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APAC Leadership Forum VIII: S C Storage and Headway Team Sharing

In the APAC Leadership Forum series, we are delighted to have the opportunity to invite two top leaders in Hong Kong to share their keys to success and journey in leading organizations to achieve their mission. This session will be focused on sharing practical and real life challenges, examples and cases to stimulate inspiration and learning among the audience. The event will be ended with an open discussion for participants to share their views, build on each other’s ideas and facilitate learning via interactions.

Kevin She, S C Storage, speaking at the event.

Kevin She, S C Storage, speaking at the event.

Date: Wednesday, 29th April, 2015
Time: 14:00 – 16:15
Venue: The Executive Centre @ Level 23, One Island East, 18 Westlands Road, Island East, Hong Kong

Leading a Start-up to Success: Challenges and Keys to Success in the Journey

Kevin She, founder, S C Logistics Co. Ltd.
Kevin She introduced the mini storage concept to Hong Kong, launching SC Storage in 2001. Today it is the biggest storage service provider in Hong Kong, with 18,000 rooms in 56 different locations providing a wide variety of collateral services including transportation, mail delivery and small offices. SC Storage was the first in Hong Kong to develop a chain-store/retail format, opening new outlets near MTR stations and other convenient areas to create strong brand consciousness. The company also reduced operating costs by relocating its call and invoice center to Shenzhen, opening a moving company in 2005 to provide combined moving and storage services and launching specialty bicycle storage and wine storage facilities in 2009. Starting as a one-man operation, the company has grown to more than 70 full-time employees recruited on attitude and abilities rather than experience and credentials. Kevin She believes in developing a good corporate culture, aligned with the group’s strategic goals. He sets common goals and targets for the company and individual departments, and rewards individual staff based on effort. In 2009, Kevin She won the Innovative Entrepreneur Award, he also won the Young Entrepreneur Award of DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards in 2011. He also promotes a culture of learning and sharing, and has established an education fund to help employees pursue continued education. The net result has been steady growth and positioning itself for future expansion.

Keys to Success in Driving Performance for Organizations of Varying Size

Simon Lee, Principal Consultant, Headway Team
Simon has an Education heart, Business mind, with a keen eye on Technology. Simon’s career work spans 25 years in Education ranging from policy to classroom, from camps to homes to board rooms, and pre-school to University, Simon started his own tutoring program at 19 years old. He’s served as Executive Director for 10 years for San Francisco’s Growth & Learning Opportunities, which empowers student leaders and systemic change through partnerships with schools and learning programs.
Simon also had the opportunity to assist Sara Beattie with the following key initiatives:
– Lease renewal negotiation, strategy, analysis, and planning
– Revenue & Business Development Planning in services and finances
– Business Strategy organising for HK and Shanghai Offices
– Expansion research, planning, strategy, and implementation
– Organisation structuring – including Job Descriptions, KPIs, and Organisational Chart

Additionally, Simon is an advisor for SnapAsk, an Education Mobile App Company based in Hong Kong and recent spoke at General Assembly’s Education Conference on Education Technology.

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Asia Pacific Talent Mobility Conference 2013 – Day 1 Summary of Sessions

The Asia Pacific Talent Mobility Conference was held on 24-25 October 2013 by PEO Group. The event provided an opportunity for sharing among HR practitioners from Hong Kong and China but also show casing the quality of the HR leadership resources in this region through both the conference organizers – PEO – and the presenters.

Day 1:

The key themes of the conference were sharing of inspiring and innovative strategies and initiatives to attract, retain, develop and measure talent as essential to competing in a highly competitive talent recruitment environment.

The lead off speaker Travis Barton, Principal and Business Leader for Talent Consulting with Mercer Hong Kong spoke on Leadership and Mobility and highlighted three main competencies of a successful global leader:

Baseline Attributes
1. Catalytic Learning Capability
2. Sense of Adventure
3. Entrepreneurial Spirit
4. Sensitivity and Responsiveness to Cultural Differences

Global Skills and Knowledge
1. Ability to Lead Multicultural Teams
2. Sophisticated Networking Competence
3. Cultural Literacy
4. Context-Specific Leadership Capabilities

Global Mindset
1. Comfort with Cultural complexity and its contradictions
2. Opportunity Sensing for the Uncertainty of Global Markets
3. Systems thinking in global contexts
4. Extended Time Perspective

To develop these competencies, a company can implement a variety of initiatives including high-potential global leader pools, stepping stone job assignments, host country mentors, education, 360 feedback and CEO Sponsorship.

Up next was David Gareth Thomas the Global Head Country HR and Group Head Employee Relations of Standard Chartered Bank who continued the theme of the “International Mindset.” David shared a framework on how to develop and retain talent with an acronym of KFCI – “Know me”, “Focus Me”, “Care About Me” and “Inspire Me.”

