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What to Expect in 2017

"Cautious" is how many commentators are describing Malaysia's economic outlook in 2017. Malaysia's GDP growth is likely to be 4.3%, down from an earlier forecast of 4.5% due to the subdued global economy (World Bank). A sharp global financial tightening, further slowdown in China and an impending general elections would weigh on sentiment and test Malaysia's resilience. How vulnerable is Malaysia in the short- and long-term? What should companies do to manage their risks?


Stephen Lusk, CEO of The Coca Cola Company, Singapore, Malaysia & Brunei, and James Hay, fund manager and founder of Pangolin Investment Management, will discuss the opportunities and risks for Malaysia, and their strategies. 


SPEAKERS




Stephen Lusk is the chief executive officer of Bottling Investments Group at The Coca-Cola Company for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. Lusk began his career with Coca-Cola in Northern Ireland, and subsequently, worked for the group in Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He graduated with a BA honours degree in business studies and marketing from the University of Ulster, and is a fellow of the Harvard Business School having completed the Advanced Management Programme in 2012.



James Hay is the founder and managing director or Pangolin Investment Management. Hay has been involved with Asian equity markets since 1986, firstly as a broker and later as an investor and fund manager. He has lived in Malaysia since 1993 and launched the Pangolin Asia Fund in December 2004, recording annualised returns of 12%He is a value investor, investing only in what he understands which is Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. 


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Singapore REITS: For Passive Income and Capital Gain

Like real estate investment trusts (REITS) in Malaysia, Singapore REITS (S-REITS) distribute 90% of its taxable income to unitholders. Many S-REITS are not just invested in Singapore but also regionally such as China, Indonesia and India, thus giving you international real estate exposure. The total market capitalisation of S-REIT is about five times the size of M-REIT, and is an alternative investment to diversify your Ringgit assets and hedge against forex risk. 


REITs are popular among investors because they provide stable dividend payouts with the opportunity for capital gain. It is also an easily understood business model - a REIT purchases real estate such as shopping malls and office buildings, and the rental income is distributed to unitholders. 


In one day, you will focus on how to select S-REITS, avoid the risky ones, know when to buy or sell, and where to get the necessary information and how to get started. You will receive a comprehensive checklist to evaluate REITS as well as get post-course updates from the instructor and access an S-REITS community in a Facebook closed group.


LEARNING OUTCOMES


  • What Singapore REITs to choose based on a checklist
  • Choosing favourable sectors and avoiding risky ones
  • When to buy or sell - timing the REITs market
  • Where to get the necessary information


INSTRUCTOR


Kenny Loh trains investors to build diversified investment portfolios to achieve their retirement goals in Singapore. He has conducted many seminars and benefited thousands of investors in collaboration with SGX, SIAS, CIMB, RHB, CMC Market, Maybank Kim Eng, City Index, Wealth Academy Investor Inner Circle (WAIIC) and Online Traders Club Singapore (OTCS).


As a private investor, Kenny created a uniquely formulated strategy to ride on the long-term uptrend market and to benefit from any potential medium investment opportunities to optimise returns.

He is a strong advocate of portfolio diversification and rebalancing through asset allocation to manage investment risk and market volatility. He utilises a top down approach by understanding global economy, monetary policy, fund flow, commodities and forex movements; “ride on uptrend” using technical analysis and “bottom up” approach using fundamental analysis to analyse financial ratios and business models of companies.


Loh is a certified Associate Wealth Planner (AWPCM) by FPAS (Financial Planning Association of Singapore) and Associate Estate Planning Practitioner (AEPP®) jointly awarded by the Society of Will Writers & Estate Planning Practitioners (SWWEPP), UK in collaboration with Estate Planning Practitioners Limited (EPPL). He holds a masters in electrical engineering and an MBA from the National University of Singapore and California State University, Hayward respectively.


SPECIAL PACKAGE


Get RM100 off by registering for an additional course by Kenny Loh. If say in total, you register for two courses at one go, you will be given a discount of RM200. Register below and we will reimburse you in cash on the day of the workshop.


The other courses by Kenny Loh:


Technical Analysis: Foundation

Technical Analysis: Chart Patterns

Technical Analysis: Candlestick Patterns


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Eat Well, Be Well

Do you constantly feel tired and overwhelmed? Have you felt uncomfortable after having meals? Do you find it difficult to plan your diet when keeping up with work and social obligations?


Join us for this one-day nutrition workshop for busy executives to take charge of your diet for improved health, energy and productivity. Food is a factor that causes lifestyle diseases. It is therefore important to understand the basics of good nutrition, be aware of proper portion sizes for your energy needs, and learn practical strategies when eating out.



LEARNING OUTCOMES


  • Understand your own individual eating habits
  • Build a sensible diet that is based on good food that you enjoy
  • Understand food labels on your packaged foods
  • Prevent lifestyle diseases in the long-run


INSTRUCTOR


Indra Balaratnam, founder & owner of Indra Balaratnam Nutrition – The Food Expert Clinic is a 20-year veteran in nutrition and dietetics. She conducts individual diet counselling, group workshops and consultancy for corporations.


Her area of dietetic interests are diabetes, coronary heart disease, post-surgery recovery, weight management, pregnancy, childhood nutrition and nutrition for fitness. Balaratnam is often invited as an expert speaker and trusted key opinion leader for professional conferences, workshops, healthy recipe development, television and radio talk shows. 


