Leaders Conference 2017
LEADING IN COMPLEXITY - SIMPLIFY AND DRIVE RESULTS
Date: 18th July 2017
Venue: Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu
OVERVIEW
We live in a complex world. Complexity means more than just "very complicated". It involves both interrelatedness and unpredictability. In this context, businesses and leaders are facing frequently or even continuous, disruptive changes and constraints to growth. On an individual level, such complexity can feel like information overload, chaos, ambiguity, a recipe for confusion and anxiety. All of these make it particularly challenging for leaders who are responsible for making high-stack decisions that need to provide clarity amidst the confusion.

Dealing with complexity means grappling with more ambiguity than most of us are comfortable with. It also means letting go of simplistic rules and certainties that have the advantage of making us feel steady and secure. The question then, is, are leaders ready for this? Forward-thinking leaders, however, must learn to harness this complexity to their advantage. They should take processes with many distinctive parts and integrate each element into a smoothly functioning whole. They should be at their best when anticipation the evolving needs of the marketplace and services that cater to today's highly empowered, knowledgeable and technologically enabled consumers.

On our end, we are responding to this complex landscape by delivering this year's Leaders Conference which is designed to address these concerns. We realise that we need to equip our leader to weather these challenges quickly.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The Conference is targeted towards those in leadership positions such as CEOs, Seniors Management, Head of Human Development, Strategic Planners and other Senior-Level Managers. It is important that participants be in positions where they can drive important changes in their organisation.

PROGRAMME
8:00 am Registration / Breakfast
8:45 am Arrival of YBhg. Datuk Hajah Rosmawati Haji Lasuki, J.P
Deputy Director of Yayasan Sabah
9:15 am Opening address by
YBhg. Datuk Hajah Rosmawati Haji Lasuki, J.P
Deputy Director of Yayasan Sabah
9:30 am Conference Introduction
9:45 am Session 1:
ADAPTABILITY THE NEW GAME-CHANGER IN LEADERSHIP
- Redefining leadership
by GEORGE BOHLENDER
10:45 am Q & A
11:00 am Networking Morning Coffee
11:30 am Session 2:
REINVENTING YOUR BUSINESS THROUGH CORE TRANSFORMATION
- Be the disruptor instead of being disrupted
by ABU BAKAR YUSOF
12:30 pm Q & A
12:45 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm Session 3:
EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY IN THE AGE OF DISRUPTION
- The digital transformation
by GOPI GANESALINGAM
3:00 pm Q & A
3:15 pm Afternoon Tea
3:30 pm Session 4:
CONFERENCE REFLECTION VERTICAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
- Leveraging on polarity thinking
by DR. EDWIN VARO
5:00 pm End of Conference
OUTCOMES
  • Participate in the sharing of new and unique ideas that will improve efficiency, clarity, agility and adaptability in a business environment of the complex business landscape.
  • Experience the intimate setting that allows for interaction and valuable networking opportunities.
  • Acquire practical skills, tools and models that you can implement in your organisation to address these new leadership challenges.
  • Be Inspired by listening to speakers tell their extraordinary stories of triumph over adversity.
  • Be challenged in the way you see the world and begin to ignite meaningful change in your organisation.

SESSION OUTLINE
SESSION ONE
ADAPTABILITY THE NEW GAME-CHANGER IN LEADERSHIP:
- Redefining leadership
By GEOGRE BOHLENDER
Managing Director, Dragonfire Corporate Solutions Sdn Bhd

Adapting your leadership style to meet the needs of a changing business environment, the needs of different people and a variety of opportunities is bound to be more effective than staying in the comfort zone of a singular leadership style.

Adaptable leadership is about being ready for change. While you may have an end-goal and a basic strategy to reach it, the path that you plan to take is not set in stone. This allows appropriate responses to the demands of the moment. Detours and unforeseen circumstances are welcomed and viewed as opportunities. Adaptable leaders make the most of such change and take advantage of variety.

Today's leaders should focus on building adaptable teams around them if they want to succeed in and unpredictable environment. A spirit of inclusion allows leaders to use the insight of the team to identify problems within the organisation while drawing on the different skills of team members to find the best solutions.

