This paper focuses on the current skills shortages across the Asia Pacific Region from work-ready Graduate intake to Talent within companies and the ongoing development of Managers and the Future Leadership pipeline. There is no doubt that the continuing economic growth, the accelerating need for Talented Managers and Teams within organisations (e.g. China's biggest stated talent gap) and a more globalised workplace are factors that should make this Region buoyant with Talent. There is no doubt that there are academically sound potential employees but the biggest gap evident is the crucial difference between academic know how and intelligence with the practical know how and common sense often needed in today's diverse workplace. Its open for debate! please read the paper and let me know your thoughts. Please fill out a contact form if you would like to download this paper.