Aaron Painter

  • Microsoft, General Manager
  • Beijing

About Me

I aspire to be a global business leader who listens - and to inspire a more curious world of global citizens. Having worked at Microsoft for over 12 years, living in 6 countries and traveling to over 100, I've been fortunate to engage with people and businesses of all types. I've learned that the most successful organizations are ones with a culture of listening. Curiosity inspires me to learn about people, cultures and ways of doing business around the world. Values guide my actions and decisions: honesty, integrity and respect are most important to me and what I look for most importantly in others. Mentoring people and start-ups is meaningful because I get to meet and work with impressive people doing cool things, and the questions they ask often inspire what I write. Writing helps me to reflect and process all that I read and experience, and that process of reflection is often one way I learn and grow. Photography helps me to relax because when I walk around with a camera I look closer and more creatively at the world around me, which usually means I discover new things and reasons to smile. Grateful is how I would most describe feeling every day. Please follow me on Twitter (@aaronpa) or check out more on Medium (https://medium.com/@aaronpa).

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