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Issue 139, 9 May 2017


Dear Members and Friends

There is so much debate these days about what key skills we all need to have to help us move from job to job in the new digital economy. While building relevant technical or product skills via on the job training or by formal continual learning will be important, practising core transferable skills is paramount to success. They won’t change. What are they?

•   First off, the right attitude which I define as each employee being interested in the success of the company he/she works for and their role in achieving that success.

It follows that if an employee has the right attitude as I have just defined it, then he/she will continually want to challenge the status quo to look for better ways of working and serving the businesses’ customers.

The willingness to learn and to keep learning is another facet of possessing the right attitude.

As is adaptability and this encompasses mobility – the willingness to take overseas assignments - to develop existing skills and acquire new ones to stay relevant to the business and its internal and external customers.

•  The ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken English and all other languages relevant to the business.

Optimal teamwork: the ability to work optimally with others in teams including multi-cultural teams across the world to serve customers.

Demonstrating a customer centric focus every day. An obsession about quality outcomes and an unrelenting focus on delivering consistently high quality service is key to sustained individual and corporate success.

Next week I’ll talk about the employers’ role in all this. Until then, have a great week ahead and let me know what you think via victor@sicc.com.sg.

Warmest regards

Victor Mills
Chief Executive 


Distinguished Speaker Series: Minister Lim Hng Kiang, 12 May 2017
Amidst the current uncertain outlook, Singapore must stay the course to remain open and connected, to be an attractive global city that welcomes the best companies, talent and investments. How does it continue to do that? Join us for this members-only, closed-door dialogue session with Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade).  Read more

C-Suite Networking Night: Non-transferable Invitations, 17 May 2017
This member-exclusive event is co-hosted with member CapitaLand Limited and will take place at The Great Room at One George Street. Light canapes and wines will be served.  Read more

Innovation Series: Ascendas-Singbridge, 23 May 2017
One of Asia’s leading providers of sustainable urban solutions has chosen to evolve from being a provider of office space to a company driven by a much more holistic, community model. Join us to hear why and how Ascendas-Singbridge took this innovative and value-creating path and discover what the learning points are for you and your company.  Read more

The Dark Side of the Digital Age: E-Waste, 30 May 2017
This talk cum networking session will feature insights from Starhub, social entrepreneurs and a CNA documentary producer; and an e-waste collection drive.  Read more

Building Your Brand? Build Your Culture First!, 6 June 2017
Discover how companies like Google, LinkedIn, Disney, Apple and Zappos create exemplary company cultures and get started on building a winning company culture of your own.  Read more

Talent Development Series: Rising Through the Ranks, 15 June 2017
Dr Indigo Triplett, CEO of 4D Performance, will introduce her HR philosophy of playing the game by the unwritten rules that can help professionals move quickly from the middle to the top.  Read more

AGM 2017 & Networking Reception, 21 June 2017
All members are warmly invited to attend your Chamber’s AGM. This will be followed by a Networking Reception hosted by NVPC.  Read more

Dialogue with MOM and TAFEP, 29 June 2017
What does being on the MOM watch list mean for companies and how do companies get themselves off the watch list?  Our speakers from MOM will answer these questions at our annual dialogue session.  Another topic that will also be covered will be how TAFEP and MOM can support firms that are committed to progressive human capital practices, through the Human Capital  Partnership Programme.    Read more

2017 SICC Golf Tournament, 24 August 2017
Your Chamber’s annual golf tournament tees off at the Singapore Island Country Club's New Course at 1.00pm on 24 August 2017. Our Guest of Honour this year will be Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport.  Read more 

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Committee Meetings




3 May 2017,
Financial Services Committee Meeting Highlights

22 May 2017,
Human Capital Committee Meeting

26 May 2017,
Education Services Committee Meeting

30 May 2017,
Corporate Governance & Regulatory Committee Meeting

1 June 2017,
Hospitality Services Committee Meeting

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