Title: Head of Leadership and
Company: Slingshot Group
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration, with a concentration in international business management, Mahidol University International College
As a senior consultant for one of the top three coaching firms in Thailand, Harnnapachewin has been involved in more than 150 human resource development projects. Her experience working with clients from a wide range of industries has given her unique insights into the talent development field. She is passionate about helping businesses achieve sustainable growth through more effective people development.
In addition to her full-time job, Harnnapachewin founded CareerVisa Thailand, a program that helps university students find work they can be passionate about through internships, on-the-job training, and career coaching and mentoring.
What are the most important qualities for success as a talent development professional?
Having a can-do attitude is important. I've never been afraid of being assigned to new projects or starting tasks from scratch, but have considered them as opportunities to learn and prove that I can pave a path for others.
Commitment is something else that's important. Commitment earns you the respect of your team, and also instills energy in them. Having a good work-life balance is the last thing I would emphasize. It's better to be a role model not just for working hard, but also for having a balanced, happy life.
Being recognized in this column is one of my recent global achievements. It's amazing that I can share my thoughts with colleagues around the world. In my daily work, seeing clients achieve their objectives also is my achievement. I am also proud of being promoted within 10 months at PricewaterhouseCoopers and within 1.5 years at Aon Hewitt, both global consulting companies.
On Having Passion
Developing people is an attractive career for several reasons. It's striking the right balance between the hard skills and soft skills. There is no one-size-fits-all in talent development. It is about investing in your people, using their strengths, and building their potential. Every individual has talent; we just have to explore, polish, and unleash it.
Staying Current in the Field
Subscribing to thought leaders' magazines or paying attention to their online presence is an easy way to keep current. You can start with the Harvard Business Review, Zenger Folkman, the ATD Communities of Practice, or the Center for Creative Leadership, for example. Keeping updated on cross-industry knowledge is especially important for being innovative.
Advice for New Trainers
Keeping yourself in a learning environment is a must. You have to develop yourself too. This field is evolving quickly. The business landscape will look very different in the future. A new breed of leaders will be needed to steer their organizations through change. When developing talent, think about developing them for the future too, not just for now.
One of my aspirations is to give back to society using my expertise. Last year, my friends and I established a social enterprise named CareerVisa Thailand, which helps university students become high performers in the workplace. It started as a project in a social enterprise business plan competition. We equip students for the workplace through networking opportunities, structured internships, and job-specific skills training and mentoring. For example, we conduct a one-day "Life After College" boot camp and monthly "Passion Decode" events, which got really good feedback from students, universities, our sponsors, and the media.
"The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do."