In 2005 Blue and Gray was founded. In the same year, there was also a hit business book called “Blue Ocean Strategy” written by WC Kim that came out. The book urged businesses to forgo current intense competition (Red ocean) towards new & unchartered grounds (Blue ocean). Back then, there were numerous so called “Blue/Red Ocean” training, seminars, workshops, consultants etc. Today especially in Asia, you can hardly find any. The main reasons are 3 folds. One, Asia was in hyper growth during the last few years, so creating Blue Ocean was hardly necessary. Second, creating a new playing field was simply too hard & too long. Many companies just do not have the patience or the resources. Lastly, you really need a consultant/company who really understand your business to guide you to a completely new field. We do not believe Blue/Red oceans in Asia are so clear-cut. It was more towards a “Gray”. Hence Blue and Gray was born.
All our training is to enable your people to realize the strategies that you have set. Based on our SPADER core, we offer training covering Sales, Partners, Assessment, Execution (High Performance Culture, backed by The Culture Works) and Recruitment. All trainers are carefully hand-picked & certified. All our training contents are localised to your current needs.
Based on our proven methodology, we believe in assisting you in designing and delivering a unique system-wide, culture engaging, enabling and energizing experience. Using Interviews, Focus Groups and Online and Written Surveys our certified consultants can consult on current levels of employee engagement, enablement and energy—and using The Culture Works proprietary seven steps to identify where your culture has opportunities for growth.
Closing the gap between Training and Performance, we can help to assess over a wide scope covering company culture to individual performers. We can help you formulate your own Competency Framework before each assessment and even equip your own managers to assess properly and effectively. We believed that every leader & employee development path is unique & only through a proper assessment can we ascertain that path.
From certifying consultants/trainers to be Culture Activists, we also help Corporate design a complete end to end certification program to certify their pivotal talents such as sales, after-sales or managers. Our unique feature in our certification program is that we start at the source – giving you a complete recruitment Tool-kit even before they are hired into your organization.
Kenneth’s special interest is in the area of Talent Acquisition, Assessment, Talent & Market Development and Motivation of Company’s Key Talents. He has also done keynote & public speaking engagements on specialized topics such as Culture Transformation, Tying HR to Business Strategy & Motivating and Staff Retention.
Kenneth holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore (2nd Upper Honors) and he’s ATCA certified. He is also certified in DISC & SHL profiling tools and has conducted Talent Assessment Partner Programs for various MNCs across the region. He is also the first Asia Master Certified Facilitator for The Culture Works, founded by New York Times bestselling authors Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton. He’s also the Past President of the Rotary Club & the author of the book as well as the popular blog “The Pursuit of Career Actualization”.
An innovator in Employee Engagement solutions, The Culture Works is home to What Motivates Me Engagement Training and All In Leadership Training, and the provider of The Motivators Assessment, the world’s most extensive and scientific assessment to help individuals identify their unique blend of core motivators.
Based on two decades of experience, and the results of workplace interviews with more than 850,000 people, our training programs and New York Times bestselling books The Carrot Principle and All In help managers and leaders create cultures where employees feel that what they do every day matters and makes a difference.
Kenneth Leow has over 23 years of HR, Management and Entrepreneurial experience. Kenneth’s career spans over 2 decades. The first half of his career is in a corporate world focused on ensuring the successful development and implementation of Direct and Partner Sales plans and strategies for success. He has worked for various fortune 500 companies such as Kodak, Computer Associates, Mincom and NCR.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Kenneth was the Vice President of PeopleSoft Inc., a US based global software giant, covering the Asian markets. The experience he gained in selling across Asia gives him the insight and understanding of what makes large internationally focused organizations successful in leveraging sales and partners in this region.
After leaving the corporate world, Kenneth is the co-owner of a global network Human Capital Consulting firm that focused on Assessment, Career Transition and Business Strategy Development. For the last 10 years, he has helped many Global MNCs in China to realize their business goals by creating High Performance Cultures and Teams. He is currently the Founder & CEO of Blue & Gray.
Elite Wee is a seasoned edupreneur in a career spanning 10 years, having spun off one educational company - Singapore Brain Development Centre - and owns the Languagelab Group with 3 education subsidiaries serving schools and private education market with entrepreneurship, design, robotics and language programs. He has been regularly interviewed by the local media, including ChannelNewsAsia and Berita Harian, and is the title owner for National Design and Marketing Competition in Singapore, in partnership with Spring Singapore.
Yumei is from Beijing. She holds a Bachelor Degree in International Trade from Beihang University (BUAA). She is General Manager of Blue & Gray Management Consultant (Beijing) Co., Ltd. since July, 2008. Besides being the General Manager, she has involved in many projects serving major customers, such as Mercedes-Benz and its dealer groups. These are incredibly complex that involved heavy logistics, personal scheduling and tight budgets. Yumei managed her team to a clock-work that ensures that these projects get delivered on time, on budget with top customer satisfaction.
She is also well-networked within the Chinese market, especially in the Human Capital side. She was formerly responsible for the Operations & HR departments for MNC, such as SchlumbergerSema/Atos Origin, Synova and Syntronic in China.