Managing Director, Asia - Pacific at The RBL Group
- Management Consulting
Laurence Smith's Overview
- Managing Director, Asia - Pacific at The RBL Group
- Human Resources Vice President, Head of Global Learning & Development at LG Electronics
- Vice President, Human Resources, Head of Learning & Development at GE Money Asia
- Vice President, Accenture Learning Asia-Pacific at Accenture
- eOD Practice Manager at McKinsey
- Knowledge and Learning Consultant at The World Bank
- Director, North Asia at NETg
- George Mason University
- Lancaster University
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Laurence Smith's Summary
• CHIEF LEARNING OFFICER (CLO) & Senior HR Professional with 24 years experience (14 in Asia).
• Proven track record of driving large-scale organisational transformation, culture change, leadership development & performance improvement.
• Recognised thought leader on Globalising Asian organisations & leaders.
• Strategic business leader with complementary strengths in people development & organisational change as well as technology savvy & business acumen.
• Leading Practioner in applying Social Media to collaboration, innovation & globalization
To create world class learning organisations.
To help globalise Asian leaders and organisations.
To be an influencer in leveraging social media to drive collaboration, innovation & globalisation.
Specialties: Global Leadership Development. Globalising Asian Leaders. Shaping strategy & driving vision of global learning organisations. Change Management & Organisational Learning. Enterprise 2.0, Social Network Dynamics & collaborative technologies. Knowledge Management & Communities of Practice.
Global experience, US, Europe, Middle East, and 14 years in Asia.
Laurence Smith's Experience
Managing Director, Asia - Pacific
Partnership; 11-50 employees; Management Consulting industry
April 2011 – Present (2 years 3 months) Singapore
Building the Asia business for DAVE ULRICH & team by establishing the Singapore office & initiating Leadership & HR research, consulting & training projects in Singapore & China.
• Leading Government sponsored, multi-country research project on ‘Globalising Talent & Leadership in Asia’ developing diagnostics & Toolkits to be used by the ‘Fast 50’ High Growth companies.
• Conceptualising, Designing & Delivering a year long integrated HR Academy for the top HR leaders of a major multi-national in China & creating a case study in HR Capabilities Innovation.
• Working with China's largest private firm on a strategic Organisational Capabilities design.
• Leading a Leadership Brand Strategy & Leadership Academy project with Singapore government.
• Designing & delivering consulting & development solutions & workshops featuring 360 Assessments, Coaching, experiential & action learning in HR Strategy, HR Business Partner, Leadership Code, Leadership Brand Strategy & Leadership Academy.
• Adding to the intellectual property and thought leadership of RBL by co-authoring articles, designing educational modules and speaking at various conferences & events.
Human Resources Vice President, Head of Global Learning & Development
May 2009 – April 2011 (2 years) Seoul
Vice President, Human Resources, Head of Learning & Development
August 2005 – May 2009 (3 years 10 months) Tokyo, Japan
Vice President, Accenture Learning Asia-Pacific
August 2003 – February 2005 (1 year 7 months) Tokyo, Japan
eOD Practice Manager
October 1999 – May 2003 (3 years 8 months) Boston
Knowledge and Learning Consultant
February 1999 – August 1999 (7 months) Washington DC
Director, North Asia
January 1994 – July 1997 (3 years 7 months) Seoul
Laurence Smith's Honors and Awards
Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise Award (MAKE)MAKE
LG Electronics was recognized as one of the Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) in Asia. The L&D Team was responsible for Knowledge Management strategy, tools and implementation within LG Electronics and implemented leading edge ideas leveraging social media to accelerate collaboration, innovation and globalization.
Laurence Smith's Publications
- HQ Asia
- March 2012
This articles summarises and considers the implications of the Asia findings from the 'Top Companies for Leaders' research.
Both globally, and in Asia, the Top Companies focus on developing a powerful leadership brand that aligns leaders behaviors with the promises made to customers and other external stakeholders.
