Annie's latest posting about Talent Corp.'s useless endeavor of spending millions to bring brains back to Malaysia reflect an amazing lack of appreciation for the talents of those who are already here in this country.
I am not going to focus on the value those millions of ringgits spent to bring them home, like Annie.
My question is, if these "talents" had wanted to serve the country, wouldn't they have looked for opportunities to come home, like I did, and not wait for people to go to them enticing them with tax exemptions, special status, and what nots?
And please, do not think their American, British or Australian accents make them more talented than the average Malaysian executive with a distinct Javanese accent, whatever language she happens to be speaking, slogging away to make ends meet.
What we have failed to do is to spot local talents because we are too limited by our prejudices.
I know of how someone who should have been recognised for her talent and excellent work rate but was stuck at the same spot for years, training her supervisors instead of being promoted to do the job, and couldn't get out of the rut in that particular organisation because she wasn't "up to the responsibility".
When she got an opportunity elsewhere, in a nurturing organisation, she rose within 16 months to manage a whole profit centre, earning five times what she would be earning in her previous employment.
What Malaysian organisations should be looking for are individuals who are adaptable, fast learners, quick thinkers and innovators who can deliver results instead of continually focusing on similar work experience or networking as the basis of recruitment.
That way, we can open up opportunities for those who lack the network or previous work experience to create a far healthier corporate culture than what we currently have.
You seriously think those Malaysians working abroad are actually more talented than locals?
I have worked abroad, only for a couple of years though, but it was enough to say that it was the work culture and values that breed a certain discipline which I find to be lacking locally.
To function, you must overcome any timidity to voice and defend your opinions in front of people far more experienced and knowledgeable than you.
To get the job done, you must be resourceful and creative, because everyone treated you as an equal and you have no excuse for slacking or seeking help because everyone else have their own deliverables.
People who have been exposed to such an environment tend to be more competitive and far more articulate than they normally would, given normal circumstances.
The kind of work culture that creates achievers and mercenaries alike.