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Leaders of Learning

Author: Ling Ling

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The Leaders of Learning is Southeast Asia's top podcast about learning in the 21st century.

Through interviews with leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and many more, Ling Ling explores the technology, methodologies and insights of learning for personal and organisational development.

Check out our podcast website at www.leadersoflearning.asia
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Leaders of Learning - presented by Ling Ling Please support us on Buy Me A Coffee so that we can continue making this podcast  More about Ling Ling   For more information about this and other episodes… visit  check out our Instagram Leave us a review and rate us on Apple Podcasts!   About Rebecca Lim Rebecca Lim is head of Our Better World, the digital storytelling initiative of the Singapore International Foundation. Our Better World’s goal is to inspire people across Asia to take action through stories. Actions that contribute to making the world a better place. More about on Rebecca Lim       About this Episode Stories are timeless. They transcend generations. From the earliest days of mankind, stories are linked to traditions, legends, myths, religion and many more. Powerful stories are often passed down over time and evolve with different cultural groups. Through stories, we share joys, sadness, happiness and hardships. Stories helps us find our purpose and find the meaning of life.  Stories allow us to better understand ourselves, others and the larger truths of the universe. They also help us to connect, find commonalities and build communities where people can belong. How can we reap the benefits of storytelling?  How can we become better storytellers ourselves? And how do we harness the power of stories to lead meaningful lives and make the world a better place?
Design Thinking with Shan Sharma   Leaders of Learning - presented by Ling Ling   Please support us on Buy Me A Coffee so that we can continue making this podcast  More about Ling Ling   For more information about this and other episodes… visit  check out our Instagram Leave us a review and rate us on Apple Podcasts!     About Shan Sharma Shan Sharma specializes in design thinking and business innovation. Across four continents and over 15 years, shan sharma has worked with startups, consulting and industry to help them think differently, and rapidly deliver client centric products by identifying commercial opportunities and thoughtfully applying emerging technologies. He has also played a leading role in establishing innovation labs for various global organisation to apply design thinking. More about on Shan Sharma   About this Episode Design is everywhere. Design is in our homes, the vehicles we drive, the clothes we wear, the devices we use and even in the food we eat. People who design spend their waking hours to imagine, conceptualise, brainstorm, reflect, and plan... to solve all of our every day challenges. The world’s leading brands, such as Apple, Google, Samsung and GE adopted the Design Thinking approach to continuously produce innovative products and services. Architects, designers, engineers, innovators and many other use design thinking to solve the world's problems. But what is design thinking? If it is helpful in solving problems, can we use it in our daily lives and work?
Meshing Art and Tech with Kay Vasey Leaders of Learning – presented by Ling Ling  Please support us on Buy Me A Coffee so that we can continue making this podcast  More about Ling Ling   For more information about this and other episodes… visit  check out our Instagram Leave us a review and rate us on Apple Podcasts!    Or subscribe and leave us a comment on Castbox!    About Kay Vasey Kay Vasey is the Chief Connecting Officer of MeshMinds, a creative technology studio based in Singapore. They specialise in blending the arts with Virtual and Augmented Reality that focuses on impactful, immersive and engaging experiences for environmentally responsible companies. Their mission is to drive awareness, start conversations and change the behaviour of people towards a sustainable future. More about Kay Vasey About this Episode  When we think of art… artists, performers, musicians come to mind. Art is a product of expression. Its purpose is to make sense of our reality or to manifest the vision of the artist.  When we think of technology… computers, smartphones and our modern gadgetry come to mind. Technology is invented to help solve our problems such as our ability to communicate, to travel, to improve healthcare and much more. Art and Technology can seem so far apart, as if they can never be friends. But can they? What happens when we intersect art and technology? When we mesh both together, can we harness this combination for the greater good?
