2015

Attracting and Retaining Talent in SMEs

Attracting and retaining talent is a common challenge faced by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This challenge is an important one to tackle as having the right talent is critical for SMEs to grow. Furthermore, SMEs face this challenge especially with local degree holders, as they tend to have a preference to join bigger corporations.

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Design and Build a Culture that Supports Your Vision

 “The fact is, culture eats strategy for lunch. You can have a good strategy in place, but if you don’t have the culture and the enabling systems that allow you to successfully implement that strategy, the culture of the organization will defeat the strategy.” Richard Clark, CEO of Merck (2005 – 2010)

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Actively Engaging Stakeholders

“To effectively communicate, we must realise that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others”– Tony Robbins, Entrepreneur, Author & Peak Performance Strategist

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2015 National Values Assessment in Straits Times (15 Aug 2015)

If Singapore can create a society that emphasises the values of family, responsibility, friendship, happiness, health, caring and honesty, we would enhance our resilience.

However, if Singapore creates a society that emphasises values such as kiasu-ism (Hokkien for being afraid to lose), competitiveness, materialism, self-centeredness, kiasi-ism (being afraid to die) and blame-shifting, we are more likely to end up as a less resilient society.

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Getting to the root of Singapore's productivity problem (Business Times, 29 Sep 2015)

Since the start of the productivity movement in Singapore more than three decades ago (the inauguration of the National Productivity Movement took place in 1981), many efforts to enhance productivity in Singapore and our workforce have been struggling to attain the desired level of productivity.
 

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2015 National Values Assessment in Lianhe Zaobao (25 Jul 2015)

调查:三年内 国人对本地社会看法更正面

Based on 2,000 respondents, the positive values Singapore Residents selected for what best reflects Singapore society today in the Singapore National Values Assessment 2015 are security, effective healthcare, peace and education opportunities.

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Singaporeans see virtues like compassion in themselves but view society as materialistic.

aAdvantage Consulting Group and Barrett Values Centre jointly conducted the 2015 National Values Assessment in Singapore that showed the following (not in order of importance)...

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2015 National Values Assessment in TODAY (24 Jul 2015)

Singapore society becoming more caring: Survey

The top 10 values Singapore Residents said they desire to see in the Singapore society are affordable housing, effective healthcare, employment opportunities, caring for the elderly, caring for the disadvantaged, quality of life, caring for environment, compassion, peace and concern for future generations, according to the Singapore National Values Assessment 2015 that was jointly conducted by aAdvantage Consulting and Barrett Values Centre.

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Press Release: Singapore Employed Residents Desire a Workplace that Focuses on Building Healthy and Sustainable Relationships as a Foundation to Achieve Organisation Outcomes

aAdvantage Consulting 2015 National Values Assessment identified these values as employee recognition, caring, respect, teamwork, cooperation, fairness and coaching/mentoring.

aAdvantage Consulting Group and Barrett Values Centre jointly conducted the 2015 National Values Assessment (NVA) in Singapore that showed the top 10 values Singapore Employed Residents said best described themselves and their current and desired workplace. This set of data is a subset of the 2015 NVA; information from only working adults (Singapore Employed Residents). The data collected regarding themselves and their current and desired workplace is as follows (not in order of importance)...

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aAdvantage Receives Special Recognition Award from Republic Polytechnic

The Centre for Enterprise and Communication (CEC) at Republic Polytechnic presented aAdvantage Consulting with a Special Recognition Award during their Industry Networking Event last month. This Special Recognition Award was presented to us for our collaborative efforts with RP throughout the past years. We thank Republic Polytechnic for this award and look forward to working with you again in the years ahead.

 
 

Understanding Your Values

Find out what is important to you by taking a Personal Values Assessment. Who you are, what you hold dear, what upsets you, and what underlies your decisions, are all connected to your personal values. Your values reflect what is important to you. They are a shorthand way of describing your motivations. Together with your beliefs, they are the causal factors that drive your decision-making.

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Preparing the Foundation for Change

Globally, the media and print industry is undergoing rapid changes as a result of the digital era; technology has changed the way consumers shop and the way businesses operate. The impact on Singapore’s print and media industry is apparent. Industry output has declined at a compounded annual growth rate of 2.1% from 2006 to 2010 – a drop of 25% over 5 years.

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IPS News: Closed-Door Discussion on the 2015 Singapore NVA (17 Aug 2015)

The Institute of Policy Studies partnered with aAdvantage Consulting and Barrett Values Centre to organise a Closed-Door Discussion on the 2015 National Values Assessment for Singapore on 23 July 2015. Below are excerpts from their newsletter on the session:

"Mr Lim made a number of points — first, that Singaporeans should create good conditions for positive self-perceptions to be manifested in society. Second, while Singaporeans should be encouraged by the fact that cultural entropy was relatively low, Singapore should strive for even healthier levels like those found in Switzerland and Denmark..."

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Infographics: 2015 National Workplace Culture

In our recently released results of the Singapore National Values Assessment (NVA) 2015 the key theme for the workplace culture that can be observed was this:

“Singapore employed residents desire a workplace that focuses on building healthy and sustainable relationships as a foundation to achieve organisation outcomes.

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2015 National Values Assessment in CNA (23 Jul 2015)

Singaporeans list family, friendship as top values in society: Survey

Based on 2,000 respondents, the Singapore National Values Assessment 2015 showed that Singapore Residents value relationships; half of the top 10 values selected by them indicate this which are family, friendship, caring, compassion and respect. The other values are responsibility, positive attitude, honesty, happiness and health.

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2015 National Values Assessment in TODAY (24 Jul 2015)

Study reveals more positive view of life in Singapore

Based on 2,000 respondents, the positive values Singapore Residents selected for what best reflects Singapore society today are security, effective healthcare, peace and education opportunities. “A significant observation between the 2012 and 2015 results is that three of the positive values listed – peace, educational opportunities and effective healthcare – feature for the first time in the top 10 values Singapore Residents perceive reflect the Singapore society today. This potentially indicates that people are experiencing and acknowledging improvements in these areas,” observed Phil Clothier, CEO of Barrett Values Centre, aAdvantage Consulting’s strategic partner who jointly conducted this survey.

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Press Release: 2015 National Values Assessment Identifies Top 10 Current and Desired Values of Singapore Residents in the Singapore Society

The study showed peace, concern for future generations, caring for the elderly, disadvantaged and environment as some of the top 10 desired values for the Singapore society.

aAdvantage Consulting Group and Barrett Values Centre jointly conducted the 2015 National Values Assessment in Singapore that showed the following (not in order of importance)...

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G.R.O.W. Seminar 2015

This seminar is now over.

We thank the participants who braved the weather and joined us at the seminar. If you are in the F&B industry and you missed this timely presentation on the subject of bonus, you can download the presentation below.

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