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Welcome to the 2013 June issue. The Asia HRD Congress 2013 in Jakarta was a great learning event. Outstanding keynoters like Ava Diamond and Scott Friedman, corporate CEOs like Sarawak Energy Berhad’s Torstein Sjotveit and PT Kereta Api’s Ignasius Jonan, and others provided valuable takeaways for the 400 delegates. The special address by Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia, and the adjacent Asia HRD Awards were significant highlights. And now to the E News:

  • Learning from Asia HRDCongress 2013

  • Harvard Professor in Malaysia

  • The Story Tellers

  • Validating Leadership Models

  • SMR News.

    Learning from Asia HRDCongress 2013
    Jakarta is a great city despite the horrific traffic. I had the honour of receiving His Excellency the Prime Minister of Malaysia and his wife, the Chief Guest of Honour. The Protocol Office and the Jakarta traffic police demonstrated their outstanding efficiency in guiding the Prime Minister’s motorcade from the airport to the hotel in a few minutes. It was done so well without causing any inconvenience to the public yet making sure the visiting dignitaries did not have to endure the traffic. One could not but marvel at the sheer efficiency of the Jakarta traffic police.

    Scott Friedman shared how successful organisations from around the world were celebrating success. Ava Diamond shared two key ideas: practical lessons for engaging the workforce, and as a keynoter, how to keep the audience glued to their seats. CEOs such as Torstein Sjotveit shared the need for corporate culture and engagement strategies to be tied into the business goals, and Ignasius Jonan emphasied the difference between the reality and empathy principle with practical examples. Alignment, Engagement and Communication were key themes.

    For details on Asia HRDCongress 2014, please email grace@smrhrgroup.com

    Harvard Professor in Malaysia
    Professor Boris Groysberg, Harvard Business School will be visiting Malaysia. He will be leading two events. The first, for Malaysian Small and Medium Corporations, is a fully funded programme. The second one is a Thought Leaders Roundtable for C-level executives. Boris is an outstanding teacher. I call him a rock star because of the depth of his work and his ability to engage his learners. His work focuses, in particular, on how firms can achieve a sustainable competitive advantage by engaging employees in the implementation of business strategy. Groysberg is author of the award-winning book Chasing Stars: The Myth of Talent and the Portability of Performance. For details, please email julianking@smrhrgroup.com.

    The Story Tellers
    During the last few weeks, I have met quite a few story tellers such as J. Sampath, who recently launched his Story Cards, a powerful learning tool. Amazing stories to learn from. Visit http://www.arpitha.com/blog/j-m-sampath.

    Kid Chan, the famous Malaysian photographer, released his book and at the launch emphasised the need for photos to communicate a story. He has many credits and achievements. One sure achievement is making my photographs look good. His books are available at all MPH bookshops and at his website. Visit www.kidchan.com.

    Validating Leadership Models
    I was intrigued with this article by Dan Gallagher, Joe Costal, and Lucy Ford. In a world that is characterised by speed – quicker decisions, faster results, learning rapidly - we often do not have the time to pause, reflect and think. One profound challenge revolves around one word: self-awareness. The authors highlight the need for self-awareness as something that teaches us to ‘go slower to go faster.’ They highlight 5 steps: reinvention model, analyse aggregate 360-feedback data, define the behaviours within self-awareness, link the behaviour to leadership outcomes, and then finalise the model. Visit www.store.astd.org and review article 121150

    SMR News

  • Two flagship programmes - the Accredited Training Professional (ATP) and the Accredited Competency Professional (ACP) programmes - will be run in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bahrain and Chennai, India. For details, please email hasinah@smrhrgroup.com.

    Have a good month ahead, will be in touch in July.

    With best wishes,

    Leadership for Entrepreneurs