Some people say that there is no such thing as coincidence and that everything happens for a reason. Research in quantum physics, biology, and psychology shows that we can connect with fields of energy that are literally “answers from the universe”. It may seem like a coincidence, but is it really? For a leader, harnessing synchronicity can be a mighty challenge but it can also be a great advantage. So what is synchronicity? How can it support or hinder leadership? Joining us is Dr Philip Merry, who specialises in helping organisations build High Performing Multi-Cultural Global Teams, and has over 30 years experience in this area as a trainer, speaker and coach with leading global organisations in 59 countries on 6 continents. Check out our website at
Conflict is often feared and is avoided. It is usually seen as a bad thing to occur in the workplace.  But when disagreements are suppressed or swept aside, we lose passion and interest. A good fight deepens relationships and creates superior outcomes.  A bad conflict does the opposite. So how can we fight well? Joining us is Serene Seng, a professional speaker, executive coach and host of the YouTube Channel “The Serene View”.
Authenticity is when a person’s actions are aligned with their beliefs and desires. By being authentic, we can create more trusting and meaningful relationships. Although, with external pressures of our society and the media, it is difficult to stay true to yourself. It is even more difficult to be authentic online. Being authentic online is not as easy as taking selfies, sharing articles, heart-felt quotes or having a professional profile taken. This is because the online persona can be completely different from the person you meet in person.   How can we show our authentic self online? Joining us is Genecia Alluora, former Miss Singapore and  Founder of Soul Rich Woman, the #1 female entrepreneur network in Southeast Asia that connects more than 12,000 women across the region, with presence in 7 countries including Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
In today’s digital age, the pace of change is faster than ever. The impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution is affecting literally every possible sector and industry. It has resulted in job displacements and involuntary unemployment. The Industrial revolution has altered, and will be altering the nature of work.  How can individuals, organisations and the world cope with this imminent force of change? What makes us vulnerable? What can we do to ride this wave of change to stay relevant and continuously advance ourselves? Joining us is Dr Koh Tat Suan, an entrepreneur and CEO of , a consultancy services focused on workforce development and lifelong learning.  Check out the episode here http://bit.ly/2wS6smN
Happy New Year! I know it's been more than a month into the new year or you can also say the new decade of 2020. Let's think about this... What are your goals? What are your dreams? What do you wish to manifest in this new year or decade? Also... This is the 2nd year anniversary of The Leaders of Learning podcast. Yeah!!! Who would’ve thought that a small podcast show like mine could last for 2 years! Well, I hope this podcast show will help get you there.  We’ve got a fantastic line of guests coming up in Season 5, with topics from the 4th Industrial Revolution to harnessing conflict to synchronicity and much much more.