She is co-author of  “Healthy Eating – Recipes for the Asian Palate” (Times Edition Marshall Cavendish 2004) and “Healthy Family Meals” (Marshall Cavendish Cuisine 2008), and also a long-standing columnist in The New Straits Times. 


Professional memberships include Malaysian Dietitians’ Association, where she is a past president; and American Overseas Dietetics Association affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (US). She also does community service with Soroptimist International Club of Sentul.


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Technical Analysis: Foundation

This foundation technical analysis course aims to equip you with the knowledge and tools to minimise risk in your investment and trading strategies. You will learn how to read a stock chart, how to identify support and resistance price levels, and how to identify trends in the US markets in this hands-on class with case studies.


Technical analysis is a methodology for forecasting the direction of share prices through the study of historical market data, primarily price and volume of trades. Knowing when to enter and exit the market is key in trading successfully.


Suitable for novice to advanced investors.


LEARNING OUTCOMES


  • Identify the optimum entry point to buy stocks to maximise their profit
  • Take profit or cut loss in their investment before the stock price turns bearish
  • Know when to enter the market and when to stay out of the market

INSTRUCTOR


Kenny Loh trains investors to build diversified investment portfolios to achieve their retirement goals in Singapore. He has conducted many seminars and benefited thousands of investors in collaboration with SGX, SIAS, CIMB, RHB, CMC Market, Maybank Kim Eng, City Index, Wealth Academy Investor Inner Circle (WAIIC) and Online Traders Club Singapore (OTCS).


As a private investor, Kenny created a uniquely formulated strategy to ride on the long-term uptrend market and to benefit from any potential medium investment opportunities to optimise returns.


He is a strong advocate of portfolio diversification and rebalancing through asset allocation to manage investment risk and market volatility. He utilises a top down approach by understanding global economy, monetary policy, fund flow, commodities and forex movements; “ride on uptrend” using technical analysis and “bottom up” approach using fundamental analysis to analyse financial ratios and business models of companies.


Loh is a certified Associate Wealth Planner (AWPCM) by FPAS (Financial Planning Association of Singapore) and Associate Estate Planning Practitioner (AEPP®) jointly awarded by the Society of Will Writers & Estate Planning Practitioners (SWWEPP), UK in collaboration with Estate Planning Practitioners Limited (EPPL). He holds a masters in electrical engineering and an MBA from the National University of Singapore and California State University, Hayward respectively.


SPECIAL PACKAGE


Get RM100 off by registering for an additional course by Kenny Loh. If say in total, you register for two courses at one go, you will be given a discount of RM200. Register below and we will reimburse you in cash on the day of the workshop.


The other courses by Kenny Loh:


Singapore REITs

Technical Analysis: Chart Patterns

Technical Analysis: Candlestick Patterns


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Development of Contemporary Islam in Malaysia

Starting with the arrival of Islam to the peninsula during the classical period to the revivalist period in the 1980s and the contemporary period, participants in this one day workshop will discuss the works of trusted scholars from a social science perspective. The objective is to examine the development of Islam and its role in society, and promote dialogue about the religion. This workshop is organised in collaboration with Projek Dialog.



FACILITATOR


Ahmad Fuad Rahmat is a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham (Malaysia). He also co-hosts Night School on BFM radio in addition to managing Projek Dialog a youth platform for intercultural discourse. 


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Technical Analysis: Chart Patterns

Traders study chart patterns to predict future price movement. In this half-day practical workshop, you will learn how to identify the Elliott Wave, head and shoulders, double top and bottom, triangles and wedges, and parabolic curve, and use this knowledge to inform your trading decision. The techniques that you learn can be applied to forex, indices, commodities, exchange-traded funds, and shares. The US markets will be used as the case study.


Technical analysis is a methodology for forecasting the direction of share prices through the study of historical data that affects markets, primarily price, volume of trades and trader emotions. Entry and exit timing is key to trading successfully.


Participants must have a foundation in technical analysis, or have attended Technical Analysis: Foundation.


LEARNING OUTCOMES


  • Predict the future movement of the stocks and set up a high probability trading plan
  • Identify the optimum entry point to long or short to maximise profit
  • Improve the rewards vs risk ratio with optimum entry point.


INSTRUCTOR


Kenny Loh trains investors to build diversified investment portfolios to achieve their retirement goals in Singapore. He has conducted many seminars and benefited thousands of investors in collaboration with SGX, SIAS, CIMB, RHB, CMC Market, Maybank Kim Eng, City Index, Wealth Academy Investor Inner Circle (WAIIC) and Online Traders Club Singapore (OTCS).


As a private investor, Kenny created a uniquely formulated strategy to ride on the long-term uptrend market and to benefit from any potential medium investment opportunities to optimise returns.

He is a strong advocate of portfolio diversification and rebalancing through asset allocation to manage investment risk and market volatility. He utilises a top down approach by understanding global economy, monetary policy, fund flow, commodities and forex movements; “ride on uptrend” using technical analysis and “bottom up” approach using fundamental analysis to analyse financial ratios and business models of companies.


