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What Does it Mean to be Future-Ready?

Blog | Building Culture   |   July 16, 2015

by Rachel Ong

As we prepare for our grandest national birthday in a few weeks, it is also the perfect time to dream, plan and prepare for the years ahead. How we can continue that spirit of innovation, courage, and purpose that characterizes us, and has made the impossible possible.

The best way we can prepare for the future is to take ownership of what has been entrusted to us—our families, our communities, our workplaces, our businesses. To ensure that we are ready for the future.

The tranformation story of SingPost is a great example. The demand for postal services was on a steady decline because of the digital shift, but the courage and faith of Dr Wolfgang Baier, Group Chief Executive Officer together with his team led the company back to roaring success in just a few short years. SingPost responded with innovative solutions, where value was both created and captured. They now partner with Alibaba to reach the globe. Not only did they embrace the digital age, they celebrated it. Don’t be afraid of the future, have an open mind, embrace change, and enjoy the ride!


Don’t be afraid of the future, have an open mind, embrace change, and enjoy the ride!


Seeing the future also means accepting that things will change. Our jobs can one day be obsolete. We must be ready for that day.

So keep learning! Acquire new skills and knowledge. The job you have today may no longer be relevant in the future. Engineers not too long ago were rockstars in the workforce. But today, we see a huge shift. Except in Silicon Valley where this profession continues to be celebrated and valued, most engineers across the globe have departed from the trade. The demand, the landscape of businesses have evolved, as evidenced by the telecommunications industry, with widely available and free communication tools like whatsapp, viber, wechat, there is no more need for traditional services.

The tide has changed and the tide will continue to change.


Keep learning! Acquire new skills and knowledge. The job you have today may no longer be relevant in the future.


To be future-ready, we must lose fear, and lead with focus and foresight. Our nation was prepared to test ideas that others may deem crazy. Singapore built a significant portion of the city area over reclaimed land in anticipation of the growth and future we now enjoy.

Being future-ready is also about being relevant. Being able to build on what we have, meet the needs of today, and position ourselves to meet the demands and solve the problems of tomorrow. We are a nation blessed with innovators, researchers, implementors. We must continue to walk in integrity, gratitude, and humility. Let’s enjoy the ride!


Being future-ready is about being relevant. Being able to build on what we have, meet the needs of today, and solve the problems of tomorrow.


This is the spirit that we purpose, a picture of passion and the will to succeed. A love for our great nation that we will pass to the next generation. Indeed, this is the beginning of our next 50 years.

Rachel is founder and Chief Executive of ROHEI.

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