PIAM Pro­mot­ing Tal­ent De­vel­op­ment In The Gen­eral Insurance In­dus­try

Insurance - - MII HIGHLIGHTS -

The Gen­eral Insurance As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (PIAM) in tak­ing the cue for the need for a more skilled work­force to sup­port the de­mand in the insurance in­dus­try to­wards lib­er­al­i­sa­tion and de-tar­iff, is un­der­tak­ing sev­eral mea­sures in un­der­stand­ing the needs of its mem­ber com­pa­nies. It is ap­par­ent that there is a need for the insurance in­dus­try to fo­cus on at­tract­ing tal­ent, as only by at­tract­ing the right tal­ent will the in­dus­try is able to meet global chal­lenges.

Young Man­agers Get In­spired

PIAM, through its Young Man­ager’s Think Tank (YMTT), re­cently or­gan­ised a break­fast talk with the theme “Pas­sion For Suc­cess” – the talk was at­tended by 60 young man­agers from the gen­eral insurance in­dus­try. This is an an­nual event and the Think Tank in­vited Teach For Malaysia Cofounder and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Dza­meer Dzulk­i­fli to speak at the break­fast talk held in Kuala Lumpur re­cently. Es­tab­lished in 2010, Teach For Malaysia is an in­de­pen­dent, non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, which aims to end ed­u­ca­tion in­equity in Malaysia. “Be­ing aware of the im­por­tance of tal­ent de­vel­op­ment in the insurance in­dus­try, PIAM con­tin­ues to proac­tively or­gan­ise ini­tia­tives to en­rich the in­dus­try’s tal­ent, par­tic­u­larly among young man­agers. We be­lieve the shar­ing of ex­pe­ri­ences and knowl­edge from young lead­ers, re­gard­less of in­dus­try, adds value to this de­vel­op­ment process. My sin­cere thanks go to En. Dza­meer for tak­ing the time to share his in­sights with us,” said PIAM Ed­u­ca­tion/HRD Sub-com­mit­tee Con­vener, Dr. Michael Heng Kiah Ngan. Dur­ing the ses­sion, Dza­meer en­gaged the young man­agers by shar­ing his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences since his childhood, which he be­lieved con­trib­uted to his suc­cess as a young leader at Teach For Malaysia. He also em­pha­sised an im­por­tant tip by re­lat­ing to the core val­ues of Teach For Malaysia, namely the sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity, ex­cel­lence, col­lab­o­ra­tion and in­te­gra­tion. “It is im­por­tant to come back to one’s val­ues, vi­sion and mis­sion when work­ing in large teams, mak­ing dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions or choos­ing a crit­i­cal path,” he ex­plained. Past break­fast talk speak­ers in­cluded Tune Talk CEO Ja­son Lo and So­cialGrooves.com founder Christo­pher Tock. Other ini­tia­tives car­ried out by the YMTT com­mit­tee in­cluded the Young Man­agers’ Fo­rum, cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity projects, pub­li­ca­tion of an e-news­let­ter (Talenz), as well as par­tic­i­pat­ing as Young Am­bas­sadors for the in­dus­try at ca­reer fairs. Formed un­der the aus­pices of the PIAM Ed­u­ca­tion/Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment Sub-com­mit­tee, the YMTT aims to pro­mote the shar­ing of ideas and net­work­ing among young man­agers within the insurance in­dus­try. In this re­gard, the Ed­u­ca­tion/HRD Sub-com­mit­tee had through the YMTT en­gaged in ini­tia­tives fo­cused on tal­ent man­age­ment in the gen­eral insurance in­dus­try. The sub-com­mit­tee is also in the process of ini­ti­at­ing sev­eral ac­tion plans on rebranding of the insurance in­dus­try, in­clud­ing re­view­ing col­lat­er­als on ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in the insurance in­dus­try and col­lab­o­rat­ing with in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing that have insurance as a ma­jor dis­ci­pline to pro­mote ca­reers in insurance.

Dza­meer re­lat­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence with the Young Man­agers.

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