In 2004, Wendy and Kang Yam left the comforts of their corporate jobs to pursue their purpose:
a space where people can find their best possibilities.
Since then, they have built Flame Centre into what it is today - a future skills institute that has supported more than 100 organisations across the region through thought-leadership, consultancy and adult learning, training and development.
In 2003, Wendy took up a Masters in Organisational Development that brought her around the world to learn from some global thinkers and best practices in organisational learning and development. It was over the course of these foundational years that Wendy found her sense of purpose: to bring out the best in people.
This idealistic aspiration led to a conversation with her mentor, Peter Block. It was during this conversation where she quipped, "I would pursue this dream in my 40s - when I have more white hair.”
At that moment, he stopped her in her tracks, looked her straight into the eye and confronted gently: “You’ll have the same anxiety embracing your freedom in your 40s as you would now, so why not start now?”
This conversation led to a 6-month long experiment in 2004, and with the guide of advisors and mentors along the way, Wendy and her then-boyfriend and now-husband, Kang Yam, left their full-time jobs and never looked back since then.
Both of them have deepened their craft in their technical expertise of adult and organizational learning working with clients and partners, as well as, matured in their perspective on how they want to impact the world through their work.
Through the years, Flame Centre has grown - and evolved - with the ever-changing needs of the global workforce as a future skills institute, but remained anchored in its purpose: to be a place where people can find their best possibilities.
WHO WE ARE
WE ARE COMMUNITY
We contribute to the larger community; business is a means to create a world that works for all.
We stay curious;
we experiment and we learn
We cover each other; we support, challenge and inspire one another to be our best.
PRIDE IN EXCELLENCE
We deliver excellent work; that keeps us at the top of our game
We find new ways; we keep going until we arrive.
For future-oriented Learning & Talent Development and Human Resources leaders who want their workforce to upskill and thrive in disruptive times, Flame Centre builds people, cognitive and heart capabilities in your leaders and employees through our thought-leadership, strong focus on application and proven practical strategies.
WE HELP PEOPLE TO
Be Whole in their Spirit, Thinking and Actions
We are the instrument, things happen through us – our thoughts and actions. Wholeness in our spirits means more congruence. Wholeness in our thinking helps us to be creative. Wholeness in actions means we act with wisdom with alignment to the context.
Engage in Conversations that Matter
If we can't talk about it, how can we solve it? But honest conversations are rare. It requires compassion to put ourselves in the other's shoes and authenticity to speak our own truth. Truth and trust comes together. We teach people to engage in conversations that matter.
Learn, Apply and Learn
Learning is a lifelong process, not a single event. Learn from experience, people and content. Reflect what it means and how we might need to change. Apply the learning. Then gather feedback so you know if your application is working. Ultimately, learning how to learn is the meta-skill that guides us through the future.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. We live in a web of interdependencies. Deepening partnerships with our staff, colleagues, managers, clients, stakeholders means more alignment, resources, ideas, commitment and accountability to contribute to a larger whole.
An entrepreneur, speaker and learner, Wendy is committed to create a world that works for all. Concerned about how human beings are learning in an age where machines getting faster and smarter, Wendy started her doctoral studies focusing on adult lifelong learning in 2017. With these research insights and inspiration from her many years of talent development experience, Wendy is building Flame Centre as a Future Skills Institute and DevelopforLife, a “Discovery to Skill Mastery” learning experience software. Wendy is also the author of “Wholeness in a Disruptive World: Pearls of Wisdom from East and West” and a Certified Professional Speaker (CSP), a designation conferred by the National Speakers Association as the international measure of professional platform competence. An awardee of the InnovPlus Spark and HRO Today Thought Leadership Awards, Wendy publishes regularly in T+D, OD Practitioner, Today Manager and Singapore Business Review.
Kang Yam believes humanity is the last hope for business. With more than 25 years of talent development and consulting experience, his career revolves around building capabilities of individuals to fulfil individual and organisational goals. He has conducted various human resource development consultancies and interventions for companies in logistics, service industry, education, IT and government sectors. A trained instructional designer with a diploma in adult and continuing education (DACE), he has developed numerous training programmes. As a certified workplace learning specialists, he has also partnered with organizations to strategize their upskilling efforts. With a Master of Business Administration (Strategy) from Nanyang Business School, he is also pursuing his Doctor of Education with National Institute of Education in Singapore.
Tan Hong Wee is a Leadership Development consultant and trainer, specialising in Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, Team Effectiveness and Coaching. At the individual level, Hong Wee is passionate about bringing out the best potential in each of us. For organisations, Hong Wee's mission is for leaders to co-create shared understanding of a complex issue and to bring about transformational change. He is the author of 2 books, Leader as Coach, Leader as Facilitator and Be Smarter Than Your Problem. Since 2013, Hong Wee has been consulting with various organizations, such as OCBC, PSA, MAS, ABB and Citibank in the areas of systems thinking, leadership and organization development. Recipient of Outstanding International Student Award from Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, USA, Hong Wee holds double Masters in Systems Engineering and Mathematics from Cambridge University.
