Leadership in Development: Becoming a Professional Thinker

  • Leadership in Development: Becoming a Professional Thinker

  • September 10 – 11, 2019

  • Kuching, Malaysia

  • Senior-level working professionals

Content Overview

We live in an era described as VUCA- volatile, unpredictable, complex and ambiguous. Young people are today caught up in the paradox of a globalized world: on the one hand, growing challenges and constraints from an ever-increasing velocity of change; yet on the other, burgeoning opportunities from greater inclusion of non-consumption market through technological advancement.

This 2-day workshop is designed to help participants locate and develop these opportunities, to turn downsides to upsides, and uncover unique opportunities to make a positive difference in the world we all live in. It will prepare talents in Asai with core competency skills such as creative thinking, practical reasoning, constructive collaboration as well as communication skills, to resolve what organizations have identified as some of the biggest shortcomings of the current generation. Through the Harkness Table conference and case method of discussion, they will learn to walk-through and develop their thinking cap. They will also learn to think deeply and broadly using two-party and multiparty case simulations.

By the end of the program, participants will have developed the capacity to dictate or steer their own thinking processes that generate a positive understand of oneself, and lead to novel ideas and high value initiatives and outcomes.

Who Should Attend

Working Professionals

Key Benefits

In this program, you will learn how to:

  • Create positive social change through the nexus of academic rigor and real-world relevance
  • Learn cases that range from fluency, flexibility and originality of ideations, incremental innovation, policy options and the impact they have on people markets and institutions.
  • Acquire skills to formulate, implement and coordinate your ability to channel positive change.
Teaching Faculty

Samuel Kim

Samuel Hungsoo Kim, a Korean national, is the Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives (CALI). He is passionate about nurturing and empowering talent in Asia and runs over 50 programs annually, in 32 Asian countries, to help the region’s emerging leaders explore ways of being socially responsible as they face today’s complex challenges.

CALI comprises four main initiatives: the Asia Leadership Trek, a public-service program that offers study trips throughout Asia to scholars at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Tufts; the Asia Leadership Institute, a program for building leadership capacity in thought-leaders and aspiring talents of Asia; the Acumen Case Center, focusing on research and content development; and Acumen Publishing, which produces the Center’s various books and essay series. Samuel oversees both these initiatives and CALI’s 40-member team, including faculty and teaching fellows from Harvard and Stanford Universities and the Center’s administrators, at the main office in Boston and at the Asian regional hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Manila, and Tokyo. His endeavor to create positive social change through teaching bold and effective leadership practices accompanies his deep aspiration to reach all 48 countries in Asia and the Caucasus.

Samuel’s research and training focus on building social capital and trustworthy institutions; the effective use of power, authority, and influence; and negotiations, mediation, and confidence-building. To date, some 36,000 burgeoning and established leaders from the governmental, political, non-profit, and corporate spheres in Asia have benefited from his programs. Prior to establishing CALI, Samuel worked for 14 years in a wide range of sectors, from strategy consulting and social entrepreneurship to international development, politics, and government. He has worked for and with over 30 renowned organizations, including the United Nations, UNESCO, Samsung, and Toyota. He is a visiting faculty at the Ban Ki-moon Institute for Global Education, UN Academic Impact, and currently sits on the boards of three social-profit organizations. He also has served as a visiting fellow at the Asia Center at Harvard University and the Kellogg School of Management in Northwestern University.

Samuel holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; a Master’s in International Cooperation from Seoul National University; and an LLB in Law, International Politics, and Economics from Handong University. He is the editor of ten books: the 5-volume Rethinking Asia series; Finding the Leaders in Us: New Goals for the Future; Redefining Success: Learning to Lead for Change; Next Generation Leadership: Empower Youth to Shape the Future of Asia; Leaders in Development: Enhancing Your Leadership Effectiveness in a Changing World; and Leadership That Triumphs: Moment of Greatness in the Work of Leadership. He regularly writes opinion pieces and editorials.

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