Laureen Lee (Ms)
Singapore Cruise Centre Pte Ltd
I am pleased to take this opportunity to thank you and your team at aAdvantage Consulting Group Pte Ltd for your outstanding service to us at Singapore Cruise Centre. Your personal commitment in ensuring prompt response to our people and management needs is highly commendable and greatly appreciated.
Your enthusiasm, dedication and patience in understanding and providing timely and efficient advice and solutions made our Employee Engagement Programme, which included the employee engagement survey, focus group unpacking sessions, management huddle to realign our leadership team and survey action planning, hugely successful. We appreciate it very much that you listened closely to what our people and management challenges were, and presented us with sound and practical suggestions and advice to address these challenges, many of them highly sensitive and delicate.
Your facilitation and intervention skills were exceptional, and we found you to be profoundly professional and proactive. This sets you apart from others in the industry. Since working with us in 2015, you have become a trusted Human Resource partner to Singapore Cruise Centre.
We, at Singapore Cruise Centre, are very satisfied and happy to be your client. I will not hesitate to recommend your services to any company looking for a competent and highly professional HR partner who is able to provide sound and practical advice and solutions, especially those that involve the leadership team, and for highly sensitive and delicate issues.
Thank you, again, Vincent, to you and your team for your outstanding service to us.
John Augustine Ong
Head of Learning & Development, Human Resource
I had the opportunity to work and partner with Vincent Ho from aAdvantage Consulting in 2019, as part of a broader cultural change initiative within SGX.
We were embarking on a mission to transform our business into a more responsive and innovative organization and we began by doing a review of our leadership values and behaviours that is needed to guide us through the transition.
Vincent partnered with us to lead and conduct the leadership values assessment debrief sessions and follow-up workshops for our senior leaders, providing a much-needed platform and forum for self-review and constructive dialogue. He helped the leaders to gain greater awareness of their own individual and leadership team values and philosophy, with the outcome of co-creating a common vision and goal for the future of the organization.
The value that Vincent brought to the whole process was his ability to facilitate a healthy discussion amongst our senior leaders and to help them synthesize their differing viewpoints into a coherent strategy and approach.
Generally, the feedback from the various senior leaders was that they all felt that there was tremendous value in the process and the dialogue sessions were the catalyst to helping leadership the team identify and focus our organization towards a new way of thinking and behaviors, that would be supportive of the growth ambition of the organization.
Group Head of Human Resources
We engaged Vincent in Nov 2018, to run a Culture Value Assessment to develop our Pavilion Energy Values. Since then Vincent has facilitated 3 away day workshops over the past 14 months for the management committee, comprising of the senior leadership team of Pavilion Energy.
Through the workshops, Vincent has helped us to develop our Core Values and was very professional and diplomatic in facilitating the dialogues. He was also extremely observant and flexible in adapting to our needs, agile and able to keep the team energetic and focused on what we want to achieve. His responsiveness to our needs and ability to steer the team towards fruitful dialogues, have helped the team to realize our leadership potential to work better as a team and as an individual leader to be more aware of ourselves, and our role in our own capacity as a member of the management committee. It was great to work with Vincent and Rae. We had fun and enjoyed the workshops.
ASEAN Federation of Accountants
We are delighted with our cooperation with aAdvantage Consulting. Mr Vincent Ho has professionally lead and facilitated our strategic discussion session, successfully managing the different interests and priorities of representatives of accountancy bodies from all ten ASEAN countries. What comes out of the strategic session was a comprehensive strategic map highlighting key successful outcomes and the necessary strategic thrusts to achieve the outcomes. We are pleased with Mr. Ho's ability to maneuver through the different point of views, focusing on key aspects of what build strong and focused strategies. He was approachable and able to understand all the necessary background information about our profession, needed to effectively facilitated the discussion.
