A modular programme designed to enhance the next generation leaders' capacity to lead and innovate as they drive their companies to the next phase of growth, and win in the VUCA world of business.

Aspiring to steer traditional family businesses into contemporary enterprises, what can SMEs’ next generation leaders do differently from their company founders to grow the company and yet not detract from their strategic intent?  The NextGen Leadership Series is designed by Singapore Management University (SMU) and supported by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to enhance the next generation leaders’ capacity to lead and innovate as they drive their companies to the next phase of growth.

  • Module 1: Personal Effectiveness (29 - 30 Oct 2018)  
  • Module 2: Management Efficacy (5 - 6 Dec 2018)
  • Module 3: Business Excellence (22 - 23 Jan 2019)
Next Course Starts On29 Oct 2018 (Mon) See Full Schedule
Fee SGD2011.60* (as low as SGD133.48* after maximum funding) Learn more

2 days per module


Singapore Management University

Learning Objectives

The programme aims to equip participants with the abilities to:

  • analyse information and systematically use evidence based management in decision making.
  • transform data into insights to gain stakeholder’s support and manage their expectations.
  • adopt analytics for effective talent management, customer acquisition and retention.
  • use Design Thinking as a driver of innovation to uncover new business opportunities for growth.


Participants may either attend the full programme or only selected module(s).  For each module, participants have to meet a minimum attendance rate of 75% and are required to complete the formal assessment.  Only upon passing of the individual written assessment and successful completion of each module, will participants be issued a Certificate of Completion.


Module 1

NextGen Leadership Series: Personal Effectiveness

Next course starts on: 29 Oct 2018 (Mon) (See complete schedule)


Making decisions is an everyday activity for business leaders. Some decisions are quick, automatic or emotionally driven, while other decisions are more deliberate and effortful. Regardless of the types of decisions we make, the process is usually influenced by our past knowledge and experiences and the outcomes inevitability entail certain implications or trade-offs. The module will also enable participants to reframe issues or ideas to better engage with and manage the various stakeholders’ expectations.


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Module 2

NextGen Leadership Series: Management Efficacy

Next course starts on: 04 Dec 2018 (Tue) (See complete schedule)


Decision making is an important activity that spans all management functions.  For SMEs, these decisions are made against a backdrop of intense competition from their MNC counterparts.  The disparity of resources available to the two groups of companies places SMEs immediately at a competitive disadvantage.  SMEs need to leverage on superior decision making approaches that rely on objective analytics rather than gut-feel to mitigate this imbalance.


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Module 3

NextGen Leadership Series: Business Excellence

Next course starts on: 22 Jan 2019 (Tue) (See complete schedule)


Globalisation had benefitted economies but had also brought on more intense competition for businesses and resources.  With Singapore looking to productivity and innovation to power our next phase of growth (given our limitation in manpower), what are the areas for improvement and opportunities for businesses?

Customer or user centricity is at the core of Design Thinking, and the approach had been successfully used by companies to drive innovation and growth, solve problems and achieve quick wins.  Design Thinking offers a step-by-step approach towards attaining tangible outcomes that would have positive benefits to the company. Participants would acquire insights into how companies in various industries had been able to innovate and create new business opportunities through Design Thinking, and also be equipped with the skills to conduct a “live” field research to uncover unmet needs.


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Who Should Attend

Next generation owners or senior management (family members and non-family members) of SMEs who are responsible to drive business growth.


There will also be an individual written assessment at the end of every module which serve to assess a participant’s understanding of the subject matter.

Leveraging on SMU’s distinctive pedagogy for interactive, discussion driven and thought provoking seminar-style teaching, we aim to provide our participants with the ability to translate the learning and insights into practice at the workplace. A variety of teaching methods such as experiential learning, role plays, case discussions, presentations, exercises and oral questioning will be employed by the programme’s faculty in the training sessions.

Fees and Funding

FULL FEE S$2,011.60* per person

For Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents

Fee payable to SMU AFTER 70% SSG FUNDINGS$603.48* per person


Fee payable to SMU after 70% SSG FUNDING & 20% SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced SubsidyS$227.48* per person
For Singapore Citizens aged 35 years & above (13 years & above for Persons with Disabilities) earning a monthly income of not more than SGD2,000Fee payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding & 25% Workfare Training Support SchemeS$133.48* per person
For SMEs* sponsoring their employees who are Singapore Citizens / Permanent ResidentsFee payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding & 20% Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (Please refer to below for ETSS criteria)S$227.48* per person

*incl. 7% GST

Fees include:

  • tuition
  • course materials
  • instructor's fee
  • 2 tea break refreshments per day (excl. lunch) during the module
  • 1 assessment per person for each module.
Re-assessment fee at SGD481.50 (incl. 7% GST) per attempt, up to a maximum of 2 re-assessments per person for each module. Please note that re-assessment fee is not supported by the SSG Funding.

