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Welcome to the 2014 March E-News! The Asia HRD Congress™ 2014 is just two months away and nominations for the Asia HRD Awards is pouring in. The Learning Extravaganza World Tour is scheduled to be held in India and then in the Middle East. And, my book: the Global Journey of an Asian continued to attract great interest.

And now to the E-News:

  • Marshall Goldsmith, business thinker at the Asia HRD Congress™ 2014

  • Nominate deserving candidates for the Asia HRD Awards 2014

  • The Global Journey of an Asian

  • The Learning Extravaganza World Tour

  • SMR News

    Marshall Goldsmith, business thinker at the Asia HRD Congress™ 2014

    Dr. Marshall Goldsmith was recognised in 2011 as the most influential leadership thinker in the world at the bi-annual Thinkers50 ceremony sponsored by the Harvard Business Review. Along with being named as the #1 leadership thinker he has also been listed as the #7 greatest business thinker in the world. He is the million-selling author of books, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There – a WSJ #1 business book. His books have been translated into 28 languages and become bestsellers in ten countries. He will present a Master Class: Helping Successful Leaders Get Even Better: Developing Ourselves, Our People and Our Teams” on June 9th and deliver the opening keynote on June 10th at the Asia HRD Congress™ 2014. For further details visit www.hrdcongress.com

    I have been captivated for years by his Feedforward instead of Feedback principle. Providing feedback has long been considered to be an essential skill for leaders. As they strive to achieve the goals of the organisation, employees need to know how they are doing. They need to know if their performance is in line with what their leaders expect. But there is a fundamental problem with all types of feedback: it focuses on the past, on what has already occurred—not on the infinite variety of opportunities that can happen in the future. It is in this context I found his Feedforward exceptionally useful.

    Feedforward helps people envision and focus on a positive future, not a failed past. Athletes are often trained using feedforward. Racecar drivers are taught to, “Look at the road ahead, not at the wall.” By giving people ideas on how they can be even more successful (as opposed to visualising a failed past), we can increase their chances of achieving this success in the future. It can be more productive to help people learn to be “right,” than prove they were “wrong.” People do not take feedforward as personally as feedback. In theory, constructive feedback is supposed to “focus on the performance, not the person”. In practice, almost all feedback is taken personally (no matter how it is delivered). Feedforward is based on the assumption that the receiver of suggestions can make positive changes in the future. Feedforward can cover almost all of the same “material” as feedback. Feedforward tends to be much faster and more efficient than feedback.

    In summary, he says his intent is not to imply that leaders should never give feedback or that performance appraisals should be abandoned. The intent is to show how feedforward can often be preferable to feedback in day-to-day interactions. Quality communication—between and among people at all levels and every department and division—is the glue that holds organisations together. By using feedforward—and by encouraging others to use it—leaders can dramatically improve the quality of communication in their organisations, ensuring that the right message is conveyed, and that those who receive it are receptive to its content. The result is a much more dynamic, much more open organisation—one whose employees focus on the promise of the future rather than dwelling on the mistakes of the past. To register for the Asia HRD Congress™ please email neena@smrhrgroup.com or visit www.hrdcongress.com

    Nominate deserving candidates for the Asia HRD Awards

    The Asia HRD Awards Gala Dinner is scheduled for June 10th, 2014. Nominations are now open. The objective is to honour individuals and organisations that have significantly impacted or influenced society in the area of people development. There is no set number of awareds as the independent Awards Committee chaired by His Excellency Fidel Ramos, the former President of the Republic of Philippines believes in recognising all worthy organisations or individuals who meet the criteria of the four awards category. Please do visit www.asiahrdawards.com and nominate organisations and/or individuals whom you think deserve to be considered for an award for their excellence contributions in the field human capital, human endeavours, education and people development. Email muru@smrhrgroup.com for further information.

    The Global Journey of an Asian
    I was pleased that my 15th book continued to attract great interest among entrepreneurs. My friend Khaeruddin wrote in his blog http://khaeruddinsudharmin.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-global-journey-of-asian.html - Ralph Waldo Emerson couldn't have said it better when he said "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us". My good ole fren Datuk Palan PhD has proven what R W Emerson meant. Palan has unleashed what lies within him. Many friends humbled me with their comments. 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


    The Learning Extravaganza (LE) World Tour
    The SMR Learning Extravaganza continues its journey from Bahrain to Kuala Lumpur. LE event is going to be a 2014-2016 World Tour set to cover 25 cities in 15 countries. Now the LE World Tour moves on to Chennai, Pune, Abu Dhabi and Oman. The mission of our annual LE event series has always been to develop the art of learning with the aim of making knowledge-seeking an enjoyable lifetime pursuit for professionals and individuals alike. For more details visit www.leworldtour.com and email neena@smrhrgroup.com

    SMR News

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

  • 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

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

    With best wishes,

    Asia HRD Awards 2014
    Asia HRD Awards 2014