Srinivasan Venkattappan (KG),
Senior Vice President - Corporate Planning,
HITACHI Solutions Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Hitachi Solutions Asia Pacific Pte Ltd has engaged Vincent Ho and aAdvantage in November 2018 to facilitate our leadership retreat which was aiming to formulate and align our multi-year regional plans for growth. Despite the short notice to facilitate, Vincent and his team stepped up to the challenge and exhibited a high degree of commitment and professionalism, right from the first contact. Prior to the retreat itself, they customized the content to align with our target markets and audience, reviewed the contents with stakeholders and designed the regular communication with field leaders. Their commitment to the details went even to the extent of designing the venue and every aspect of the retreat and was quite exemplary. The retreat was facilitated with a good mix of opportunities for the individuals and the teams to listen, reflect and act. The bonding activities were fun and yet formal as they were designed in alignment with our objective for the retreat.
Both Vincent and his assistant Qing Ying were always in tune with our business related discussions. They facilitated our conversations effectively and were constantly trying to find alignment across countries and cultures. The participants were initially unsure of how the sessions would progress. Soon after Vincent took the stage, they were quick to engage and interact. In the end, all the participants including the executive sponsors were more than satisfied with the retreat, the time and money spent and the outcome.
The post-retreat summary and further follow up by Vincent have been professional and well targeted to support our growth. Vincent’s analysis of our current situation and suggested recommendations with a roadmap for managing the change were very useful. We are very glad to sense a trustable partnership approach from Vincent and aAdvantage. We are confident that aAdvantage will play an important role as we execute our multi-year plan for our continued success.
Olav M Nortun
Group Chief Executive Officer
Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd
We have worked with aAdvantage Consulting Pte Ltd for our transformation and change management projects since 2015. Vincent Ho was first engaged to facilitate the management retreat when we have our CEO onboard in 2015. The company was going through transformation then. The management retreat was to review and realign the company's direction. We would say Vincent has done a fantastic job. He was able to guide the management team in every process. He asked very good prompting questions, to set the management team thinking of some key points in their discussions. He also ensured that the team discussed within the context constantly.
Besides the Management Retreat, Vincent has also assisted us in developing our Vision, Mission and Core Value statements. He was also invited to facilitate our Townhall meeting that was for all employees. As expected, Vincent has once again done a good job in facilitating both sessions independently.
Vincent has been professional, approachable and accommodating in his interaction with Thome. He is very quick in grasping the challenges, culture and operations of Thome and thus able to value add to every discussion that contributed to a good outcome. He is very open with his views and he always put across his views gently but firm at times when needed and we would say it was well-received by his audience at every level. He connects well with his audience and enable them to be forthcoming in sharing. Vincent has proven to be a professional and experienced facilitator.
aAdvantage has supported Thome well with their professionalism and we will definitely work with them again.
Noel Gifts International Ltd
Noel Gifts International Ltd has engaged Mr Vincent Ho of aAdvantage Consulting Group to conduct Noel’s Management Alignment Workshop on 10 & 11 November 2016.
I am impressed with the way the sessions are conducted. The engaging teambuilding warm-up games gave a glimpse of the company culture behaviour. Vincent is a good facilitator who has the ability to resolve most of the issues on its feet. He is trustworthy and able to explain the rationale and turn most issues positively. He stayed focus on main issues but yet allow for expression of divergent views from the participants. Being observant, patient and experienced, Vincent is able to identify the hidden culture issues to be parked for future resolutions.
I look forward to continue to embark on two year journey on the Noel Group HR Transformation programme with Vincent and his team at aAdvantage Consulting.
Deputy Director (Corporate Planning), Corporate Development Group
Housing & Development Board (HDB)
Since 2013, we have worked with Vincent and his team at aAdvantage on the review of HDB’s culture/values and development of Values-Driven Change Management Programmes for our appointment holders.
We have found Vincent’s team to be highly proficient, pro-active, responsive and accommodating. They have actively sought to understand the organisation’s needs and challenges, and constantly built on their past experiences to value-add to our programmes. They have designed and delivered well-thought out and engaging programmes that have fully met our programme objectives and garnered positive feedback from our stakeholders and participants.
Vincent has been able to quickly gain a good grasp of our organisation’s background and culture, enabling him to engage more effectively with our stakeholders and provide a much more tailored programme to meet our needs. He has always been open and willing to offer his astute insights and ideas to guide us. As the lead facilitator, Vincent has been very professional and skilful in managing difficult conversations and eliciting deeper insights with our stakeholders. With his approachable demeanour, he is able to connect well with the participants and nurture an environment of trust and openness that enables even the quietest participants to be more forthcoming.
