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Talk: Outward Mindset for Leadership Success

Why do some teams do well while others do not despite comprising superstar professionals? As leaders, how do you lead individuals with their own agenda? How do you move away from having to use authority to promoting authentic self-accountability?


Discover the answers with Senthiyl SSG from The Arbinger Institute in this session, designed for CEOs and human resource leaders, on building culture and cultivating outward mindset.


Courses by The Arbinger Institute


Outward Mindset for Change


Outward Mindset Skills for Leaders.


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.


SPEAKER


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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Talk: Is Malaysia on a Downward Spiral? A No Holds Barred Conversation

Rich in resources and with a relatively young population, Malaysia has great potential. However she has been stuck in the middle income trap for decades; is in the bottom third in the world for education according to PISA; is the 54th most corrupt among 168 countries in the Corruption Perception Index in 2016; and suffers from talent drain - almost one million Malaysians, many professionals, have emigrated to other countries, 57% of them to Singapore up till 2010 (World Bank).


How can we save ourselves? Is a change in government the panacea?


Get insider views from Datuk Seri Kalimullah Hassan, former investment banker and deputy chairman of the New Straits Times Press, and R Nadeswaran, veteran investigative journalist at The Sun, popularly known as Citizen Nades. Moderated by Ho Kay Tat, publisher of The Edge, do not miss this no-holds-barred conversation.


SPEAKERS




Datuk Seri Kalimullah Hassan is chairman of ECM Libra Foundation. He began his career in journalism in 1979 and served in various local and international news organisations before becoming a businessman in 1995. He was CEO and executive chairman of ECM Libra, and served as a member of the National Unity Advisory Panel, the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDec), the National Information Technology Council and various public listed companies.



R Nadeswaran is a retired investigative journalist and columnist of The Sun after 17 years. His recently launched book "Curi-Curi Malaysia" reveals the stories behind the stories of some of the biggest corruption cases in the country.


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Digital Disruption Masterclass

“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.



CASE STUDIES


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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Fintech Disruption Masterclass

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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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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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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Fusionex: Applied Data Analytics

Interested in becoming a big data professional? Today, it is one of the hottest career specialisations in the world.

 

This two-day, hands-on workshop trains you to become data analysts and in preparation to become data engineers. You will cover among other areas, analytics lifecycle, dashboard, semantic model management, metadata management, consolidating and cleansing data from multiple sources. 


Suitable for working professionals who may or may not have a quantitative background and are considering a career in big data, or need to work extensively with big data.

 

If you have completed Fundamentals of Data Analytics within the last six months, you will only need to attend the second day of this workshop and pay half-rate. For exemption, please write to learn@bfmedge.com

 

Upon satisfactorily completing the course, you will receive a certificate of participation from Fusionex and BFM-Edge Business School.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

  • Learn the application of big data in business intelligence
  • Acquire a foundation in data analysis and data management 
  • Learn the technical terms used by specialists


ABOUT FUSIONEX

Listed on the London Stock Exchange, Fusionex is a multi-award winning international provider of software solutions, specialising in Analytics, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning. With offices in Asia, Europe and the US and currently one of the largest ASEAN-grown ICT companies by market capitalisation, Fusionex has a track record in serving blue chip clients across the world.


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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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A Primer on Talent Analytics: Applications and Case Studies

An organisation’s performance has been proven to be highly dependent on its employees. To effectively deploy talent, human resource managers and other functional managers need to make decisions based on relevant and accurate data. Companies like Google have been mining data on employee surveys and observations to uncover the most important traits and norms that create good managers and high performing teams. 


In this two-day masterclass on talent analytics that includes hands-on exercises, learn how to use data to predict behaviour, performance and attrition, and to prioritise coaching areas. With this knowledge, managers can make better decisions on recruitment, retention and promotion, thereby improving employee morale, engagement and the return on investment of training programmes.


Upon completing the course, you will receive a certificate of participation from BFM-Edge Business School.

FACILITATOR


Ng Jinsheng is a Director (Training and Consulting) at AnaVantage Management Consultancy based in Singapore, which provides data analytics training and consulting services to regional clients. Starting his career at IBM SPSS, Ng has trained hundreds of participants from the public service and private sector in statistical and data mining concepts, tools and applications in solving business problems. He later joined SAS Institute as an education specialist in training, and thereafter as a senior associate in professional consulting services. Throughout his career, he has also led consulting projects and worked with C-level executives in addressing pressing business issues, during which he received numerous positive testimonials.