Andrew Ma, Executive Director of Chorev Consulting International who is very experienced in providing leadership development programs dispelled some myths that managers have about differences in generations in the workforce. Andrew quoted a survey conducted by IJMR that indicated that there are no significant differences in work attitude including motivation and engagement among Gen X and Y.

The main problem is that most managers do not use the most suitable leadership strategy for the each generation. The post 80 generation simply want more leadership and less management. To achieve this Andrew suggests that managers should lead like water by being more authentic, appreciative, flexible and understanding and keep a low power distance with their employees.

Yat Sui, – described by others as a “serial technology entrepreneur” – the Founder and CEO of Outblaze – a digital services company in gaming, cloud technology and smartphone/tablet software development – provided a real life example of working successfully with Generations X and Y. Yat Sui outlined the challenge for managing in HR and engaging younger generations virtually with Facebook, Twitter and other existing and emerging social media if you want to successfully reach out to the talent you need.

Richard Wong, President of Elegere Enterprise – an e-tailing women’s fashion accessories enterprise – has previously honed his human capital management expertise in Asia and North America playing vital roles in guiding business teams through transformative change. While his presentation focused on “Using CSR to Build a Strong Employer Brand,” a key theme of Wong was simple: “No heartshare, no mindshare.” Flextronics was presented as a case study integrating CSR into employer brand building. A high light for this region was the FlexFoundation funding of initiatives in support of migrant talent and their families in China. Overall results show that Flextronics has been recognized by Fortune and other entities as a global leader and a “Most Admired Company.”

Day 1 ended with a stimulating Team Building Session Talent Game led by Team Building Asia which provided interesting insights into team work and building harmonious teams.

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Business Exchange Club Annual HR Conference

On 31st January 2013, Senior HR Forum supported Business Exchange Club to hold an Annual HR Conference. We have gathered approximately 100 HR professionals together to enjoy this big event.

Topics included: Successful Channels for Hiring, Latest Best Practice in Pre-Employment Screening, Latest Updates for MPF Rules for 2013, Corporate Wellness Latest Best Practice and Training & Development Latest Best Practice. These speeches were quite popular in HR field and each attendees had a great time in networking.

About the Speakers:

Stefan Sawh – Regional Director, Asia-Pacific, Hiring Solutions Company
Stefan Sawh heads up the Asia-Pacific region for the Hiring Solutions Company. Originally from London, he recently relocated from Dubai to open the Hiring Solutions Asia Pacific HQ in Hong Kong. Sawh brings extensive experience implementing Applicant Tracking Software and dedicated Careers Portals across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Stefan’s professional background is in recruitment, having worked both agency and in-house, before making the move into the e-recruitment industry.

Greg Basham – BA, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, eeVoices Limited
Greg Basham is CEO of eeVoices Limited, one of the leading employment screening service providers in Asia Pacific. Basham has served in senior roles in Canadian organizations as a Senior Vice President with one of Canada’s largest property and casualty insurers, Municipal Social Planner, and senior consultant to government. In this session, Basham will share with us the latest best practice in pre-employment screening.

Helen Lau, MA MarketingVice President, Asia Cosmo Wealth Management Limited
Helen Lau is focused on financial advisory service with exposure in HK, China, Asia Pacific and the US. With over 8 years of exposure and experience with international investment markets and financial institutions, Lau understands that clients require a partner who can guide them through the myth of endless products and solutions in the financial markets. Lau is dedicated in guiding clients to identify their goals, plan and match them with unique solutions. In this session, Lau will share with us the latest amendment of the MPF policy.

Anita Cheung
Founding Director, i-Detox International Limited

Anita Cheung is the first Certified Holistic Health Coach (AADP) in Hong Kong. She has been offering lifestyle and nutrition coaching since 2005. Cheung is a pioneer in Hong Kong in the areas of personal wellness coaching, corporate wellness, functional nutrition by the use of Superfoods and urban detox programs. Cheung graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York city in 2005. It is renowned for its integrative and innovative program which teaches all the major dietary theories in the world, healthy cooking, holistic wellness, counseling and so on, by world renowned authorities in nutrition, wellness and healing.

Mark Cosgrove
Director of Instruction, Dale Carnegie Training

Mark Cosgrove oversees the trainers and is responsible for mentoring and developing trainers for Dale Carnegie, Hong Kong. Cosgrove has more than 12 years’ experience as corporate trainer, communications professional, writer, and author, working with professionals in the finance, shipping, law, consulting, education, hospitality and public service sectors. As a Hong Kong-based executive coach, communication trainer, and consultant, Cosgrove works with executives and professionals from many industries, and across many cultures to help them develop as leaders.


