The Rich Man's Life - Chapter 43
Chapter 43 – The Return of Meng Kai
In order to show his sincerity, Ma Dong found a top class private restaurant called Amber Mountain Villa. The interior was all in Ming and Qing Dynasty style, it was antique, and the price was naturally not cheap. The seat for a person started at 500, and the private room started at 4,000, and the top class had no limit.
According to the owner’s words, “birds, beasts from rivers, lakes, sea, everything is available as long as you can afford it, we can provide you anything…”
The business was flourishing so it could be seen that it wasn’t all boasting!
Ma Dong with Zhou Qianru joined Jin Xin, and Xu Anhui who had arrived at the hotel in advance, mainly to let Zhou Qianru get familiar with them first…
Ma Dong has already formulated a plan, first call them over, face them with a strong momentum, don’t let Meng Kai feel that you have won a prize and have nothing else to do with it, don’t make a fool out of yourself, at the least he won’t come here alone…
Secondly, if Meng Kai agreed, today will be the first plenary meeting of the company directors, just to arrange the future things.
After waiting for almost half an hour, before the appointed six o’clock, Ma Dong heard Zhang Wenyan’s voice, quickly got up and greeted him, smiled and asked: “Old senior, is this chief Meng?”
Meng Kai who was next to him, was dressed up in a casual suit, formal and not too serious. He looked to be in his early 40’s, with half-framed glasses, which was really a bit of a researcher’s demeanor!
Before Zhang Wenyan could say anything, Meng Kai’s smile and extended his hand, “Mr.Ma is too polite, just call me Kai, or old Meng, compared to you we are all old hahaha…”
“For some people, age is wealth, what I lack the most is age. I’ll consult Old Meng for advice in the future!”
Two people stood there touting each other, Zhang Wenyan also stood beside them smiling for a long while, without saying anything. Ma Dong looked a little tired, ‘shouldn’t you advance the talk by saying something?’
But Ma Dong’s reaction was fast, and with a natural face he let go of Meng Kai’s hand and said: “How about we go inside and have a chat, don’t you think so old Meng?”
Zhang Wenyan looked at him from the corner of his eyes, laughed and said in a reprimanding tone: “You are too ungrateful, after meeting Kai you even forgot about this middleman …”
Two people playing a harmless joke, the atmosphere was a lot more relaxed, in accordance with the rules of eating in Luzhou, they started playing cards.
There weren’t that many people tonight, after all it was all about business, playing cards was also a good way to become familiar with each other. While playing, they started chatting, “I heard that Old Meng used to work in Xintai Group?”
Meng Kai nodded, “Yes I worked in Xintai Holdings for four years from 2004-08. I worked in the insurance and loan branches. When I first joined them, Xintai had just started, but in the blink of an eye their assets soared over 10 billion…”
Ma Dong smiled and nodded, “Yes, Xintai Holding is really strong. Now it is the largest group under the provincial SASAC, which also has Old Meng’s merits!”
Meng Kai hurriedly waved his hands in denial, “I don’t dare to take the credit, I was just an average employee, the credit goes to the provincial party Committee leadership…”
In the evening they played cards, drank, and chatted for a long time, but Ma Dong didn’t mention inviting Meng Kai to join, in the end even Zhang Wenyan grew a little anxious, he clinked the glass of wine with Ma Dong and reminded: “Cough, Ma Dong, are you still short of hands?”
Meng Kai looked beside them but didn’t care, but he pricked his ears to listen to Ma Dong’s reply.
Ma Dong drank a glass of wine, and then looked at Zhang Wenyan with a surprised expression, and then looked at Meng Kai and said, “Eh? I am not short of people ah, the company’s leadership and backbone all here today…”
Observing that both of their faces changed slightly as both of them were embarrassed, Ma Dong smiled and said: “Old Meng, do you think our team can enter your eye?”
Meng Kai was thinking about what Ma Dong meant, then Ma Dong asked him so suddenly, after two seconds of delay he burst into laughter and shook his head, “Ma Dong you really couldn’t stand it.”
Seeing that Meng Kai had no objection, Ma Dong finally accepted it in his heart and laughed happily, and then said with a bottle of wine: “Then it’s final, I feel apologetic for having someone as talented as Mr. Meng working as the vice-CEO at my small shop. This toast is for you.”
Seeing that Ma Dong did not hesitate to dry half a bottle of wine, Meng Kai quickly got up to pick up his own half of wine to drink, “cough cough, Ma Dong is too modest, and later this Kai is going to work for Ma Dong, please take care of me!”
Meng Kai’s attitude changed suddenly at this moment, which made Ma Dong admire him even more, he smiled and said, “Zhang Wenyan was right, this Meng Kai is really something not only is he talented, but his emotional control was also very high!”
From a government official to a company’s staff, such a huge change, but Meng Kai didn’t even flinch!
Now that Meng Kai has agreed, Ma Dong was no longer polite, “Old Meng you will be the company’s executive vice president, and you will be solely responsible for the daily management of the company in the future. At present, there are not many people, just a few of us. The company’s business license is being registered, and the recruitment notice has been sent. You can organize an interview in these two days…”
Although it is very difficult to cultivate a grass-roots team from scratch, Meng Kai who was over forty years old was very excited. He was tired of living in the old system for so many years. This time, forced by life, he had also made up his mind to help Ma Dong. It was time to change his lifestyle!
