My expertise is the fusion of Chinese Philosophies and Modern Western Management for personal development and application in business. It is about using technology and the fusion mindset to create business values.
My training is offered on a regular basis through Aventis and other related parties. In-house training or consultancy on any particular topic can be arranged by containing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
Some topics are：
- Sun Zi’s Art of War for Business Success
- Gui Gu Zi’s Art of Alliance for forming long-term partnerships for mutual success, including the Art of Strategic Persuasion.
- I-Ching for success in an uncertain world
- The teaching Laozi for creating a Self-Directed, Self-Motivated Organization for the future
- The teaching of Confucius and the Success of the Confucius Businessmen etc.
Below are additional topics described in greater detail.
The Art of Strategic Alliances for Growth & Winning Together
The 6D-Framework of Gui Gu Zi that complements Sun Zi’s Art of War
Objective: to know the complete framework for building successful and long-term strategic alliances
If you want to be better, stronger, and more successful, then you need to form partnerships and stand on the shoulders of others rather than stepping on their toes. You need to master the Art of Strategic Alliances. Strategic Alliances are about the discovery of people’s characters and their talents and then persuading them to join you, strategize, and achieve mutual wins together. It is the synergy of collaborative advantages and hence is extremely powerful.
This course will provide you with a 6D framework that you can follow to find the right partners, design the winning strategies, and persuade them to adopt your ideas. This framework will help you immensely with the many tasks you do in your career or business such as being aware of political and cultural forces at play, identifying the problems, coming out with solutions, making proposals, influencing, selling, facilitation, negotiating, mediation, motivation, team building and leadership in getting the best from people working together. It is the integrated and complete set of soft skills for success in this global and diversified world.
This 6D framework is based on the work of Gui Gu Zi, the Master of Strategic Alliances whose students Su Qin and Zhang Yi essentially influenced the history of China from the Warring Period till the unification of China in the Qin dynasty. Sun Zi’s Art of War is about winning against competitors. Strategic Alliances are about winning together. With Sun Zi, you can formulate the winning dominant strategy. With Strategic Alliances you can achieve the optimum strategy due to collaboration as taught in the Game-Theory. With Sun Zi you can become a good general or a strategist, but with Strategic Alliances you can become prime ministers and influencers that impact the world.
East & West Fusion Management Mindset for VUCAD World.
Objective: to compare, integrate and apply East and West management philosophies and methods for building lasting corporations in a turbulent world
The advancement of technology has connected the world of diversities across social strata, races, ages, cultures, and nations creating a new world characterized by the acronym VUCAD representing Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity, and Deception. How can we cope in such a world? To find the answers, the speaker has studied the ancient wisdom of the Chinese and fused it with modern Western management thinking. The mindset provides answers to the following questions:
- How to make sense of this changing and seemingly confusing world?
- What are the unchanging Patterns of Change, if there be any, to guide us? Is there a database of cause and effect to lead us toward fortune and avoid disasters in any situation?
- What are the Unchanging values & principles for Life and Harmony for organizations and society?
- What is the methodology for managing change to get sustainable success no matter what?
The ancient Chinese provides us with the wisdom of the I-Ching, the Bible for Change. It provides the framework to integrate the wisdom of East and West. I-Ching is the predecessor and integrator of all Chinese philosophies such as Lao Zi’s Dao school of following natural order, Confucius’ Ru school of compassion, righteousness, good manners, wisdom, and trust, the Fa School of laws and discipline, and Sun Zi’s Arts of War strategies and others. In this framework, the speaker merges Western management thinking from behavioral and management sciences, E W Deming’s quality and statistical control, Kaplan & Norton’s strategy-driven balanced scorecard, Geoffrey Moore’s Category Maturity Life Cycle, Complex Adaptive System Theory, Gary Hamel’s future of management and more. The current thinking of inclusivity(for diversities) and sustainability(with the environment) are but a subset of the Chinese concept of the harmony of people with heaven and earth.
Li Ka Shing, one of the richest men in the world, said that integrating Chinese Philosophy with Western Management was his key to success. With the Fusion Mindset, we shall be able to apply it to design strategies and make wise decisions to manage the changes in the VUCAD world to achieve sustainable high performance and growth.