Loh is a certified Associate Wealth Planner (AWPCM) by FPAS (Financial Planning Association of Singapore) and Associate Estate Planning Practitioner (AEPP®) jointly awarded by the Society of Will Writers & Estate Planning Practitioners (SWWEPP), UK in collaboration with Estate Planning Practitioners Limited (EPPL). He holds a masters in electrical engineering and an MBA from the National University of Singapore and California State University, Hayward respectively.


SPECIAL PACKAGE


Get RM100 off by registering for an additional course by Kenny Loh. If say in total, you register for two courses at one go, you will be given a discount of RM200. Register below and we will reimburse you in cash on the day of the workshop.


The other courses by Kenny Loh:


Singapore REITs

Technical Analysis: Foundation

Technical Analysis: Candlestick Patterns


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Technical Analysis: Candlestick Patterns

Traders use candlesticks techniques to spot market sentiment as a guide to buy, sell or hold an asset. In this half-day interactive workshop, you will learn how to use candlestick patterns to read market psychology and also spot reversal and continuation patterns to take advantage of trading opportunities in the US market. 


Technical analysis is a methodology for forecasting the direction of share prices through the study of historical data that affects markets, primarily price, volume of trades and trader emotions. Candlesticks patterns, originally a style of technical charting used by the Japanese for over 100 years, can be applied in shares, forex, indices, commodities and exchange-traded funds trading.


Participants must have a foundation in technical analysis, or have attended Technical Analysis: Foundation.


LEARNING OUTCOMES


  • Predict the future movement of the stocks and set up a high probability trading plan
  • Identify the optimum entry point to long or short to maximise profit
  • Improve rewards vs risk ratio with optimum entry point.


INSTRUCTOR


Kenny Loh trains investors to build diversified investment portfolios to achieve their retirement goals in Singapore. He has conducted many seminars and benefited thousands of investors in collaboration with SGX, SIAS, CIMB, RHB, CMC Market, Maybank Kim Eng, City Index, Wealth Academy Investor Inner Circle (WAIIC) and Online Traders Club Singapore (OTCS).


As a private investor, Kenny created a uniquely formulated strategy to ride on the long-term uptrend market and to benefit from any potential medium investment opportunities to optimise returns.


He is a strong advocate of portfolio diversification and rebalancing through asset allocation to manage investment risk and market volatility. He utilises a top down approach by understanding global economy, monetary policy, fund flow, commodities and forex movements; “ride on uptrend” using technical analysis and “bottom up” approach using fundamental analysis to analyse financial ratios and business models of companies.


Loh is a certified Associate Wealth Planner (AWPCM) by FPAS (Financial Planning Association of Singapore) and Associate Estate Planning Practitioner (AEPP®) jointly awarded by the Society of Will Writers & Estate Planning Practitioners (SWWEPP), UK in collaboration with Estate Planning Practitioners Limited (EPPL). He holds a masters in electrical engineering and an MBA from the National University of Singapore and California State University, Hayward respectively.


SPECIAL PACKAGE


Get RM100 off by registering for an additional course by Kenny Loh. If say in total, you register for two courses at one go, you will be given a discount of RM200. Register below and we will reimburse you in cash on the day of the workshop.


The other courses by Kenny Loh:


Singapore REITs

Technical Analysis: Foundation

Technical Analysis: Chart Patterns


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Adaptive Leadership & Immunity to Change

This unique programme integrates two of the most popular courses at Harvard University - Adaptive Leadership and Immunity to Change (Adult Development).


As leaders progress through their growth, they will face changing circumstances and environments that challenge their own and others' understanding of reality. Both the team and the leader can feel uncomfortable in these uncharted waters and resist needed change. Adaptive leadership helps leaders successfully overcome these discomforts, rise to the demands of leadership, uncover how individuals hold themselves back, and help their teams navigate business uncertainties and complexities effectively.


Using the Immunity to Change map, leaders will explore theirs and their teams’ assumptions, feelings and personal beliefs about a particular change process and better understand how their teams may be sabotaging their own efforts, a natural defense against perceived threats. Such internal investigation will provide leaders a framework to lead, coach and support their teams more effectively, to overcome deep-seated, individual challenges.



LEARNING OUTCOMES


  • Object-Subject Divide
  • Adult Development - Five Orders of Consciousness
  • Deep self-awareness of personal fears
  • Identification of counter-productive habits
  • A personalised plan to overcome fears/habits


INSTRUCTOR


Nur Aziz is currently leading Ashoka Malaysia. She was a researcher at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an operations manager and community organiser at two Boston-based grassroot non-profits which she helped turnaround and scale. She also taught three graduate courses at Harvard on entrepreneurship, global education policy and adult human development as a teaching fellow. In her work at Harvard's Program on Equity, Quality and Leadership in Education, she helped coach over 120 UNICEF education chiefs and officers on adaptive leadership, change management and strategic implementation. Due to her accomplishments, she was awarded the prestigious Education Pioneers fellowship in 2014.


After 13 years in the US, she returned to Malaysia to become the CEO of a women's innovation platform under the Prime Minister’s office and helped launch the Malaysian Collective Impact Initiative (MCII). Nur is an advisory board member of MCII and Acton Academy of Malaysia. She graduated from Harvard with a Master’s in International Education Policy focused on leadership and entrepreneurship, and from Carnegie Mellon with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, civil engineering and psychology.


