E-News June 2017


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Greetings to all Learn & Perform subscribers,

Welcome to the Learn and Perform E-News! This is Palan, the contributing editor for this month.

In this E news, June 2017, we will cover the following:


1. Engineering the Perfect Boss

2. The Asia HRD Congress 2017

3. SMR News


Engineering the Perfect Boss


Michael Schneider’s article was an interesting one. Is it possible to engineer the perfect boss in the day when everyone predicts the coming of robots to replace humans? Google is widely known as an advocate of data-based decision making. Of course, it will be a mistake to admit this is universally relevant, as one commentator said, it may fit within the Google DNA and may not fit elsewhere. It is still interesting reading though.

So, it came as no surprise when it looked to its statisticians to help decode the secret formula to effective management. After gathering and analyzing 10,000 manager observations including performance reviews, surveys, and nominations for top-manager awards and recognition, Google stumbled upon a realization that surprised many–even its former senior vice president of people operations, Laszlo Bock.

In a New York Times article that revealed the findings, Bock acknowledged that the company had historically hired managers or promoted people who exhibited a higher level of technical expertise than others. “It turns out that that’s absolutely the least important thing,” Bock says. “It’s important, but pales in comparison. Much more important is just making that connection and being accessible.” Bock’s team didn’t stop there. Upon further analysis of the findings, they narrowed in on the “Eight Habits of Highly Effective Google Managers.” Although technical skills made the list, it came in dead last. Here is a complete list via Business Insider (listed in order of importance), see what comes last:

  • Be a good coach;
  • empower your team and don’t micromanage;
  • express interest in employee’s success and well-being;
  • be productive and results-oriented;
  • be a good communicator and listen to your team;
  • help your employees with career development;
  • have a clear vision and strategy for the team; and
  • have key technical skills, so you can help advise the team.

The full article at:


The Asia HRD Congress 2017


Talent Management is becoming very complex and unemployment seems to figure on the top of every policy maker’s mind. So many articles, so many books and so many commentators highlighting the challenges of talent management. The Asia HRD Congress puts together an impressive list of specialists, authors to give attendees critical pieces of information that can help you quantum leap your talent management strategies.

In the 2017 Asia HRD Congress to be held at the Putrajaya Le Meridien, we will have outstanding experts from several organisations sharing best practices.

To learn more visit www.hrdcongress.com and email annnei@smrhub.com

You will also have a choice of 4 masterclass sessions.

At the Asia HRD Congress 2017, you will be able to listen to outstanding experts such as Jill Christensen, Alize Cortez, Paul Larsen and Kimo Kippen talking about some of these ideas. You will learn how Hilton reinvented the workplace and built a brand.

To learn more, please visit


SMR News


Accreditation Workshops

4 Fast track Accreditation workshops are being held just after Asia HRD Congress. These workshops provides a great learning opportunity.

  • Accredited Training Professional (ATP)
  • Accredited Competency Professional (ACP)
  • Accredited Organisation Development Professional (AODP)
  • Developing Future Capabilities Through Coaching

Will be in touch soon.

Best wishes,


Contributing Editor, Learn & Perform E News



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