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Disruptive thinking for successful leadership in the changing world of work

Disruptive thinking for successful leadership in the changing world of work

Ho Chi Minh City, July 1st 2018

45% global employers are struggling to fill open jobs because they can’t find the skills they need, according to ManpowerGroup’s Talent Shortage Survey 2018 (TSS 2018). This is the biggest talent shortage in the last 12 years (2006 – 2018). 

According to the survey, the bigger companies face the bigger challenges with 67% large firms reporting hiring challenges and nearly a quarter say they’re having more difficulty now than a year ago. Specifically, 29% employers say the main reason they can’t fill roles is the lack of applicants, another 20% say candidates lack the necessary experience while 19% quote the applicants lack required hard skills

The situation is the same in Vietnam where the annual unemployment rate is on the hike (2.2% of the local workforce), however, employers find it very difficult to recruit the right talent they need.

To cope with this situation, employers around the world have to recruit outside their talent pools or apply new recruitment strategies against the traditional ones. In other words, they are more innovative or “disruptive” in recruitment as compared to they were many years ago. According to TSS 2018, 33 percent employers are looking at various demographics, age ranges or geographies, using social media to attract potential candidates, or tapping boomerang retirees or returning parents and part-timers.

Within this business context, “Disruptive Thinking” is a new concept that business leaders should apply to lead successfully their organizations in a changing world of work. The seminar “Disruptive Thinking for Successful Leadership” co-organized by ManpowerGroup Vietnam and Maastricht School of Management (MSM) on  July 1st 2018 is aimed at answering the questions: What is thinking and what is disruptive thinking? How can we make practical applications in our careers and personal life? How can we effectively apply Disruptive Thinking to practical leadership and management?

Disruptive thinking is very important to be able to lead through quick and disruptive changing environment. To facilitate disruptive thinking, people should actively think in different or even reversed ways. More importantly, people should apply disruptive thinking more frequently.

Practically, to allow disruptive thinking to lead to successful change, individuals should be ready for change and be ready to lead change. Leaders should also facilitate change process, and be opened to disruptive thinking. During the Seminar, Professor Geert W.J. Heling, PhD from MSM MBA Program and Ms. Huong Nguyen, Country HR Manager of ManpowerGroup Vietnam also unveiled techniques/tips to stimulate disruptive thinking as well as successfully lead change in organizations.

About ManpowerGroup

ManpowerGroup® (NYSE: MAN), the leading global workforce solutions company, helps organizations transform in a fast-changing world of work by sourcing, assessing, developing and managing the talent that enables them to win. We develop innovative solutions for hundreds of thousands of organizations every year, providing them with skilled talent while finding meaningful, sustainable employment for millions of people across a wide range of industries and skills. Our expert family of brands – Manpower®, Experis®, Right Management® and ManpowerGroup® Solutions – creates substantially more value for candidates and clients across 80 countries and territories and has done so for 70 years. In 2018, ManpowerGroup was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the ninth year and one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies for the sixteenth year, confirming our position as the most trusted and admired brand in the industry. See how ManpowerGroup is powering the future of work:


MSM MBA (Maastricht MBA) is a joint program between the Maastricht School of Management (The Netherlands) and the School of Industrial Management (HCM City University of Technology). It has offered executive MBA programs in Ho Chi Minh city since 1998. These programs are specifically designed for middle management executives, the self-employed, and aspiring consultants in general management who have fulltime job responsibilities and therefore cannot afford to attend classes on a fulltime basis.

MSM MBA Vietnam is the only program accredited by: ACBSP (, IACBE (, AMBA (, ATHEA ( It ensures that MSM-MBA program is an internationally-recognized MBA, providing a top quality MBA curriculum that has been reviewed by business education experts, and that meets global industry requirements.

Both the curriculum and the schedule are specifically designed for management executives. The curriculum is application oriented and updated every year. The well-planned schedule of MSM MBA program enables the participants to minimize conflicts between working and studying.

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For more information please contact:

Ms. Nguyen Dinh Hoang Yen

Marketing and PR Manager

ManpowerGroup Vietnam

Tel: +84 28 3911 0950 (ext. 135)

DĐ: +84 903 808 175