Looking at the eager look of Meng Kai, Ma Dong felt funny, the besieged city effect is universally applicable, “Old Meng, although our company has not been established, but there are already three target projects, and you have to work hard for it.”
“Oh? Mr.Ma already has three projects?”
Meng Kai was a little surprised. Ma Dong had recently won a jackpot, so wasn’t it a bit hasty of him to determine the investment project so quickly?
Seeing his puzzled face, Ma Dong smiled and explained, “I also happened to meet a few good projects consecutively. One is to buy Dexin Loan Insurance Company in which Jin Xin is working for now, the workload is relatively large, one is to participate in the Shanshui decorative, this simple, and a stake in a car operating company, this uncertainty is relatively large. “
Hearing the name of Shanshui Decoratives, Meng Kai’s eyes fell on the silent Zhang Wenyan beside him, and immediately understood, “Shanshui Decoratives of Lao Hou is quite good, and you can invest some if the price is right. I’ve heard of the Dexin Loan Insurance company some time ago. It seems it is going to close down, this is a good opportunity, but as far as I know there are many companies keeping tabs on it. If you want to acquire it you should pay close attention to it…”
“What? Are there other companies that want to acquire Dexin Loan Insurance Company?”
After listening to Meng Kai’s words Ma Dong was frightened, to know that the most important of these three projects was only the acquisition of Dexin Loan Insurance company, the others were just a small play.
Ma Dong wasn’t even done with gathering the people when he heard the bad news.
Seeing Ma Dong giving a suspicious look toward him, Jin Xin’s face turned red, he felt embarrassed.
As the first person in charge of the Dexin Loan Insurance Company’s acquisition case, he actually did not even know such important information. It was really embarrassing…
But Ma Dong didn’t blame him, the boss of the Dexin Company won’t tell him such a thing, Jin Xin was only a marketing team leader, the resources and contact he had was definitely incomparable to Meng Kai’s!
Meng Kai saw that Jin Xin was embarrassed, and found that he had said a little too much, so later he just said with an understatement, “I heard it from my friends when we were out on a meal, but I don’t know which company has the intention to buy it …”
Ma Dong did not ask any more, but reiterated again, “The company’s specific management will be arranged by Old Meng, including the division of duties and formulation of salary assessment grade and other work, including your own wage policy, don’t be polite to me, otherwise the loss is your own!”
To tell the truth, Ma Dong had no idea about the salary system of the private companies so he simply entrusted it to Meng Kai and was only responsible for the final review.
In this way, the grass-roots team directly crossed the family business stage, the realization of many well-known enterprises in China have not fully realized the modern corporate governance structure.
Seeing that Ma Dong came up with a complete decentralized form of management, Meng Kai felt flattered, “Ma Dong, this is a little inappropriate, after all …”
See Meng Kai’s refusal, Ma Dong waved his hand, “That’s settled! None of the people sitting here today are strangers. I’ll say this right now. Since the company was just established, all the systems are not perfect, and there are so many things so I can’t put all my energy into the company affairs. Therefore, in the future, I will only be responsible for the formulation of the general direction and the final determination of the project. As for the daily management and specific project implementation of the company, Old Meng is responsible for the supervision and follow-up of key projects…”
Seeing Ma Dong’s firm expression, Meng Kai’s could fearfully take over the management of power, regardless of what he thought, anyway, his performance was very humble…
Forming a team lead by Meng Kai, Ma Dong finally breathed a sigh of relief, “As a boss, I have done everything I could, the rest depends on Meng Kai and the team…”
Even as a top class student of Business Administration, his management level still needed to be strengthened, but his macro-management theory level was still good.
As a big boss, when there is nothing he must stand in the most dazzling position to wave the flag and shout, when there is something wrong he must sit quietly behind the scenes, after all, the boss is not omnipotent, so the most suitable thing to do is to let the professionals manage the situation!
First of all, we must find someone to replace ourselves from within the company. Ma Dong initially chose Meng Kaizhi, and then all we need to do is observe it for a while. If it is not suitable, we will change it decisively …
If Meng Kai is qualified for this position, Ma Dong will build him into a labor model, a strong labor model, a high-income labor model, let everyone take him as an example of struggle, but everyone knows that there is only one boss, that is Ma Dong!
‘Don’t make yourself too tired’ is Ma Dong’s principle of doing things, he likes Wang Shi and Jack Ma’s management style…
This was a successful party, a united party, it’s unknown if it’s going to be a great party in the future.
Since Meng Kai chose to join them, his resources won’t go in vain, “Old Meng, I am looking for two reliable bodyguards, do you know anyone reliable?”
For Ma Dong to find bodyguards, Meng Kai quite understood that Ma Dong who was exposed by NetEase news was now a walking Tang monk meat, no one knew how many people were secretly keeping tabs on him, he also didn’t want his boss to die as he just found one…
After considering it for a while, Meng Kai said, “I will go to the Labor and Social Security Department to inquire about it tomorrow. They receive a group of veterans every year and should be able to find you suitable bodyguards.”
“Veterans? That’s good, preferably wolf-toothed special forces!”
Meng Kai’s mouth slightly pumped he was holding his laughter: “Mr.Ma, that’s all fictitious, I’ll try to find a retired scout, this kind of person is very suitable as a bodyguard.”
Ma Dong smiled awkwardly, “Well… Well, the scouts sound great…”
Author’s Note: The novel is very toxic!
TRANSLATED BY: Flux007(aka Divinrth)
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