Dear Learn & Perform Subscriber 


Welcome to the 2014 August E-News! 


The end of July and early August was an auspicious month as Muslim friends completed the fasting and celebrated Hari Raya. The festive period with the weekends allowed me to take some time off to be with friends and relatives.

I was curious to read two great articles in the June 2014, Harvard Business Review. I like to cover in this E-News these two articles:


  • • How to Spot Talent in the 21st Century

  • • How Do You Create Collective Genius

  • • SMR News


How to Spot Talent in the 21st Century

The article by Claudio Fernandez-Araoz highlights the need for organisations to consider potential rather than just intelligence, experience or competencies. The idea in brief is that in the past, organisations have emphasised ‘competencies’ in hiring and developing talent. Jobs were broken down into skills and the search was for candidates who had the skills ensuring only those with the required skills filled the job. However the argument is that the 21st century is just too volatile and complex and the market is too tight for top talent. This model may no longer be relevant now. The solution according to the author lies in focusing on potential: the ability to adapt to ever changing business environments and the ability of the talent to grow into these challenging roles. The key lies in the tools. There is a need to learn to assess current and prospective employees on the five key indicators: right motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement and determination. The managers’ tasks do not end there; there is a need to maximise their potential with smart retention and stretch assignments. You can purchase HBR reprint R 1406B at their website.  Email claris@smrhub.com if you would like to have more details.


How Do You Create Collective Genius

Innovation is a much talked about word. Competitiveness to a great extent depends on our ability to innovate. One of the challenges facing by all managers is how do we take the company to the next level. How do we keep innovating again and again? The authors of the article Hill, Brandeau, Truelove and Lineback highlight that traditional and direction setting leadership can work well when the solution to a problem is straightforward.  However when the problem calls for a truly original response, no one can decide in advance what the response should be. The role of a leader of innovation is to create a community that is willing and able to innovate. The approach outlined by the authors include creating communities that both have a sense of purpose and shared values and rules of engagement that are designed to encourage collaboration, discovery-driven learning, and integrative decision making. They articulate three organisational capabilities i.e. creative abrasion, creative agility and creative resolution. You can purchase HBR reprint R 1406G at their website. For more details please email claris@smrhub.com

SMR News
SMR in partnership with Talent Corporation of Malaysia has launched the Certification programme for HR Professionals. Please email gurit@smrhrgroup.com for more details about the Certificate in Human Resource Practice (CHRP) programme that certified by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), UK. 


The events team is preparing for the Asia HRD Congress 2015 in Dubai. Interested to speak or participate, please email neena@smrhrgroup.com


Have a good month ahead! I will be in touch again in September.  


With best wishes,


Certificate In Human Resource Practice

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