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Talent Management & Development Journey to Japan

Imagine that you’re the Global Head of Talent at an employer with a significant number of employees in Japan. And then understand that in 2014, 26% of Japan’s population was estimated to be 65 years or older, and the Health and Welfare Ministry has estimated that over-65s will account for 40% of the population by 2060. Then think about how your workforce planning activities will be impacted by this shifting demographic.

The economy of Japan is the third-largest in the world by nominal GDP and the fourth-largest by purchasing power parity, and is the world’s second largest developed economy. Think about that. The world’s second largest developed economy – with about a population about a third of the U.S.’s. And a population that is aging and shrinking.

Want to learn about those things? Want to learn about them in person in Japan with some really smart Talent Management professionals as your learning/traveling companions? Want to hear from Japan’s biggest employers? From Japan’s government leaders? Yes?

Then join Gerry Crispin and me on a Nanda Journey to Japan in November. Gerry and I traveled together to India – with about 30 other HR leaders – several years ago under SHRM’s auspices. Then 2 years ago we joined together to lead a trip to Cuba with nearly 20 like-minded HR and talent management professionals. It was a life changing trip for many of our travel mates – and we want to do it again this year. In Japan.

Our 10-day itinerary includes meetings with employers, government agency leaders, and special meetings with executives from Recruit – parent company to Indeed, among many other staffing companies around the world. While focusing on talent management issues in the second largest developed economy in the world, we will also spend time in understanding the Japanese cultural landscape. Additionally, we’ll spend two days in the countryside living with families and understanding the small town rural life in Japan.

This journey, organized by our friends at Nanda Journeys, will be an extraordinary 10 days of learning, engaging with our travel companions, and making new professional friends in the land of the rising sun. There will also be a robust companion program perfect for a spouse, partner, child or grandchild.

Click here for more information on our itinerary and a request for information. Take a look. And let me know if you have any questions. Gerry and I are looking forward to another fascinating travel experience learning about Japan’s culture and the unique talent management challenges being faced by its business and government leaders.


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HR Journey: Talent Management in Singapore and Viet Nam

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Gerry Crispin and I are back at it! We’re joining forces once again to lead a delegation of senior HR leaders on an international recon trip. Last year it was Cuba. (Links to blog posts from the Cuba trip are here, here, here and here.) This year it is Viet Nam and Singapore! These two economies are growing targets of U.S. investment and leaders in both countries are dealing with unique talent challenges. Come along with us as we meet with leaders from business, academia and government to get an up-close and personal introduction to each country. We’re partnering with Nanda Journeys to deliver an extraordinary professional and cultural development experience.

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The experience starts from LAX and is 9 days and 7 nights (crossing the international date line is confusing…) The first stop is Singapore and the second is Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Both locations include meetings with HR professionals and the SHRM equivalent there. Next up will be interactions with appropriate government officials and local businesses. Of course cultural activities will be built in so that we’ll feel like we know both the business context and the cultural framework of these southeast Asia business hubs. Click here for the day-by-day agenda.

These HR delegations deliver far more than professional development and cultural learning. You’ll meet and travel with some of the most interesting and accomplished HR leaders around. There’s nothing like traveling internationally with a group of like-minded professionals to expand your own sense of self and profession. You’ll make life-long friends with whom you’ll want to travel again.

Unlike the Cuba trip last year, there will be a Guest Program running side by side with the professional program, so spouses, partners, and other guests are welcome to join you on this grand adventure. The focus of the Guest Program is national history and culture.

Take a look at the itinerary and details. Gerry and I would love to have you join the people who have already signed up. You might want to make your reservation now, because the spots are filling up — and let us know if you have questions.

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