giants.

How much is the rent at Verticas Residensi (VR)?
One rents for US$4,500 p.m. fully furnished with high end furniture and electricals for 2,500 sq.ft. at the 33rd floor with full view of both KL Tower and Petronas Towers. In Hong Kong with this Prime A+++ location and ‘a view to die for’ the rent would easily be US$60,000 p.m. A bargain he says, ya you don’t say!
The rent is the salary of a G.M. in KL.

Does a Chief Headhunter really need a super-condo to be that inspired and motivated enough?

This reminds me of Linda Evangelista, the 1st modern generation super-model who infamously coined “I don’t wake up for less than US$10,000 a day”
(read as I don’t need your petty business. And I’ll only be sufficiently motivated when you give me the bare minimum of US$XX,XXX per day).

I guess I should give Ambrose the benefit of doubt that he deserves the very best, as he is after all a world-class headhunter and Swiss & Global Private Investment Banker.

I guess also that top international consultants and headhunters especially from Hong Kong do have a fat ego which drives them to be the best in their industry, passionate with fire in the belly, and the need to make good… nay great money as THE measurement of The 3 Circles of Greatness (source: Jim Collins “Good to Great”)…hmmm…

Enjoy the visual tour of Verticas Residensi, the possible future abode of my soon-to-be announced Chief Headhunter.

Verticas - should I let my future Chief Headhunter stay in a US$4,500 pm super-condo?
Verticas Residensi – should I let my future Chief Headhunter stay in a US$4,500 pm super-condo? Single Click for bigger pics.
Sky-bridge between the 2 towers
The Sky-bridge between the 2 towers (not quite Petronas length). Property by WingTai Asia, Singapore-based.
Me dream-building on the sofa what’s it like to live here at 33rd floor.
Me dream-building on the sofa what’s it like to live here at the 33rd floor as a CEO.
Full “view to die for” of KL Tower (including the base) and Petronas Towers from the living room.
Actual Full “View to die for” of KL Tower (including the base) and Petronas Towers from the living room’ (full glass from ceiling to ground)Back view is Berjaya Times Square.
Back view is Berjaya Times Square.
Infinity pool. And only 9 Luxury Villa-style Condo 4,000-5,000 sq.ft. overlooking the pool.
Infinity pool. And only 12 Luxury Villa-style Condos @ 4,000-5,000 sq.ft. overlooking the pool.

Now… I may offer him the ‘Indecent Proposal’ of my sharing the super-condo with him…hmmm.

Wonder…will he still wake up inspired and be at work at 9:00am…

NOTE: BorneoHunter is one of 4 Major Brands of ChangeU International.
For the latest Robert’s List of owning 15+ Successful Brands, Businesses, Joint-Ventures, & Unique Offerings:


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Published on 17 November 2013.
Updated on 13 December 2016.

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Robert Chaen

Global CEO-Founder of ChangeU and Movsha Movers & Shakers, Hero-CEO Whisperer, Writer, The #1 Alpha Change Expert, Father of Asian FireWalking Robert Chaen is an International Keynote Speaker, writer, researcher, and corp games designer. He is famously known to be the “Hero-CEO Whisperer”, 1-on1 coaching with many CEOs and Celebrities for corporate strategies, staff & office political issues, personal branding, and even public figure OSHA safety drilling called Drager Defense. He has transformed CEOs and managers in Coca-Cola China, TVB Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airport Services, VADS, TM, Public Bank, Auditor General's Office Maldives, etc. He is the prolific creator and online Author of innovative management tools such as DragonCEO, Diamond Leader, Papillon Personal Effectiveness, OSHA Drager Defense, KPI Bank, etc. He is also the Founder of Movsha, an international networking with monthly mingles with MOVers & SHAkers, Angels, Entrepreneurs, CEOs, Celebrities, HR-PR-CSR, HODs, and the Most Influential IDEA people. ​Chaen is widely considered as one of the top International Platform Keynote Speakers for Resorts World Genting Senior Management Conference (Manila), 7-Eleven HK, Samsung, Coca-Cola China Mini-MBA @Tsing Hua University, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Jockey Club, The Story Conference where he interviewed Datuk Kamarudin (Chairman of AirAsia) and Siti Nurhaliza. He has been widely featured in TVB, AWSJ, CNBC, SCMP, The Star, and Sin Chew. As “The Father of Asian FireWalking”, he coached TVB celebrities (Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin) to walk on 650°C fire; and raised HK$68M in the world’s 1st and only live TV Charity FireWalk (TVB Tung Wah Charity Show), before Tony Robbins even came to Asia. If Robert can get you to walk on 650⁰C fire, he can inspire you to be THE BEST. He champions CN-HK-EU-US Tycoons to be philanthropic, and to be angel investors to support the next generation of Jack Mas, Steve Jobs, Richard Bransons, Steven Spielbergs, or Barrack Obamas. With some slick motivational speakers with fake doctorates out there, graduates often describe Robert to be "the most credible, empowering, truthful Coach" who believe in his graduates to believe in themselves. ​However, clients have described Robert as "The #1 Cool Badass Alpha Change Expert". He has the coolest first class stature, rapport and trust from clients. He will not hesitate to tell the badass truth ever so gently because clients are paying him big bucks to reveal the truth, find solutions, persuade the hostile HODs, and align cross-teams within the organization. Originally based in Hong Kong for 20+ years, he had worked with top Branding/Ad agencies at J Walter Thompson and Leo Burnett, and was a certified FranklinCovey (7 Habits) in USA, and NLP MasterCoach (USA). His warmth is known to soften the most hardened, resistant sceptics. He will inspire your team to Go for Top 1, or to be a Dragon CEO. With boundless energies, Robert owns 15+ successful business Joint-Ventures, and created unique products under his global VC network called Chaen's Angels VC. He is deeply passionate about ChangeUTH Youth CSR, Science-Based Medicine (vs. quackery), short films and Reality TV. Touched by a personal tragedy through the loss of his HK-born Portuguese wife, co-coach and business partner, Brenda José of 18 years, Robert explores the many ways in which the spirit world is communicating with the living with real scientific studies and evidence. He gives inspiring conferences on The Secret Afterlife.

3 thoughts on “Should I Let My Hong Kong Chief Headhunter stay in a US$4,500 pm Super-Condo in KL?”

    1. Hi Robert, would like to proposed you a new development at Bukit Bintang, opposite Pavilion, may I have your email or any contact ?



  1. If he is as good as you believe him to be and you give him the incentive to live up to your expectation. Then it is money well spent, as the saying goes “SAI CHOY NG CHUTT, TAI CHOI DEEM YAP?” (Loosely translated: Small investment don’t go out, how big returns can come in?). There is a perception to paint to represent you & your organisation. On branding & on perceive value and it ought not to be ignored.

    However, if he is a testing-the-water kind of guy (maybe he may/might deliver) then don’t. Better to give high incentive reward (per case/head/recruitment basis) as he earns it and reward him later when his result proves worthy of his claims. You know him best.


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