The banking and finance industry is a very complicated and intricate space. In rural parts of India, where resources are limited and are located far away from bustling cities-- it’s challenging for women to save and get financial support with their hard earned money. Many of these women want a safe place to put their money. This is for emergencies but mostly to build a better future for themselves and their families.  These women rose up to the challenges of India’s caste system by paving the way and fighting for their rights. After years of challenges… The Mann Deshi Bank was founded. The Mann Deshi Bank provides women with the business and financial knowledge, skills and support necessary to give them more control of their lives. What were the challenges these women from rural India have gone through to attain financial literacy? How did they prevail over the challenges of discrimination?  We have the privilege to speak to Chetna Sinha is the founder of the Mann Deshi Bank - India’s largest rural bank - that helps rural women achieve their dreams. Check out our podcast on:  Apple Podcasts:  CastBox:  Google Play Music:  iHeartRadio:  Overcast:  Spotify:  Stitcher:    Highlights from the podcast episode can be found here:     *If you enjoy this episode, please like, share or comment on this post. We’d love to hear from you on the topics you’d like us to cover or persons you’d like us to interview.
Through the years, we are seeing more women in non-traditional industries rising up to become top management. Today, many are starting their own businesses. The success in recent years is not necessarily due to gender parity. We just need to give equal opportunities for all genders. One such example is Sara Cheng, CEO of Fuji Xerox Singapore. Being a CEO of a multinational tech company is a big responsibility and a tough job. But being an Asian woman CEO dominating the tech industry, is solid proof that gender and cultural background does not hinder her path to becoming a successful leader.  What do women need to prepare in order to survive the business and tech industries? Are women more confident now than the last decades? Speaking to us is Sara Cheng is the Chief Executive Officer of Fuji Xerox Singapore.  Check out our podcast on:  Apple Podcasts:  CastBox:  Google Play Music:  iHeartRadio:  Overcast:  Spotify:  Stitcher:    Highlights from the podcast episode can be found here:     *If you enjoy this episode, please like, share or comment on this post. We’d love to hear from you on the topics you’d like us to cover or persons you’d like us to interview.
Women entrepreneurs have been emerging worldwide. They are starting to build up and bloom in business. Some organisations take a step further to support these women in propelling their creativity and boosting their knowledge about entrepreneurship and finance. But what is needed most for aspiring women entrepreneurs are the right experiences, either in  roles, programs or projects that help them develop necessary entrepreneurial and financial skills. This will help prepare them for the global market.  Joining us is Wendy Teleki is the head of Secretariat for the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) at the World Bank Group, We-Fi is responsible for supporting the We-Fi Governing Committee in the allocation of a pool of $350 million and also undertaking advocacy, learning and evaluation focused on strengthening opportunities for women entrepreneurs. Check out our podcast on:  Apple Podcasts:  CastBox:  Google Play Music:  iHeartRadio:  Overcast:  Spotify:  Stitcher:    Highlights from the podcast episode can be found here:     *If you enjoy this episode, please like, share or comment on this post. We’d love to hear from you on the topics you’d like us to cover or persons you’d like us to interview.
Our living spaces and workplaces are increasingly multicultural. A multicultural environment does not guarantee success. Without cultural sensitivity, awareness and intelligence, diversity can affect the team’s internal relationships and performance.  Does diversity in your organisation’s help to foster a more inclusive workplace and improve performance? Nikolaj Groeneweg of the French Tech Podcast, and I talked about my field as an Interculturalist and how diversity improves a company's ability to make decisions that directly impact their bottom line.  Ling Ling is the host of the Leaders of Learning Podcast and founder of Culture Spark Global, that helps to build positive, inclusive and thriving organisations that brings out the best of everyone. Check out our podcast on:  Apple Podcasts:  CastBox:  Google Play Music:  iHeartRadio:  Overcast:  Spotify:  Stitcher:    Highlights from the podcast episode can be found here:     *If you enjoy this episode, please like, share or comment on this post. We’d love to hear from you on the topics you’d like us to cover or persons you’d like us to interview.
Season 4 Teaser

