Our Response to Negative Articles about AsiaWorks Published on the World Wide Web
It has come to our notice that there are a number of
"articles" which have been posted on web sites that
claim to attest to AsiaWorks and our work. The advent
of the World Wide Web has not only brought incredible
opportunities to organisations and individuals but
has also allowed individuals to publish and/or
distribute their opinion with much less critique than
the traditional press would have allowed. In
conversations with many of our global clients we have
discovered that the majority of companies face this
same issue in some shape or form. We aim to address the
AsiaWorks position on the claims made by these articles.
Such articles have arisen from time to time and in some
cases have been posted permanently on websites. When
AsiaWorks are informed of such articles we seek to fully
investigate their source and where in our opinion they
are factually incorrect we seek to have them amended.
When they refer to any of our students we seek to
identify which student is involved and provide any
assistance as is needed. As yet all of the articles that
seem to circulate have been written, not by participants
of AsiaWorks, but usually anonymous "friends" or "relatives"
of AsiaWorks graduates. Our attempts to find the source
are usually fruitless.
Websites that publish such articles are usually focussing
on a collection of one single point of view on a subject.
They attempt to collect as many examples of similar articles
as possible and are usually sites that promote the profession
of supposed experts whose careers are built around their
ability to show as diverse an expertise on a subject as
possible. As such, many diverse sites include some of the
most mundane references and articles. Sites that contain
references to AsiaWorks also contain references to Steven
Covey, Anthony Robbins and other reputable professionals
in the fields of personal and corporate development. None
of the sites which post articles about AsiaWorks have ever
approached AsiaWorks for comment and as with sites that
criticise any company, readers can observe that there is
always a collection of one point of view only and readers
are left to find differing points of view on their own.
There are countless positive articles surrounding AsiaWorks
but they are never posted on these same sites.
The very nature of the articles usually indicates that they
are written by individuals who do not have any first hand
experience of AsiaWorks or have made any attempt to discover
the extent of AsiaWorks operations. The articles usually attempt
to link AsiaWorks with any number of companies and
organisations that exist or have existed in the past. AsiaWorks
can attest that it is an independent company and has no links
to any other organisations nor is it a "front" for any other
organisations. The main focus for AsiaWorks is and has been,
indoor and outdoor programmes for members of the public and
corporations using practices and techniques that have become
standard in the corporate training industry over the past 20 years.
These range from team building, outdoor executive challenges,
personal awareness seminars to coaching and leadership.
AsiaWorks will continue to monitor the World Wide Web and provide
as much accuracy as possible to any articles that are circulated.
We recommend that people ensure that they read articles in context
with the volume of work completed by AsiaWorks. We have not yet
seen on these websites such an article written by a participant
of an AsiaWorks programme and the ones we have seen refer to one or
maybe two "supposed" individuals out of over 100,000 people who
have worked with us over the past 10 years.
We would like to thank individuals and
clients who bring such "articles" to our attention and will
continue to investigate each and every alleged instance of
dissatisfaction. Where necessary the correct action, including
legal action, will be taken to protect the AsiaWorks corporate
reputation and that of the many clients who use us. In the mean
time we urge existing and prospective clients to treat what one
reads on the World Wide Web with the caution it deserves and be
sure to get as many of the facts as possible. The Web opens up
many possibilities for us all; but also for the occasional
misplaced and misguided publication which can appear quite
authoritative and current without thorough investigation.
If you have any specific concern, we encourage you to contact
the AsiaWorks office in your region for more information.