Tall Poppies Make Economies

1 February, 2018

#WhyShaiWhy [Videos] Business Management

How do we compete in a competitive world when those who win are struck down? At a macroeconomic level, this can be a sure-fire way to stall an economy, right?

I have asked myself this question when I moved here to Canada. Coming from Australia, and even though I’ve only been here for six months, I’ve seen significant differences straight away.

The startups and tech companies I’ve looked at here in Toronto completely blew my mind, and so many continue to do so. I’m amazed by how Canada is buzzing with great minds and visionaries. Come on, this is the world’s home of artificial intelligence!

I figured that talent retention is a key driver. It gets me really excited to be in a place that is able to retain the talent they need to become a major player in big sectors like technology.

But at the same time, I can’t help but contrast and point out that this is what’s missing back home. A huge brain drain is actually happening in Sydney. I know so many smart and intelligent people move out of the country purely because of this stigma we call “Tall Poppy Syndrome”.

It makes me sad how people who are doing great, who are good at doing what they do, get looked down on as if they’re not toeing the line. And so these “tall poppies” get cut down. It’s depressing, isn’t it?

This is what hurts Australia.

We keep losing our best talents, innovators, and game-changers to the people who appreciate them. If only we can leave our egos at the door and come from the heart, we’d be able to accomplish as much and more.


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