WHO SAYS: Quotes of the week from HR influencers and leaders

THOUGHT LEADERS: Here’s what HR and business leaders across Southeast Asia have to say on today’s pressing issues:

“It is a competitive world out there. Constant interaction with external stakeholders and partners requires being strong-footed internally.”

— Andrew Tan, group managing director, Silverlake Axis

In an exclusive interview with Chief of Staff Asia, Tan talked about how putting HR at the core of its business has helped Silverlake Axis grow. He said that HR is not a thing that is merely “nice to have” for companies.

“There is no resource more important than the people working in our company,” Tan added.

“It doesn’t require a leadership position for us to grow leadership skills, but more of self-awareness, dedication and experimentation.”

— Annella Heytens, general manager for human resources Asia, Microsoft

Heytens shared that she continues to read about HR and leadership developments over the weekend.

“It’s critical we carve out time for learning and development to improve our leadership competencies and performance outcomes, while understanding everyone is busy,” she said.


“Stop smothering our leaders and let them take accountability… let them grow and build relationships with their people.”

— Peck Kem Low, chief HR officer and advisor (workplace development), Singapore Public Service Division

In a podcast, Low shared her thoughts on what HR practitioners should start doing (“invest in yourself”) and continue doing (“keep people at the center of all that you do”).




WHO SAYS? — a curation of insights from HR leaders and business professionals across Southeast Asia — appears on Chief of Staff Asia every Wednesday at 12:30 pm.

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