How do you reinvent yourself to lead during a time of hyper-uncertainty?

Paralyzed by the crisis of a generation, we lack the vision and the playbook to confront the challenges before us.

Leadership during this time means making the tough choices daily to ready our spirit, engage in reality checks, inspire with shared values, and take nimble action for a better future.

This November, we have redesigned the Asia Leadership Forum with the new theme, “The World After Covid: How to Lead Adaptively Beyond the Crisis.”

Dedicated to helping leaders initiate change and manage progress in their organizations and communities, this forum is where the realities and contradictions of our times are seen through the lens of leading-edge Harvard thought leadership and its practice.

Join us as we gather to clarify our values, gain actionable insights, and acquire tools and frameworks to help create a future that defies the odds.  

SPEAKERS

Samuel Kim

MPA, Harvard University, President, Center for Asia Leadership

Dana Born

Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University

Rahul Daswani

MPP, Harvard University

Steve Jarding

Faculty in Public Policy, Harvard University

David Shore

Faculty in Public Health, Harvard University

Moshik Temkin

Associate Professor, Harvard University

Laura Thompson

CEO, Coaching for Global Change

Ami Valdemoro

MPP, Harvard University

Dean Williams

Faculty in Public Policy, Harvard University

Julie Wilson

Faculty, Harvard University

Junko Yoda

Harvard University

AGENDA

16 NOV
Monday
17 NOV
Tuesday
18 NOV
Wednesday
19 NOV
Thursday
20 NOV
Friday
21 NOV
Saturday

MONDAY, 16 NOVEMBER 2020

THE WORLD AFTER COVID: WHAT COMES NEXT?

THE FUTURE OF LEADERSHIP:
THE WORLD AFTER COVID

SAMUEL KIM

In the COVID Era, we are experiencing two major currents: complexity colored by uncertainty, tension, and fragmentation on one hand; and possibility powered by intelligence, innovation and technology on the other. The quality of our leadership will matter more than ever in adapting to the changes, mobilizing disparate groups, while balancing these forces to advance progress during these tough times. Listen to Samuel Kim share how leaders can help their organizations move towards a world after COVID. Read More
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HOW DOES THE WORLD OVERCOME A CRISIS?

MOSHIK TEMKIN

Politicians and pundits often use historical analogies to explain the current crisis. But as they are often serving their own agendas, this practice can also mislead, distorting the past and present. Understanding the history of past crises can help us gain a clinical perspective of the patterns and processes of human nature and society. What we can do as concerned citizens is develop a critical mindset of how we arrived at this moment and a sober-minded resolve to make a better future for ourselves. Moshik Temkin will share birds-eye view lessons on how societies have overcome crises through collaborating across government, civic, and business communities; communicating to the public about the unknown future; and agile decision making. Read More
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The Organizers reserve the right to alter the content and timing of the programme in the best interest of the conference or due to unforeseen circumstances.

TUESDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 2020

SKILLS TO CONFRONT UNCERTAINTY

HOW TO LEAD DURING CRAZY, CHAOTIC & PERILOUS TIMES

DEAN WILLIAMS

COVID has created an evermore crazy world filled with divisions, fault lines, disruption, and uncertainties. The tribal impulse is pulling groups apart rather than bringing them together. True leadership means keeping your eye on pertinent, interdependent, and messy adaptive challenges — despite the chaos.  Dr. Williams will address the role and function of leadership that helps groups to transcend silos, boundaries and tribalism in order to tackle the high-stake problems and challenges facing businesses, governments and international organizations. Read More
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CONFRONTING UNCERTAINTY
HOW TO THINK LIKE A FUTURIST

RAHUL DASWANI

All decision makers are now facing the stress of uncertainty. “Futures thinking” comprises a range of scenario planning strategies and foresight tools that have helped companies like Shell, Google, and Amazon as well as governments like Singapore, Iceland, and Canada envision the future, enhance their decision making, and ultimately leverage the possibilities they face. In this talk, Rahul Daswani, former Senior Strategies at the Centre for Strategic Futures in Singapore as he shares a framework that can enable you to approach your current unknowns using a futures framework and transform how your organization or community implements strategic thinking and planning. Read More
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The Organizers reserve the right to alter the content and timing of the programme in the best interest of the conference or due to unforeseen circumstances.

WEDNESDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 2020

EMBEDDING INNOVATION IN YOUR ORGANIZATION

FUTURE OF LEARNING:
HOW TO BUILD ORGANIZATIONS THAT ADAPT DURING TIMES OF CHANGE

JULIE WILSON

“Our moral obligation is not to stop the future, but to shape it…to channel our destiny in humane directions and to ease the trauma of transition. – Alvin Toffler, Futurist One of the big opportunities of the COVID crisis are the possibilities to redesign our systems for a more sustainable future. There is no shortage of ideas on how we should lead transformation in our organizations and systems. But one of the biggest opportunities the COVID crisis has afforded a leader and their team is a readiness in mindset and behavior to change. If a bold strategic plan stands a chance of being implemented, it is vital that the adult behavioral shifts are discussed, understood, and nurtured—all in service of the transformational vision laid out in the plan. Julie Wilson will share three approaches to change that can be applied to both your team and organization when thinking about how to shape your future. Read More
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9 PRACTICES FOR LEADING INNOVATION DURING A CRISIS

DAVID SHORE

More than 100 years ago, in his inaugural address as president of Harvard University, A. Lawrence Lowell set the philosophy for education at Harvard.  He suggested that students ‘know a little bit of everything and something well.’  Drawing from three decades of research, consulting, and teaching graduate courses and executive education programs in Asia and North America, David A. Shore’s ‘meta-analysis’ reveals top tips for successfully launching, leading, and realizing value from innovation and change initiatives. This session has been designed with a singular purpose – to help you mitigate the minefields of innovation and change.  This fast-paced talk will not simply ‘admire the problem,’ but rather provide actionable insights as we explore a little bit of everything about successfully leading innovation and change. Read More
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The Organizers reserve the right to alter the content and timing of the programme in the best interest of the conference or due to unforeseen circumstances.

THURSDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 2020

INSPIRING OTHERS DURING A CRISIS

STRATEGIC INFLUENCE DURING A CRISIS

STEVE JARDING

The nature of communication changes during times of uncertainty. Now more than ever, you must communicate more authentically with clarity, persuasion, and inspiration. Effective communication could ultimately define breakthrough opportunities and determine the course of important trajectories. This session seeks to share key principles, strategies of communication, and a model of public presentation as taught at Harvard and around the world by our world- renowned speaker.  Steve’s methods of communication are unique, having been perfected over his 40-year career in communication training to thousands of public officials around the world. Through this session, participants will have the opportunity to strengthen their foundation to speak well in public settings and navigate a diverse range of leadership scenarios. Read More
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HOW TO INSPIRE IN TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY

AMI VALDEMORO

With the future fraught with uncertainty, leaders are operating under ever more risky conditions. Mistakes are inevitable in both strategic decisions and policy as we work our way towards a “new normal” in the next months, or even years. Whether our staff or superiors, how might we create a shared narrative that helps everyone stay productive, relevant, and even thrive? Ami Valdemoro will share key leadership and communication principles that will help you uncover the values that can unite a group in confronting a challenge and inspire collective action at work or in your community. Read More
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The Organizers reserve the right to alter the content and timing of the programme in the best interest of the conference or due to unforeseen circumstances.

FRIDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2020

SELF-LEADERSHIP FOR A VALUE-DRIVEN FUTURE

HOW TO BUILD RESILIENCE DURING CRUCIBLE EXPERIENCES

JUNKO YODA & LAURA THOMPSON

COVID-19 continues to disrupt our personal and professional lives. We are now working in environments characterized by increasing novelty, complexity, and change. Working in the discomfort of change is often the most difficult leadership practice because it begins with changing yourself. Based on years of experience working in high-stake environments and coaching others in their leadership journeys, Junko Yoda (Former Managing Director of Deutsche Bank) and Laura Thompson (Executive Leadership Coach) will explore how to build personal fortitude in the face of difficulty. They will share both mindfulness, communication, and personal leadership practices that will help you build resilience during crucible experiences. Read More
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GAINING THE POWER TO LEAD THROUGH YOUR VALUES

DANA BORN

In a rapidly-changing landscape – the overwhelming stress, the high stakes of our decisions, and the complexity surrounding us can be debilitating. What makes someone a successful and effective leader? Have you ever met a high-impact leader who thrives wherever you place him or her? What is true leadership really anchored on? In this session, Dana Born, Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership will share ideas, techniques, and tools that can assist them in their leadership development journey, chiefly concepts like the power of story; knowing your values, leadership principles and ethical boundaries; building a support team; and improving leadership effectiveness through fit of life story, situation, and adaptive authentic style. Read More
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SATURDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 2020

Q&A, ROUNDTABLE AND NETWORKING

9:00 AM MYT
(UTC +8:00)

LIVE Q&A [50 MINS EACH]

– THE WORLD AFTER COVID: WHAT COMES NEXT?

– SKILLS TO CONFRONT UNCERTAINTY

– EMBEDDING INNOVATION IN YOUR ORGANIZATION

– INSPIRING OTHERS DURING A CRISIS

– SELF-LEADERSHIP FOR A VALUE-DRIVEN FUTURE

1:50 PM MYT

BREAK/LIVE JAZZ

2:00 PM MYT

PRACTITIONER’S ROUNDTABLE [50 MINS EACH]

– DIGITAL LEADERSHIP:
HARNESSING TECHNOLOGY FOR THE GREATER GOOD

– POLITICAL LEADERSHIP:
RISING TO THE CHALLENGE DURING COVID

– SOCIAL LEADERSHIP:
SURVIVING, SERVING & UNITING DURING COVID

5:30 PM MYT

NETWORKING WITH ALF SPEAKERS AND RETHINKING ASIA 7 AUTHORS

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