Dr. Khoo Cheok Kau – Leadership Trainer

Dr. Khoo Cheok Kau

Associate Leadership Trainer


Dr. Khoo Cheok Kau

Dr. Khoo Cheok Kau has a passion to help people succeed at the personal and interpersonal levels. He has been personally trained in the USA by Dr. Robert Cialdini, the world’s most cited expert in the field of persuasion. He is honoured to be the 1st Malaysian to be a Cialdini Method Certified Trainer (CMCT) and among only the 18 CMCTs in the world.He is also trained in the USA as a Facilitator to conduct the Leadership Challenge Workshop which is based on the best selling book, “The Leadership Challenge” by Dr. James Kouzes and Dr. Barry Posner. He is also a Master Trainer for the Heart of Coaching, personally trained and certified by Thomas Crane who authored the book, “The Heart of Coaching”. To enhance his coaching competencies, he is certified as a Marshall Godlsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach. His name is listed in the International Who’s Who of Professionals. He regularly conducts training in Asia Pacific and the Middle East on Principles of Persuasion, Persuasion and Influence, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Critical Thinking Skills, Competency Based Behavioural Interviewing, Effective Time Management, Critical Thinking, Stress Management, The Heart of Coaching and The Leadership Challenge for multinational companies and local conglomerates. The testimonials received from participants speak highly of his interactive, clear and well designed training programmes.


He has developed and implemented learning and development programs and managing the learning and development function for several multinational companies based in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. His last position held was General Manager for Human Resources in a multinational company where he had regional and local responsibilities for Human Resource Development, Recruitment, General HR Administration and Environment,  Health and Safety in Asia-Pacific for 10 subsidiaries. With his 11 years of experience as a qualified Educator and Examiner for the Ministry Of Education Public Secondary School Examination, he has a firm grasp of design, delivery and evaluation of learning courses. With added experience in Sales and Marketing and 17 years in Learning and Development, he is very passionate about helping people to learn and perform in their respective jobs. He was responsible for the implementation of MBO or Management By Objectives in Asia Pacific subsidiaries in his former company where he trained the employees in the subsidiaries to set goals in the shift towards a performance culture throughout the organization. He conducted assessment of managerial, sales and marketing competencies for managers, sales and marketing staff in all the 10 subsidiaries in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Presently, he is the Principal Trainer and Managing Director of Kairos Performance Learning which is an approved training provider by the Human Resource Development Council, under the Ministry of Human Resources in Malaysia. Six (6) of his training programmes are approved SBL Khas programmes under the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF).


With wide experience in training in the Asia-Pacific region covering Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Thailand, Korea, India and Taiwan, he was invited to conduct workshops and to present papers at international and local conferences. He had conducted training sessions in the Middle East countries like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. His clients cover the sectors in manufacturing, oil and gas, banking, insurance, healthcare (hospitals), government agencies and non-government bodies.


  • Principles of Persuasion
  • The Leadership Challenge
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • The Heart of Coaching
  • Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach
  • Facet5 Personality Profiling
  • Emotional Capability
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Managerial Assessment of Proficiency
  • The 4 Roles of Leadership
  • What Matters Most
  • Zig Ziglar Sales Sysytem
  • Frontline Leadership
  • Leonard Personality Inventory


Dr. Khoo holds a Ph.D. in HRM, an MBA (U.S.A), BSc (Malaya), Diploma in Education (Malaya), Post Graduate Diploma in Business (UK) and Diploma in Administrative Management (UK). He also taught human resource management for MBA, BBA, Certified HR Program and Diploma Courses for several educational institutions.


He is a member of the following:

  • American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
  • American Management Association (AMA)
  • Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
  • International Coaching Federation (ICF)

He has been listed under the International Who’s Who of Professionals.