Recruiting and Talent Development in a Post COVID-19 World

Amber Wigmore Alvarez explores how Business School Career Services are evolving to meet the needs of talent and corporate partners. On 25 June 2020, the career services world came together to discuss the challenges and opportunities for talent at EFMD institutions in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Together with Paul Lauriac, Development & Partnerships Director…

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Redefining Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Saleema Vellani explores the entrepreneurial mindset and considers how the future landscape of personal exploration, employment and industry will require ubiquitous innovation skills of new graduates and business leaders alike In January 2020, the World Economic Forum kicked off the Reskilling Revolution Platform with the aim of retooling one billion people over the next ten…

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Impartir la experiencia para conseguir valor

Al entender y atender a la experiencia de los empleados de una manera mucho más sofisticada que en años pasados, RRHH puede expandir su papel entre los líderes como un miembro igual del equipo ejecutivo dice Evan Metter

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The Leadership Challenge of Talent Management

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  The context of business is undergoing a radical rethink or at least a questioning of the fundamentals. In particular, the role of the leader is being challenged to be more inclusive and to add some form of social responsibility to an already tough job description. Talent management is a key area where leaders are…

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Delivering experience to achieve value

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By understanding and attending to employee experience in a far more sophisticated manner than in years past, HR can expand its role among the leadership as an equal member of the executive team says Evan Metter.   As the forces of change within the workplace continue to accelerate at unprecedented speed, disruption has become the…

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Chinese graduates: the employability disconnect

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As more and more Chinese students study internationally, business schools must look at how they enable graduates to obtain jobs in China. Martin Lockett and Xuan Feng look at the challenges facing students, employers and business schools   A decade or two ago, foreign graduates from mainland China were rare and highly sought after by…

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Making HR future proof

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Amber Wigmore Alvarez asks if we are educating tomorrow’s talent effectively.    Across the globe, we are witnessing the unravelling of traditional HR selection processes. Until now, much of the design of academic institutions’ Career Services has been around Career Education and Career Advising only then to be followed by Recruiter Relations. The time has…

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Lifelong learning

The most effective way to deal with change and profit from it, says Annabel Short, is to accept it and embrace the need for lifelong learning You might not like it but change will happen. And often, changes happen quickly – sometimes overnight. In the professional world, this is most commonly seen in areas such…

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How terrorism challenges the way we lead

Jeneva Patterson describes how a close brush with a terrorist attack threw light on her professional work in helping develop leadership March 22, 2016 8:43 am. Day Two of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) had just begun when my Apple watch started buzzing. When I saw that the call was from…

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Towards a marketplace approach to managing talent

To be successful, organisations and individuals need to transform jointly from a stable to an agile world. Agile organisational structures will be fuelled by agile talent, embracing and thriving in new dynamic environments. By Martin Moehrle In the October 2016 issue of Global Focus, I shared my view that while talent management practices have extensively matured over…

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ePortfolios: what employers think

Kim Watty and Jade McKay explain the benefits – for both employers and business graduates – of ePortfolios, and what empolyers think of them  Graduate employers are seeking the best and brightest students who provide a strong “cultural fit” with their organisations. Solid grades are important but not critical for many employers. They are looking for evidence of well-developed generic/employability skills as…

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What keeps you awake at night?

The question of whether talent management is working would be high on a list for many CEOs and corporate leaders. Martin Moehrle analyses the present state of talent management “Talent management” consistently features on the what keeps you awake at night? list of CEOs and other corporate leaders. At about the turn of the millennium, the term became fashionable (though occasionally…

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Collaboration that Brings Strategy to Life: Learning Rebranded at BBVA

Andrew Rutsch chronicles how Spanish bank BBVA is using its learning centre, Campus BBVA, not only to facilitate development but also to engage people with the company brand, values and strategy. In an environment that is increasingly disrupting industries and even countries, organisations are struggling to respond. Not surprisingly, in the learning and development (L&D)…

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Fuelling Business Growth Through Coaching and Mentoring – the Swiss Re Approach

The long-lasting financial crisis challenges the business case for corporate learning. Andrew Rutsch suggests that re-insurance group Swiss Re’s business-focused emphasis on coaching and mentoring may be one way forward. Swiss Re, the Zurich-based global re-insurance firm has achieved an impressive turnaround since the financial crisis, moving from a loss of $663 million in 2008…

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Managing Complexity: an Idea Whose Time Has Come

Richard Straub explains why we now need to tackle the complexity of business. We may have different visions about thefuture. Few, however, would doubt that the world has become more complex in recent decades and that it continues this journey at an accelerating and—for many of us—unsettling pace. With digitisation, the interconnectivity between people and…

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Growing talent in growth countries

Novartis and EFMD share research and ‘best practices’ for developing and managing talent in emerging markets. Novartis Corporation and EFMD recently hosted a leadership and talent development workshop in Basel, Switzerland. The event brought together learning leaders from different industries and corporate business schools. Together they shared best practices for leadership and talent development in…

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The Future of Work?

