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End of August and early September has been a festive season. Muslim brothers and sisters celebrated the Eid and in the Middle East and in Malaysia, the breaking of fast was a special occasion. The traditional practice of having open houses in Malaysia is another joyous occasion, one that promotes goodwill.  During September, I had the honour of delivering the opening keynote at the PSMB 2011 Conference & Exhibition to a large audience of 1400 people. My friend Scott Friedman is writing a new book and he has a survey ready. Friends at STADA (Singapore Association of Training & Development) are collaborating with ASTD to organise the ASTD STADA Asia Pacific Conference.

September E News
Let us look at a few key areas this month:

  • HR Best Practices
  • Scott’s Survey – the Celebration Factor
  • ASTD STADA  Asia Pacific Conference

HR Best Practices
Practitioners and academics agree that Human Resources (HR) must be strategic to be relevant. For better or worse, most Human Resources practices have remained at a transactional rather than a strategic level in most Asian organisations. Benchmarking the HR best practices of leading organisations is a strategy that will enable an organisation’s human capital to create value for keeping it competitive.

While benchmarking supports organisations to make HR processes and practices more efficient, in a globalised world where organisations face increasing change and competition, there is a need to look beyond just best practices benchmarking. While we may look for static best practices in recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation and benefits, talent management and performance management, there is a need to look for dynamic best practices ‘to think about making a fundamental transformation of the core business activity,’ says Jon Sullivan, former Chief Talent Officer of Agilent Technologies. Best practices are not just about metrics and imitation of others.

The PSMB 2011 Conference & Exhibition theme New Human Capital: What’s Beyond was an interesting one and being the first speaker, I had the opportunity to set the pace and face the 1400 delegates at 8.45 am. For a copy of the session notes please email 

Scott’s Survey – the Celebration Factor
My friend Scott Friedman, Past President of National Speakers Association, USA has sent out a survey on the subject of Celebration Factor.  Anyone who fills it out gets the book electronically when finished as a thank you.  I will seek your support to complete the short survey that will only take a few minutes. Your appreciation will be much appreciated.  Here is the link to the survey –

ASTD STADA  Asia Pacific Conference
Don’t miss Nov 16 to 18, 2011. The ASTD STADA Asia Pacific Conference will feature some great names: Fons Trompenaars, Liz Wiseman and Jack Phillips are some of the speakers. There are many more outstanding speakers too. I will be also speaking at the event. Visit  and be part of the event.

SMR News
For details of our 2012 programmes please email

Join our two conferences the Learning Extravaganza and Inspire as well as the Accredited Personal Development programme. More details please email

The younger people at SMR have moved up the chain. Subra takes over as the Deputy CEO supported by Jimmy, Rizal, Karen and Lily.
Our English Language Training division headed my Michael Hughes has done well and we have made significant contributions

Enjoy the month ahead. I will be in touch in October, 2011.



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