Siew Peng Yim
Times Publishing Limited
We have engaged Vincent and his team recently to focus on how we as senior management could band together to drive new corporate values and culture change in our organisation. Vincent engaged me before and during the workshop to ensure that the outcomes are aligned and met. Through his 1-1 interviews with my management team members, he facilitated frank and “brutal” verbatims that really made us realise the issues on hand. These, together with the online survey previously conducted, were a true calling for us to reflect the highs and lows of our leadership team journey, that would eventually bind us together. He was able to lead the team and energise them to be very engaged in providing feedback, comments and even come to terms with some old behaviours that need to be changed.
At the end of the workshop, Vincent led us to a consensus and for the very first time, agree on common goals and a workable plan to ensure the embracing of new corporate values on a sustainable basis. I am very glad that Vincent was able to help us achieve this goal and certainly look forward to continue working with him to ensure that we are on the right track.
AcuMed Group of Companies
We engaged aAdvantage after we came to know of them from the list of recommended consultants provided by SPRING Singapore. We selected some of the consultants in the list to submit their proposals to us. The choice was clear and we shortlisted aAdvantage.
aAdvantage took great efforts to understand our needs and to customise a package to suit our requirements and budget. Their professionalism and understanding naturally continued into the project and our team (both at HQ and at our outlets) enjoy working together with them. aAdvantage takes a very balanced and real approach to the problems and issues. Inputs and advice are always grounded with the realities of the business and operational constraints. Challenges and problems which they uncovered are objectively presented back to us with a commitment to and delivery of workable and realisable solutions. They are very mindful of the present and future expectations and needs of all stakeholders in the project. This mindfulness coupled with their professional knowledge and experience, cumulates into trust, commitment and reassurance for us. We look forward to working with aAdvantage on our present ongoing project and future projects to come.
Yap Te Chieh (Ms)
Deputy Director (Business & Service Excellence)
Organisational Excellence Department, Corporate Development Group
Housing and Development Board (HDB)
Vincent has been professional, approachable and accommodating in his various interactions with HDB. He is able to have a quick and good grasp of HDB's culture and operations and provide his value-add given such knowledge. He is also willing to share his past experiences in other projects and give views/advice to us. With his warm approachable demeanour, we find that he is able to connect well with his audience (e.g. focus group discussion participants) and to enable them to be forthcoming in sharing. Vincent has also proven to be a professional and experienced facilitator who can facilitate generative conversations.
Sonia, Assistant Director
Singapore Labour Foundation (SLF)
Vincent is very knowledgeable and experienced in this subject matter. The synergy between Vincent and Jason has made it very easy for us, the client, to work with them. Felt that the project (where aAdvantage is involved) went very well. Jason is superb in catching all the key and salient points made throughout the project discussions and retreat, for which I personally is very grateful for the works. The project team has done well in providing advice on the contents, sharing of knowledge with us, meeting the project timeline, understanding our context and needs.
They had to work within a short timeframe and were able to deliver. It was evident that they took the effort to understand the client's environment before commencing work. They were patient, respectful, discrete and responsible.
Corporate Planning & Quality Assurance
Orange Valley Healthcare
The recent Service Visioning workshop conducted by aAdvantage has been a fruitful and enjoyable session. Vincent’s use of humour not only livens up the full-day session, it also made it easier for participants to contribute and share their thoughts. It’s a pleasure to work with aAdvantage as they have been professional, accommodating and always ready to provide advice.
Singapore International Foundation (SIF)
I first worked with aAdvantage when I was in the public sector. They introduced an organisational climate survey that measured elements of total work experience impacting employee satisfaction. As a leader, I found the tool useful in addressing management gaps and my experience with aAdvantage was positive. They were knowledgeable and proactive, in particular I appreciated that they went beyond presenting survey analytics to providing practical HR solutions.
