Dear Learn & Perform Subscriber

Welcome to the 2014 June E-News!  The Asia HRD Congress™ and the Asia HRD Awards, our flagship events were a huge success. And, in this E-News, let me cover the two key events and of course some ideas on the need for FUN training.

And now to the E-News:

  • The Asia HRD Congress™ 2014

  • The Asia HRD Awards™ 2014

  • FUN Training Ideas from Thiagi

    The Asia HRD Congress™ 2014

    The 2014 event was differently packaged: a one day Master Class by internationally renowned Leadership guru Dr Marshall Goldsmith and a one day conference that featured great speakers both local and international. Dr Marshall Goldsmith needs no introduction. The author of several best sellers including MOJO: How to Get It, How to Keep It, and How to Get It Back When You Lose It! was in his usual form. I reproduce here one of his interactive exercises: "That Is Great, BUT…" The higher up you go in your organisation, the more you need to make other people winners and not make your job about winning yourself. This is a hard concept for people who like to win to grasp. The more successful you become, the more helping others win is how you win! For those in leadership positions, this means closely monitoring how you hand out encouragement and how you “help” others improve. If you find yourself saying, “That is great…” and then dropping the other shoe with a tempering, “BUT” stop yourself before you speak. Take a breath and ask yourself if what you’re about to say is worth it. In most cases it isn’t. If you really want to succeed and encourage others to do the same, try stopping at “great!” This is a challenge even for those who have acknowledged they do this and think they are past it. To read further, visit http://creatingyourownrainbow.blogspot.com/ or visit http://drpalanr.blogspot.com/

    The Asia HRD Awards 2014
    The event graced by the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was a great success. With a total of 16 Awards given out in the four categories: Human Resources, Organisations, Society and Lifetime Achievement, the event at the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur was attended by 600 guests from all over the world. To view details please visit http://leaderonomics.com/functional/hr/asia-hrd-awards-2014

    Additionally, a special award was conferred on the Honourable Chief Minister of Sarawak YAB Tan Sri Adenan Satem. The award was presented to the Honourable by Bahrain's former Minister of Works, HE Fahmi Ali Al Jowder, who is also a member of the Asia HRD Awards Committee 2014, at a ceremony in YAB Tan Sri’s office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Petra Jaya, Sarawak. YAB Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia congratulated Tan Seri Adenan Satem who was picked to receive the Asia HRD Awards 2014. "Heartfelt congratulations to the Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem on receiving the Asia HRD Awards 2014," said the Prime Minister in his Twitter account. Details http://www.nst.com.my/node/2137

    FUN Training ideas from Thiagi
    If you are having difficulty convincing your managers and peers that experiential learning and games can result in effective learning, try the arguments from the article, "The Intelligent Choice", which appeared in the March 1998 issue of Thiagi Games Letter.

    Thiagi is eloquent and backs up his case with facts. He walks the talk too. He says:

    When trainers challenge me with "Why should I use games and experiential activities?” I list impressive research findings from cognitive sciences. These findings suggest that traditional training is severely limited - and interactive, experiential techniques have great potential. Here are some specific details: YOU ARE OF TWO MINDS. Professor Seymour Epstein at the University of Massachusetts has a ground-breaking theory of intelligence called Cognitive Experiential Self Theory (CEST), which suggests that we have an experiential mind and a rational mind.

    Our experiential mind learns directly, thinks quickly, pays attention to the outcome, and forgets slowly. Our rational mind learns indirectly, thinks deliberately, pays attention to the process, and forgets rapidly. Epstein's contention is that you need both your minds. Games and interactive strategies appeal directly to the experiential mind. When combined with debriefing discussions, they provide a powerfully balanced approach to whole-brain learning. YOU HAVE THREE INTELLIGENCES. Robert J. Sternberg, IBM Professor of Psychology and Education at Yale University, has demonstrated that someone can be highly creative and practical but have a low IQ. According to Sternberg's research, practical and creative intelligence are better predictors of job effectiveness than analytical intelligence which is measured by IQ tests. Interactive, experiential techniques can develop your practical and creative intelligence and enhance your success. YOU HAVE SEVEN INTELLIGENCES.

    To read further visit http://drpalan.blogspot.com/

    Also do visit http://www.smrhrgroup.com/upcoming/ATP.html or email karen@smrhrgroup.com to attend the Accredited Training Professional programme.

    Have a good month ahead! I will be in touch again very shortly with the July E-News.

    With best wishes,

    Accredited Competency Professional