We had the good fortune of connecting with Robert Chun and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robert, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process began as an insight in a course. I always wanted to make the world into a better place where everyone is kind and enlightened. I was very idealistic to say the least. What I saw in that course was that unless basic needs of everyone were met, there was no chance for that ever happening. So the next question became how I can make an impact in transforming the world. In that weekend I saw a Vision of myself making a difference in business, helping each and every person become source of their livelihood. In that moment I decided to make a difference in small business across the world. This simple insight became a true possibility when I met my mentor, Steven Gabriel, He showed me how I could learn and be trained to become a Consultant. It is said that when the student is ready, master would appear. In my case, that proverb proved to be true.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are a network of affiliated Business Coaching and Consulting businesses operating independently in support of each other. What makes us unique is that we worked with our clients one-on-one wherever they are in their business life cycle. We accept all levels of business and their history, size, nor are type any barrier to working with us. We work with businesses from all walks of life and categories. We only require that they do the homework and keep their promises with us. This method came about because when I began in 1988 there was no such thing as Business Coaching. It was all invented and generated. We would only get impossible cases that had tried everything else because we had no history or track record. But because we were able to be successful with them we grew out of word of mouth. It was not easy. We had to generate new answers and pathways for everyone — each and every time. Everything had to be customized. There was no one size fits all then. We learned to recognize, appreciate and cherish each client. After working with over 1600 clients, patterns emerged but we will always remember that we need to generate and earn everything no matter what. That each business matters.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would show them the Los Angeles and all of its diversity. We will start off at Santa Monica beach, pier and the Venice. Show him the sites of the board walks. We would try the little stores and food sites along the way. As we walk, we would catch up on all the things that have been happening. Discussions could be fun or heated but time would pass. As sun goes down, we would get drinks and meals at hotels nearby – Shutters or Georgian. Maybe even get a massage after long days of walking and sightseeing. The next day we will be off to Will Rogers Park for a long walk. Go see the sight from the top. Drive and visit Getty. Then drive on the 405 to PCH and check out the beach. Then have dinner with family at an Italian restaurant as a reward for walking that day. Third and fourth day (there is no covid in this story and it is a middle of summer) we would visit Disneyland, Universal Studios in Hollywood. I would make sure to take my wife and some of the friends so they do not get neglected. Later, we will hop on a sight seeing tour bus and have few drinks along the way. And during the night I would take him to my favorite Korean food restaurant and/or Ethiopian place. If we had energy left, we would go to a late night band playing somewhere by ourselves. We would sit back in the lounge listening to some jazz with him telling me everything I do not know about the band. But all will be well. Fifth day, we would rest and lounge by the pool chatting .solving all the world’s problems of course. (Just kidding) It is more likely that we would work on some economic or business problems– and simply have lots of opinions. That night we probably would go out and have some Sushi and see a show or a movie somewhere. And yes, my wife and my sister’s family will probably tag along. On the sixth day, he would probably drag me to downtown to show me architectures of Downtown, LA. Despite myself, I would marvel at his knowledge of the places that I thought I already knew. I will probably get dragged into the last black and white buster Keaton showing somewhere with organs playing and somehow we would laugh like there was no tomorrow. Before you know it, time would be up and I will be taking him to the airport promising to visit him next year promising myself to study up on his city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate The Shoutout to: Steven Gabriel, my ever patient mentor. May he be proud. Jean Chun, my loving wife My parents, who got me here with love Gregory Doomanis and Jeffery Blanchard ,my friends and comrade in arms Thomas O’Kelly, friend and a mentor. May he rest in peace Bill Glomb, Undying support Julian, Iffy, Zane and Brandon, Future of our work together Jay Grossman, A friend and a Man who makes a difference Ron Smothermon, for all of his words Landmark Worldwide, Educational community for Global Transformation