I next worked with aAdvantage in the NGO sector. I sought aAdvantage's help to build the right culture in my organisation to complement our business strategy. aAdvantage worked well with my leaders and was instrumental in helping us overcome significant challenges to shape a supportive work environment. I also used them to facilitate strategic conversations for organisational transformation. Vincent is skillful in navigating difficult conversations and I have appreciated his useful insights and advice, in drawing from his wide experience and suggesting relevant best practices for our stage of development. His team has also demonstrated flexibility and responsiveness in working with us. If you seek help in organisational transformation, I recommend you consider harnessing aAdvantage's expertise.
Deputy Director, Quality & Planning
Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)
The NYP Executive Management (EMM) Retreat was very well organised with engaging discussion sessions and lively and meaningful team bonding activities. On the whole, all of our participants agreed or strongly agreed that they were satisfied with the Retreat and that the Retreat objectives were met. This would not have been possible without our facilitators’ dedication and attention to details right from pre-Retreat planning and discussions, during the Retreat itself and post-Retreat report and presentation. Both Mr Vincent Ho and Mr Kitson Lee, from aAdvantage Consulting, did a fantastic job to facilitate the Retreat in a very effective way and they were able to value add to the discussion and conversation. They were energetic and dynamic and their excellent facilitation skills had helped to build good rapport amongst participants to have an open conversation. The Cultural Values Assessment (CVA) had also provided very useful insights for our Management.
Sng Hee Meng
Executive Vice President
Yokogawa Engineering Asia Pte Ltd
Yokogawa engaged aAdvantage Consulting beginning 2014 to help us in aligning the regional countries to our business initiatives for sustainable growth. With the help of the two committed consultants, Han and Chin San, we were able to engender a good buy-in and support from the key stakeholders. The various leadership workshops and planning meetings were well designed, conducted and delivered. The facilitation skills of Chern Han and Chin San helped us navigate through difficult conversations and decisions. Various stakeholders feedback that the change interventions were timely and effective as it developed higher level of trust amongst them; an imperative to the success of the initiative. I would highly recommend aAdvantage services to any organisation to support the leadership team in the change management process.
Senior Finance & HR Manager
Eveready Manufacturing Pte Ltd
Jacqueline demonstrated her expert knowledge in HR policies and design of Performance Management Systems in her work with us. She and her team carried out the project professionally and provided advice and recommendations in the implementation of the policies and systems.
Throughout the consulting engagements, she was able to engage the management team and guided them in the development of the performance indicators and competencies which were the key components of the Performance Management System. The Performance Management System developed enabled management to implement a system to link performance to rewards and recognition. This helped create clarity and transparency of our performance assessment processes achieving our objective of a fair and meritocratic system.
I am satisfied with the consulting services provided by Jacqueline and have no issues engaging her again for future HR projects. I would recommend Jacqueline as a consultant to other companies.
Helmi Talib & Co
Jacqueline's expertise and knowledge made the project run smoothly. She provided timely and relevant information that enhanced the firm's performance management system. She carried out the project professionally and provided good recommendations for the change that we will make. The firm engaged Jacqueline and her team to make improvements in our performance appraisal system. The project helped us to identify three important components which are significant in rewarding staff performance and giving annual increments. The staff are happier and motivated because of the clearly defined performance indicators and competencies per function per level. I am very satisfied with the outcome of the project headed by Jacqueline. We will definitely engage her again in the future.
Low Bee Hee
Senior Head of HR
Clearlab SG Pte Ltd
Jacqueline and her assistant were very professional in providing the service to us. They spent a lot of time with us, making sure that our needs were met, making sure we fully understood the process, and making sure that the end results will be reasonable and usable. They were also prompt in their service, always on time for meeting. We have had a series of positions in the company with salary ranges based on informal data collection. Jacqueline’s team helped us review and peg positions to similar ones in the market, and got official data to input salary values for these positions, resulting in market ranges that are consistent and in keeping with market rates. I would say that she will be a good business partner to any organisation.
Dr Angela Pratt
Tobacco Free Initiative - Office of the WHO Representative in People's Republic of China
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization engaged Han earlier this year to act as facilitator for our ProLead course - a training program in leadership skills for health promotion officials and leaders. Han and his team were brilliant: as lead facilitator, Han was dynamic, enthusiastic, energetic, and expert in guiding the participants through the course material. Our workshop was a big success, which was in no small part due to Han's experience. In the feedback on the course from the participants, most identified Han's facilitation skills as one of the highlights. I would unreservedly recommend Han's services to any organisation in need of an effective, professional and dynamic facilitator.
