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  # Issue: January 2010

Learning Challenges:
Best Practices from the Leaders

The 33rd Trainers-Meet – Trainers (TMT)®, our annual CSR event scheduled at Kuala Lumpur, for March 8th has attracted close to 200 delegates. 

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Hi Learn & Perform e-news subscriber:

Here is the January e-news. This is Karen, writing the January e-news on behalf of Dr. Palan who has been nonstop travelling to various places. I hope it is not too late to wish you a fabulous new year!  Trust you started the New Year with a bang and with resolutions destined to improve the quality of your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Here is this month’s e-news:

  1. Innovations in Human Capital Development
  2. Celebrating Excellence
  3. News from SMR HR Group

Innovations in Human Capital Development - The Asia HRDCongress Conference

The 9th Asia HRD Congress™ to be held in Kuching, Sarawak this year in partnership with CMM, the training arm of the state government is scheduled from July 6 to 8, 2010. Nearly 800 delegates from 25+ countries are expected to participate in this event of the year at the Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching, Sarawak.

Gurus such as Dr Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan, Resident Mad Scientist, Thiagi Group, Jim “Mr Energy” Smith Jr, President and CEO of JIMPACT Enterprise and Dr Karen Lawson, Founder President of Lawson Consulting Group Inc. will present outstanding keynotes.

The Asia HRD Congress™ focuses on an extremely important theme:  Innovations in Human Capital Development in a world that is changing in an unprecedented way. Participants will learn pertinent information – supporting their endeavours to meet immediate challenges and prepare their organisations in promoting, measuring and assessing innovations in human capital development.

For more details, please email or

We look forward to welcoming you at the Asia HRD Congress™ 2010, Kuching, Sarawak.

Celebrating Excellence – The Asia HRDCongress Awards

The Asia HRD Congress™ 2009 will also be recognising and honouring a select and small group of extraordinary HRD professionals who have made a lasting impact on the human capital development in the following categories : -

  1. The HR Community
  2. The Organisation
  3. The Society
  4. Lifetime Achievement

As a pioneer of the gathering of human capital professionals, Asia HRD Congress™ continues to enrich people developers and shapers with insights and strategies enabling them to propel their organisational growth and talent development.  To nominate an outstanding individual or organisation, please visit

News from SMR HR Group

  • The 33rd Trainers-Meet – Trainers (TMT)®, our annual CSR event scheduled at Kuala Lumpur, for March 8th has attracted close to 200 delegates.   The event for HRD professionals and educators will feature some of the expert speakers in the region.  The session is by invitation only and is complimentary. Those of you who are keen to attend, please contact or or telephone us at 603-2279 9199.

  • We just completed the SMR HR Global Roundtable conference in Bangkok, Thailand. Eight progressive organisations presented their best practices. The proceedings will be available at this year’s Asia HRDCongress. Subjects discussed included Competency Management, Careers for Trainers, Career Management, Succession Planning, Creating Entrepreneurs, Talent Management, Ethics and Vocational Training. For more details please connect with

  • SMR Learning & Development is now known as SMR HR Group, part of our efforts to position the company as an integrated one to reflect the organisation’s businesses: HR Consulting, HR Technologies, HR Events, HR Publications, HR Training etcetera.

  • For the first time, I ran our flagship programme the 5-day International ATP at Doha, Qatar from Jan 31 – Feb 4, 2010.   Participants from Qatar and the GCC countries made the session fun. The session was based on the techniques and fun tools from Dr Palan’s book “The Magic of Making Training Fun!!®”  We are now sure that these participants will be transforming their lectures into engaging and lively training sessions when they return to their respective countries.

  • For more details of our events and software, please visit

Dr. Palan will be in touch next month.

Karen Ong, Chief Learning Officer

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