In May 2017, TMS Academy, the integrated leadership development arm of Temasek Management Services (TMS), hosted its 14th LEADERS! Programme in Singapore. The six-day event, which brought together 24 participants from 15 local and multinational companies, is designed to develop a high performance mindset and leadership capabilities in senior executives and leaders in the context of today's changing global business environment. The programme focuses on broadening perspectives by providing insights into the challenges and issues facing global businesses, while also offering a robust networking platform. The event was facilitated by John R. Weeks, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at IMD and Aneel Karnani, Professor of Strategy at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
The sessions tackled how to build a high performance mindset in the team, how to adjust one's leadership style to the needs of the people and new situations that arise, as well as how to create a competitive advantage in the disruptive age on the backdrop of globalisation. Guest speaker, Fidah Alsagoff, Senior Managing Director at Temasek International, hosted a session and shared his personal leadership journey with participants.
The LEADERS! Programme strikes an optimal balance between academic and experiential learning through exposure to key emerging markets. Therefore, to give the participants a chance to better undersand the China market, the second module of the programme will take place in Chongqing during the third week of July 2017.
The Leaders! Programme started in 2004 and as of today, has impacted over 400 participants. Over the years, the LEADERS! Programme participants, who are typically high-potential executives who are already in leadership roles, have consistently rated the programme very favourably. The LEADERS! Programme is one of the courses in the leadership suite offered by TMS Academy, which also includes the Young LEADERS! Programme, designed for newly appointed high-potential managers and the Global LEADERS! Programme, which caters to executives in senior leadership roles, typically C-minus one or two levels.
Professor John R. Weeks is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at IMD. He specialises in issues of organisational culture, leadership, and change. He is particularly interested in how organisational cultures evolve, and how effective leadership is shaped by culture while at the same time changing the culture. Before joining IMD, Professor Weeks spent 11 years at INSEAD, where he taught several MBA, PhD, and Executive Education courses. Professor Weeks holds a PhD in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management (USA), an MPhil in Management from Oxford University (UK), and a BA in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley (USA).
Professor Aneel Karnani is Associate Professor of Strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is a faculty member of Corporate Strategy and International Business also at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. He received the Teaching Excellence Award in 1991, 2001, 2006 and 2007. He has taught extensively in executive development programmes in the US, South America, Europe, Africa and the Asia Pacific. In addition to executive development, Professor Karnani is actively involved in consultancy work with firms on strategic planning systems, strategy analysis and formulation. He has recently served on the board of A.M. Todd Group for several years. He has a doctoral degree from the Harvard Business School, and an MBA and B.Tech. (Electrical Engineering) from India.
An 11-year study by Kotter and Heskett entitled "Corporate Culture and Performance" documented results for 207 large U.S. companies and took a look at how they build high performance mindsets. They reported that companies which managed their cultures well saw revenue increases of 682% compared to 166% for the companies that did not; and net income increases of 756% versus just 1% over that period.