Corporate Performance Management Blueprint for Sustainable High Performance
Objective: To create a blueprint for a corporation to follow for achieving growth and sustainable performance.
This course covers the unified corporate performance management framework for building a high-performance company. Starting from a re-look at defining the mission statement, creating the visions, and defining the values. This is followed by a Situation Analysis to design the strategies to achieve the vision. The strategies are made operational by mapping out the cause and effect linkages over multiple views of customer value proposition, financial objectives, key processes, supportive processes, job role specifications, organization structure, staff skills set, motivations and developments, and culture. With measures and targets set, the corporation can create specific initiatives and projects to close the gap between the present and the desired targets. Divisions, departments, and staff individual goals can be cascaded and aligned toward attaining the vision. Regular monitoring of progress and learning from the situational changes ensure success over the long term.
Innovation Road Map and Management
Objective: To create an Innovative Organisation with strategies, offerings, and culture.
The key to overcoming the challenges brought about by competitors and enjoying better margins is to have innovation. Yet our common understanding of innovations does not lead us to breakthrough success. Innovation is more than just new products or even new services. It is not about just having more features, better technology, or engineers. Such thinking could not explain why computer-based Apple is able to dethrone the phone leader Nokia in the Smartphone market. Come to learn about the real secrets of successful innovations. Innovation is about creating value. Customers don’t buy products but an outcome through a wow experience. Decision-making doesn’t just follow economic reasoning alone. Emotional and social factors are more important. You don’t need more features but just a few meaningful features implemented in greater depth. Great lasting companies cannot rely on one-off success in innovation, they must know how to create a culture of innovation. There are more secrets to surprise you.
This course covers Understanding of Innovation, New Product Development and Market Development Life Cycle, Technology and Management Trends, Creative Thinking Skills, Organization & Culture for Innovation,
Effective Knowledge Management with Visual Mind Mapping
Objective: Using Mind-map and Concept Mapping techniques to help organize knowledge to improve the clarity of thinking and effective decision making.
The challenge of this present age is making sense of the overwhelming information that is fed to us. There is a need to filter out, organize and evaluate the information. The is the need also to have a framework where an incremental knowledge base of wisdom can be built so that we can improve our decision-making capability over time. The answer is to use visual mind maps to be the framework to organize and incrementally refine knowledge over time. Many powerful visual maps can be built to use as templates to guide thinking, planning, and decision-making.
Freely available mind mapping software like Freemind, Freeplane, Xmind, CMaps, and VUE are used to teach mind mapping techniques. The various uses of mind maps are covered. Mind map templates for SWOT analysis, Fish-bone, Business Planning, Project Management, Presentation, Minutes, etc are covered.
This course stresses building re-usable knowledge to enhance decision-making.
Commercial software like Mindjet’s MindManager and Axon can be used at customers’ request to teach mind-mapping techniques.
BVITS Innovative Thinking Method – Systematic Creativity on Demand
Objective: To enable creative and innovative thinking on demand through using BVITS
This course debunks the myths of creativity as a gifted talent and shows how creativity needs not to depend on chance. It teaches a systematic creative thinking method called BVITS (Business Value Innovative Thinking Symbols). BVITS is an integration of many creative and innovative thinking methods, visual and mind mapping, axiomatic design, system thinking, and others for breakthrough innovative thinking. It is useful for generating new innovative ideas, problem-solving, process re-engineering, new products and services, and even Business Strategies and policies.
How to Write a Successful Business Plan
Objective: To be able to write a business proposal and a plan for starting a new business
In this course, participants learn about business viability first, followed by the format and the content of a business plan. It begins with looking out for business opportunities, evaluating, and then the plan for the business. The participant will learn to organize and create a coherent business proposition that will serve as the road map for the entrepreneur or the intrapreneur and as a guide for investors or corporate bosses. The plan will cover the business model, value proposition, target customers, market and related industries, competitors, marketing, operation, management team, and financials. An understanding of venture funding and the investors’ mindset will be covered to ensure the business plan is written to meet the needs of the investors as well. A Spreadsheet-based program module for Financial Statements generation is provided to allow the participant to concentrate on the testing of assumptions and doing a sensitivity analysis of the business model rather than tedious writing and computations.