Hung Fook Tong Holding Limited Site Visit

Senior HR Forum organized a company visit tour to Hung Fook Tong Holding Limited – Herbal Tea Cultural Museum on July 20, 2012, providing an excellent opportunity to understand more about their culture and people development programs.

Since 1986, Hung Fook Tong has started their business in developing various kinds of nature herbal beverages and products. The group is now having over 100 retail stores and being a leading Chinese herbal beverage group among Hong Kong. In 2006, Hung Fook Tong Management Institute (HFTMI) was established to provide a wide range of quality training programs for their employees, including managerial and front line staff. The group effort on workplace has won numerous awards over the years. In 2011, they awarded Grand Prize under the Manpower Developer Award Scheme by the Employees Retraining Board (ERB).
During the event, we invited Miss Sonia Tsang, Human Resources and People Development Manager to share with us insightful views about staff training and engagement strategies among their workplace. Over 30 HR professions participated in it. During the visit, Sonia shared her views on bringing joy to work by caring and motivating individuals to recognize their potentials.


Asia Pacific Best Practice 2012 – PART ONE

Senior HR Forum organized Asia Pacific Best Practice 2012 – PART ONE on 16th June, 2012. We are delighted to invite leading HR professionals to share with us the HR best practices in Asia Pacific.


Speakers:

         

Greg Basham, BA, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, eeVoices Limited
Topic: Acquire and Engage Your Talent

Greg Basham is CEO of eeVoices Limited, one of the leading employment screening service providers in Asia Pacific. Basham has served in senior roles in Canadian organizations as a Senior Vice President with one of Canada’s largest property and casualty insurers, Municipal Social Planner, and senior consultant to government. In this session, Basham shared with us how to acquire and engage talents in your company.

 

Florence Ng
Senior HR Director, Philips Electronics Hong Kong Limited
Topic: Talent Motivation and Retention Strategies

Florence Ng has over 20 years of experience in the human resources field in the financial and public service sector in Hong Kong and Canada. She has made outstanding accomplishment in the leadership development, organizational effectiveness and regional resources management. She was awarded as the “Best HR Leader” for her achievement across the spectrum of human resources. In this session, Ng shared with our members her insights on how to execute effective motivation and retention strategies.

 

Talent Development and Retention Panel

Facilitator: Greg Basham, BA, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, eeVoices Limited
Feature Speakers:  Florence Ng, Senior HR Director, Philips Electronics Hong Kong Limited
Priscilla Chan, MBA, Founder, Speakers Connect
Manfred Lau, Business Consulting Director, APAC, Graval Limited

Priscilla Chan is the Founder of Speakers Connect, the first Hong Kong-based international speakers bureau. Her clients include HSBC, UBS, Hutchison Whampoa, Customs and Excise Department, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Labour Department and so on.

Manfred Lau is a business leader and also an outstanding HR professional who possesses over 10 years of experience in the servicing and consulting industry across the Asia-Pacific region.

 

Helen Lau, MA Marketing
Vice President, Asia Cosmo Wealth Management Limited
Topic: New MPF rules – 7 tips to a Winning MPF Program for the Company & the Employee

Helen Lau is focused on financial advisory service with exposure in HK, China, Asia Pacific and the US. With over 8 years of exposure and experience with international investment markets and financial institutions, Lau is dedicated in guiding clients to identify their goals, plan and match them with unique solutions.  In this session, She shared with us the latest amendment of the MPF policies.

 

Danny Wong
Human Resource & Administration Director, AsiaWorld-Expo
Topic: How does work culture help for continuous improvement

Danny Wong, a service orientation, culture and management change agent, is currently the HR & Administration Director of AsiaWorld-Expo, prior to that, he was the Employee Relations Director of MGM Grand Macau. He has extensive experience in industrial relations; mass right-sizing management, organizational and cultural development. In this session, he talked about how HR professionals cope with the challenges to cultivate positive work culture and drive for continuous improvement.

 

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Asia Pacific Talent Acquisition Trend 2012

Senior HR Forum, together with eeVoices Limited and FlexSystem organized an HR conference on 11th April, 2012.

Around 80 senior HR directors and managers have enjoyed a fruitful conference with us.

About the speakers:

                                             

Greg Basham, BA, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, eeVoices Limited

Topic: Best Practice in Pre-Employment Background Check
Greg Basham is CEO of eeVoices Limited, one of the leading employment screening service providers in Asia Pacific. Basham has served in senior roles in Canadian organizations as a Senior Vice President with one of Canada’s largest property and casualty insurers, Municipal Social Planner, and senior consultant to government. He authored “A Planning, Implementation and Organization Theory Guide to Team Policing.”

In this session, Basham shared with us the best pre-employment screening practices across the Asia Pacific region, and how to execute it to achieve the best outcome.

