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General Insurance Industry Places Emphasis On Talent Development                                                                                              

Kuala Lumpur, 14 January 2015 – The General Insurance Association of Malaysia (PIAM), through its Young Manager Think Tank (YMTT), recently held its annual breakfast talk to motivate young industry talents.  This year, the YMTT invited Yasmin Rasyid, Founder and President of EcoKnights, a local non-profit environmental organisation, as guest speaker.

PIAM’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Lim explained,Nurturing and grooming the next generation of insurance professionals has been one of the key focus areas for PIAM.  The industry has embarked on various initiatives to attract young talents to join the industry as well as a series of development programmes to aid them in their quest to be well-rounded professionals.”

The YMTT breakfast talks are aimed at stretching the dimension of young managers’ minds and motivating them to continuously develop their leadership and interpersonal skills.  Topics included in these talk sessions are not confined to insurance related issues but cover a wide range of interest from personal development to character-building.  “We believe the sharing of experiences and knowledge from various industry leaders, regardless of age and background, adds value to this development process,” said Lim.

Themed, “Rise of The ‘EcoKnights’ – Campaigning For A Sustainable Living”, the talk was attended by 50 young managers from the Malaysian general insurance industry who enjoyed the first-hand experience of listening and learning from Yasmin Rasyid’s personal growth journey.

Established in 2008, EcoKnights focuses on environmental education and outreach programmes for youths and communities. EcoKnights has consistently worked with both government and corporate agencies in development of community and school engagement programmes related to the environment.

During the session, Yasmin engaged the participants by sharing her personal experiences in setting up EcoKnights and her journey in promoting the importance of sustainable living among young Malaysians.

Yasmin cited passion and great teamwork as core ingredients for success for any young leader, including the insurance professionals. “One of the biggest takeaways for me in my growth journey has been the notion of being passionate in whatever I am doing. Passion is extremely important – it motivates me to grow and develop and overcome every hurdle.  Beyond having passion, one need to instil great teamwork as the synergies of collaborative efforts allows us to achieve more.”

She also highlighted the importance of good communications, be it personal or business.  “Effective communication helps us to get our message out there, share ideas and create a feeling of openness and trust, and to foster collaboration with our communities,” said Yasmin.

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 general insurance industry.

Held at the Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII), the breakfast talk is one of various initiatives and platform which enhances interaction among the young managers and is part of the overall human capital and talent strategy of PIAM.

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