Powered By Talent Lite: Talent Development

Powered By Talent Lite: Talent Development

28 March 2019 by Justin Rush

Powered By Talent Lite: Talent Development

Powered By Talent is Northern Ireland’s only conference series dedicated to a business’s most important asset, its people. In advance of the main conference in May 22nd, 2019, the Abacus Talent Group are proud to present three supporting seminars on ‘Talent Attraction’, ‘Talent Retention’ and ‘Talent Development’.

The third of our three half-day seminars ‘Development’ took place at Ten Square Hotel in Belfast City centre on Thursday 28th March. Attended by 63 delegates from more than 26 organisations, the feedback from the seminar has been overwhelmingly positive, reaffirming the organiser’s belief that talent is top of the discussion agenda.

With hot tea and coffee’s in hand and after a brief welcome by host Justin Rush of the Abacus Talent Group, the presentations began.

First up, Sarah McKeag with ‘How do we prepare for tomorrow, today?’. Sarah is a Senior Manager with EY and responsible for the growth and development of a team of more than 500 staff across multiple service lines. Based in Belfast, she liaises with senior leaders across the global network on ensuring skills development keeps the EY team positioned as best-in-class.

Key messages the audience took away included:

  • Disruption, Impact & Action
  • Planning for the future of work
  • Removing ratings and replacing them with badges
  • Building skills and capabilities for the future
  • EY Career Framework

Next was Olivia May from Axiom with ‘Talent development – from the outside in’. Olivia is a leadership and talent development specialist with a track record of diagnosing, designing and delivering the highest standard development programmes and training courses. Olivia is also a former Programme Director of the William J Clinton Leadership School at QUB.

Key messages the audience took away included:

  • Evolution of talent development in organisations
  • Stakeholder Management
  • How to build a learning culture
  • Aligning talent development with business goals

After a quick comfort break the final speaker of the day, Áine Mitchell from the Coaching Suite gave her talk on ‘Embedding a Coaching Culture’.  Áine’s coaching skills are coupled with strong commercial acumen gathered in world class environments such as General Electric and Mercer Consulting where she worked at senior leadership level. In particular her focus was on understanding corporate cultures, inclusive leadership, employee engagement, developing leaders, talent management and succession planning.

Key messages the audience took away included:

  • Starting with why you should embed a coaching culture
  • Pull Strategies
  • Integrated People Strategy
  • Reflective Questions

After the final speaker, the gathered audience partook in a live Q&A with the guest speakers. Topics covered included;

  • How communication is key
  • How to document coaching in your business
  • The best way to implement coaching
  • The concept of dropping mid-year/year-end reviews and ratings
  • Developing your employees in line with your business goals

Thank you to all of those that attended, we look forward to seeing you at the Powered By Talent Conference 2019. To register your interest for the Powered By Talent Conference 2019,  please visit www.poweredbytalent.com/get-tickets/






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