It’s the skills, stupid!

Naseem Javed
Naseem Javed

Nations whose citizens think entrepreneurially, who focus on producing superior quality goods and services, who welcome the challenges of competition, and who concentrate on exportability will be the nations that thrive in today’s changing world.

Selectively the world has advanced rapidly on global-age skills leaving behind the abandoned local working-citizenry now becoming restless and demanding answers. The pending elections are all pointing to new battlefields for gatekeepers of local economic developments.  The local citizenry lied to of fake economies and conflicts now protesting for honest change and grassroots prosperity.  These new battlefields do not need battalions of armed soldiers, but armies of well trained working citizenry and ready to face global productivity and competitive standards fitting global-age work demands.

These are global adjustments of world-class skills: where first-world countries cannot afford third-world performance levels in an age where third-world countries catching up to first-world performance levels.

A brand new thinking is emerging showing clear and present day danger and demanding demonstrate-able proof of a major centennial-transformational-change.  Stop trade wars and start skills wars. Help openly and boldly the internal working citizenry. EU just tabled a $100 billion dollar program to uplift it internal industries. Real exportability is a life saver for nations.

The continuous growth of the populist agenda, with its fear-based-nationalism and divisive citizenry, needs continuous replacement with confident and skilled people equipped with civility, cultural diversity and fair local and global trading aimed to advance world harmony. The skills gap crisis is a new dark cloud, spreading around the world transforming job-insecurities into new internal battlefields.

Understanding of battlefield is critical?  Success is often failure management; failure is often a lost battle, but not a lost war, and the ultimate success is not necessarily winning the war but in reality understanding of the entire battlefield. Therefore, the real victory is sometimes outside the war. These battles do not require fancy movie-class riot-gears rather intellectual-class global age skills transformation command and control. Just forget the old traditional education for a while.

These new struggles are about massive readjustments on traditional education thinking blocking entrepreneurialism and productivity pipelines, also public-sector competency levels blocking exportability and SME pipelines and private sector realignment blocking global age quality pipelines. It’s a war of sorts all right, but demanding very superior and philosophical leadership to accept global advancements and their speed of progress.

Around the world, as some 30 elections unfold within next 100 days…the new landscapes demand that leadership around the world must demonstrate global age management skills in order to help its own citizenry cope with the future and to fix the grassroots prosperity issues.  If this does not happen there will be increased restlessness. The lingering incompetency around the world is a mountainous learning curve where there must be National Agendas that will help citizens become global age armies of young and old entrepreneurs armed with skills and ready to face any challenges the Nation may face.

The reorganizational skills needed to jump-start are almost free and with free technologies the discovery of local entrepreneurial hidden talents within each individual nations are also affordable exercises the challenge is the discovery of what’s blocking such major shifts and pipelines and fixing the free flows.

It is time to treat economic problems as symptoms and then apply the proper remedy with bitter medicine.  Nations whose citizens think entrepreneurially, who focus on producing superior quality goods and services, who welcome the challenges of competition, and who concentrate on exportability will be the nations that thrive in today’s changing world. Promote diversity, tolerance, and global-age collaboration.

Identify 1,000 to 10,000 small and midsize entrepreneurs within a nation; create a national agenda to quadruple their performance on innovative excellence and exportability. Deploy massive digitization of top national trade associations and chambers of commerce to upgrade to world-class digital platforms so that their entire membership can skate nationally and globally showcasing their goods and services.

Caution: this is not to be confused with old out-dated-dysfunctional-government-data, broken old websites and some buzzing Apps,  rather assembly of ultra-modern-digital current-profiles of midsize enterprises within a nation, capable of global bounce and high scale digitization and world-class entrepreneurial lifelong learning methodologies.

Is it simple?
No, it’s a very tough journey.  Nothing will change if the mindset and skills-set do not change. Most nations have struggled to cross the seething waters; some found the bridges and some are still drowning. Without a revival of global age skills in selective markets to improve capabilities there will be little change.

What’s your recommendation on deployments for your local governments?

(Naseem Javed is a corporate philosopher, Chairman of Expothon Worldwide; a Think tank on Image Supremacy of Innovative Excellence & Entrepreneurial Leadership. He is leading charge on entrepreneurial leadership transformation and a recognized authority on global digital trends, image complexities how they impact business performances and create global age skill shifts. His recent work on Expothon Strategy is getting global attention. His latest new book; Alpha Dreamers; the five billions connected who will change the world. He can be connected via LinkedIn:


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