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.
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.
Witnessing the transformational impact of coaching and development, Charlene made the transition from clinical research to learning and organisational development. Charlene was formerly the Regional Director of Learning Operations (Asia Pacific) and Learning Business Partner in GlaxoSmithKline. With a firm belief that high performing individuals and teams embrace innovation and discretionary effort, Charlene has been consulting internally, while using learning as a strategic lever to build competency, facilitate engagement and accelerate organisational change in multinational companies. Charlene harnesses the power of learning to unlock potential for greater individual and team performance for organization success. Charlene’s co-created programs like the CRA Competency and Assessment Program and the Novartis Leadership Program were adopted and rolled out globally.
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.
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