Grow Your Talent! How to PLANT Your Best Global Mobility Strategies

28 September 2016

28 September 2016

CIPD Ireland Southern Region was delighted to welcome Gina London, Emmy winning veteran CNN anchor and renowned speaker on employee engagement, to speak at an event held at The Clarion Hotel, Cork, on Wednesday 28 September. Subsequent to Margaret Collins, Chairperson, CIPD Ireland Southern Region, opening the event, Colette O’Herlihy, Chairperson of sponsor Rockboro School Association, welcomed all to the morning event.

Rockboro School

Aoife Healy, Principal, Rockboro Primary School (Sponsor); Gina London, Keynote Speaker; Margaret Collins, Chartered MCIPD, Chair, CIPD Ireland Southern Region Committee; Collette Herlihy, Chairperson, Rockboro School AssociationColette spoke about Rockboro School providing a diverse education experience, based on community values and child achievement. Rockboro, an independent multi-denominational co-educational primary school and pre-school, was established in Cork City in 1969, and offers an extended family environment, with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Parents and teachers ensure that each child is individually nurtured, and enabled to reach their full potential.

According to Colette, the quality of learning experience extends beyond the National Curriculum, with strong emphasis on science and maths. Rockboro pupils can avail of practical science as part of the school curriculum in its new fully equipped science laboratory.

The Sparks Programme, incorporating science, technology, engineering, maths and creative writing, provides an after-school programme with a difference!


Photo shows: Aoife Healy, Principal, Rockboro Primary School (Sponsor); Gina London, Keynote Speaker; Margaret Collins, Chartered MCIPD, Chair, CIPD Ireland Southern Region Committee; Collette Herlihy, Chairperson, Rockboro School Association

Gina London

To a large attendance of engaged HR leaders, Gina then kicked off her presentation with a distraction-related experiment, inspired by University of Illinois’ Illusion of Attention. Though Gina instructed the room to place their hand on their chin, the majority of us followed the visual of Gina placing hers on her forehead!

According to Gina, from a focus perspective, we do need to look external and to companies focusing on more than productivity in Q4 and hiring in Q1. There is a 15% increase in technical roles for which there are currently not suitably qualified candidates here in Ireland. In addition to hiring inbound, mobility can have many other dimensions, for example, internal, outbound, Gina’s own relocation to Cork for which she feels so grateful, and ultimately it’s all about talent. The room was then introduced to the PLANT model of growing your talent:

  • People Human experience is everything, for example, an online community for mothers moving to Ireland versus the 1990’s concept of a manual. When purpose is felt, productivity can double. We need to connect and share.
  • Listen Actively listen; use body language; conduct employee surveys with integrity.
  • Adapt Be flexible, teachable and relevant.
  • Nurture Via mission and purpose, drive productivity and loyalty. Wellbeing is the most desired employee element right now. The whole approach.
  • Train Upskill; professionally develop leadership and community; drive global mobility. For attraction and motivation positive impacts too.

David Barry, Chartered FCIPD, PRO, CIPD Ireland Southern Region; Gina London, Keynote Speaker; Margaret Collins, Chartered MCIPD, Chair, CIPD Ireland Southern Region CommitteeTo bring her keynote to a close, Gina spoke about talent growing and blossoming. How can it if not fed and watered? Essentially, there is no secret ingredient, but in the era of 'just having a life' versus work/life balance or integration, the human touch of engaging communications cannot be underestimated. Better communications will always be a competitive advantage, also for Ireland. Gina concluded by sincerely thanking CIPD Ireland Southern Region for the invite, and Rockboro School for all of the support provided to her and family.

To bring the event to a close, Margaret Collins thanked Gina for her engaging talk, and presented her with a gift to mark the occasion, kindly sponsored by The Irish Examiner. Sincere thanks were also extended to Rockboro School for their sponsorship and support in organising this event and to the Clarion Hotel.


Photo shows: David Barry, Chartered FCIPD, PRO, CIPD Ireland Southern Region; Gina London, Keynote Speaker; Margaret Collins, Chartered MCIPD, Chair, CIPD Ireland Southern Region Committee

Listen to Gina's talk and download her slides

Global-Mobility-Gina-London-Presentation-28-September-2016.pdf (2 MB) Global Mobility, Gina London Presentation, 28 September 2016

Biography

Gina London

Gina LondonGina is an Emmy winning veteran CNN correspondent and anchor, with more than a decade of television, radio, internet and print experience, and is now an internationally recognised speaker and expert at helping professionals improve themselves and their companies through dynamic and powerful communications, and employee engagement.

Focusing on HR-related trends, in just the past year, she led an acclaimed symposium at the 16th International Human Resource and Development Conference, compered DCU’s Leadership and Talent conference, was featured in HR UK magazine, guided Irish Distillers’ HR team on a new employee awards programme, shared body language secrets with CIPD in Limerick, and kicked off Ernst & Young’s CEO retreat by speaking on Change Leadership.

In addition, Gina has expertise in nearly every facet of strategic communications; from social media, branding and crisis communications, to working with the media, and presentation skills. She emceed the first 'Day of Peace' at the Disney Institute in Florida, which featured Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Oscar Arias and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

She has consulted and conducted seminars around the world for hundreds of high profile clients including SAP, McKesson, Heineken Ireland, Wells Fargo, Deloitte, Daimler and the US Department of State, and has lived or worked in more than a dozen countries including Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, UK, UAE, Israel, Macedonia, Romania, Tunisia, Nigeria, Ghana, Cambodia and Indonesia.

A published author, she has been featured as a writer or subject in a variety of media outlets including: in Ireland - The Irish Examiner, RTE 1FM’s The Ryan Tubridy Show, The Marian Finucane Show and Richard Curran’s Business; RTE’s The Today Show and The Week in Politics; in Italy - Le Notizie; in Nigeria - The Nation, Your View, TVC, Channels TV; in Romania - In Business Today; in Egypt - The Rose; in the UK - BBC;  in the US - CNN, Fox News, The Orlando Sentinel, The Denver Post, Travel Girl magazine and Fast Company.

Gina London resides in Cork, Ireland. Contact her directly on 087 7179917 or GinaLondon@gmail.com. For more information, visit her website at www.GinaLondon.com.

Sponsor

Rockboro Primary School & Pre-School

Rockboro School provides a diverse education experience, based on community values and child achievement. Rockboro, an independent multi-denominational co-educational primary school and pre-school, was established in Cork City in 1969, and offers an extended family environment, with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Parents and teachers ensure that each child is individually nurtured, and enabled to reach their full potential.

The quality of learning experience extends beyond the National Curriculum, with strong emphasis on science and maths. Rockboro pupils can avail of practical science as part of the school curriculum in its new fully equipped science laboratory. The Sparks Programme, incorporating science, technology, engineering, maths and creative writing, provides an after-school programme with a difference!

Contact details: Rockboro School, Boreenmanna Road, Cork, 021 4314324, email: rockboro@eircom.net, www.rockboroschool.ie.