Ng graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in statistics and applied probability, and also completed a Masters of Science in Knowledge Management from Nanyang Technological University as one of the top students in his cohort with a Dean’s List award in academic excellence. He is professionally recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). He is also an IBM Business Analytics Certified Specialist in IBM SPSS Modeler (Professional) and IBM SPSS Statistics, as well as SAS Certified Predictive Modeler using SAS Enterprise Miner, and SAS Certified Business Analyst using SAS 9: Regression and Modeling. 


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Fusionex: Fundamentals of Data Analytics

Considering a career in big data? Or feeling overwhelmed by what to do with data in your organisation? 

 

This one-day course equips you with tools to analyse and visualise data, and the knowledge to ask the right questions and create a data visual to glean insights. You will cover among other things: analytics lifecycle, create and interact with dashboard, and semantic model management.

 

Suitable for business leaders and working professionals who may or may not have a quantitative background, and are exploring big data careers, or need to work with big data specialists. Also for pre-university or university students who are interested in big data application.

 

Upon satisfactorily completing the course, you will receive a certificate of participation from Fusionex and BFM-Edge Business School.


LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

  • Gain deeper understanding on the application of big data
  • Learn the technical terms used by data specialists
  • Learn the basics of data analysis


ABOUT FUSIONEX


Listed on the London Stock Exchange, Fusionex is a multi-award winning international provider of software solutions, specialising in Analytics, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning. With offices in Asia, Europe and the US and currently one of the largest ASEAN-grown ICT companies by market capitalisation, Fusionex has a track record in serving blue chip clients across the world.


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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. 

FACULTY


Dr Philipp Meyer-Doyle, Assistant Professor of Strategy, INSEAD 

Meyer-Doyle teaches MBA and executive education programmes. He has worked for UBS specialising in mergers and acquisitions, and for a private equity fund. He holds a PhD and Master of Science in Managerial Science and Applied Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. 

Christoffer Erichsen, CEO, Human Inc 

Erichsen has over 20 years of experience in the fields of innovation, learning and change. He has led and delivered large change management and innovation projects in Europe and Southeast Asia. He advises the UN on innovation, works with business leaders, and mentors startups. He has also been involved with supporting urban innovation in the Middle East and is collaborating with The Danish Design Centre. 

Dr Yi Xiang, Associate Professor of Marketing, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) 

Yi teaches at CEIBS, the business school in China that has achieved top tier global rankings for its programmes. He has also lectured at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, INSEAD, and the University of Chicago. He graduated from Tsinghua University with a degree in materials science, and has Master and doctoral degrees in management from INSEAD. 

Wong Kah Teck, Managing Director, FMTCS 

Wong was a portfolio strategist at CIMB and AmInvestment Bank where he was responsible for spearheading investment advisory and product development strategies. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA); and graduated summa cum laude with a dual degree in finance and economics from Wharton; and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. 

Tully Moss, Partner, John Clements 

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 Wharton School, Moss is also a management consultant and coach with more than 30 years of helping companies and executives improve their performances. 

WHAT OUR ALUMNI SAY

“I found out about GMP through BFM 89.9 my favourite radio station. The programme has been tremendously useful and practical for my business. I learned to look at my business from different perspectives. Also, spreading the course over four months is a great idea as it allows participants to absorb and appreciate the theory and concepts taught. I would highly recommend anyone to attend the GMP.” Lionel Lim, Executive Director, Maltaco MS (GMP ’16) 

“The GMP helps me in my new role as general manager. The programme is concise, and gives me a good foundation for management. I would recommend this programme to anyone who is in a senior role.” Vincent Leong, General Manager, Ferco Seating (GMP ’16) 

“The GMP broadened my perspective about business. In particular, the modules on finance and marketing help me understand our customers' needs better, and to have better conversations with business owners.” Adrian Lee, Manager, SAP (GMP ’16) 

As CTO, I have to think more strategically and about the future. This programme has helped us understand, develop and use various strategies, and better equipped us to analyse financial information and communicate with stakeholders. Since my colleagues joined this programme, we think differently, communicate differently and have become better leaders to take the company forward in the next three to five years.” Feroz Ahmed Ahanger, Chief Technology Officer, Privasia (GMP ’16) 

“The content is useful, substantial and compact. It was just right to get general managers started and I can apply what I learned in my job at management level.” Eddie Quek, Head of Digital Services & Internet of Things, U Mobile (GMP ’16) 

