The myth of foreigners with international exposure has become a mandatory requirement for top management positions continues to be flagged everyday by everyone claiming to be an authority in hiring and talent scouting. You need to have international experience to fit the top job. Just look around and ask how many of our top people have international experience. Just look at our past leaders and asked how many have international experience. Ask Bill Gates, Warren Buffett or Steve Jobs what international experience did they have before they were successful? Ask Li Ka Sing what international experience he had before he was successful.
What is this beef about having to work in an international organization to be qualified for top management jobs? Ask the chicken rice and satay seller what international experience is needed when his customers and market are in the housing estates?
Running the train needs international experience or not? You need international exposure when your business is international. International experience is good to have. You don’t need international experience as a pre requisite to be in top management especially in local companies operating locally with local customers, products and services. If this is mandatory, then all our local companies must be filled by foreigners.
There is such a thing as good to have but not necessary must have. There are things that can be acquired in the process. Maybe this is the reason why our locals are found not good enough for top jobs by our very own locals because of this myth. The unspoken conspiracy is for foreigners to take over the top jobs of local companies.
Yes, we are one of the top countries in terms of hiring foreigners. Is this something good or is it bad? This is a selling out of the interest of our local talents. It is an accolade that is not an honour and better not to have. Japan would need to replace all their top honchos with foreigners, and so would China, Korea, Taiwan and India.
Just because foreigners said you need foreigners does not mean it is good for you or good for your country and people. It is meant to be good for the foreigners, dumb twits. Computers and parrots don’t think. But people with a little grey matter must think. Otherwise there is no use for the piece of grey matter in between their ears.
Keep filling the top positions with foreigners. What about sending your Singaporeans for foreign exposures? No need. Then where are you going to get Singaporeans with foreign exposure even if it is really needed? Ask Jack Ma if he got foreign experience. The myth of foreign exposure is like planting a Trojan horse in the brain of a parrot to do damage to his own people without him knowing it.
Parrots, please repeat after me, ‘We need international experience for top jobs.’