  • Embracing adaptability.
  • Accepting multiple perspectives.
  • Seeking impunities within complexity.
  • Continuously innovating.
SESSION TWO
REINVENTING YOUR BUSINESS THROUGH CORE TRANSFORMATION:
Be the disruptor instead of being disrupted
By ABU BAKAR YUSOF
Director, Lifestyle Unit, Trade and Services Promotion Division
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)

Business leaders today must contend with a dynamic and ever changing business environment that is experiencing disintermediation, stiff competition, customer retention and differentiation challenges at that same time undergoing pressure to continually improve bottom line performance and results for shareholders. They must also contend with the wave of disruptions in business models that is taking place at an alarming rate across most industries that is undermining the viability and survival of legacy organisations and industry incumbents across markets.

The impact is being felt across diverse industries ranging from financial services, retail, plantation, health care and biotechnology, food, telecom, travel and transportation, energy and aerospace. Companies like Google, Amazon, Uber, YouTube, Rentler and Facebook are redefining the entire business models in their respective areas.

This reinvention through innovation of the core business requires leaders' preparedness to deal with the uncertainty of the future by:

  • Taking advantage of the changes in the external environment.
  • Continually revamping the business models to achieve competitive advantage.
  • Innovating to obtain specific business outcomes.
  • Undertaking cost optimisation initiatives to reduce costs.
SESSION THREE
EMRACING TECHNOLOGY IN THE AGE OF DISTRUPTION:
- The digital transformation
By GOPI GANESALINGAM
Vice President, GAIN Program, Enterprise Development
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation Sdn Bhd (MDEC)

Leaders have been told that they are living in the "age of disruption". The rate of innovation means that no business or sector is immune from the threat of either entirely new entrants or existing businesses moving into new areas. Technology-enabled companies are seriously disrupting traditional companies by leveraging technology advancements to create new businesses.

However, many leaders think that technology is just a tool to help employees better perform their jobs and investment in the latest hardware/software will keep their company competitive in its industry. But this belief may be fatal to the companies they lead.

Organisations have grown skilled at developing individual leader competencies, but have mostly ignored the challenge of transforming their leaders' mindset from one level to the next. Today's horizontal development within a mindset must give way to the vertical development of bigger minds.
  • Disruptive technology trends.
  • Adopting agile and lean approaches to technology-enabled innovation.
  • Lead by example in adopting technological advancements.
  • Seeking external and independent advice to avoid missing out opportunities.
SESSION FOUR
VERTICAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT:
- Leveraging on polarity thinking
By DR. EDWIN VARO
Chief Knowledge Officer,
Perpetual Knowledge Development Sdn Bhd

There are two different types of Leadership development: Horizontal and Vertical. A great deal of time has been spent on "horizontal" development (competencies), but very little time on "vertical" development (developmental stages). The methods for horizontal and vertical development are very different. Horizontal development can be "transmitted" (from an expert), but vertical development must be earned (from oneself).

What made Nelson Mandela great was not what he knew but how he knew. Mandela has same information as everyone else but he made sense of the world from a more advanced stage. In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it is the developmental stage of the thinker that matters. For this reason, a Vertically focused Leadership Program places less emphasis on the content to be poured into the leader and more on to the mind-set, identity, and mental models of the leader. The aim of Vertical Development is not to add more to the "cup" but to grow the size of the "cup" itself.
  • 4th Industrial Revolution.
  • Vertical Leadership Development.
SPEAKERS' PROFILE

George Bohlender
Managing Director, Dragonfire Corporate Solutions Sdn Bhd

George has two over decades of expereinece in MSME development and community economic development in remote Aboriginal communities in northern Canada. He has held operational and strategic positions, including Executive Director, Program Manager (delivery and management of micro-loan and grant programs), and Economic Development Officer at mid and senior management levels within NGOs and government. Prior to his career in economic development, George spent several years in retail sales and management.

In addition to his work in economic development, George is an accomplished English language proofreader, editor and writer. He possesses extensive experience proofreading and editing academic papers and articles, while his writing includes the production of business plans, reports, speeches, and film/video scripts for a variety of clients.

George is a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer (PAED), a designation he was awarded in 2010 by Canada's Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers. In 2015, George received an Associated Qualification in Islamic Finance (AQIF) from IBFIM, Kuala Lumpur. George is currently pursuing his MBA and his Intermediate Qualification in Islamic Finance (IQIF) at IBFIM. Outside of work, George enjoys long, leisurely drives exploring the length and breadth of Malaysia.

