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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Innovation, Employability and Singapore

Today Singapore celebrates its 50 years anniversary. Amazing what this small nation has achieved in very short time. Congratulations to Mei Lin Fung (i4j light house) and all other Singaporeans.

Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy has written an article for Huffinton Post that sums up the reasons for the success: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kishore-mahbubani/singapore-world-successful-society_b_7934988.html?utm_hp_ref=tw 

Many countries have been of inspiration to Singapore – now it might be useful for others to look at why/how Singapore's per capita income has increased from $500 to $55,000 today, the largest increase any newly independent nation has enjoyed.

In addition to strong leadership, Singapore's success is due to "MPH": Meritocracy, Pragmatism and Honesty, according to the nations leaders. 

Unemployment is almost non-existing and today the Prime Minister in his speech proudly stated: “We have left no one behind”. 90 percent of residents living in homes they own and Singapore has one of the best educated populations.

One success element I would like to add to the well written article is: Employability. Singapore has an “Institute for Employability”. Do you know of any other nations with this kind of foresight? 

Employability can be defined as “doing value creating work, getting paid for it – and learning at the same time, enhancing the ability to get work in the future”. Maybe check out this article that I have contributed to on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employability 

The video about Employability by Johnny Boston is also relevant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kXdgrjHpyM 

Can i4j become the catalyst for some of the great ideas around employability?  Can we get corporations engaged in promoting employability solutions that works for the individual (and hence corporations and nations)?

Ideas, comments and questions are most welcome

Best regards

Sandeep

Sandeep SANDER, CEO
SanderMan Pte. Ltd. Singapore
Outperform Your Potential™. 

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