Dear Learn & Perform Subscriber

Welcome to the 2013 March issue. The Asian Economic Panel, a brainchild of Prof Jeff Sachs of Harvard and dedicated to focus on key economic issues, recently listed the top–tier International Financial Centres. A top-tier IFC has to be a leader in politics, business, administration and fun, not just funds. While New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Singapore came out the top 5 in the Global Power City list Index, the level of living comfort – Liveability Index - listed Melbourne, Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary as the top 5. While every nation clamours for developed nation status, I think it is important we achieve developed nation status – one that has meaning – socially, culturally and economically. The increasing cost of education is another issue that worries most policy makers, forcing them to seek more public-private partnerships. And now to the E News: 

  • Power of Networking.

  • Personal Productivity.

  • The Asia HRDCongress 2013.

  • Professor Boris Groysberg, Harvard Business School, in Asia.

  • SMR News.

    Power of Networking

    There is the famous Six Degrees of Separation – the unproven but popular theory that postulated that one person can be connected to another through a chain that has no more than five intermediaries. The ‘chains’ theory first proposed by Hungarian Frigyes Karinthy was recently popularized by Seth Godin and Mitch Joel with the Six Pixels of Separation. It is all about networking to grow in a very competitive world. Mitch Joel’s blog is inspiring for all those of you who want to be networked via the social media. His book offers important lessons for those who want to take advantage of the Social Media revolution and stay connected with one another. As his book reviewer says – “Is it important to be connected? Well, consider this: If Facebook were a country, it would have the sixth largest population in the world. The truth is, we no longer live in a world of six degrees of separation. In fact, we're now down to only six pixels of separation, which changes everything we know about doing business.” It is a book that kind of brings together technology, marketing, networking, branding and entrepreneurship in a practical way. Visit http://www.twistimage.com/blog/ for more information.

    The Harvard Business Review (HBR) guide to networking provides tools and advice on networking selectively or thematically. It covers six vital areas: (1) create and maintain the right ties in a way that feels authentic, (2) nourish relationships through give and take, (3) share--and spread--ideas, (4) use social media tools to network, (5) manage your image online, and (6) reach out after losing touch. Visit http://hbr.org/product/hbr-guide-to-networking/an/11738-SBC-ENG.

    The Asia HRD Congress 2013, just like the recently concluded Trainers Meet Trainers (TMT®) event, provides perfect networking opportunities for everyone in the HR Community. For details, please email grace@smrhrgroup.com.

    Personal Productivity
    I have grappled with this issue for many years. There were times when my days have been exceptionally productive; and times when exceptionally unproductive. Time management and personal productivity is a key topic for everyone. Authors recommend relaxation tools such as meditation and systems approaches like advance agendas for meetings to improve personal and time productivity. Robert Pozen from Harvard Business School in his book, Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours, advises: "Set and prioritise your goals, focus on the final product, and don't sweat the small stuff." He recommends creating and following standard routines so that part of our working life is on "automatic" as well as proactively managing the daily calendar in order to avoid being unproductive. While it seems good advice, I guess it is tough if the superior or the organisation itself is chaotic with time management. Just imagine if every meeting started and ended late. In the McKinsey Quarterly, Peter Bregman writes "you can't get everything done, even if you follow the right system." His advice – link personal goals to strategic priorities, spending 95 percent of your time on five such priorities, eliminating "to do" list items that aren't related to them, and helping colleagues do the same. This introduces the idea that organisations share the responsibility for how their employees spend their time. Organisational support for how employees manage and spend their time is an essential part of supervision. At SMR, we talk about Rainbow Creators not Rainbow Chasers. Frankii Bevins and Aaron De Smet cite a survey of 1,500 executives with the following results: -

  • Only 52 percent of respondents indicated that the way they spent their time "matched their organisations' strategic priorities."

  • Only 9 percent were "highly satisfied" with the way they allocated their time.

  • In assigning tasks, managers often act as if human capacity is limitless. The result is "initiative overload" and an inappropriate allocation of time.

    To get to know more about programmes on Personal Productivity such as Creating Your Own Rainbow, please connect with julianking@smrhrgroup.com.

    The Asia HRDCongress 2013
    With the theme Reinventing the HR Business Model, Asia HRD Congress 2013 will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Indonesia 12-14 June. With outstanding speakers – Chief Executives, Directors of HR and Training and Practitioners - the event is expected to be one of the thought leadership events. Torstein Dale Sjotveit, CEO of Sarawak Energy, HR Director Rick Atkinson from PayPal, Natalie Goldman from Peoplebank, Australia, Donna Grande from Dell Philippines, R J Lino from Indonesian Ports, Jamillah Abdul Sallam from Bank Islam Malaysia, and many other thought leaders will lead the sessions. For early bird registrations, please contact grace@smrhrgroup.com.

    Professor Boris Groysberg, Harvard Business School, in Asia
    The much respected and internationally renowned Talent Management thought leader and Leadership Expert will be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to lead a 3-day Leadership Forum and an invitation only Asia HRDCongress Roundtable in August. For details, please email julianking@smrhrgroup.com.

    SMR News

  • Nominations for the Asia HRD Awards to be held in Jakarta this year are now open. For details please email grace@smrhrgroup.com.

  • HRDPower is now available both as an enterprise as well as a SaaS (software as a Service) model. Customised options are available as well. For more details, please email murali@smrhrgroup.com.

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

  • Do visit to review and have access to my books online at www.amazon.com.

    Have a good month ahead. Will be in touch in late April.

    With best wishes,

    Training Programme