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Learning Resources are primarily video recordings of past webinars, workshops and fireside chat. Enjoy watching!

How to Speed Up Your Professional Learning and Mastery in 2021
The speed with which business is moving is unprecedented amidst fierce competition in the marketplace. Employees, managers, and leaders are required to produce better and faster results in their respective roles at lightning speed. Professionals get overwhelmed with the amount of content, tasks, and skills to master to perform in their respective job roles.

At the same time, they have to attain mastery in an entirely new set of skills and become proficient in using never-seen-before technologies, processes, or methods quickly. In this research-based talk, you will learn distilled wisdom drawn from best-in-class organizations across 40 industries, interwoven with Dr. Raman’s two decades of experience in accelerating human learning.

This talk will:
- Prepare you for 2021 to leverage opportunities through covid and post-covid recoveries to make your mark.
- Guide you with rare secrets of learning to learn faster in any context and use that to your strategic advantage.
- Equip you with a unique thought process on how to attain mastery in any new professional skill or role quickly.

As a professional, you will learn smart strategies to speed up your professional performance and career at an accelerated rate relative to your peers. As a leader, you will understand how you can develop your teams at an accelerated rate and standout as a differentiated leader.

You will walk out with a framework to steer your learning, performance, and career differently.
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Reality Management in a Crisis Environment - UNACOV Business Webinar
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In this webinar, Joe Ranieri reflects on biases Business Owners have (usually optimism) and looks at various exercises to get to a more realistic evaluation of the future environment (post-crisis). In addition, Joe reviews tools and methodology to create Business Plans that may better assure survival and ultimately recreation and long term success.

"Never let a good crisis go to waste" - W.Churchill.
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Merger as an SMEs Strategy to Combat a Crisis
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The merger of companies is not limited to public companies only, it is also applicable to SMEs. In fact, SMEs have abetter chance to grow and compete if they can be merged as one stronger and bigger company. With combined resources and strengths, the merged company can reduce overhead, improve efficiency and gain a bigger market share, improving both top and bottom lines.

The biggest challenge would be to merge the complementary and synergistic SMEs as one. Most of them are not professionally managed and may not even have proper accounting. Engaging a boutique investment bank or perhaps a corporate finance experienced individual to drive the process might have a higher chance of putting a few SMEs together.

In this pandemic which is not going away soon, it is important for SMEs to look at the option of merger to be a stronger company to survive through this period. The selection of merger candidates is undoubtedly important as by merging 3-4 complementary SMEs will produce a more complete and stronger company.

Once there is a stronger, bigger and more complete company, it increases the possibility of raising funds from VC or PE and an exit either through IPO or trade sales is possible.
Financial Crisis Management for SMEs - UNACOV Crisis Management Webinar
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With the current COVID-19 situation, many SMEs face an uncertain future. Global safe distancing measures and supply chain disruptions result in drastic reduction of demand from customers and slow payments. On the other hand, fixed overheads like rental, employee salaries, loan instalments and suppliers must be paid. Cash flow issues, if not resolved immediately, could lead to bankruptcy.

Fortunately, the government has shown strong support and unleashed numerous measures to help companies defer rent, loan repayment and defray wages. New lending schemes are also devised to help viable SMEs remain in business.

In this webinar, two financial experts will share with you useful insights and tips to improve your business and personal financial situation in these challenging times.

● How to tap on government support measures
● What do banks look for when lending
● How to show you are a viable business
● Personal financial management in uncertain times
Understanding the Immune Function in Fighting a Virus - UNACOV Well-Being Webinar
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Now, more than ever, we rely on a healthy immune response against infections.

In this webinar you will appreciate the basics of immunity (delivered in plain/simple language) and how it responds to infections.

In addition, Stephanie will review several simple nutritional lifestyle strategies that you can implement today for improved immune resilience.
Working From Home With Confidence - UNACOV Career Webinar
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As working from home has become compulsory for everyone during the Circuit Breaker to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, we all have had to adjust to this new situation. This has impacted not only ourselves but our family and peers.

This may continue and become a new normal for many, even after the easing of the Circuit Breaker restrictions, many may not have the right environment, family situation, company support and mental stage to deal with it on a continuous basis.

The webinar addresses the different phases one goes through and how to deal with the challenges that surface at each stage:

● Managing conflicting priorities of work and home
● Balancing productivity and flexibility
● Building relationships through technology
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Starting a Business in a Down Economy - UNACOV Crisis Management Webinar
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This event is for you if you are thinking of starting a business, worrying about the unknown challenges of starting in a down economy, struggling with finding viable business ideas, thinking about scaling up your small business or just looking for inspiration and purpose.

Discover for yourself what you "don't know that you don't know"

Pick up tips and valuable advice on the business fundamentals for a successful start-up and scale-up
How to 'win with fears' mindset and scale up with the principle of People First, Always!
Learn from proven start-up processes


Karen Tok shares her struggles and successes of how she grew a 10K shoestring start-up into a thriving multi-award-winning business with a 10 million dollars valuation.