The first re-assessment has to be taken within 2 weeks after the notification of result. The first re-assessment will be held on a weekday specified by SMU Academy and conducted from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

SkillsFuture Credit

Singapore Citizens aged 25 and above, and self-funding may use their SkillsFuture Credit (up to SGD500) to defray part of the course fee.  With effect from 19 May 2017, SkillsFuture Credit claim will only be paid directly to the training provider from SkillsFuture Singapore.  Claim should be submitted via the Training Exchange (click here) and SMU Academy has to be informed on the Claim ID no. and claim amount in order for the correct payable course fee amount to be reflected on the invoice.  Please click here for the User Guide on how to claim for SkillsFuture Credit. 

IMPORTANT For each module, please search for respective course codes for your SkillsFuture Credit claim submission:

Module 1   Personal Effectiveness     CRS-N-0045893
Module 2   Management Efficacy       CRS-N-0045895
Module 3   Business Excellence         CRS-N-0045894

Absentee Payroll

Companies who sponsor their employees for the programme are eligible to apply for absentee payroll via the SkillsConnect system.  For more information, please visit SkillsConnect.

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs

SMEs must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
  • At least 30% local shareholding by Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Employment size of not more than 200 (at group level) or with annual sales turnover (at group level) of not more than SGD100 million
  • Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their employers for the course
  • Trainees must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

All NTUC union members and self-funding are eligible for UTAP funding (up to SGD250 per annum).  Please click here for more information on UTAP and application. 


Start Date(s)
Intake Information


Module 1: Personal Effectiveness29 – 30 Oct 2018 (9.00am – 5.00pm)Open for Registration
Module 2: Management Efficacy4 – 5 Dec 2018 (9.00am – 5.00pm) Open for Registration
Module 3: Personal Effectiveness22 – 23 Jan 2019 (9.00am – 5.00pm) Open for Registration

Each module is standalone and you may attend them separately.

Programme Registration
Registrants are required to submit the following supporting documents via the registration system at the point of registration:

1. NRIC for Singapore Citizen & PR / Passport (identify page) for foreigner (scanned copy); and
2. Highest qualification certificate (scanned copy); and
3. Updated Curriculum Vitae;
4. Company Declaration of SME Status for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS) - Click here to download the form; and
5. Audited Financial Statement (showing revenue) or Declared Income & Expenditure Statement to IRAS for tax submission for ETSS;
6. Any other supporting documents e.g. company's recommendation letter, organisational chart


The case studies and sharing of experiences give life to the theories explained.
Warren Lim
CEO, Finexis Advisory Pte Ltd
I enjoyed it very much!
Vernice Ng
Sales Executive, Fabrik Etc Pte Ltd
Good interaction between us and Prof.
Rachel Syn
General Manager, Carlton Glass Enterprise Pte Ltd
We enjoyed the process of the progression and group work, group thinking and team work plus brainstorming. It's fun and relaxing.
Elvin Soh
CEO, Hoga Iyota Communications & Tech (S) Pte Ltd
The Design Thinking topic is very useful.
Didi Gan
Business Operation Manager, Ghimli Global Pte Ltd
Prof Tan's training is very energetic and engaging.
Than Lwin
Assistant Project Director, Vigcon Construction Pte Ltd
Very practical experience. A practicum that helps to understand the concept and how to execute it.
Agnes Quek
Director, Singapore Brain Development Centre
Contents of the program were well planned. Many of the tools taught during the classes were relevant and helps re-look at the business model of the company.
Wendy Liong
AGM (Business Devt / Property), TA Corporation Ltd
The programme persuades NexGen leaders to develop an all-rounded approach to achieving business excellene in their companies.
Theodora Lim
Associate Director, Tembusu Partners Pte Ltd
Takeaways are useful in helping to implement new concepts for the company.
Calvin Chan
General Manager, Polar Puffs & Cakes Pte Ltd

Additional Details

Intake 1 & 2 Participants' Companies

  • BGC Group 
  • CAD-IT Consultants (Asia) 
  • Carlton Glass Enterprise 
  • Chan & Chan Engineering
  • Con-Lash Supplies
  • EPS Computer Systems
  • Fabrik Etc 
  • Finexis Advisory
  • Ghimli Global
  • Glimex Marketing
  • Hoga Iyota Communications & Tech (S)
  • Jason Electronics 
  • L.C.H. (S) 
  • Manston Land
  • Markono Print Media
  • Polar Puffs & Cakes 
  • Royal Vending
  • Sino Holdings (S) 
  • SLS Bearings (S) 
  • Star Furniture 
  • TA Corporation
  • Tembusu Partners
  • Singapore Brain Development Centre
  • Swiss-Asia Financial Services
  • Vigcon Construction
  • Wellington International Management Company 
  • Woh Hup 
  • Z Fencing

SkillsFuture Skills Framework

This programme is approved under the skillsFuture Generic Skills and competencies (GSC):

Mod 1: Personal Effectiveness

  • Communication (Intermediate)
  • Decision Making (Intermediate)
  • Interpersonal Skills (Advanced)

Mod 2: Management Efficacy

  • Resource Management (Intermediate)
  • Decision Making (Intermediate)
  • Sense Making (Intermediate)

Mod 3: Business Excellence

  • Creative Thinking (Intermediate)
  • Problem Solving (Intermediate)
  • Transdisciplinary Thinking (Intermediate)


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