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I was at the ASTD – STADA’s inaugural conference in Singapore. Robert Yeo, the Executive Director and CEO of STADA was a charming and great host.  Fons Trompenaars who delivered the opening plenary was an outstanding key note speaker. Now to the e news:

  • Trans cultural communications
  • Steve Jobs
  • Trainers Meet Trainers

Trans cultural communications
I have read Fons Trompenaars’s books but had never heard him before. The Dutch author and consultant in the field of cross cultural communication provided a completely new perspective with his resolving dilemma approach. It was a practical and insightful approach. In my thoughts at the panel session right after him, I remarked that he was an Asian man with a white skin. For long, Asia has suffered from a neo colonial mindset, too many white men with Asian skins. Leadership is about resolving dilemmas presented by cultural differences. The model he presented with seven dimensions provoked traditional thinking and offerred practical solutions. The poor acoustics at the Sands Hotel, Singapore was only overcome by his great sense of humour. More details at

Steve Jobs
There has been so much written about the legendary Steve jobs. I read with interest one of the comments attributed to his presentation skills – if you know what you are talking about, you do not need PowerPoint.

Also, Peggy Noonan’s article about Steve Jobs was a pertinent one: “He has a theory about why decline happens at great companies: the company does a great job, innovates and becomes a monopoly or close to it in some field, and then the quality of the product becomes less important. The company starts valuing the great salesman, because they’re the ones who can move the needle on revenues. So salesmen are put in charge, and product engineers and designers feel demoted: their efforts are no longer at the white-hot center of the company’s daily life. They “turn off.” IBM [IBM] and Xerox [XRX], Jobs said, faltered in precisely this way. The salesmen who led the companies were smart and eloquent, but “they didn’t know anything about the product.” In the end this can doom a great company, because what consumers want is good products. Read the full article on line at

Trainers-meet-Trainers scheduled for February 21 - 22, 2012 at Kuala Lumpur Istana Hotel will feature several legends in Training. The Games guru Thiagi and the author of Games Trainers Play Ed Scannel will be there. Fees start as low as RM 499/- per person. Please contact

Enjoy the month ahead. I will be in touch next month



Trainers Meet Trainers in Kuala Lumpur

February 21 - 22, 2012

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