In the midst of Asia’s growing presence in the global marketplace and politics, there is a unique opportunity and responsibility to contribute towards fostering global growth and sustainable development. Learn more about how we are committed to the practice of teaching and learning as a means to promote positive change.

Negotiation: Key to win-win situations

It’s all about finding ways to make a “bigger pie” for everybody to enjoy. Negotiation is key and it involves “active listening.” Interestingly, a huge part of negotiation is listening on a deeper and more intuitive level to what motivates people and groups. While concrete factors like profit or ROI are easily quantifiable, many negotiations hinge on understanding psychological needs like individuals’ need for independence, personal agency, or recognition.

October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Grow, Read|

Seek First to Understand

“Personal Leadership: Ethics, Power, and Decision Making,” organized by the Center for Asia Leadership, Dr. Ng shows the contrast between Machiavelli’s and Descartes’ modes of political maneuvering. The following is an excerpt of Dr. Ng’s essay.

October 17th, 2018|Categories: Grow, Read|

Design Thinking: Key to solving complex organizational problems

Design Thinking is not just meant to create products and services that actually work. It can be applied effectively to address internal challenges, to engage customers on a deeper level, and to optimize management development and individual skill building. Over-all, Design Thinking is precisely that -- a way of creative

October 16th, 2018|Categories: Grow, Read|

Taking Over My Family Business: The Adaptive Work in Leadership

In an excerpt from her essay, she reveals how attending an adaptive leadership course helped her understand two major roles of real leadership: to help people face reality and to draw out shared values, priorities, and beliefs that go beyond petty self interests and tribal loyalties. Read on to find out how business is all about leadership and leadership is all about people.

October 14th, 2018|Categories: Grow, Read|Tags: , , , |

Trilateral Leadership Summit: Solving Asia’s Tough Problems

Millennials. Generation Z. The younger they get, the more precocious they seem to be. Today’s young people are growing up in the midst of what is arguably the greatest knowledge and data explosion in man’s history. How are schools guiding young people’s inclination to learn new things faster and better than ever before?

October 14th, 2018|Categories: Grow, Read|

A Different Lens: Comparing Race Relations in Malaysia and the U.S.

What follows is an excerpt from an essay by Rachel Mason of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, who visited Malaysia in 2015 as part of the Asia Leadership Trek. In the book Rethinking Asia 2: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, she traces the origins of the often uneasy and tension-filled relations among the three races that call Malaysia home. Interestingly, the story begins at the turn of the century with the rule of a colonial power.

October 8th, 2018|Categories: Grow, Read|

Understanding Indonesian Entrepreneurship through Foreign Eyes and Paradigms

What follows is an excerpt from an essay written by Alanna Hughes of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the MIT Sloan School of Management, who joined the Asia Leadership Fellowship Tours in 2015. In Rethinking Asia 2: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, she talks about her insights into Indonesia’s enormous potential for economic growth and how a younger generation of entrepreneurs can succeed only when the government, corporation, the academe, and venture capitalists work together to provide a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.  

October 7th, 2018|Categories: Grow, Read|

Leading Successful Transformation: Why It Goes Deeper Than Strategy

Companies collapse because of a combination of complex factors that somehow come together to form the perfect storm. The obvious answer is that companies did not have the hustle to stay ahead of competitors. More difficult to recognize behind company failures is the powerful influence of values, attitudes, and culture.

October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Grow, Read|

Reflections on Design Thinking in Asia

The following is an excerpt from design thinker and educator Helen van Baal’s essay “Reflections on Design Thinking in Asia” from the book Rethinking Asia: Why Asia is Hopeful, published by the Acumen Publishing under the Center for Asia Leadership. A visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and the programme lead at the HPI School of Design Thinking (d-school), van Baal shares about her experience teaching design thinking and leadership to high school students who joined the Asia Union Leaders Summit in Korea in 2017.  

September 29th, 2018|Categories: Grow, Read|