Service Experience Management Department
Customer Service Solutions
Sony A/P has been working with aAdvantage on a regional roll-out for a Service Journey Mapping Project. From the initial project pitching till today (about 7 months), we have been consistently assured of their professionalism and quality, their response time and willingness to work with us in understanding our business and co-creating the solutions. We trust in their holistic services and capabilities in helping us drive and sustain our organisation’s service culture and delivery. aAdvantage is able to share the concepts and works with us to translate them into practical solutions. We would strongly recommend them as a valued partner to any organisation that is looking at growing the organisation and building a high performing culture.
Director, Communications & Service Quality
Hi partners at aAdvantage, I want to drop you a personal note to thank you for being part of our service culture journey. You have been one of our early partners as we build our organisation and get started on the right note……we would like to also acknowledge your role in helping us shape and maintain the service level through the early works and on-going training.
Yong Lei Logistics Pte Ltd
Marcus (Senior Consultant, aAdvantage Consulting) has been guiding me along the entire SMART journey. His explanation was very clear and he was very helpful in addressing my doubts. I gained maximum advantage with least required effort as instructions were clear throughout the whole assignment.
McLink Asia Pte Ltd
Ms Jacqueline Gwee and Ms Karen Tan are very attentive and react very quickly to our situation. They show creativity and resourcefulness by developing very informative ways to our policy. They provide timely and clear explanations for their recommendations and carried out their duties professionally with integrity and objectivity. These changes in our policy enable us to be more consistent in our recruiting process. We highly recommend Ms Jacqueline Gwee's team to all other organisations for their dedicated and outstanding project done for my company.
Exec Assistant Manager
Goodwood Park Hotel
Goodwood Park Hotel's decision to participate in the CCI journey was made in 2009. Our subsequent search to find the suitable consultant brought us to aAdvantage Consulting Group. Their methodology and experience were the main reasons we appointed them. The consultants led by their Director, Mr Vincent Ho displayed professionalism and their expertise in seeing beyond the hotel operations helped us make the necessary changes to raise our service levels.
Senior Manager Direct
Brand and Digital Strategic Marketing
I can honestly say that the event exceeded our expectations and the feedback we've had from staff has just been fantastic - quotes like "this is the best event I've ever been to" and "I've seen many events like this in my years, but this is absolutely up there as one of the best. I think we absolutely achieved the objectives we set out to accomplish: take our staff on a journey, surprise and delight them, deliver some key messages and ensure conversations were grounded through experiential learning activities ... all in the name of 'The Aviva Way'.
Associate Director, Operations and Campus Services
A big Thank You for the 2 day team building session that you conducted for us. The whole experience was spot on! The sessions were really fantastic and the group was extremely happy with the team building programme. We learnt a lot about teams in general, about our teams, about ourselves and also about each other. There was a lot of positive energy during the 2 days and I can really see everyone putting into practice what we learnt with you. The way you handled the sessions was excellent and you managed to keep everyone engaged as well as ensuring everyone was included in the discussions. I am very happy with the entire process, from the pre-event planning and discussion where you took time to learn about our team and our issues, through to the programme content and delivery as well as the final outcome. It was great working with you and on behalf of the whole team, many thanks indeed for a very productive, useful and relevant 2 days.
Chief Executive Officer
TÜV SÜD PSB ASEAN
We would like to extend our appreciation to Yeow Chern Han and Soh Chin San for their excellent facilitation in our strategy planning workshop and management retreat. You had been able to help set an atmosphere of trust and openness among the management team which allowed everyone to contribute their perspectives and views openly resulting in an inspiring, fruitful and meaningful sessions. I believe everyone walked away from both sessions with new insights and enriched ideas. Thank you for facilitating the sessions in such a welcoming and respectful atmosphere. We truly enjoyed and benefited from it!
HR Director, Talent Development & Resourcing China
The Change Management Workshop for our China HR Team organised and facilitated by aAdvantage was a great success, the whole team was full of energy and committed to make the change successful. Personally I found quite some inspiring highlights during the three-day session, which is really beneficial to me as one of the change leaders.