“I was excited when I discovered BFM’s programme. I did my MBA a number of years ago but management concepts do evolve. A large percentage of content in the BFM programme is new and I found that interesting.” Raymond Lim, Managing Director, Airbus Customer Services (GMP ’15) 

“Being an avid listener of BFM, I got to know of the GMP. The classes were intense, the lecturers were very good and were very well prepared. I recommend it to anyone who has a busy schedule and would like to hone their skills. It especially benefitted me to take a broader look at the whole spectrum of business, especially when developing strategies, pulling in resources and defining myself as a leader, and how i can apply that to my company and grow our business.” Sean Soh, Commercial Director, Luen Heng F&B (GMP ’15) 

“I just look forward to coming for classes. The things taught are not what they teach in architecture which is my profession.” Andy Chong, General Manager, T.R. Hamzah & Yeang (GMP ’15) 

“The course has been tremendously rewarding in a sense that it has speakers and participants from various industries with a breadth of knowledge. One of my favourite guest speakers is Tan Sri AK Nathan from Eversendai. He has built up a very Malaysian company and has taken it abroad and is now one of the biggest in its industry.” Jason Lee, Manager, CMS Wires, Cahya Mata Sarawak (GMP ’15) 

“The GMP was extensive, subjects were tough, and the case studies were really good.” Fadli Hafetz, General Manager, Mamee Double Decker (GMP ’14) 

“Impressive and extremely experienced faculty with in-depth practitioners’ view. Great illustration of concepts and principles of the various modules. Excellent networking with the group. The programme has helped me grow. Overall, a really enriching experience.” Julianna Kamaruddin, General Manager, NGC Energy (GMP ’13) 

“The programme strengthened my knowledge that I can apply in my job.” Gladys Goh, General Manager, Nippon Paint (GMP ’13) 

“The case study discussions were detailed and they enhanced learning. The varied opinions of diverse participants enriched the exchange of ideas.” Hoe Cheah How, Chief Investment Officer, RHB Asset Management (GMP ’13) 



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BFM Emerging Leaders Programme

In a world marked by uncertainty, change is inevitable and challenging to manage. Organisations need adaptable managers who can initiate and support transformation efforts.


BFM’s second flagship course, the Emerging Leaders Programme (ELP) (formerly Gen Y Leadership Programme, GYP) is designed to equip new managers with the mindset and tools to enhance their self-awareness, build stronger teams, and increase their leadership effectiveness.


This five-day programme links strategy and innovation, followed by a deep dive into human-centred design methodology and leadership. You will get an opportunity to do an assessment to identify your strengths and blind spots as a manager and learn how to lead yourself and your team more effectively. 


Participants are typically new managers and may be interviewed prior to enrolment.


A certificate of participation is awarded for completing the programme. 


Programme Goals


  • Prepare new managers to lead teams
  • Develop a generation of visionary leaders
  • Equip managers to lead change and innovation

Learning Outcomes


  • Lead human-centred design process
  • Manage self and others
  • Coach team for high performance

What you can expect


  • Presentation, activities and project work
  • Talks by career and human resource experts
  • Reflection on professional goals

Who is right


  • Staff in their first managerial position
  • Staff transitioning to managerial positions
  • Staff in the strategy, product/service development or CEO's office


CURRICULUM


Innovation, 11 - 12 September


As industries are disrupted by digital players, it is critical that managers understand the language of innovation. You will learn about the connection between strategy and innovation, and through human-centred design methodology, you can expect to gain a deeper understanding of your customers to pursue new areas of growth. 


Leadership, 13 - 15 September


This module aims to help you sharpen your skills as a confident leader by increasing your self-awareness as a manager and equipping you to lead others effectively. You will explore different leadership skills and values, how to use your time as a manager, and how to hold yourself and others accountable. You will also cover the foundation of coaching and managing conflict.


Entrepreneurial Leadership, 15 September 


You will get an inside perspective from the founder of BFM Media on building an entrepreneurial organisation. Built on an egalitarian culture and a mission to “build first-world Malaysians”, BFM encourages its employees of all ages to have purpose and to experiment with new ideas.

  

FACULTY




Christoffer Erichsen, CEO, Human Inc


Erichsen has over 20 years of experience in the fields of innovation, learning and change. He has led and delivered large change management and innovation projects in Europe and Southeast Asia. He advises the UN on innovation, works with business leaders, and mentors startups. He has also been involved in supporting urban innovation in the Middle East and is collaborating with The Danish Design Centre.