Abu Bakar Yusof
Director, Lifestyle Unit, Trade and Services Promotion Division,
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)

Encik Abu Bakar Yusof has over twenty three years of working experience in international trade and cross border investments under various capacities and half of those were through serving in China and South Korea.

His rich global experience and network has enabled him to realise the local entrepreneurs' aspiration to make inroads into the international market. He is also instrumental in bringing foreign companies to do business in Malaysia.

He holds a Bachelor Degree in Statistics (USA) and Premium Business Management Programme (PBMS) by Harvard Business School. He was attached briefly to Khazanah National Berhad where he involved in global marketing initiatives for Khazanah's wholly owned agri-business enterprises.

He has a strong passion in nurturing, developing and inspiring local entrepreneurs to set foot into international market. He is a good communicator, listener and negotiator. He places deep emphasis on execution and getting things done and intense monitoring on the progress and outcome.

His strong network has given him insights into cross cultural people management and understanding of emotional intelligence, which sharpen his hard and soft skills.

He received accolades from China and South Korea for his tireless efforts in promoting international trade and cross border investments.

Gopi Ganesalingam
Vice President, GAIN program, Enterprise Development
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation Sdn Bhd (MDEC)

Gopi Ganesalingam joined MDEC on 1 February 2015 as the Vice President of Enterprise Development, a new division that focuses on developing Malaysian tech companies into regional and global players.

An accomplished business strategist and with a degree in Finance, Gopi comes with more than 27 years experience in various diverse industries across the Asia Pacific region.

Gopi has held a number of key industry positions including Country Manager for Deutsche Telecoms Consulting, Commercial Head (Asia Pacific) for Telstra Australia Ltd, Senior Manager at Lucent Technologies Asia Pacific and Financial Planning at American Express International, before Founding one of Malaysia's first Cloud Computing consulting and SI company, Lava Protocols, which went on to partner with companies like Salesforce.com and Google in the ASEAN region.

Dr. Edwin Varo
Chief Knowledge Officer
Perpetual Knowledge Development Sdn Bhd

Dr. Varo is an international consultant in business process transformation and intellectual capital. He has more than 30 years of experience in the field of Organisational Science and Resource Management specialising in process excellence, human innovation, leading change and human economics.

He has held various high profile corporate positions in finance, oil & gas, project development, international marketing and service sectors. He has worked in National and International organisations. His advice and expertise have been sought by business corporations and public sectors alike ranging from Services to Manufacturing concerns.

His enduring contribution to his clients has been the ability, skill and willingness to not only adapt to changes but to anticipate them and realign themselves with the changing demands of the external and internal environments.

Dr. Varo is engaging, entertaining, thought-provoking and down-to-earth. He blends positive energies, humorous stories, memorable insights and practical improvement approaches.

Dr. Varo is also a regular keynote speaker at National and International seminars in areas related to Performance Management. He is also a fellow of the Cambridge Association of Managers (UK).
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REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Early Bird Rate Before 30 June 2017 RM1,484.00 (inclusive of 6% GST) Inclusive of refreshment and lunch, conference materials and certificate.
Normal Rate From 30 June 2017 RM1,696.00 (inclusive of 6% GST)
Closing Date: 10 July 2017
PAYMENT INFORMATION
  1. All cheques/bank draft/bank deposit/bank transfer must be made payable to INNOPRISE CORPORATION SDN. BHD.
  2. Bank Account No.: Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad - 10196-0-01-004208-1
  3. Payment must be received prior to the Conference.
  4. Walk-in delegates with payment will be subject to space availability.
  5. For Government officials, Local Order or letter of approval to participate must be presented before the Conference.
  6. For fund transfer/cash or cheque deposit, please inform us accordingly and extend a copy of your deposit slip with name of participant to verify your payment.

CANCELLATION / SUBSTITUTION
There is no refund for cancellation. However, written notice for substitution is allowed for registered delegates.
SECRETARIAT (for enquiry, please contact)
Human Resource Development Unit
Yayasan Sabah Group
Level 22, Menara Tun Mustapha, Jalan Sulaman
P. O. Box 11623, 88817 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Tel.: +(6088) 326 451 / 326 670 / 326 423
HP: +(6013) 8502440 (Agnes) / +(6012) 12 8021508 (Veronica)

THE ORGANISER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO AMEND OR CANCEL THE EVENT DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES
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Sabah, MALAYSIA