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Wendy Tan
Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author, Doctoral Student
The Flame Centre

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Speaking Synopses

Learning Agility in a Disruptive World

 

In the future of work, we know we need to upskill and contribute in ways that robots or logarithms cannot. However, despite the rhetoric on the vital importance of upskilling to stay relevant, the motivation to learn, the capacity to be curious and the skill in learning remains woeful. Learning is not attending training. Learning is also not consuming content on the phone. Learning is not sustained by monetary incentives. 

 

Learning takes effort. Learning requires time. Learning calls for strategy. Learning is also life, we grow new capabilities, expand our sense of identity and allow our full potential to unfold. Lifelong learning can only be sustained by the clarity in one’s career direction, drive to succeed despite challenges and the intrinsic motivation to learn. In this process, following our curiosity is like a breath of fresh air. Our metacognitive ability also guides us in scaffolding a string of activities to learn fast and effectively. So that learning is successful, insightful and joyful. 

 

Objectives

  • Discover the strengths and weakness of your learning mindset and process

  • Improve your learning process and effectiveness

  • Learn the best practices of self-learners who thrived in their careers

  • Sustain your own learning efforts so you gain mastery in your intended skill

  • Leverage your learning capacity to be your best self 

 

Outline

This keynote will cover: 

  • What, why and how of learning agility 

  • Components of learning motivation

  • Attitudes that inspire continuous learning

  • Accelerated learning process with metacognitive ability and strategies

  • Workplace conditions that create a learning organization

 

Based on the research insights from a doctoral research involving in-depth qualitative interviews with career switchers who needed to learn new skills to be successful in their new careers and quantitative analyses with working professionals. 

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Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em:
Dealing with the Great Resignation


 

Objectives of Session 

A Microsoft survey shows that 49% of employees in Singapore are thinking of quitting this year, citing reasons such as leaders being out of touch and workforce exhaustion. Whilst intention to leave does not always translate to actual resignation, it does suggest that engagement levels are low. 

 

An energized and engaged workforce results in employees being proactive, going the extra mile and being creative in finding new solutions. All these translate to higher performance, speed and business results. Engagement also creates savings in turnover costs, estimated to be 200% to 400% of the annual salary in replacement costs.  It is every leader’s job to retain, engage and develop their people. 

 

Outline

In this inspiring and interactive keynote, participants will learn about: 

  • The importance of engagement as part of an organization’s success

  • Cues on disengagement to intervene before it is too late

  • Key engagement and retention drivers, other than pay

  • The roles and responsibilities of leaders in the retention and engagement equation

  • Practical, low or no-cost and hands-on strategies that leaders can apply immediately.

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Wholeness in a Disruptive World

 

 

With an accelerated pace of change, blurred boundaries between life and work and increasing fatigue, stress and sense of isolation, it is increasingly critical to support our people with empathy and care to create conditions for them to be at their best, thereby contributing to higher productivity and organization success.

 

Objectives

  • Gain insights on how to be whole, to recharge and be a source of support for others

  • Develop renewed energy, calm and resilience to make lemonade from lemons

  • Learn practical ideas to support wholeness in their teams; to build a thriving community to succeed in this uncertain period

 

The key is not in having a “good once-off” session, but inspiring participants to apply the learning with themselves and their teams as we continue this prolonged period of hybrid working.

 

Outline

This keynote will cover:

  • Identification of tell-tale signs of stress and fragmentation in ourselves and our team

  • The Influence of individual wholeness to team and larger wholeness

  • Anchoring as a source of internal strength and reconnecting to what matters most

  • Practical habits to clear our mind and recharge our energy

  • Whole meeting process to change the way we meet virtually, so every meeting builds relationships and gets work done (article attached)

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