Cheryl Wong, Certified Professional Coach, Innovative Formula


Wong has over 20 years of corporate human resource experience, having worked at Accenture as a consultant and at the British American Tobacco Group. Leveraging her rich professional experience, she gives participants practical, commercial insights which help them deliver results. She holds an honours degree in economics from University of Malaya, and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University. She is also a Certified Coach/Mentor, BarOn EQi Assessor and Professional Trainer.


Kitty Foo, Certified Professional Coach, Innovative Formula


Foo has over 20 years of multinational corporate experience in the fields of management, marketing and training, and brings with her a passion to build the skills of the people she works with. She graduated with a Bachelor of Public Administration (first class honours) at Universiti Utara Malaysia, and is a gold medal recipient for the class of 1992. Foo is also an ACC Certified Coach/Mentor, BarOn EQi Assessor and Professional Trainer.

 

WHAT OUR ALUMNI SAY


“This programme is very relevant at this stage of my career. There were lots of interesting concepts, stories and topics covered - all very interesting.” Amruta Vivek Patkar, Manager, The Boston Consulting Group (GYP ’16)


“The programme was very relatable and relevant to me, and the faculty gave good examples in illustrating their points.” Cheah Lie Yee, Manager, GoGet (GYP ’16)


“I like the practical focus, examples, and engaging speakers with good experiences to share. The modules are well focused on new managers. I learned about coaching, leading self and flexible thinking strategy.” Dexter Foong, Manager, Rampai Niaga (GYP ’16)


“I like the networking, and getting to know the faculty and participants. It was a very positive environment on top of very good content.” Megat Armand Yazid Jeffrey Adzman, Manager, PLM Solutions (GYP ’16)


“The faculty was insightful, clear on delivery and supportive in guiding discussions.” Muhammad Ezanie Noorazman, Associate, Khazanah Nasional (GYP ’16)


“The leadership faculty constantly reinforce their material with quizzes and games. They were very experienced, knowledgeable and friendly, and provided a comfortable environment to talk about important and personal topics.” Johari Imran Lok, Director, Rasa Perpaduan (GYP ’16)


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UGL - Understanding Group & Leader (by Swedish Defence)

Designed by the Swedish National Defence College, Understanding Group & Leader (UGL) is the most highly regarded leadership training in Sweden and is widely used in the Swedish army and organisations such as IKEA and Volvo. The main areas of the course are group development and leadership, communication and effective feedback, conflict management and team building in connection to increased self-awareness, personality factors, drivers and group dynamics.


UGL is an intensive five-day residential course including evening activities that uses experience-based learning with group members working individually and in groups to solve different tasks. This is followed by reflection on personal insights and feedback between participants based on emotions and reactions occurring while working together. What was experienced as positive and negative and what could have been done differently. These insights are shared in reflection sessions after each group task and in a session called "the rearview mirror" every morning. After UGL training, participants say they experience greater effectiveness as group members and leaders, and that the learnings provide concrete tools that can be used in everyday business life.


Participants are typically between 25 to 45 years old, senior managers and above who are interested in honing their skills as a developmental leader.


NOTE


Each class is strictly limited to 12 participants.


Those who come from the same company should preferably not know or work with each other.


Every participant is expected to attend all sessions, both days and evenings - the group does not proceed until everyone is present.


The programme does not involve major physical activity but requires participants to be emotionally fit and are not undergoing personal and work crisis.


LEARNING OUTCOMES


  • Become more effective as a group member and a leader
  • Move from command and control style of leadership to developmental leadership
  • Understand how your leadership and communication styles affect others
  • Learn to become an adaptable leader and communicator
  • Understand yourself better as a leader
  • Build cohesive and high-performing teams


INSTRUCTOR


Jan Ingerlund is the CEO of Här & Nu Ledarskap (Here & Now), a Swedish leadership and group development training company he started in 1998. He has trained managers in many well-known organisations, both Swedish and international for more than 16 years, and organises and facilitates UGL training in Swedish and English. He also certifies new facilitators on behalf of the Swedish National Defense College who owns the rights of UGL.


FEES


Register your interest with Noelle Lim at learn@bfmedge.com


For participants who are interested in attending UGL training outside Malaysia, there are courses in English and Swedish in Stockholm (Nasby Castle). For more info, contact Noelle Lim, learn@bfmedge.com


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