Francis Wong, MBus, MNIA, FCPE, FHKIoD, FITA, FHKCS, MiProA, MHKIM. F.CIM Associate
Director of FlexSystem Limited including directorships in the group

Topic: Hiring Experience in Greater China

Francis Wong possesses over 20 years of experiences as senior executive in international and listed companies, ranging from retail to property developer. Wong has gained extensive experience in leading different organizations in the China region and he shared with us his real life experience in hiring and engaging different talent in the China region.

Jared King
Co-Founder
of e3 Reloaded

Topic: Why Guess When You Can Predict?

Jared King is an expert in psychometric assessment and has worked in more than 30 countries, implementing psychometric assessment tools and challenging the traditional “hope for the best” approach to hiring.
In this session, Jared have challenged why HR manager keep the traditional hiring method in this fast-changing world. Besides, he  de-mystify psychometric testing and share innovative case studies on how sophisticated selection really works.

Manfred Lau
Business Consulting Director, APAC, Graval Limited

Topic: Latest trend in Onboarding and Job Orientation

Manfred Lau is a business leader and also an outstanding HR professional who possesses over 10 years of experience in the servicing and consulting industry across the Asia-Pacific region.  As the Business Consulting Director at Gravel Limited, Manfred Lau and his team are currently serving a variety of reputable organizations including both Fortune 500 and locally listed organizations.
In this event, Manfred focused his presentation on why on-boarding is important for the new talent in a company, and how to make it works in onboarding and job orientation.

 


Senior HR Forum: Asia Pacific HR Best Practice 2011

On June 10, 2011, eeVoices Limited together with FlexSystem and Senior HR Forum organized a HR conference in The Excetive Centre, 100 HR directors and managers from leading company in Hong Kong participated in it.

The conference is divided into three parts:

1.  Talent Acquisition Best Practice Forum
Opening Message & Pre-Employment Screening Best Practice: Greg Basham, CEO, eeVoices Limited

Talent Acquisition Best Practice Panel:

Facilitator: Greg Basham, CEO, eeVoices Limited
Ada Yeung, HR Manager, English Schools Foundation
MiMi Choi, Director, Talent Management, City Telecom (HK) Limited
Teresa Cheuk, Director, The Executive Centre
Sachin Tipnis, Executive Director, MBA Programmes, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Hong Kong

2.  Law and Regulation Best Practice Forum- Minimum Wage in Hong Kong
Featured Speaker: Pattie Walsh, Head of Regional Asia Employment Practice, DLA Piper Limited

HK Minimum Wage Panel:

Facilitator: Manfred Lau, Business Consulting Director, APAC, Graval Limited
Pattie Walsh, Head of Regional Asia Employment Practice, DLA Piper Limited
Francis Wong, Associate Director, FlexSystems Limited
Renee So, Vice President, AIA Portfolio Management

3.    Employee Engagement Best Practice Forum
Featured Speaker: Alice Yip, Group Director of Human Resources Development, Marco Polo Hotels

Employee Engagement Best Practice Panel:
Facilitator: Manfred Lau, Business Consulting Director, APAC, Graval Limited
Alice Yip, Group Director of Human Resources Development, Marco Polo Hotels
Cindy Po, Director, Human Resources Asia Pacific Region, F T I Consulting
Alex Lau, Managing Consultant, Graval Limited

 


Graval Demo Workshop – Influencing for Win-Win

Senior HR forum is supporting Graval’s demo workshop o “Influencing for Win-Win”.

Nowadays most of the organizations are getting more and more flatten and lean in structure.  This drives more direct communication and cooperation between layers and functions.  People are no longer interacting within their function and location, but having more and more cross-departmental or cross-location/region projects and task forces.  So, managers or technical experts are now leading and influencing with team members whom they may not have direct authority over or control them.

To be successful managers, project leaders and technical leaders, they must have strong interaction and highly effective influencing skills.  They have to know how to get things done with and through people and convince them to accept the extra responsibilities and be fully committed to the team actions and win-win results.

Date & Time: December 4, 2010 – 9:00am – 1:00pm

Other supporting organizations for this event include eeVoices Limited and FlexSystem.


Employee Engagement & Job Satisfaction

What is the difference and correlation between employee engagement and job satisfaction? The CEO of eeVoices Limited will share with you about his view in this video:


2009 Conference International Exchange of Professionals

We are very glad to participate in this event.   As one of the biggest events in Mainland China, this event has attracted thousands of job applicants as well as HR professionals.  It is definitely very exciting to interact with outstanding HR practitioners in China.  We are very impressed with the things that they are doing and the new initiatives they are implementing.

This event has definitely given us the inspiration to host more innovative events in Hong Kong.  In this event, the staff from FlexSystem, eeVoices and a few other organizations have come and assisted for the booth.


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