When customers and clients choose with whom they do business, they look for five things from sellers—The Five Abilities®.
Rick Wong is the creator of The Five Abilities® sales methodology and is the CEO/Founder of The Five Abilities LLC. Rick has spent more than 35 years growing revenue for Fortune 100 companies as an employee, partner, and seller. He held posts at American Bank Stationery, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft, and exited as VP Global Device Partners, in Microsoft’s OEM Division. He spent a decade in global leadership roles including three years as VP Asia and four years as VP Global Device Partners, for Microsoft’s OEM Division. His teams drove design wins along with global sales and marketing, with Asian device manufacturers.
In addition to The Five Abilities® LLC, he has success in his own entrepreneurial pursuits ranging from co-owning a franchise to launching his own music production company which resulted in national press, sales, and radio play, of children’s music that he composed and performed. He uses the music to raise funds for non-profits that are focused on childrens’s issues with a specific focus on homelessness in the Seattle area.
As a successful salesperson, sales manager, marketer, corporate executive, and entrepreneur, Rick learned from his own experiences and from the incredibly successful business leaders with whom he’s been blessed to work. His experience taught him that when decision-makers choose with whom they’ll do business, they look for just five things—The Five Abilities®. He’s documented his learnings in his book, Winning Lifelong Customers with The Five Abilities® - launched in March 2017.
Rick also serves as an advisor to the CEO/Founder of Simplicity Consulting, a marketing consulting firm that was part of the Inc 5000, five years in a row. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Vision House, a Christian non-profit company that serves homeless parents with children in King County, Washington.
In his spare time, Rick enjoys music, both listening and playing. He enjoys reading and watching sports of all types. He personally enjoys fly-fishing, cycling, and hiking. He’s been married to his best friend since 1981. Their son has entrepreneurial ventures in NYC. Their daughter works at Amazon in digital media.
Questions that Rob asks,
What have you done that has brought you the most satisfaction?
What is it like working personally for Microsoft Founders Bill Gates and Steve Balmer?
What can we learn from them?
What does it take to be successful?
What are the five abilities?
How is it being a introvert living in an extraverts world?
What is the one question you wish people asked you?
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