A leadership coach and team facilitator, LX infuses experiential learning in all his engagements through a strengths-based approach. He has been facilitating leadership and team development experiences with organizations across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Hong Kong. He also consults with clients on change initiatives and serves as an executive coach. LX’s extensive corporate experience spreads across the technology, military, education, manufacturing, FMCG and professional services industries. LX was formerly the Head of Learning Solutions at Harvard Business Publishing (Asia Pacific) and Head of Talent Development for 3M Singapore. A certified Solution Focused coach with the Canadian Council of Professional Certification and a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, LX has graduated from RMIT University with a Masters of Education (Leadership & Management).
Lesley’s personal mission is to create transformation in people and organizations. Using systematic organization development methodology and impactful learning initiatives, she seeks to propel towards business results, growth and fulfillment. With more than 20 years of experience in BP in various leadership roles, such as sales, marketing, customer experience and innovation management, Lesley has developed sharp business insight. She is skilled in leveraging customer experience to design marketing strategy and programs to drive brand performance as well as using critical moments that matter to develop sales capability strategy plan. Building on her business experience, Lesley made her career transition specializing in organization development, strategy and change management. She currently spearheads the Flame Centre in China. She is also skilled in applying action learning and design thinking for digital transformation and innovation. As a graduate of Chicago Booth Business School's EMBA, Lesley is a registered organization development and change consultant from ISODC in America.
Haslina believes in continuous learning to stay robust for the future. This is evident in her work as a social entrepreneur in the past six years, where she has helped hundreds of socially disadvantaged women achieve gainful employment through learning new skills. Her social impact was validated by the achievement of the Venture For Good grant and Community Leaders’ Forum fund. A mid-career switcher, Haslina is now spearheading marketing at Flame Centre, sharing with professionals, managers and the general public on how they can be better skilled in facing the challenges of Industrial 4.0. Being a Certified Scrum Master (CSM®) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®), Haslina applies these competencies in the management of the marketing strategy and planning at Flame Centre. With her interests and experience in upskilling, she hopes to connect with others to share and deliver learning content and skills that add value to their career growth.
Wendy L, Client Support
As a client support administrator, Wendy loves to work with people from different walks of life and assist them in their needs. A strong believer in integrity in whatever one is doing, what gives Wendy joy is doing her work well. She have been working in administration and client support roles for 10 years, including in the insurance and construction industries. Being in the adult education industry is more challenging, yet it is also more meaningful to Wendy as it helps her to learn and grow as a person. Currently, in Flame Centre, Wendy takes care of compliance, documentation, and learner communications. Wendy holds a degree in Business Administration with a major in Financial Accounting.
Dr Pauline Arneberg, Founding Mentor
Pauline is a veteran organization development consultant, professor at University of Southern California and a part-time citizen of Singapore for the past 27 years. She believes all development is self-development; that whole people create positive workplaces where people serve others, the organization, and the nation. Pauline has worked with many Singaporean Ministries and has been based at the Civil Service College. Pauline’s career has also been anchored in the global marketplace. She has worked in Bahrain, Jordan, Pakistan, Botswana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia as well as Singapore on projects funded by host countries and the United Nations, the World Bank and USAID. She has worked with scores of American organizations as well.
Peter Block, Founding Mentor
Peter Block is an author, consultant and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. His work is to bring change into the world through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and force. His first visit to Singapore awakened him to a miracle. Singaporean values of community, family and care for the whole challenge most of what is dominant in the west. Peter comes to Singapore to support and learn from our culture. Peter is the author of several bestselling books such as Flawless Consulting, Stewardship, Empowered Manager, The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters. He has received national awards in the US for outstanding contributions in the training and development field. Peter is also a partner in Designed Learning, a US-based training company.
Dr Beverly Kaye, Mentor
Dr. Beverly Kaye is a best-selling author, dynamic speaker, and internationally recognized authority on career development, employee engagement, and retention. Bev’s books include Up is Not the Only Way, Help Them Grow, Love It, Don’t Leave It, Hello Stay Interviews, and Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em. In 2018, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing her advanced knowledge, extensive practice across the talent development field, thought leadership. The Association of Learning Providers (ISA) also honored her with its 2018 Thought Leader Award for her body of work in support of work-related learning and performance. In 2019, Beverly was recognized by the Institute for Management Studies (IMS) with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
FEEDBACK FROM OUR CLIENTS
“After engaging Flame Centre for several successful training engagements, I approached them to assist us in the professional development of our Project Managers this year. They conducted a needs analysis & listened carefully to some of the common challenges faced by them. The Flawless Consulting workshop was fully customized to our context and it was very successful. Four week after the workshop, we are starting to see positive results in participants applying the techniques. Thank you Flame Centre for this valuable contribution to our development!”
— Kate Hareb, Programme Manager, Change Management at Aviva Asia Pte Ltd