Terence Quek is one of three co-founders of PODEX (People and Organisation Development Exchange), a volunteer-run community of PD and OD practitioners that promotes an abundance mentality by empowering individuals to take the next step for growth through sharing knowledge and insights, providing mentorship, and making connections for collaboration. Since 2014, PODEX has grown to having more than 500 members on its closed Facebook group, organized more than 20 learning events, and recently completed its inaugural Community Mentorship Programme held at ImPAct @ Hong Lim Green. Professionally, Terence is the APAC CEO of Emergenetics International, a global consultancy that develops people and organizations through solutions leveraging the Emergenetics Profile, a psychometric instrument that reliably and validly measures how individuals prefer to think and behave. As a Master Trainer for Emergenetics, ATD Expert Coach and ATD Master Performance Consultant, Terence regularly consults for leadership teams across Asia Pacific to help them enhance collaboration, build a positive workplace culture, and be more effective in getting results. An active volunteer in various organisations, Terence was conferred the Public Service Medal by the President of Singapore in 2014. He graduated with a Master of Science in Communication Management from Singapore Management University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.
People and Organisation Development Exchange (PODEX) is a community of PD and OD practitioners that promotes an abundance mentality by empowering individuals to take the next step for growth through sharing knowledge and insights, providing mentorship, and making connections for collaboration. Conceptualised in 2014, the informal group now has more than 500 members in its closed Facebook group, run more than 20 learning events, recently completed its inaugural “Community Mentorship Programme” which was designed and conducted by volunteers matching 12 mentors to 12 mentees for a six-month learning and discovery journey into the space of people and organization development. How did this informal community grow from an idea among three friends over a cup of coffee to promote an abundance mentality to enjoying partnerships with Lifelong Learning Institute, People’s Assocation and Singapore Management University? What were the challenges faced over the years? What were the lessons learnt on the journey of growing a ground-up, volunteer-run, peer-learning community?