Karen start-up weathered the storm of two recessions: she first started her business during the 2001 recession post-dot-com bubble crash and was further hit by the Global Financial Crisis in 2009 during the scale-up stage. Tons of near-fatal business mistakes were made with six-figure sums spent on an expansion that went down the drain. With escalating overheads, fierce competition, high staff turnover, and unfavorable economy, they didn’t just weather the storms, they thrived.

Discover for yourself her secrets of turning her crippling fear into a significant success. How as a failure in school, with no degree, no financial backing, and no relevant industry knowledge, she was able to build a multi-award-winning biotech recruitment business.
Turning Stress into Positive Energy - UNACOV Well-Being Webinar
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"If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full-speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race."
Oprah Winfrey

More often than not, people get stressed out when deadlines loom and the mountain of work seems to be getting higher. However, contrary to popular belief: it’s never about the amount of work per se; the stress comes from a feeling of having lost control.

Stress can dampen staff morale, reduce productivity and lead to depression and anxiety. Yet we all need a certain degree of stress in order to achieve peak performance.

In this workshop, you will learn what are the four factors; Perspective, Autonomy, Connectiveness and Tone, that cause stress, and how to restore balance and turn that “stress” into positive energy to help you perform better and achieve greater success and happiness in life.
Create Changing Career Perspectives - UNACOV Career Webinar
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Despite the progressive roll back of the Singapore’s Circuit Breaker in June 2020 that allows majority if not all of businesses to resume operations, the outlook for many organizations is still highly uncertain.

A recent survey by SSON in collaboration with Edgeverve, Assistedge and Infosys-BPM Ltd points out that businesses report 30% increase in delayed collection of sales revenue, 14% increase in cost of operations and 20% increase in gaps in back office service delivery. These statistics reiterate the difficulties for many businesses in “returning to normal” which in turn could impact hiring decisions and employment opportunities.

Among the working population, PMETs (Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians) forming more than 50% of the Singapore’s workforce is the group that faces greater risk to redundancy and retrenchment based on past years’ evidence.

The webinar shares strategies for PMETs on:

1. How to rise above this environment of uncertainty and volatility
2. How to differentiate themselves from the crowd at the workplace
3. What to do in times of such business uncertainty and employment risks
4. What are the the possible action plans if your employment has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
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Redesign Your Life Through Clarity - UNACOV Career Webinar
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“Like a diamond, the more clarity we have, the more value we bring.” - Ruth Saw

The current world is changing so rapidly that it causes one to compare, compete or even get confused. How do we navigate life effectively through change and yet step into a fulfilling, satisfying life?
Clarity is key. It is the future of ‘personal authority’. Finding clarity has become a necessity, not a good-to-have. Just like shooting an arrow, we pull back to find clarity so that we can propel forward with speed. More than ever, we need to look within to find that clarity.

COVID-19 has given us this opportunity to settle and find the clarity we need, to create the future we want. Clarity will free us from comparing ourselves with others. It will help us to move past our doubts to step into our destiny.

In this webinar, you’ll find simple exercises to understand yourself and practical insights on finding clarity that leads to action.


Discover how to:

Know yourself, your possible strengths and blind-spots

Influence others just the way you are

Uncover your why

Create a clear path of action and maximise your time

Feel liberated and find the confidence to be who you are meant to be!
Creating New Leader for the VUCA World - An AIM UNACOV Fireside Chat (19 Sep 20)
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“Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man” is a phrase that has evolved over centuries to describe the observation that, often, the right leader emerges from the crowd to suit the challenge at hand.
Yet, clearly, it doesn’t always happen.
So what education, morality, and emotional intelligence give society the best chance to spawn good leaders when they are needed?
We explored the phenomenal changes that have occurred - even in the last six months - to what is needed in new leadership:
- The skills of managing people working from home, often part-time, unsupervised
- The pressure exerted by a pandemic raging through the world
Handling slippery supply chains that are whimsically upset by political decisions
- Rewarding a workforce getting daily offers of alternative jobs
- Making the disciplines of sustainability and diversity coexist with law and order
- Educating all employed people in technology, regulatory compliance, compatibility
Career Clinic for Job Seekers - UNACOV Webinar Replay
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If you're worried about your job security
If your job has been impacted by Covid-19
If you are unhappy in your current job
If you want to pivot your career
If you want to find new opportunities
If you have lost your job
If you want to improve your networking & job search techniques for the future
This job search clinic is for you! We will take you through:
A 5-step strategy for applying for jobs online (Note - 3 of these steps occur before you've even sent your CV)
The must-have features for your CV/Cover letter (to create a high-converting and memorable document)
How to craft your online profile, so HR/Recruiters can find you
How to use Linkedin to research, map leads and network (the Headhunters approach)

Why you need to become a savvy networker online/offline to increase your job-search conversion
1 key tip to becoming memorable online, to beat the competition
How you will benefit from this session:

You will learn why adopting a ‘marketers’ approach is critical to improve your chances of being noticed
You will learn the importance of building a personal brand, so you are memorable online
You will learn how to network online, so opportunities come to you
You will learn the importance of follow-up to increase your conversions
How Blockchain Technology is Transforming Business & Society
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If data is the new oil and with many businesses focusing on data accumulation for deep analysis to be done for goods and services, stronger cyber-security will be needed more than ever.

