Thursday, March 28 – Saturday, March 30


“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.”
- Lao Tzu

In today’s world, the business landscape is changing at the speed of light. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is paradigm shifting characterized by the integration of technologies that blur the lines between the physical, digital and biological spaces. Such technologies include yet not limited to artificial intelligence, quantum computing, nanotechnology and robotics. Profitability, continuous improvement, and reductionist problem-solving are no longer sufficient to engage employees, attract the best talent or peak investor interest. You are expanding your capacity to engage with it all. You have outgrown conventional leadership programs.

What is essential for leadership is consciousness transformation – an internal re-boot which will inspire you and your teams toward 21st century organizational excellence.

Join Quantum Leadership to shift consciousness and learn Eastern connection practices which are necessary for concentrated clarity, robust creativity, authentic engagement and cohesive team collaboration.


March 28 2:00 pm – March 30 4:30 pm

Early bird pricing is RMB RMB25,200. Deadline is March 25
For group pricing, please contact

Program Fee includes tuition, course materials, food and beverage and accommodation of 2 evenings at Sangha by Octave. Octave reserves the right to amend information on this program including price, date, location, faculty, daily schedule and other details.


Most leadership programs focus only on technical competency development through conceptual learning. Quantum Leadership strengthens the direct-intuitive skills needed to evolve with creativity and resilience in the face of great change. The purpose of business is shifted to flourishing as participants experience their lives as relational rather than as ego-centered. Expert-led Eastern connection practices are woven throughout the interactive learning modules as a gateway to actualizing your full leadership potential.

Quantum Leadership is the subject of a new practice-oriented book by Frederick Tsao and Professor Chris Laszlo, forthcoming from Stanford University Press in Spring 2019. Based on decades of experience and extensive field research in China, the U.S., and Europe, the Retreat gives you the tools, case studies, and practices you need to succeed.

Program Objective

Traditional Leadership Retreats

  • Persuading others through analytic discourse
  • Conceptual learning
  • Technical know-how
  • Sense-making
  • Outer transformation
  • Reductionist problem-solving
  • Sustainability
  • Creating wealth

Quantum Leadership Retreat

  • Raising consciousness
  • Connection practices
  • Direct-intuitive skills
  • Presencing
  • Inner transformation
  • Integration of holistic solutions
  • Flourishing
  • Creating wealth and serving humankind

Program Benefits

  • Build direct-intuitive skills to lead in environments of rapid change
  • Expand into a worldview that is truly collaborative – from “I-to-We”
  • Distill your purpose to its essence and lead from ‘being’ vs ‘doing’
  • Inspire and unify teams and organizations from a place of solid grounding
  • Unleash creativity for innovative problem solving
  • Practice Eastern based connection practices that transform and sustain higher levels of consciousness
  • Collaborate with a global network of like-minded leaders

Program Coverage

  • Global assessment of current leadership approaches
  • Quantum leadership case studies
  • Exploration of the effect of new sciences on leadership
  • Presencing and sense-making practices
  • Eastern based connection practices interwoven across all learning modules
  • The impact of art on leadership vision


Quantum Leadership is crafted for global decision makers that lead entire organizations, divisions or large teams with profit and loss responsibilities on a strategic and day-to-day level.

Those who are dedicated to evolving themselves, their teams and their organizations against the backdrop of a complex business landscape should also consider joining.

  • CEO
  • Presidents
  • Board members
  • Family business owners
  • Sustainable entrepreneurs
  • Corporate trainers/ Consultants
  • Academic leaders
  • Consultants

Program Schedule

  • Opening Activities, discover a physical expression of quantum leadership by business
  • Communal Dinner: Opening with Fred Tsao and Chris Laszlo, meeting of eastern and western views
  • Breakfast
  • Connection Practices: center and practices of internal alignment
  • An entrepreneur’s perspective of Quantum Leadership
  • Lunch
  • Where science meets practices of Quantum Leadership
  • First Group Connection Practices
  • Communal Dinner and Reflection
  • Breakfast
  • Experience embodiment practices: Challenging your mind to reclaim your creativity
  • Lunch
  • Group Creative Process: Appreciative Inquiry
  • Renew your purpose to flourish


Chavalit Frederick Tsao
Chavalit Frederick Tsao

Chairman, IMC Pan Asia Alliance and Founder & CEO, Octave Singapore, China

Chavalit Tsao, also known as Fred in his network, is the fourth generation steward of a family conglomerate which started in The Shanghai Bund before 1906. Fred joined his family business at the age of twenty after he graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master of Science in Engineering. Fred’s early business successes include starting up a highly profitable palm oil business in Thailand and turning around a bankrupt Thai national shipping line and successfully listing it. In 1995 and at the age of thirty-seven, Fred took over as Chairman of IMC Group. Under his stewardship, the traditional shipping company transformed into a multi-national conglomerate with diverse business interests. 