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Email Marketing for Results

Email marketing remains one of the most effective tactics for driving sales.


Studies by Salesforce have shown that 77% of customers preferred to receive marketing communications through email. Further, email marketing has also shown to provide one the highest returns on investment, with numbers going as high as 3,800% (Direct Marketing Association, UK).


So, how do we fulfil the latent potential of email marketing to get the best possible results?


In half a day, you will learn what makes for good email marketing practices, understand what the statistics on your user dashboard mean, and recognise what raises red flags when it comes to spam detection.


Make the most of your email marketing campaigns. McKinsey estimates that email is 40 times more effective at acquiring new customers than Facebook or Twitter. Join this workshop conducted by GetResponse.


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Kempimpinan Diri - Menjadi "Superstar"

Ketahui langkah bijak untuk menukar diri anda kepada seorang “superstar” - seorang pelajar, pekerja atau usahawan yang luar biasa.



Tanpa disedari, ramai yang terperangkap dalam dimensi kehidupan sendiri. Kita belajar, bekerja dan berbuat sesuatu hanya kerana kita terpaksa melakukannya. Apa yang tidak kena dengan kehidupan kita? Mungkin kerana kita sudah penat dengan kehidupan, masalah peribadi atau perhubungan yang rumit menyebabkan kita sudah kehilangan “FIRE” (focus, idea / ideals, responsiveness and enthusiasm) dalam diri kita.  



Walau apa pun puncanya, modul ini akan membantu anda untuk menghidupkan kembali FIRE tersebut, menghadirkan semula cahaya dan memberi nafas baru pada kehidupan harian anda dan dalam kerjaya juga. Ia telah terbukti berjaya menukar seorang dari “biasa” kepada “superstar” dan individu yang luarbiasa. 



Sesuai untuk semua golongan dan peringkat umur.



LEARNING OUTCOMES



  • Kenalpasti masalah yang membelenggu anda dan cari jalan untuk membebaskan diri.
  • Kenali kembali diri anda:  Kenalpasti masalah, rungkai kembali turutan pemikiran peringkat 3 –  luaskan pandangan pada pekerjaan dan kehidupan.
  • Menghuraikan konsep konsep kepimpinan peribadi seperti GAPS, Tingkap Johari dan PIE untuk kejayaan.  
  • Kenal pasti zon yang mengujakan anda dan keluar dari zon selesa.
  • Harungi  cabaran untuk kejayaan anda – memahami virus dan vitamin untuk kejayaan anda.
  • “Jadi seperti kanak–kanak”,  menyemai sikap dan pemikiran positif dalam mengharungi cabaran menuju kejayaan.
  • “The NIKE tool”, berhenti menyalahkan orang lain dan buru kejayaan sendiri
  • “Time Quadrant Tool” – gunapakai cara baru untuk mengurus masa dengan lebih berkesan termasuklah dengan menghubungkannya dengan integriti dan kerohanian.
  • Bekerja bersama – sama dalam usaha memupuk  semangat bekerja secara berkumpulan. 
  • “The Corporate Athlete Tool” – bagaimana untuk menjadi seorang yang hebat  dari segi mental dan fizikal.  
  • “The Bug’s Life Tool” – bagaimana ingin menjadi seorang hero yang boleh mengubah dunia.
  • Serlahkan bintang anda – enam langkah menuju kejayaan.
  • Serlahkan FIRE anda -  enam langkah untuk merungkai diri anda.



INSTRUCTOR



Zaid Mohamad adalah seorang penulis terkenal, kolumnis, Coach Ibu Bapa Bertauliah dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Smart Parents Network (www.SmartParents.com.my). Sebelum menjawat jawatan ini, beliau adalah seorang pemimpin kanan dalam syarikat Procter & Gamble Asia selama 15 tahun di mana beliau telah juga dilantik sebagai seorang Jurulatih Kejayaan.



Beliau kini menjalankan latihan kepimpinan, latihan korporat bagi pemimpin kanan serta bengkel strategi keibubapaan untuk ibu bapa yang bekerja. Beliau kerap muncul di TV, surat khabar dan juga menjadi hos program radio. Beliau juga telah dilantik sebagai seorang Ahli Lembaga Pengarah Lembaga Pembangunan Keluarga Negara Penduduk & (LPPKN)



Zaid memegang ijazah kepujian dalam bidang kewangan dengan taraf “Summa Cum Laude” (kepujian kelas pertama) dari University of Bridgeport, dan telah diserapkan ke dalam Persatuan Sigma Beta Delta, sebuah komuniti yang mendapat penghormatan dari sektor perniagaan Amerika Syarikat, dan telah disenaraikan sebagai seorang “Who’s Who in American Colleges”.


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What business schools don't teach about stock markets

Understand the game of investment in this one day intensive workshop by Malaysia’s most prolific financial commentator, Laurence Lau or known by his moniker, Salvador Dali


You will learn:


  • the real objectives of a stock market
  • how to identify red flags in companies
  • spot future black swans
  • understand what negative interest rates mean for stocks
  • the relevance of market research
  • the myths of fund management


Lau will also reveal the truths about how a company really gets listed; the impact of corporate exercises such as bonus and rights issues, and reverse takeovers; and about investing in SPACS (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies). 