How can we tackle the current youth labour market crisis – where millions are unemployed at the same time as employers seek desperately to fill vacancies? Peter Vogel has some suggestions The world is facing major labour market challenges. According to the International Labour Organisation more than 61 million jobs have been lost since the…

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Success & the City

Ivan Bofarull looks at the role of cities in attracting and developing scarce human talent In a world where connectivity and complexity are the rule, the definition of risk is turning global – a financial downturn or issues concerning health or global terrorism are just a few among a number of examples. One of the…

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An engaging place to work

This special Global Focus supplement spotlights the growing importance of employee engagement. Siegfried Hoenle and Simon Stoepfgeshoff analyse the key issues involved. When do we do our best work? When we love what we’re doing, contribute to something meaningful, respect our bosses and enjoy our co-workers. When things are coming together in this way it…

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Why should anyone work here?

Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones seek to provide an answer. The issue of employee engagement – broadly conceived – has been the focus of attention for many of those whose major concern is management and leadership development. Indeed, driving up scores for engagement has become a kind of corporate obsession. Our latest research, published in…

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New ways to run engagement surveys

Andrew Marritt describes the growing use of innovative technology to measure employee engagement. “A new market has emerged: Employee feedback apps for the corporate marketplace. These tools are powerful and disruptive, and they have the potential to redefine how we manage our organisations.” Josh Bersin, Forbes, August 26 2015 The measurement of employee engagement is…

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The power of positive leadership

Whether directly through personal interaction or indirectly through their decisions, leaders shape the quality of a workplace. Siegfried Hoenle describes how leaders can act to boost employee engagement. Considering research results across organisations worldwide, leaders do not seem to deliver on engagement1. The levels of disengagement are high, harming the productivity and creativity of the…

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Employee engagement: the role of HR

Employee engagement has become a sacred cow of HR, one of the things it does to help the business. The danger is, says Nick Holley, that in many organisations it has become a ‘solution looking for a problem’ While a lot of the evidence suggests there is a correlation between employee engagement and firm performance,…

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Why Tomorrow’s HR Professionals Must Reinvent Their Role

It is time for human development specialists to re-examine their function and take a global and historical perspective in thinking about how to deal with human development challenges. By Bob Aubrey There is no doubt that human development is important to companies. Whether baptised as “talent” or “human capital”, the sourcing and development of employees…

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The past is not the future

Business schools – and the businesses they serve – need to discover a “second curve” if they are to survive and prosper. When I last spoke to the EFMD conference in 1974 my talk reflected my own personal dilemma.

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Virtual Internships: What Is In It For Business Schools?

Mariet Vriens describes current research into virtual internships and their advantages and pitfalls. In 2009 the Media and Learning Department of the KU Leuven in Belgium began exploring the possibilities of virtual internships. After a decade of building experience in virtual mobility (or ICT-supported international learning experiences), this seemed a logical next step. The topic…

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Getting “Behaviourally Fit”

In a world full of smart business professionals, says Lee Newman, the quality of behaviour is what distinguishes the most successful. Take two equally intelligent, well-educated professionals with similar years of experience and put them in similar organisations with the same budgets and staff. One consistently moves ideas forward and shepherds projects to success while…

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Learning, Development & Personal Growth

Alessandra Ginante argues that companies must do more to meet the personal needs and ambitions of their managers if they expect them to perform effectively. In today’s knowledge-based, complex and ever-changing business environment it is paramount for ,organisations to have highly qualified professionals if they are fully to realise their economic growth opportunities. Yet the…

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Why Digital Generation Needs Communication Training

The ‘digital generation’ are roughly 30 or younger. As they arrive in a workplace dominated by the non-digital generation, one thing becomes clear, says Teresa Martini. They are challenged when it comes to communication skills. What makes the “digital generation” different? It is widely known that while the non-digital generation adopted the use of technology,…

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