The Buddy Bear Hotline Services Response in a Pandemic

Humankind is a registered social enterprise based in Kuala Lumpur whose mission is to improve the social and emotional well-being of vulnerable communities. In their recent effort, a platform called Buddy Bear was set up with the aim to support children and teens who are experiencing emotional distress.   This platform offers a helpline for children to talk about their worries and concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Humankind was first established in 2016 with core activities that include training and support …

A LeapEd Dialogue with Madam Amy Bala

Despite the decades of managing complexities and emotions, we were warmly greeted by the very experienced Madam Amy Bala – an advocate for social welfare in Malaysia.  Having been the Vice-President of Persatuan Pekerja Sosial Malaysia or Malaysian Association for Social Workers (MASW), Madam Amy is an expert in dealing with juveniles and families revolving safeguarding and protection.  As a qualified and trained social worker with 40+ years’ experience, she has carved her footsteps in …

Conversations with SUKA Society

What should you do?  LeapEd has been working over the last few months to update all our Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures, especially considering remote learning. There are no easy answers to keeping children safe in these times, though having honest conversations is the best way to get started.  We believe that children stay safer when agencies connect and collaborate on issues within the community. On 18 November 2020, we were delighted to link with SUKA Society’s Anderson Selvasegaram (Executive Director) and Sarah Teo (Senior Manager) …

A Culture of Coaching

“This pandemic is not here to make you weaker, sicker, more anxious, more depressed. It’s there to make you stronger, fitter, more courageous, more creative, more innovative,”[1] -Anand Chulani- (Leadership & Peak Performance Coach) Are you wondering how you will manage performance and productivity remotely? How you will balance the emotional demons that accompany rocky terrain shifts? Having an impactful …

New Leaders for the New Norm: Supportive, Employee-Focused, & Creative

McKinsey have their finger on the pulse of organisation change.  I rarely read an update from McKinsey that doesn’t in some way make me think ‘yes, that’s so true’. And so it was for one of their latest updates describing the role of agile leaders during COVID-19 and beyond. Leaders who empower others and promote an open environment are the …

#TeachMeetMalaysia (5) – 26 November 2020

Creating a Platform for Educators to Share and Learn The spirit of collaboration has been strong this year, and we are delighted to be joined by 4 teachers talking about innovations from their classrooms to close our series. This year we have hosted 5 #TeachMeetMalaysia webinars and featured 30 amazing educators from across Malaysia. A big thank you to everyone …

#TeachMeetMalaysia (4) – 15 October 2020

Creating a Platform for Educators to Share and Learn In response to the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, #TeachMeetMalaysia (4) was held to bring support for teachers in this challenging time. During this session, five passionate teachers and a LeapEd’s Education Advisor shared various challenges and solutions to improve students’ online learning experiences. The full discussion is available …

Creating Sustainable Change

LeapEd’s flagship is the Trust Schools Programme (TSP), a whole-school transformation initiative that involves working with School Leaders, Middle Leaders, teachers, students, parents, and the wider community. TSP has been in operation since 2010.  During this time, we have learnt that the key to lasting and sustainable change, is our work with schools’ Middle Leaders.  Middle Leaders are the doers. …

Key Skills for Your Future

The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs 2020 Report is a 163-page document using statistical trends and large-scale research with the aim of capturing where we are now and where we will likely be in 2025.  You can find the full report here. We have summarized 6 key insights from the document that are relevant for the Malaysian context. Insight …

Stay Connected to Your Team

Too Long, Didn’t Read Summary: Invest in relationships – build trust. Take the Trust Quotient Test Connect people to a bigger purpose – give your teams meaning. Watch an example video here. Empathise, listen, & reassure – listen carefully for your team’s self-limiting beliefs. Take the self-limiting belief’s test at the bottom of the page. With the recent extension to …