Here is an opportunity to ask him anything you want to know about investing in the stock market. 


LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

  • The risks of investing in the market and how to protect yourself
  • How corporate exercises such as issuance of new shares affect your investment
  • Information that you need to know before investing in a stock


INSTRUCTOR

For the past six years, Laurence Lau has been an advisor to two listed companies on their corporate finance strategies. He has led teams of equity research analysts in Malaysia and was head of institutional sales for Asian equities in Hong Kong. He was also the first analyst commentator on BFM’s S&M Show for three years. His website MalaysiaFinance.blogspot is one of the pioneering financial sites in Malaysia.


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Tsunami of Digital Disruption

“Software is eating the world,” said Marc Andreessen, venture capitalist and co-founder of Netscape, in describing the disruptive nature of technologies that have allowed startups to upend traditional industries through lower cost offerings and personalised marketing. 



While digital innovation is reshaping industries and disrupting millions of jobs, it also offers new opportunities. In this unique programme of industry talks and case studies, get the inside view on building digital business models, and how pioneering companies approach innovation and create strategic capabilities. 


Designed for professionals and business owners who are interested in digital strategy and culture, this Harvard method of teaching is used to facilitate discussions and to guide leaders in asking the right questions. Participants are required to read case studies before class.



LEARNING OUTCOMES


Alibaba, Amazon, Netflix, Uber

LEARNING OUTCOMES


  • Business model and strategies of digital native companies
  • How traditional companies are disrupting themselves
  • Creative ways for your organisation to disrupt its industry


INSTRUCTOR


A partner at John Clements, Tully Moss, is trained at Harvard Business School to teach the case study method, and has led over a thousand students in executive education programmes in the region using Harvard materials. An MBA graduate from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Moss is also a management consultant and coach with more than 30 years of helping companies and executives improve their performances. He has received certification by the International Coach Federation as well as both Zenger Folkman and The Leadership Circle as a coach for 360-degree assessments.


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Tsunami of Fintech Disruption

As financial technology companies (fintechs) make it easier and cheaper to transact, from mobile payments to robo-advisory, customers especially millennials and SMEs no longer turn to financial institutions for all their banking needs. What are the opportunities and threats presented by fintechs? How are they changing banking, insurance and fund management? 


This is a two-day programme designed for professionals and investors in financial services or non-financial services who are interested in the opportunities presented by fintechs to create alternative sources of income, accelerate business growth and deliver greater shareholder value. The Harvard case study method of teaching is used to facilitate discussions and guide leaders in asking the right questions.


Participants are required to read case studies before class.


CASE STUDIES


Bitcoin, DBS Bank, WeChat


LEARNING OUTCOMES


  • Business model and strategies of fintechs
  • Emerging trends and technologies such as blockchain
  • How traditional banking players are responding to the fintech challenge


INSTRUCTOR


A partner at John Clements, Tully Moss, is trained at Harvard Business School to teach the case study method, and has led over a thousand students in executive education programmes in the region using Harvard materials. An MBA graduate from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Moss is also a management consultant and coach with more than 30 years of helping companies and executives improve their performances. He has received certification by the International Coach Federation as well as both Zenger Folkman and The Leadership Circle as a coach for 360-degree assessments.


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Outward Mindset for Change

Pioneered by The Arbinger Institute US, this programme aims to move participants from inward mindset to outward mindset. The former focuses on one’s own personal goals and objectives without considering the impact or the results of their behavior on others. This mindset is blind to what others need, and is therefore prone to creating conflict, intentional or otherwise, self-justification and blaming others. Most team issues arise because the inward mindset dominates, blinding members to their true potential, and creating disunity. Most people stuck in this mindset may still feel as though they are doing good work and making real contribution, and yet be frustrating the organisation.


What’s needed is a change of mindset. When individuals and organisations transition to the outward mindset, they are focused on the objectives and results of the organisation as a whole. It seeks to be helpful, responsible, and make a real impact. The outward mindset helps cure the deeper disease of any organisation, and promotes an authentically proactive, open and collaborative culture. Behaviour and actions change when mindsets change.


LEARNING OUTCOMES


  • Understand what it means to be in inward mindset and its impact on self and others
  • Learn the tools to move to outward mindset
  • Self-reflect and identify actions to improve 


THE ARBINGER INSTITUTE


Headquartered in the US, Arbinger provides training, consulting, coaching, and implementation tools that move individuals, teams, and organisations from the default self-focus we call an Inward Mindset to the results-focus of an Outward Mindset. Its programmes and methodology are based on 45 years of research in the psychology of human behavior and motivation, and more than 35 years of experience working with organisations worldwide. Arbinger published Leadership & Self Deception in 2000, which quickly became a word-of-mouth bestseller. It is now available in 30 languages and has sold over 1.5 million copies. Arbinger’s second international bestseller, The Anatomy of Peace on resolving conflict, was published in 2006, and is available in 14 languages and has sold over 500,000 copies.


INSTRUCTOR


Senthiyl SSG is the managing director and lead facilitator for Arbinger Singapore/Malaysia. He is a highly-respected and sought-after Arbinger consultant and has taught participants in close to 20 countries. Clients have included Shell, UOL, Great Eastern Life, Singapore Armed Forces, Oracle, IBM, Murphy Oil, Unilever, Seagate, Bursa Malaysia, Tenaga Nasional, See Hoy Chan, and Satyam India. Senthiyl earned a scholarship from the Singapore Armed Forces, graduating from the National University of Singapore in 1989. He spent 11 years as an officer before pursuing his passion in the area of change management and finding his true calling in working with organisations to implement mindset changes. He holds an MBA from Maastricht School of Management.


