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Name: Lee Kwan Leong
Level: ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor
Lee Kwan Leong is the co-founder of First Joy (a trademark owned and marketed by Everest Innovation), a people development consultancy and training professional services company. He trains, coaches and consults in people development matters as well as being frequently invited to speak in conferences on these subjects.
As a consultant, Kwan Leong’s approach to organizational people development is firmly linked to (1) business goals, (2) measurable improvements, and (3) last but not least, universally accepted values and best practices. Kwan Leong is greatly influenced by Diederick Stoel (Training Effectiveness Expert and served as the Chairman of the Donald Kirkpatrick Foundation) and has been trained by him in (1) measuring effectiveness, and (2) assessment of return of investments from training programs. Since then, Kwan Leong has helped some his clients in measuring effectiveness, savings and/or profits derived from trainings successfully.
For 4 years Kwan Leong has played a major role in Astro’s (Malaysian direct broadcast satellite pay television services) Management Development Program for its managers as a consultant, trainer and coach where he implemented various training and effectiveness measurement.
Kwan Leong is also an author of a book titled “The JOY of Work” where he has encapsulated his working and consultancy experiences to help his readers to (1) enjoy their work, (2) discover their talents, (3) align their talents with the organization’s objectives, (4) learn how to excel at their position, (5) determine their own career path, and (6) explore how they can be significant with their life skills.
With a mission of providing a university endorsed qualification for participants who attend the trainings conducted by First-joy, Kwan Leong played a major role in designing three diploma courses registered with Ministry of Human Resource Malaysia (PSMB) where Asia e University (International university set in Asia, by Asians for Asia under the Asia Cooperation Dialogue) and First-joy co-award the (1) Executive Diploma in Customer Service Excellence, (2) Executive Diploma in Creative Thinking in Business & Organisations, and (3) Executive Diploma in Management Leadership in Organisations.
Kwan Leong is a certified trainer with PSMB and Habitudes (Leadership Course where they use images to convey and teach leadership attitudes and habits).
One of the major milestones in Kwan Leong’s life was his opportunity to meet Tony Buzan (Legendary inventor of the Mind Map) and ThinkBuzan’s CEO, Chris Griffiths, where he was being certified as a ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor as well as Advanced iMind Map instructor. All these have already been translated to better thinking and strategies for Kwan Leong’s clients in the corporate sectors.
In his personal capacity he is also an adviser for Alpha at the workplace. Alpha is an organization originated in United Kingdom and currently runs the Alpha Course in more than 166 countries with over 16 million people so far has attended it.
Prior to the above, Kwan Leong was very much involved in sales and marketing. It was in 1998 that he took on an opportunity to involve himself in a marketing organization from Australia. His ability to lead, coach, train and motivate his team members and leaders translated into handsome financial rewards and benefits.
Kwan Leong was and still is a qualified Advocate and Solicitor (lawyer) after having practiced law for seven years in various law firms such as Messrs. Shook Lin & Bok, Messrs. William Leong and Messrs. Allen & Gledhill (now known as Lee Hishamuddin Allen & Gledhill). Throughout his legal career, he specialized in litigation matters especially in Intellectual Property, Licensing, Franchise, Company law, Contract law and Commercial law. Apart from attending courts then, he was the head of the Litigation Department while he was with Messrs. William Leong. As a head, he oversaw the business side of the department by ensuring quarterly performance results were met and retaining existing clients.
His years in legal practice have helped tremendously in his training/consulting career especially in the area of speaking to groups of people in an articulate manner as well as thinking on his feet to adapt to his audience.
Academically, Kwan Leong graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom with a LLB (Hons) degree in 1993. He subsequently obtained a Second Class lower honors in his legal practice professional exams called the Certificate of Legal Practice (CLP). His CLP qualification was among the top 20% of those who passed their CLP at that time.Why Mind Mapping inspires Kwan Leong
Mind Mapping is like the glue that binds all creativity and ideas together. Furthermore it encourages them as well. Kwan Leong have been facilitating ideas generation and finding solutions for a number of years and he discovered that mind maps really provide clarity (plus extensions) to the activities in business be it planning, brainstorming, ideas sorting, incubation, strategising, management, presentation and many more (limitless).How Kwan Leong is going to use the TLI accreditation?
This accreditation will fit like a glove where he can include ThinkBuzan trainings into the People Development Company that he has co-founded (First Joy) where they offer the following training, coaching and consultancy depending on needs and circumstances of the clients:Foundation
1. Mind Map your way to better performance.
2. Organizational Mind Mapping for performance.
3. iMindMap Course (software).
1. Effective Presentation skills with Mind Map.
2. Organizational Innovation & Creative Thinking for Managers.
3. Planning & Brainstorming for solutions