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Embracing Transformation at Work with Design Thinking 2018






SNEF SAPPHIRE: Embracing Transformation at Work Seminar

The age of digitisation and the onset of Industry 4.0 has unsettled businesses and individuals. Digitisation has changed the way of work and business interactions with consumers, and is permeating in all areas of life at an exponential rate. Automation, AI, and Computational Intelligence (CI) have also gathered pace, and are fast displacing traditional brick-and-mortar ways of doing business.

The Embracing Transformation @ Work Seminar explores the impact of Digitisation and the way the Internet of Things (IoT) has changed demands on future skills and digital literary skills, and how existing business models can adopt Design Thinking approaches to reinvent their business to serve the increasing and ever-changing needs of customers. Self and Business Innovation will be discussed with real-world cases of businesses and executives’ who have achieved breakthroughs and peak performance success. Participants will also learn how organisational growth requires Strategic Workforce Planning, coupled with a holistic framework of a High Performing Organisation to scale greater heights and achieve extraordinary results.

The six internationally renowned speakers are: 
- Mr Darryl Parrant, from Willis Towers Watson (Singapore) on "Digitisation of Work"
- Dr Tim Schuurman, from DesignThinkers Group (Netherlands) on "Reinventing Business Growth Using Design Thinking"
- Dr. Andre De Waal, from HPO Center (Netherlands) on "From ‘Good’ to ‘Great’ – Becoming a High Performing Organisation"
- Ms. Grace Clapham, from The Change School (Singapore) on "Change as the Catalyst for Organisation Transformation"
- Ms Annie Leung, from CEO mindPower Ltd (Hong Kong) on "Self and Business Innovation, with Immediate Transformation"
- Mr Thomas Yeo, from CET Global Pte Ltd (Singapore) on "Strategic Workforce Planning for Organisational Growth"

Darryl Parrant
Our first in the lineup of six internationally renowned speakers, Mr Darryl Parrant from Willis Towers Watson (Singapore), will be sharing the impact of Digitisation and IoT demands on future skills and digital literary skills. His session will reveal insights and perspectives on digital literary skills and their influence on future work and behaviours.
Dr. Tim Schuurman
Dr Tim Schuurman from DesignThinkers Group (Netherlands), will share on how Design Thinking strategies can be adopted to help companies and SMEs reinvent their businesses and achieve growth. In today's IoT and Digital Economy, existing business models are challenged to meet the increasingly complex needs of customers, driving the need for a customer and client-oriented, innovation driven Design Thinking mindset.
Dr. Andre De Waal
Dr. Andre De Waal from HPO Center (Netherlands), will be sharing on how to develop “a tailored business relationship”, based on mutual trust, openness, shared risks and shared rewards for competitive advantage, resulting in business performance using the High Performance Partnership (HPP) framework. In this global economy, it is paramount for an organization to create long-lasting partnerships with its suppliers and customers in which excellent relationships get center-stage.
Annie Leung
Ms Annie Leung from CEO mindPower Ltd (Hong Kong), will showcase the exclusive mindPower™ Innovation model, giving an insight into the different tools of the mindPower™ Innovation model that has led to successful business breakthroughs. The mindPower™ Innovation model has supported many businesses and thousands of executives over the years to achieve personal and organisational breakthroughs. Businesses who have undergone such transformation span across 17 industries.
Grace Clapham
Ms. Grace Clapham, from The Change School (Singapore), will discuss innovation approaches on how organisations can embrace change, and use change as catalyst for organisation transformation.

Her session will explore how change is a constant for all businesses and organisations, and how Introducing, Managing, and Implementing change becomes important for organisations who are on the transformation journey.
Thomas Yeo
Mr Thomas Yeo, from CET Global (Singapore), will explore how strategic workplace planning enables organisations to take a structured approach to enable HR sourcing, deployment and capability development for their desired growth. This benefits companies who are continually involved in the planning and implementation of human resources.
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SAPPHIRE Masterclass: mindPower™ Innovation for Self Transformation

by Annie Leung, CEO mindPower Ltd

Annie is an experienced CEO with more than 30 years of experience in various management positions and in management consulting. Prior to founding CEO mindPower™ Ltd, Annie has 13 years of chief executive experience leading blue chip international corporations in both local and regional roles. She was previously the General Manager of Kalm’s in Hong Kong, the Regional GM of Greater China at Mattel, the Vice President of Greater China & South-East Asia of Warner Brothers, the Managing Director of Longman Education in Hong Kong.

In her CEO roles, she has had major achievements. At Mattel, she grew the business by 2 times, and was named as one of the world’s top 7 GMs among 42 affiliates. At Warner Brothers, she was instrumental in launching the first Harry Potter licensing in Asia. At Longman Education, she achieved double digit growth and developed the first education support team in Hong Kong, while growing the general study subject segment by 300%. She was named as one of ‘China’s 100 Outstanding Female Entrepreneurs’ in 2007 and was also named as one of ‘China’s 30 Most Creative Female Entrepreneurs’ in 2010. Her expertise is in business consultancy, corporate training, and executive coaching.

Annie founded CEO mindPower™ 12 years ago and created 2 models that were validated by the University of Hong Kong (HKU), receiving funding from the Hong Kong government’s Innovation and Technology fund for the mindDer™ system. She and her team has had huge success over the years, with clientele spanning across 17 industries, such as finance and insurance, luxury and FMCG, real estate, and telecommunications.

Programme & Topics

  1. Understanding “A List” mindPower™ Origin and theories

  2. Interpreting “A List” mindPower™ Report Profile

  3. Uncovering limiting belief for instant change

  4. Applying the Innovation Tools for Self-Transformation & to achieve Peak Performance

  5. Developing an individual transformation plan

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SAPPHIRE Masterclass: Creating Success using the 5 factors of High Performance

by Dr André de Waal, HPO Center (Netherlands)

Dr André de Waal conducted and published the original study on High Performance Organisations, and is currently the Managing Partner and Academic Director at HPO Centre, Center Director of StatMind Management Research & Development, and Professor of High Performance Organizations at the University Institute for International and European Studies (UNIES), Tbilisi Teaching University Gorgasali, Netherlands.


André has been teaching and conducting projects on performance management and high performance organizations for over 10 years on the international scale in countries like China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal, Peru, Surinam, U.K., Poland, Saudi-Arabia, Yemen, South-Africa, Namibia and Tanzania. André was also selected by as one of the "10 people who have influenced management thinking in the Netherlands the most in the past decade", with his research on High Performance Organisations and High Performance Individuals earning him the accolade of being one of the 10 Dutch Masters in Management, garnering much international attention.

André has published over 350 articles and 30 books, including his latest English book “What Makes a High Performance Organisation?” in 2012. His latest Dutch book was: “Hoe Bouw Je een High Performance Financiële Functie?” (translated as "How do you build a High Performance Financial Function?") published in 2016.

Programme & Topics

  1. History of the High Performance Organisation (HPO) Framework and its successes

  2. Management Quality and its impact to the organisation

  3. Openness & Action Orientation and its impact to the organisation

  4. Long-Term Orientation and its impact to the organisation

  5. Continuous Improvement & Renewal and its impact to the organisation

  6. Employee Quality and its impact to the organisation

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