Across the world, upskilling, lifelong learning and critical thinking are required for frontline economic development teams and government leaders.
Elections are clouding the global economic landscapes, with some 100 nations racing to vote in the coming 500 days, seeking post-pandemic recovery, panicking to find their brand of economic revolutions with new mindsets. The election cycles only repeated. Change always postponed. Promises routinely recycled. Cabinet always reshuffled. Citizenry wanders and drifts.
Missing now are the post-pandemic bold new narratives for collaborative amalgamation of talents and resources to fit the new world. No nation can do it alone; therefore, a global-age vision is necessary. No leadership can deny meritocracy, as matching with global levels of performances and productivity is required. What are the options on the table?
The hidden notion of “Unskilling of Old Mindset” is now becoming a needed potion to allow a new reset of mind. Across the world, upskilling, lifelong learning and critical thinking are required for frontline economic development teams and leadership of government agencies and trade groups.
A brand new and transformed world is out there while governments and institutions void of “entrepreneurial-mindset” still lacking digital platforms and cannot fathom the new call for midsize economic performances. Years after years, nations witnessing their own high potential clusters wasted as standstill on old broken models. After all, in the coming months and years, the world is now morphing from the cyber-age into a new paper-less, cash-less, office-less and works-less age. Where are the specific economic solutions? Where are the narratives on mobilization strategies? And where is the real live mobilization as days of multi-year long feasibility are dead now? The singsong themes, the elections, the promises and recycling of old mindset cabinets will not work, so which way are the recoveries headed?
Daydreaming of great economic success inside the political rotundas is a great art, but national mobilization of pragmatic and visible progress outside the political decorum and across the nation is a new science of the day. It is essential to figure out the future, because today, like a revenge of The Julian Calendar, time is like a tsunami drowning us in our own depths of performance, challenging our lifelong learning and exposing our critical thinking but only forcing us to fathom the pace of change, swim or drown.
Unless new vision appears, the midsize economies remain stuck in deep mud, although recognized as the largest economic productivity mortar but still deprived of simultaneous synchronization on the digital platform economies, where borderless skills expanding boundary less commerce and productivity standards worthy of globally competitive edge. The tragedy is visible at the local grassroots level.
Visible primarily to the entrepreneurial mindsets, driving global-age triangulation backed by new upskilling and replacing old thinking models is one way. Such thinking always searches for collaborative assemblies of all of the various talents and skills required to mobilize national programs to advance such transformations for common good.
Study Olympics; medalists are athletes not Sunday-joggers. Pandemic recovery squeezing superior performances, therefore, economic development is no longer a degree with embossed business cards. It now demands proof of real tactical battlefield experiences, global-age understanding of platform economies with entrepreneurial mindsets, and with mobilization expertise and otherwise it is just Tik Tok pastimes.
The global economic damage now openly visible is primarily caused by lack of digitization, what takes seconds in the digital age, others are taking weeks and months, the magnitudes of losses of opportunity at certain geographical points are 1000 times greater than replacement costs of a brand new economic development agency.
Observe how Excellency Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim leading Expothon Africa to assist in uplifting high potential midsize businesses anxious to quadruple exportability via upskilling the hidden entrepreneurial and youthful forces of African nations. Study more on Google.
However, de we let the trees fall in the forest, no matter how critical the tactical needs of advancements or how urgently the answers needed, each aspect calling for multilayered global scale virtual events to table solutions, here are three bold suggestions.
- One: Forest fires always put out by creating more selected fires; creating a far superior brand new meritocracy centric digital firefighting unit to act at the top and bring required results.
- Two: Fear of exposure of talent is the number one fear of digitization.Assure long-term working benefits with lifelong learning and intense upskilling.
- Three: Incentivizing all frontline management of all midsize business economic development and foreign investment attraction and export promotion bodies is a new requirement of time. The world is spinning too fast and opportunity losses are extremely large, here creative entrepreneurial mindset needed to uplift bureaucratic mindsets.
The challenge is to find the right mindsets; therefore, avoiding scratch-n-sniff policies out of old dysfunctional case studies and insecurity based academic feasibilities will only take another decade to the next pandemic. Start debating on options available and creating wiser plans.
The rest is easy.
The rest is easy.
(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. www.expothon.com. He can be connected via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/naseemjaved.)