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 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.
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