Leadership & Management Skills
Objective: To learn how to lead and manage staff to increase effectiveness and performance
This course covers the essential skills and practices for being a leader. A clear definition of a leader and leadership model is presented first. The key differences between leading and managing are shown and a true leader must be able to handle both tasks well. The influencing power of leaders, personality traits, and strength-based approach helps the development of high-quality leadership. Leadership style should not be fixed but situational dependent, founded on serving, and with vision will lead to the highest form of self-management teams. Basic leadership skills of goal settings, people motivation, organization, delegation and coaching, and change management will be covered. Popular and proven methods like 7+1 habits for effective people and One-Minute Manager are touched upon for attendees to improve themselves over time. Many corporate case studies will be used for illustrations, discussions, and learning purposes.
Creating a Learning and Innovative Organisation
Objective: to create a learning and innovative organization for long-term success.
With the shift to a Knowledge and Concepts Economy and the increased pace of change due to technology and globalization, it is of vital importance that the organization understands and builds a Learning and Innovative Organisation(LIO) to meet up with the challenges and sustains its growth. This course starts with a few key reference models of the gurus like Peter Senge of what makes LIOs and then proposes a unified model integrating the best. The components of the model are then covered in detail. This allows one to create a plan to implement an LIO aligned to its corporate strategies. An assessment model is proposed for auditing, assessing the maturity level, and guides for making improvements to the LIO. Such governance ensures the continued success of an LIO.
Strategic Human Capital Management for Corporate Performance
Objective: to enable a human resource manager to shift into strategic human capital management for greater corporate effectiveness
Strategic Human Capital Management is about aligning workforce, culture, talents and competencies, policies, and systems towards corporate strategies and achieving corporate success. Structures, systems, and strategies do not execute. It is people that execute them to achieve success. Human resources should not be seen as a cost but as capital, whose value can appreciate by aligning with the corporate strategies for success.
It begins with understanding the Corporate Performance Management Framework and the strategies to achieve financial, customer, operation, and workforce success with the fulfillment of corporate social responsibility. From the strategies, we can identify the strategic jobs and required competencies. This is followed by the fitting of talents to the strategic jobs and supported by the right leadership behavior, culture, HR systems, and practices. Development and execution of HR department cascaded Strategy Map and scorecard is then developed to ensure HR Department accountability and success. A good understanding of performance measurement systems on the behavior of people will help in setting the right measurement and rewards systems. There is also the need to control the variation of staff performance for the same strategic jobs across business units in various locations. A differentiated competitive advantage can only be achieved by employment and developing one’s strengths in strategic areas. This strengths-based approach is preferred over the weakness-fixing approach. Overcoming weaknesses only results in producing average companies and not leaders. Such successful practices will increase the intellectual capital and human capital of the corporation.
Chinese Philosophies and Management for the 21st Century
Objective: To understand and apply Chinese Philosophies for the management of business corporations for sustainable long-term success
British historian Arnold Toynbee said that “the 19th century belonged to the UK, 20th century belonged to the US, and 21st century is to belong to China.” He predicted that the civilizations that could save the world were the Chinese civilization of Confucianism and Mahayana Buddhism. This 21st century is characterized by changes, of great magnitude, speed, frequency, diversity, and complexities. The answers to handling such big changes can be found in the Ancient Chinese Classics and Philosophies. The rapid rise and success of Chinese Corporations have, to a great extent, been due to the long-term influence of the Chinese Philosophies and their values on their people. To work well with Chinese Corporations or manage Chinese managers and workers, one needs to understand their philosophies, values, practices, and other Chinese Culture uniqueness.
This course will cover the main Chinese Classical Philosophies starting with i-Ching, and then Lao Zi’s Dao School of “following nature”, Confucius’ Ru School of compassion, righteousness, good manners, wisdom, and trust, Mo’s School of universal love and quality, Han Fei Zi’s Fa School of laws and discipline, and Sun Zi’s Military school of strategies in Arts of War. These will provide the background for understanding today’s Chinese culture, behavior, and management practices. Case studies on leading Chinese Corporations like HuaWei and MengNu will be covered to provide a better understanding.
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