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Agile Fundamentals

Agile has taken the world by storm since its inception, revolutionising how IT and software projects are delivered faster and cheaper. With increasing disruption, organisations today need to be innovative to stay ahead of their competitors. Non-IT teams and work processes must also be flexible and agile to support faster decision-making and shorter time-to-market. Those who lead are usually first in the market. 


Differing from traditional project management, agile empowers people to collaborate and make decisions in addition to continuous planning, quick iterations and testing instead of a top-down, waterfall approach. Apart from being a tool to create a more open and collaborative culture, it encourages active user engagement throughout the product’s development cycle, thus helping organisations identify issues early on. The agile method is designed to welcome change rather than to resist it, which is the norm for traditional projects where it is expensive to change.


Designed for project managers managing IT and also non-IT projects, this course provides the fundamental concepts behind agile and how it works. It is particularly useful if you are embarking on digital transformation projects and want to start on a solid footing.


LEARNING OUTCOMES

Underlying concepts behind agility

Available methods and frameworks within agile

How agile teams cooperate and collaborate to deliver business value


INSTRUCTOR

Internationally-trained agile delivery coach with a passion for people and organisational development, Tze Chin Tang has found himself in leadership positions where he honed his skills in effective communications and talent development, so as to bridge technology to business and drive high-impact project delivery. Tang seeks to amplify his experience with agile methodologies, developing software engineering organisations and empowering people to deliver value.


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Exchange Traded Funds 101

Compared to unit trusts, exchange traded funds (ETFs) are typically cheaper to transact and you will know the trading price throughout the day. In this half day workshop, learn why Julian Ng, The Morning Run presenter at BFM 89.9, favours ETFs. Learn how to get started and pick ETFs in US, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. 


An ETF is a stock traded on the market, and tracks an index, commodity, bonds or a basket of assets to give investors exposure to specific assets, industries or countries. It helps investors diversify their portfolio, and reduce the risks involved in owning a single stock. More sophisticated ETFs can be used to support trading strategies. For example, investors can use ETFs to buy or sell stock market volatility as part of their hedging strategy. 


LEARNING OUTCOMES


  • Types of ETFs
  • When to use ETFs
  • How to choose ETFs


INSTRUCTOR


Julian Ng is a presenter and producer at BFM 89.9 and hosts the station’s popular shows: The Breakfast Grille, Market Watch, and Ringgit & Sense. He has worked in the financial services industry primarily in equity sales and at various times as a portfolio manager for almost 20 years. He is a Certified Financial Planner and helps clients fulfil long-term financial objectives.


NOTE


Participants need to bring their laptops.


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BFM Young Graduates Programme

Transitioning from university to the workplace can be a daunting experience for fresh graduates. 


The challenges are often about adapting to office culture and managing generational differences. For employers, having a robust orientation programme will help young hires assimilate quickly. 


In its first year, this half day programme helps graduates and soon-to-be graduates find their fit, gain a headstart and learn how to support change efforts in any organisation. 


You will explore difficult work scenarios, and refer to the works of foremost Harvard professor on innovation, Clayton Christensen, and Professor Carol Dweck at Stanford University on growth mindset. 


A certificate of participation is awarded for completing the programme.


Programme goals


  • Help participants transition to a job environment with ease
  • Gain more awareness about the impact of behaviour on others
  • Equip participants with tools to innovate and think differently

Learning outcomes


  • How to manage generational differences
  • How to accelerate your career and earn early promotion
  • A framework to make career and life decisions

What you can expect


  • Presentations, frameworks and case scenario discussions
  • Reading materials
  • Reflection on action plan

Who is right


  • Fresh graduates
  • Graduating students


INSTRUCTOR


Noelle Lim heads BFM-Edge Education. She was at DBS Bank in Singapore, and a presenter and first employee at BFM Media. She was also a contributor to Forbes Asia and The Edge, and had worked with OSK Investment Bank, the Securities Commission, and Arthur Andersen & Co in various roles - strategy, corporate finance, and audit. She is a fellow of the Eisenhower Fellowships in the US and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW); and graduated with a BSc Accounting from the University of Hull, under a full scholarship.


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Media and Presentation Skills MasterClass: "Confidence, Not Apprehension"

Persuasive  communication skills is one of the most important, if not the most important skill senior leaders must have. Even if you never appear in the media, you will likely be recorded on camera when giving a speech at a conference, or webcasting your internal staff meeting. You need to be substantive in your points and speak with flair in order to be convincing. 


This course provides transferable skills that are instantly usable in all circumstances where leaders have to present. Get guidance from a former CNBC anchor - participants receive professional, instant feedback and guidance that boosts their confidence, and their skills. Practice in a real TV studio - the masterclass takes place in a purpose-built training facility. All participants have the opportunity to present, and they will also experience close to real life situations. This masterclass orientates around challenges and needs senior leaders have when presenting.


Companies are encouraged to send a team. Class is limited to eight people. 


