Dear Learn & Perform Subscriber

Welcome to the 2014 April E-News! The elections in India and Indonesia added with the Ukrainian crisis continued to dominate the international news. The loss of Malaysian Airlines MH 370 and the sinking of the South Korean ferry were terrible tragedies. And, the loss of one of Malaysia’s best legal brains and parliamentarians Y.B. Karpal Singh in a fatal accident was a blow. Overall, it was a difficult time for the world.

And now to the E-News:

  • Marshall Goldsmith, one of the top 10 most-influential Business Thinkers

  • How you can contribute to the 12th Asia HRD Awards?

  • Lessons in Entrepreneurship

  • Participate in the Learning Extravaganza World Tour

  • SMR News

    Marshall Goldsmith, one of the top 10 most-influential Business Thinkers

    Marshall Goldsmith says that great leaders encourage leadership development by openly developing themselves. General Mills CEO Steve Sanger told 90 of his colleagues: "As you all know, last year my team told me that I needed to do a better job of coaching my direct reports. I just reviewed my 360-degree feedback. I have been working on becoming a better coach for the past year or so. I'm still not doing quite as well as I want, but I'm getting a lot better. My coworkers have been helping me improve. Another thing that I feel good about is the fact that my scores on 'effectively responds to feedback' are so high this year." Leading by example can mean a lot more than leading by public-relations hype.

    Michael Dell, whose company made the Hewitt list, is a perfect example. As one of the most successful leaders in business history, he could easily have an attitude that says, "I am Michael Dell and you aren't! I don't really need to work on developing myself." Michael, however, has the opposite approach. He has done an amazing job of sincerely discussing his personal challenges with leaders across the company. His leadership example makes it hard for any leader to act arrogant or to communicate that he or she has nothing to improve upon. The principle of leadership development by personal example doesn't apply just to CEOs. It applies to all levels of management. All good leaders want their people to grow and develop on the job.

    Marshall Goldsmith will be at the Asia HRD Congress™ 2014 scheduled for June 9 & 10, 2014 at Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur. To listen and learn from Marshall Goldsmith at the Asia HRD Congress™ 2014, please email neena@smrhrgroup.com or visit www.hrdcongress.com

    How you can contribute to the Asia HRD Awards?

    The Asia HRD Awards 2014 is scheduled for June 10, 2014. Nominations close in a few weeks. You can contribute to the Asia HRD Awards by nominating individuals and organisations that deserve to be recognised and honoured. All you need to do is to visit http://asiahrdawards.com/ and nominate individuals and organisations for excellence in the field human capital, human endeavours, education and people development. Email muru@smrhrgroup.com for further information.

    Lessons in Entrepreneurship
    Nicholas Bibby, an author and consultant says that the root cause of small business success or failure is not due to a lack of knowledge or capital; it is due to a poor fit between the owner and the chosen venture. The successful entrepreneur always enjoys a good relationship with the business. He says there are only two ways to achieve a "good fit" between an entrepreneur and a business. The first is pure luck (which is most often the case). The second comes from consciously exploring who we are and how we might connect to the world of self-employment.

    He says that when you reduce anything to its essence, the concept of fit is what life is all about. Why do certain marriages last while others fail? Why do our true heroes linger long in years doing what they do best, and all the while being observed with vigor and enthusiasm? It's simple. There exists a good fit. Albert Einstein and Mother Teresa most likely were not daydreaming about blissful retirements in the Bahamas. They found their work, their mission, their purpose, and they stayed with it.

    Entrepreneurship is no different. You have to find out what you like to do, what you were born to do, and then do it. It is a simple, but overlooked notion that people do better with activities that utilise their natural skills and talents. Understanding who we are and what we are good at will direct us toward more logical life choices. When we take the time to travel the road of self-discovery and act on the things that we come to learn about ourselves, we simply live more productive, satisfying lives.

    My 15th book the Global Journey of an Asian traces my steps as an entrepreneur. To get a copy please visit http://www.amazon.com/The-Global-Journey-Asian-Palan/dp/1599324873 or in Malaysia you may order it from http://www.mphonline.com/books/nsearchdetails.aspx?&pcode=9781599324876

    Participate in the Learning Extravaganza World Tour
    The SMR Learning Extravaganza is scheduled on the following dates:

  • Chennai, India on April 23, 2014

  • Pune, India on April 21, 2014

  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on October 20, 2014

  • Oman on October 22, 2014

    For more details visit http://leworldtour.com/index.php/home/ and email neena@smrhrgroup.com

    SMR News

  • For more information about programmes available at our medical university college CUCMS, please visit http://www.cybermed.edu.my/cucms-web/new_web/index.html

  • To gain more information about our partnership with Oracle and Taleo Talent Management solutions, please email arasu@mmedrive.com

  • Our English language mentoring project has commenced, interested applicants with the qualifications may write to michael@smrhrgroup.com or Haji Ali at lily@smrhrgroup.com

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

    With best wishes,

    Asia HRD Awards 2014
    Asia HRD Awards 2014