Wong (front row, fifth from right) with The Star’s Young Talent Leadership Programme graduates.
A TOTAL of 37 participants of The Star’s Leadership Development Programme successfully completed their seven-month training stint recently.
The graduation ceremony held at Menara Star, Petaling Jaya saw 22 talents from the Young Talent category and 15 from the Senior Talent category receiving their certificates.
Throughout the programme, participants underwent various forms of training such as neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), financial simulation workshops as well as handling projects and presentations, with the aim of fulfilling and expanding their leadership potential in the organisation.
“We worked together with Leaderonomics to design a programme module to help the talents gain leadership qualities, hone their critical thinking skills and be more confident,” said Star Publications (M) Bhd human resources executive Vaijayanthimala Kuppusamy.
“We were also able to identify talents for succession planning through this programme.
“It is important for The Star to develop a pool of talent to accelerate the growth of the company.”
“This programme has altered The Star’s way of identifying talents and the structured training gives them good exposure,” said group managing director and CEO Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, who presented certificates to the graduates at the event.
Digital department head of project management and Senior Talent programme participant Jennifer Ng likened the programme to American reality game show The Apprentice.
“We were put into teams and taken out of our comfort zones. Despite being from various departments and having different schedules, we made time to meet. Some even flew from Penang!”
“Throughout the seven months, we learned, shared, and explored. It was an exciting journey, and I think we are better leaders now.”
Journalist Jeanette Goon from the education section said although it was a challenge to balance the programme with a full-time job, she had learnt a lot.
“In the first session, we were told that when we face a situation that makes us feel uncomfortable, we should flex and adapt to it. “And just like flexing your muscle, the more you do it, the better you get.”
At the graduation ceremony, MyStarJob head of products Serm Teck Choon received the Most Enthusiastic Learner award while group marketing and corporate communications assistant manager Siti Hajar Abdul Rahman won the Best Presenter award.
The Most Outstanding Talent award went to NIE executive Anna Chieng Lin Wen.
Star2 journalist Natalie Heng, who won the Most Promising Talent award, said that the programme had helped her learn a lot about herself and understand the importance of communication.
“Through the programme’s activities, it became apparent how important it is for everyone to be on the same page in an organisation,” she said.