Grow Your Talent! How to PLANT Your Best Global Mobility Strategies
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.
Colette 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
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.
To 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