Season 4 Teaser

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We have had a successful 3 Seasons. We’ve met with diverse individuals sharing their stories and giving us insights about their businesses, organisations, industries and life in general.  Season 4 is a very Special Season as we cover the Women’s Forum Asia 2019 held in Singapore.We’ve interviewed a few of the most influential women in Asia who’ve made an impact in their respective fields and organisations. This season is in collaboration with Women in Tech and the French Tech Podcast. In this season special introduction, we'll share a few golden nuggets from this upcoming season. Enjoy!   Highlights can be found here:  #leadersoflearning #podcast #season4 #womensforum
We have had 3 successful seasons! We’ve met with diverse individuals sharing their stories and have given us insights about their businesses, organisations, industries and life in general. Most surprisingly, we’ve hit a great milestone for the show, reaching 300,000 unique downloads from over 130 countries since its launch last January 2018.   I would like to say “Thank you” to all listeners and avid supporters for making this possible for us. It has been a fantastic ride and I hope to continue doing the show for the years to come.    Our Season 3 speakers share their insights that range from planning for succession, to education technology– and from harnessing social media to developing global skills.  Episodes for Season 3 are very fascinating, take a listen to what interests you most. Till the next time, enjoy the show!   Check out our podcast on:  Apple Podcasts:  CastBox:  Google Play Music:  iHeartRadio:  Overcast:  Spotify:  Stitcher:    Highlights from the podcast episode can be found here:    *If you enjoy this episode, please like, share or comment on this post. We’d love to hear from you on the topics you’d like us to cover or persons you’d like us to interview.
With globalisation, it is inevitable that our society is increasingly diverse. Technology has enabled companies to operate virtually and in multiple countries. The improved mobility and accessibility has enabled the global workforce to fill talent gaps in far-flung places. Even so, the once homogeneous neighbourhood has welcomed Nepali security guards, Filipino nurses, Korean chefs and many others. The heterogeneity of a society or organisation can be a big advantage in our competitive world-- only if it is harnessed well.  Without a doubt, we need to learn how to adapt and navigate in our culturally diverse world. But where do we start? Do we need extensive travel experiences? Would it be different for a person from the West as opposed to a person from the East? Joining us is Meital Baruch, an organisational consultant, intercultural trainer, professional speaker and the founder of Global Mindset, a company that designs Intercultural learning programs and global leadership solutions to help organizations thrive in a culturally diverse world.   Check out our podcast on:  Apple Podcasts:  CastBox:  Google Play Music:  iHeartRadio:  Overcast:  Spotify:  Stitcher:    Highlights from the podcast episode can be found here:    *If you enjoy this episode, please like, share or comment on this post. We’d love to hear from you on the topics you’d like us to cover or persons you’d like us to interview.
Being your own boss, calling all the shots, hustling to hit your goals… This is the dream for many… to become an entrepreneur. Running your own business can be incredibly rewarding, exhilarating and full of opportunities. Yet, it can be very very difficult. So difficult in fact, that 75% of startups fail. So what do we need to become a successful entrepreneur? Can anyone learn to become one? Joining us is Gary Vaynerchuk, also known as Gary Vee. He is a serial entrepreneur, best selling author, speaker and social media influencer. He is the chairman of VaynerX, a modern-day media and communications holding company and the active CEO of VaynerMedia, a full-service advertising agency servicing Fortune 100 clients across the company’s 4 locations.   Check out our podcast on:  Apple Podcasts:  CastBox:  Google Play Music:  iHeartRadio:  Overcast:  Spotify:  Stitcher:    Highlights from the podcast episode can be found here:    This episode is brought to you by SP Jain School of Global Management. If you want to learn more about their MBA Programs please click here:  *If you enjoy this episode, please like, share or comment on this post. We’d love to hear from you on the topics you’d like us to cover or persons you’d like us to interview.
Some call it charisma. Others call it gravitas. There are people who carry an aura or energy that charms and attracts. And you can’t help but listen, follow and perhaps be persuaded by them.  Their presence commands attention, even without saying a word. As a leader, having such presence commands respect and credibility which helps to influence others to work towards your vision.  But not all of us are gifted with such presence. But can anyone learn this? Do leaders need the executive presence to be successful? Will having this help me in advancing my career? Joining us is Rohit Bassi, he is a TEDx and Global Professional Speaker based in Dubai and has inspired countless number of people to success. Rohit has a background in senior management on client and customer service and has supported over 100 businesses across 40 different countries. He also co-authors the best-selling book, Success Mastery. Check out our podcast on:  Apple Podcasts:  CastBox:  Google Play Music:  iHeartRadio:  Overcast:  Spotify:  Stitcher:    Highlights from the podcast episode can be found here:  This episode is brought to you by ASIA PODCAST AWARDS, the first ever podcast awards event that is open to all podcast shows produced in Asia.The purpose of the awards is to recognise and grow Asia’s podcast industry by creating greater awareness and help each other to become better podcasters.  Nominate your favorite podcast show. For more details please visit   *If you enjoy this episode, please like, share or comment on this post. We’d love to hear from you on the topics you’d like us to cover or persons you’d like us to interview.
