Brian Liu
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Founder & Chief Learning Guy
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Creating a middle-manager leadership program
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About Me

How would you describe your current role to a HR outsider?

I create, market and deliver creative learning and talent solutions for the tech-enabled future of work.

What is a common misconception about the work you do?

People think corporate learning is boring training programs and company propaganda.

How did you get started in your HR career?

The first decade of my career was in consulting, where I had a wide breadth of industries and projects. I found myself fully enjoying the people and leadership related projects, so when I finally left consulting, it was to step into my conviction and calling of people and talent development.

Describe the most impactful HR project you've personally worked on.

The most impactful HR project I've worked on was a middle-manager leadership program. With the right content and camaraderie cemented over the year-long program, this translated into working relationships and business projects that continue to endure years after the program.

What is one HR/future of work trend or change you're not convinced will work for SEA startups?

Rich tech conglomerates thinking that by throwing tech and money at SEA talent will get them the results and compliance that they want. As respectful and accommodating as SEA culture may be, there has been and will continue to be push back against such entitled and top-down approaches and culture.

What is one HR/future of work trend or change that you hope to see more of at SEA startups?

The nuanced and contextualized DEI agenda. DEI does not have to look like what it does in the west. For DEI to be accepted and truly bring value to SEA startups, the vision and design for it needs to be contextualized with the norms and attitudes of the SEA countries.

What is your favourite HR resource that you would recommend to this community?

Gallup resources, data and content are world class and a good reference for all types of leaders.

Lastly, where are you based, and where would you take friends visiting your city for the first time?Β 

Singapore - Gardens by the Bay!

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