LEARNING OUTCOMES


  • Guidance from a former CNBC anchor - participants receive professional, instant feedback and guidance that boosts their confidence, and their skills.
  • Practice in a real TV studio - the masterclass takes place in a purpose-built training facility. All participants have the opportunity to present.
  • Close to real life situations - the masterclass orientates around challenges and needs senior leaders have when presenting.
  • Ongoing learning - each participant receives a link to their own individual feedback portal that’s mobile/tablet friendly. 
  • Take your video with you - participants leave the masterclass with a “personal branding video” that they can upload to their own YouTube channel, or use as a LinkedIn profile video.


INSTRUCTOR


Mark Laudi is a coach and mentor in media and presentation skills to C-suite executives, elected politicians and senior government officials in the region, and is a sought-after speaker, conference anchor and panel moderator at business conferences. This follows a 14-year award-winning career in television at CNBC and ABC. 


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Finance Transformation for Leaders Masterclass

Today’s fast-paced environment calls for dynamic finance leaders who can act strategically and decisively manage multi-country teams. Leaders need to implement flexible, cost efficient and cutting-edge finance practices to help their organisations make better decisions and create value. However, many finance departments still have inefficient and manual processes, underpinned by disparate systems and data structures.


—This two-day workshop equips heads of finance or finance managers with practical knowledge to implement a solid finance transformation strategy, achieve operational excellence through global best practices, and lead the management of risks and controls. This masterclass also explores effective ways of leading international, virtual teams and instilling a culture of innovation.


LEARNING OUTCOMES


  • Best practices of global multinationals
  • Strategies and practical implementation of finance transformation for organisations
  • How to cultivate an innovative culture within finance departments


INSTRUCTOR


Joon Teoh is a Global Business Services (GBS) and finance expert, and she is currently the CEO of AGOS ASIA, a firm specialising in assisting companies accelerate the setup and implementation of  shared services and in moving up the finance value curve. In addition, she provides strategic mentoring and coaching to senior finance leaders. Her team also focuses on training and development to upskill finance and shared services professionals with the aim of preparing Asian talent for the global market.


Teoh’s practitioner experience includes a role as Global Head of Service Management in BAT Finance Shared Services Centre (FSSC), having spent 15 years in the organisation. She led the development of a Global Service Management Framework within BAT Finance Shared Services globally - the key enabler in the BAT Finance Transformation journey towards World Class Finance.


Teoh was also Finance Controller for BAT Malaysia, and prior to that, an external auditor at Arthur Andersen & Co (now Ernst & Young).


Teoh holds a BSc Econs in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics, and is a fellow Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountant England & Wales (ICAEW), and a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute Of Accountants (MIA).


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Reading Strategies: More than Meets the Eye

Do you find yourself reading and re-reading text? Do you often have trouble recalling what you read? This Reading Strategies course, based on Harvard University’s popular Reading Course, will help participants read more intentionally, with greater speed, comprehension and retention of content. 


Apply for this course if:


  • You think you are a slow reader
  • You feel overwhelmed by the number and volume of things you have to read
  • You want to learn how to effectively skim texts
  • You want to read more efficiently and effectively


Suitable for students, researchers or any professionals who need to do extensive reading to keep abreast of news, reports and to build new expertise quickly. This course is run for two days over the course of a week to give you time in between to practise and receive feedback from the instructor.


LEARNING OUTCOMES


By the end of this course, participants will be able to apply a portfolio of strategies to read more effectively, and achieve more effective visual literacy.


INSTRUCTOR


Joanna Lim is the founder of Anyaman Preschool, a Reggio Emilia-inspired early childhood centre in Bukit Damansara. Previously, Lim taught at leading education institutions in Kuala Lumpur, including a private college and a center for children with learning difficulties. She was a founding leadership team member at Teach For Malaysia, a non-profit that aims to address national education inequity, and prior to that, a strategy consultant at an international professional services firm. She read economics at McGill University and holds a graduate degree in education from Harvard University, where she was a Maxis Scholar.


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Outward Mindset Skills for Leaders

This intensive one-day programme is designed to advance a leader’s ability to implement the concepts of outward mindset. Using simple and effective tools, the programme would help move leaders from the standard approach of leadership (holding others accountable) to developing accountable people.


Leaders will learn how to apply the outward mindset to the life-cycle of an employee. This includes: 1) how to look for an outward mindset in others when hiring new employees 2) how to properly onboard an employee to account for technical competency, the impact of one’s work on others, and effort in delivering results.


Leaders will also learn how to simplify performance management by allowing the employees to develop responsibility and accountability in their own performance which will drive monthly conversations. They will also have new ways to approach employee correction and potential termination.


Leaders will be able to assess their own effectiveness in growing and developing those they lead. Having identified specific areas of concern, leaders will be equipped to diagnose and address employees’ relationship dysfunction that lies at the heart of poor results.


Participants of this programme say it has clarified ways to set expectations, performance standards and regularly driving employee-led development and conversations.


