[Book] Talented South East Asia
I haven’t attended many events lately.
But when friends @Rice Communications invited me to a community gathering around the launch of a book titled “Talented South East Asia”- on talent management in SEA, I had to give in. A little time spent in the company of industry achievers and think-tank never goes unrewarded.
While Asia as a whole is well celebrated in terms of high quality talent, specific pockets within Asia are quite happening, if you look with the right lens. This publication seems to provide that lens with a focus on an eclectic resident base of SEA. SEA countries have been known to be tigers and full of young, talented and hard working labour force for long- and this book addresses talent management issues from both the perspective of today’s multinationals, as well as the talent herein. I haven’t yet read the book, so I will form my first reactions based on the information available and the feel from today’s event.
If you are interested in knowing more about SE Asia, here’s another fascinating book by Mr Kishore Mahbubani : The New Asian Hemisphere
The research compilation draws from more than 100 interviews with over 50 multinational corporations (across industries) operating in the Southeast Asia region. Book contributors include business leaders, senior HR executives and HR directors.
Some interesting facts on why would you need this book on talent management in South East Asia?
Home to 630 million people, the region represents one of the most exciting, emerging economies and one that simply cannot be overlooked. By 2050, Asia alone will represent 45% of the world’s population. According to Forbes, nine of the ten fastest-growing mega-cities in the world are in Asia. In addition, McKinsey research places 63% of the world’s 440 fastest emerging cities in this region, which will add a billion new consumers and a total purchasing power in excess of 10 trillion dollars to the global economy.
More than the population growth, it is the young demographics, heavy social media usage, high mobile penetration – these characteristics that make this region a talent magnet.
Some quotes I loved from today’s event:
Ramon B Segismundo (SVP & Head- Human Resources & Corporate Services, Meralco)
CSR is a becoming a powerful talent attraction tool. It helps talent realize that the company is not only offering a job, but also a sense of purpose
Mateen A. Vice President, Human Resources Singapore/SEA, DHL Express
Organizations need to give employees feedback of two kinds: Motivational feedback (encouraging) and development feedback (Enhancing potential)
HR is the most under-leveraged lever in an organization.
Reinvention of work: A clear shift towards flexi time work options. Younger people need to be told HOW to do a job but not WHEN to do it
HR workforce needs to retrain. They especially need to understand data analytics- how to use data to tell a story.
0% organizations are happy with tech implementations for HR; 66% consider this to be critical!
We need to develop a WhatsApp for talent management. Software implementations that are easy and allow for maximum engagement
You could go visit the publication website for more information here and even download a free chapter before buying the book, if you wished so.
Or, if you immediately want to order through Amazon, here’s the link : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IEOUGQ2 . (No affiliate links here) Hardcover from $29.95.
Enjoy and have fun.