Read the article to see how the Top Companies do this and what is different in Asia.
Authors: Laurence Smith, Dave Ulrich
- HRMatters Magazine
- April 2, 2012
Co-authored with Dave Ulrich, this article answers five key questions on the changing nature of Strategic HR, examines some of RBL's latest Competency Research and examines how to be a more effective 'Credible Activist' - the highest impact Competency for HR Professionals.
Authors: Laurence Smith
- HRM Asia Magazine
- November 15, 2011
Video interview of Laurence Smith, Managing Director of RBL Asia and Norm Smallwood, Co-Author of both the "Leadership Brand" and the "Leadership Code."
Interview focuses on the critical importance for Asian companies to build a strong Leadership Brand that differentiates them from their competitors and aligns their Corporate and Leadership Brands to sustain growth and their ability to attract and retain the best talent.
Several best practices and examples of what works are discussed.
Authors: Laurence Smith, David Ulrich
- Storm Magazine
- September 2012
Any athlete who transitioned from amateur to professional status (in soccer, basketball, and so forth) notes that the major difference is the pace and speed of play. Likewise, the pace of business change has increased dramatically in recent years. If we were to bring back a business leader from the 1980’s or 1990’s, he would be surprised by the velocity and intensity of change in globalization, technological advances, information ubiquity, customer expectations, employee demographics, and so forth. Businesses that anticipate and respond to these changes thrive, those that do not die. In fact since 1955, 87% of the Fortune 500 have disappeared and the average life expectancy of Fortune 500 firms has decreased from over half a century on average, to less than 14 years – and continues to decrease. Each decade, an increasing percent of the Fortune 500 are being merged, acquired, or bankrupt. These are indeed changing times.
In the last 100 years in business, everyone recognizes the centrality of leaders. Leaders instill confidence to employees, customers, and investors. Leaders make informed choices that help or hinder business success. Leaders matter.
So, what should leaders do in this volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) business world?
To answer this question, we suggest six fundamental leadership principles that need to be adapted to current VUCA business conditions. These six leadership principles synthesize our studies of leadership and our experience coaching and developing leaders. These six principles are timeless. Leaders from previous decades and centuries would recognize the principles, but the application of these principles in this VUCA setting requires new skills to be an effective leader in today world.
- People & Strategy. The Professional Journal of HRPS (HR People & Strategy)
- November 2012
Describes state of the art research in building and defining Leadership Competency models, as well as the practices of Top Companies in driving impact through them. Uses LG Electronics journey to build a Global Leadership Brand as a case study.
"Developing Leaders in Action" - A Case Study
Authors: Laurence Smith
- The Change Champions Field Guide, 2nd edition (Jossey Bass)
The Change Champions Field Guide, 2nd edition will include a Case Study on my work on Developing Global Leaders at LG Electronics. This Case Study will be published by the Best Practice Institute in the new edition of the Change Champion's Field Guide, by Jossey Bass in Q1 2013. Am honoured to be included in this prestigious publication.
Laurence Smith's Skills & Expertise
Laurence Smith's Certifications
Sustainability Leadership & Change Management
- International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)
- March 2009
GE CAP (Change Acceleration Process)
- GE Crotonville
- June 2008
- GE Crotonville
- April 2007
Stakeholder Centered Coaching
- Marshall Goldsmith
- October 2012
Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning
- GE Crotonville
- November 2008
Customer Centric Transformation (C-Tran)
- GE Grotonville
Laurence Smith's Education
George Mason University
1997 – 1999
1986 – 1989
Grade: Upper Second
Laurence Smith's Additional Information
Founder of GreenMondays. A monthly networking event in Tokyo featuring leading thinkers and Practioners in CleanTech and Alternative Energy, Climate Change and the Environment, Green Business & Sustainability. http://greenmondays.ning.com/
- Honors and Awards:
McKinsey's first Business Method Patent (2000).
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