Today, IMC Pan Asia Alliance Group has interests in four strategic business areas:

  1. IMC Industrial, an integrated industrial supply chain group which covers resources, ports, logistics, shipping, offshore engineering, shipyards and other services;
  2. Octave, a sustainable living lifestyle and real estate group; a platform of curated well-being to help people find clarity, harmony and a new level of consciousness and freedom;
  3. Aitia Institute, a learning institute dedicated to shift consciousness of leadership and organization in pursuit of sustainability.  It is focused on mindfulness as a sustainable process to build harmonious society;
  4. Heritas Capital Management, an investment and fund management group.

Octave’s concept is the manifestation of numerous years of Fred’s research and contemplation. Octave is a unique blend of eastern wisdom and western sciences.  It is a place that responds to our societal need for healing in all relationships and the fostering of a harmonious community. Octave is a platform and an opportunity for anyone who is seeking to be his/her possibilities.

Chris Laszlo
Chris Laszlo, Ph.D.

Professor of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University USA

As one of the originators of the concept of sustainable value, Chris Laszlo, PhD, reframes sustainability as a business opportunity, turning environmental and social risks into drivers of innovation, greater employee engagement, and a new, inimitable source of competitive advantage. Laszlo is the author of five books, including Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business (2014), Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage (2011), and Sustainable Value: How the World's Leading Companies are Doing Well by Doing Good (2008), all from Stanford University Press. An earlier book, The Sustainable Company (2003, paperback 2005), was published by Island Press. He has numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the general editor of The Business of Sustainability, the second volume of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability (2010). Professionally, Laszlo was elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Management. His book Flourishing Enterprise was chosen as one of the top sustainability books by Sustainable Brands. In 2012 he was selected by his peers to be a “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America™.

Laszlo received his doctorate with distinction in economics and management science from the University of Paris. He holds Masters Degrees in economics and international affairs from Columbia University and a BA in economics with honors from Swarthmore College.

Sook Yee Tai
Executive Director
Sook Yee Tai

COO, Octave Executive Director, Aitia Institute Senior Corporate Executive & Mindfulness Practitioner Singapore, China

Sook Yee Tai has been with the IMC Pan Asia Alliance Group since 2007, heading up various functions and business groups. Since qualifying as a professional certified accountant, Sook Yee has spent more than 30 years in practice, consulting, corporate, governance and business leadership, including serving as director on Australian listed entities. In the IMC Group, she was the Group Managing Director of the Industrial Business Group, which employs more than 10,000 employees with offices across 16 countries. Prior to joining the IMC Group, Sook Yee spent more than 15 years in the heavy building materials industry holding, the last position being Country Director for CEMEX Malaysia.

Having served two family businesses and operated in multi-cultural, male dominated, large businesses, Sook Yee understands and appreciates the relational dynamics and the need to be true, respectful, inclusive and engaging. She believes that to be a true leader in her life, there is no cookie cutter and she needs to lead by serving from her heart and to keep learning.  Sook Yee is now part of a larger team, under the flagship AITIA Institute, working to journey with family businesses and enterprises to support and transform its leadership and practices, so they can evolve to support sustainability.


Sangha by Octave is a mere 1.5 hours away from Shanghai. As an immersive ex-urban retreat location in Suzhou, Sangha is surrounded by water where ancient Wu culture first started. Suzhou is a symbol in China for the artistic, cultural, sophisticated and connected lifestyle.

Sangha spreads over 189,000 square meters of lakefront peninsula on Suzhou’s Yangcheng Lake.  It is a place for connected learning designed to enhance your connection with yourself, with others and with nature.  Sangha is the distillation of decades of reflection by Octave’s Founder & CEO Chavalit Fred Tsao and is viewed by him as “an expression of a world-view where evolution is supported, and where consciousness can shift to embrace wholeness and connection.”

Sangha is an integrated complex of wellness residences and learning facilities consciously created by master architect Calvin Tsao to be the embodiment of a vision of how such a community might work. One of the spaces within Sangha - The Sanctuary - has won numerous architectural awards for its stunning design, elaborate interiors and exteriors, including UK Blueprint Awards, 2017 APIDA, the A&D Trophy Awards. Built with natural materials, Octave’s aesthetics and design choices for Sangha re-think the whole idea of space utilization, reconsidering the balance between personal space and communal space, to create a greater sense of closeness, of community.

For inquiries, please contact:
Margie Chiang
Director, Business Development OCTAVE
Phone: +86 130 0323 1162