LEARNING OUTCOMES


  • Equip participants with a set of tools and frameworks that will enable leaders to understand how their leadership is inviting inward mindset performance from their employees.
  • Leverage interview questions and guides to select employees who tend towards an outward mindset.
  • Implement an onboarding and orientation / reorientation performance standard
  • Help employees expand job descriptions to account for impact and ensure heightened accountability around the performance standard
  • Drive employee-led monthly performance evaluations and conversations
  • Improve leaders' ability to address needs for correction and/or termination


THE ARBINGER INSTITUTE


Headquartered in the US, Arbinger provides training, consulting, coaching, and implementation tools that move individuals, teams, and organisations from the default self-focus we call an Inward Mindset to the results-focus of an Outward Mindset. Its programmes and methodology are based on 45 years of research in the psychology of human behavior and motivation, and more than 35 years of experience working with organisations worldwide. Arbinger published Leadership & Self Deception in 2000, which quickly became a word-of-mouth bestseller. It is now available in 30 languages and has sold over 1.5 million copies.


Arbinger’s second international bestseller, The Anatomy of Peace on resolving conflict, was published in 2006, and is available in 14 languages and has sold over 500,000 copies.


INSTRUCTOR


Senthiyl SSG is the managing director and lead facilitator for Arbinger Southeast Asia. He is a highly-respected and sought-after Arbinger consultant and has taught participants in close to 20 countries. Clients have included Shell, UOL, Great Eastern Life, Singapore Armed Forces, Oracle, IBM, Murphy Oil, Unilever, Seagate, Bursa Malaysia, Tenaga Nasional, See Hoy Chan, and Satyam India. Senthiyl earned a scholarship from the Singapore Armed Forces, graduating from the National University of Singapore in 1989. He spent 11 years as an officer before pursuing his passion in the area of change management and finding his true calling in working with organisations to implement mindset changes. He holds an MBA from Maastricht School of Management.


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BFM General Management Programme

As the global economy experiences generational and technological shifts, it calls for leaders who can balance the old and new, who are forward-thinking and flexible, who can influence rather than command and control. Underpinning the ability to do so is the leader’s implicit worldview and his or her ability to think strategically and communicate effectively.


BFM’s General Management Programme (GMP) provides you with a comprehensive view about leading an organisation; and equips you with skills to ask the right questions and make decisions that are not just based on intuition; and provides you with global perspectives to become a more influential leader.


In this 13-day programme over four months, you will cover strategy, innovation, marketing, finance, leadership, and an interdisciplinary module, and you will engage with facilitators from multiple institutions and participate in closed-door sessions with government and business leaders. This programme in its fifth year is also unique because you will discuss cases of Malaysian companies as well as the most cutting-edge ones in the world.


Participants must have more than 10 years of work experience. Applicants may be interviewed prior to enrolment.


A certificate of participation is awarded for attending all modules.


Programme goals


  • Prepare leaders for the rigour of managing companies
  • Equip leaders with global perspectives and entrepreneurial mindset 
  • Help employers develop the next generation of top innovative leaders 

Learning outcomes 


  • Develop strategy and lead strategic change 
  • Sponsor innovation process internally
  • Learn the use of all levers of marketing
  • Learn how to use finance to create value
  • Learn how to lead change

What to expect


  • Presentations, Harvard case study style learning, and hands-on exercises
  • Frameworks to analyse problems and communicate recommendations
  • Closed-door sessions with business leaders and policymakers

Who is right 


  • Business owners
  • CEOs, deputy CEOs, general managers and assistant general managers
  • Heads of departments and senior managers


CURRICULUM


Strategy, 24 - 26 July 

The success of a leader will be determined by his ability to create sustainable competitive advantage. This module takes you through the process of strategy planning - competitive strategy and corporate strategy frameworks including platform strategy. Using cases, you will analyse management dilemmas and learn from best practice organisations. 

Cases: Google, Hartalega, SAP (digital alliance), Tesla 

Innovation, 21 August 

An organisation’s ability to thrive in disruption is linked to its ability to leverage opportunities. You will explore innovation methodologies and deep dive into human-centred design and the competencies to build a more agile culture. 

Marketing, 22 - 24 August 

You will explore key facets of marketing namely pricing, product development, channel management, digital, and branding to articulate value to your target market. You will also analyse strategies of unconventional companies and consider your organisation’s value proposition. 

Cases: NFL, Metabical, Sephora 

Finance, 11 - 13 September 

Good leaders must know their numbers. This module equips you with a foundation in financial management regardless if you have the experience and training. You should be able to identify potential problems; to recommend actions to create value; and to support strategy through financial management. 

Integration, 2 October 

In this interdisciplinary module, you will integrate what you have learned. Wearing the hat of a CEO, you will analyse and identify the future positioning of a company that operates in a highly competitive environment and has to manage multiple stakeholders. 

Case: Malaysia Airlines 

Leadership, 3 - 4 October 

You will learn about the job of a CEO, how unconventional leaders lead transformation and motivate teams, and on a personal level, examine your goals as you progress in your career. 

Cases: Sir Alex Ferguson, Morning Star (self- management), Starbucks, Zappos 

Entrepreneurial Leadership, 4 October 

The programme culminates in a wrap-up where you will reinforce what you have learned in each module, and get the inside perspective from the founder of BFM Media on building an entrepreneurial organisation. 

Known for its engaging interviews, BFM has featured local and international business and government leaders. Built on an egalitarian culture and a mission to “build first-world Malaysians”, BFM encourages its employees to have purpose and to experiment with new ideas. 

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