Human beings are social creatures. According to Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens, we have climbed rapidly to the top of the food chain because of our ability to communicate and cooperate. In the past decade, our attention has shifted from our physical space to our screens. It's common to see people at dinners or dates quietly tapping away at their mobile devices. Or families retreating to their devices and scroll endlessly at social media feed. Are we no longer as social as before? In recent years, social media has suffered setbacks because of data breaches and fake content. There is a growing anti-social media movement where people opt to disable or delete their accounts entirely. For many, this is not an option. Many rely heavily on social media for work or business. Is there a better way of reaping the benefits of social media, without being enslaved by it? Joining us is Marie Nadal Sharma, the founder and director of Them You and Me, a digital marketing agency guiding businesses through digital transformation. She strives to demystify digital marketing and uses friendly words to explain technology and all things digital.   Check out our podcast on:  Apple Podcasts:  CastBox:  Google Play Music:  iHeartRadio:  Overcast:  Spotify:  Stitcher:      Highlights from the podcast page can be found here:  This episode is brought to you by ASIA PODCAST SUMMIT, the 1st ever Virtual summit for the podcast community in Asia. To reserve your FREE 48-hr pass use this link:  *If you enjoy this episode, please like, share or comment on this post. We’d love to hear from you on the topics you’d like us to cover or persons you’d like us to interview.
With a quick search online, you'll find an overwhelming number of mobile apps and software that support learning and education. According to Business Wire, the Global Online Education Market stands at 159.52 billion dollars in 2018 and it is expected to grow to 238 billion dollars in the year 2023. That is a lot of investment going into education technology! However, there is also a growing body of research that suggests certain skills cannot be taught with technology, such as communication, leadership and so forth. How do we know whether the technology we are using helps us upgrade our skills? Or is technology merely a shiny gadget that distracts us from our goals? Joining us is Steven Sutantro, a multi-awarded Educational Technology Coach with international certifications from Google, Apple, National Geographic and many more. Specializing in managing educational technology professional development and change management, he is currently the Lead Coach at Tech Transform Coach, whose mission is to catalyse digital transformation in corporate, university, and school.   Check out our podcast on:  iTunes:  CastBox:  Google Play Music:  iHeartRadio:  Overcast:  Spotify:  Stitcher:      Highlights from the podcast page can be found here: This episode is brought to you by SP Jain School of Global Management. If you want to learn more about their MBA Programs please click here:  *If you enjoy this episode, please like, share or comment on this post. We’d love to hear from you on the topics you’d like us to cover or persons you’d like us to interview.
Career development used to be a straight and predictable path. If you had chosen a degree in accounting, you'll become an accountant. If you chose a degree in medicine, you'll eventually become a doctor. In recent years, we see careers such as social media manager, data scientist, blockchain developer, fintech, AR artist and many others emerging where no degree had existed that could prepare anyone for. No longer are careers are about climbing ladders. Rather, it has become a mosaic of skills and interests. A hybrid of multiple skill sets converge to create new roles that never existed before. Therein lies endless possibilities in shaping one's career. Joining us is Philippa Penfold, simply known as Pip. Philippa (Pip) had 20 years corporate HR experience before embarking on her hybrid career journey. In the course of Pip’s HR work, she spent endless hours supporting the learning and development of employees and has seen the change from career ladders to hybrid careers first-hand. Today Pip brings together HR & Tech through Research and Education to help HR build future workplaces we all want to work in. Check out our podcast on:  iTunes:  CastBox:  Google Play Music:  iHeartRadio:  Overcast:  Spotify:  Stitcher:      Highlights from the podcast page can be found here:    This episode is brought to you by SP Jain School of Global Management. If you want to learn more about their MBA Programs please click here: *If you enjoy this episode, please like, share or comment on this post. We’d love to hear from you on the topics you’d like us to cover or persons you’d like us to interview.   **Want to create learning culture for your organization? Drop us a line at
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Ros Zukni

I honestly did not think much of ASEAN despite living and being Malaysian. This episode has gotten me curious and most importantly, feeling hopeful. The questions that the host raised was also relevant to me as a listener. Might consider picking up the book.

Jun 17th
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Loh Chuan Tuck

Inspiring. I think I'm going to start my own podcast channel as well. I thought of making YouTube videos, but it's taking too much of my time and too many technical hurdles. My theme is educational and informative, specifically for Malaysian audience. Where are you from?

Feb 21st
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Arjun Singh

Hi Lingling, your show is awsome!

Jan 4th
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Scott

Good show !

Jan 4th
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Linn971

really useful content. Would love to hear more podcasts from your channel xD

Nov 29th
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