Highlights from the Talent Gathering 2018

Talent Gathering 2018

Earlier this month we had the pleasure of sponsoring and attending the inaugural Talent Gathering, held at the home of Scottish Rugby in Murrayfield, Edinburgh.

The event, hosted by Kenny Henderson of Get Up To Speed and Dave Buglass of Claymore People Consulting, brought together some of the UK’s foremost thinkers on the changing needs of the workforce.

Scottish rugby legend and current coach Gregor Townsend got us underway with a perfectly weighted drop out that focused on his journey from being a renowned player to becoming a successful coach, last season winning the Calcutta Cup and coming within a few inches of downing the mighty New Zealand All Blacks. Gregor talked about fostering talent in a team environment and how learning from the very best can help mould your approach. Interestingly he estimated that 80% of the skills he uses as a coach he has learnt since retiring from the game.

Next up was James Mitchell, VP Global Talent Management at Rackspace and his learning Ninja's cloak of invisibility. He challenged L&D professionals to make the jump to understand more about different parts of their organisations. We also learnt that satisfied employees have the training and resources they need to do their job well, but engaged employees learn and grow every day. Watch the video for some other important takeaways.

Kirsty Lynagh, Chief People Officer at nucleus, then talked of an untelevised revolution in the workplace. She stressed that you cannot win in the market place without first winning in the workplace - and that businesses don't create value, people do. Please watch the video for some other highlights from this very compelling presentation.

Following a great lunch and some good networking opportunities with an impressive delegate audience, we heard from the Talent Gathering's charity partner - the MY NAME'5 DODDIE foundation. This charity, founded by Scottish rugby great Doddie Weir, recently diagnosed with MND, is focused on raising funds for research into a cure and to provide grants to people living with the condition. Each ticket sold to the Talent Gathering provided a donation.

Kicking us off for the second half was keynote speaker Donald Clark with some captivating and powerful insights into the use of Artificial Intelligence in learning.

By 2020, we could have 5 generations in the workplace - from traditionalists and baby boomers right through to generation X. Karen Henderson, Head of Talent at Verisk continued the afternoon session by telling us how for key organisational functions such as strategy, innovation implementations and techniques for negotiating and persuading - things can be interpreted differently based on differences in generation and inevitable misunderstanding and conflicts can arise. Instead of focusing on the differences though, she encouraged us to look at the similarities. There are certain things all generations want from the workplace - they want to be challenged, to be appreciated for their work, they want flexibility, and respect.

Closing the formal presentations was Peter Yarrow of Standard Life Aberdeen who shared with us a best practice case study of how he and his team had successfully challenged and changed learning habits within his organisation. By removing barriers, creating attractive, socially accessible and bite-sized content and delivering it in a timely manner he was able to significantly increase engagement amongst his key learner audiences.

The day was brought to a close with a lively and engaging panel discussion between the key presenters and delegates in the audience.

Overall, it was a very impressive debut and we'll certainly be back for the next edition in October 2019. We look forward to seeing you there!

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