Blockchain is no longer just about cryptocurrency. There have been many cases of data security breaches that business leaders are now considering blockchain to become the backbone for many new emerging technologies like AI, IoT, VR/AR to be implemented in smart solutions and products.

However, there are concerns over the data storage being decentralized and transparent. Therefore the industry has been building enterprise solutions for consortiums and companies that are suitable for their needs. This talk will cover the various blockchain solutions that exist today and the use cases to create Industry 4.0 that is rapidly coming our way.
The session will be beneficial for business leaders to prepare their cybersecurity strategy and have a glimpse of how blockchain can shape businesses in the era of Industry 4.0.

Takatoshi Shibayama is a futurist and the founder of Blockshine SG. He advises industry leaders and built customized enterprise blockchain solutions.

He is also the host of Future Design Podcast where he converses with visionaries in sustainability technology and spirituality.
Prior to this, he was an analyst and investor of distressed corporate situations for 17 years, starting his career with investment banks such as JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs, later joining a US hedge fund Davidson Kempner Capital Management, and co-founding 3D Investment Partners in Singapore, with nearly US$1B in AUM.
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How to Speed Up Your Professional Learning and Mastery in 2021
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The speed with which business is moving is unprecedented amidst fierce competition in the marketplace. Employees, managers, and leaders are required to produce better and faster results in their respective roles at lightning speed. Professionals get overwhelmed with the amount of content, tasks, and skills to master to perform in their respective job roles.

At the same time, they have to attain mastery in an entirely new set of skills and become proficient in using never-seen-before technologies, processes, or methods quickly. In this research-based talk, you will learn distilled wisdom drawn from best-in-class organizations across 40 industries, interwoven with Dr. Raman’s two decades of experience in accelerating human learning.

This talk will:
- Prepare you for 2021 to leverage opportunities through covid and post-covid recoveries to make your mark.
- Guide you with rare secrets of learning to learn faster in any context and use that to your strategic advantage.
- Equip you with a unique thought process on how to attain mastery in any new professional skill or role quickly.

As a professional, you will learn smart strategies to speed up your professional performance and career at an accelerated rate relative to your peers. As a leader, you will understand how you can develop your teams at an accelerated rate and standout as a differentiated leader.

You will walk out with a framework to steer your learning, performance, and career differently.
How to Use Stories to Effortlessly Motivate Decisions and Actions
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In a busy world inundated with information overload, how do you communicate in a way that stands out, captures attention, and motivate action?

In this session, you will learn that it is a lot easier than you think when you realize just how the brain works. Using stories can help you stand out and capture attention, e.g., drive social media post engagement.

You will be able to engage your stakeholders emotionally, motivate willing actions, and move them to positive responses.
You will take away this skill set that has helped generate more sales and better business results for your effort.
Building Resilience & Relationship with your Teenager
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“It takes a village to raise a child,” so says the old African proverb and an age-old wisdom.

As a result of the globalization trend and together with that, a rapid urbanization of the world’s population, “the village” has literally disappeared. In the urban society of the 21st century - despite living in an age of digital super-connectivity - with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tiktok, gaming, e-sport, etc - more of us are experiencing a growing sense of loneliness, isolation and disconnect.

This is the world where parents find ourselves in. Along with global competition, geopolitical uncertainties, global warming and climate disruptions, digital transformation of societies, and most recently, the global pandemic, it has become an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world for just about all of us.

This is why at AIM we found it critical and timely to initiate this Parenting in a VUCA World Fireside Chat series - to bring the village back together - for parents and children alike.

Join us in this very important initiative - and series of conversations - as we rebuild this village.

The world our children are born into is constantly changing. They will encounter many opportunities but also many challenges. Frustration, failure, and difficulty are part of life. Resilience learned through explicit lessons and examples, will benefit them for their whole life. It will help them to handle stress, cope with rejection, and compartmentalize setbacks as mere bumps in the road.

In this session, we will discuss:
● How our parenting style can have an impact on the resilience of our children and how can we model it for them?

● How can we see our children as more than an extension of us and as individuals - with their own path, to experience adversity, learn from it, and build resilience?

● What do our children need and want from us in their journey?

● How can we help them discover their own “Why” (sense of self and purpose) to choose better, be accountable and learn from the “How”?

● How can parents practice self-care and make it a family value?
Elevate Your Business with Government Grants and Subsidies - FIRESIDE CHAT (31 Oct 2020)
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To support the businesses during this pandemic, the Singapore government is ramping up the funding support for companies to take on transformative digital automation projects. Automating your processes through digitalization can lead to revenue growth, cost savings, and improved customer and employee experiences.
During this session, the panelists discussed grant eligibility criteria and explored the purpose, the pros, and the cons of various grant programs, as well as how to improve the chances of grant approval.
They also discussed how you and your employees can tap on the SkillFuture Credits to upskill and train and be ready to adapt to the changes in the market, acquire the skills required during the implementation of these digital automation projects.