'Combining experience with theory, the explanation and examples are excellent.'
'What I will take away from this workshop is 'building a talent pipeline'. I will be making this part of my recruitment teams' KPI's.'
'Great knowledge imparted and willing to share.'
Piran Consulting conducted the first public workshop of our new Strategic Talent Acquisition workshop in the past week, and we received great feedback, as well as having a really good time!
Talent acquisition has evolved rapidly in Asia from a tactical, back-office process to a strategic endeavour that directly impacts organisational growth. Companies, from small operations, to MNCs,that are struggling to identify and attract talent, must rethink their current strategies and technology options in order to align with corporate objectives.
This new course aims to equip HR professionals and corporate recruiters with critical new skills set that solve these challenges and position their organisation for success. Talent Acquisition professionals must move beyond the world of order taking and searching resumes, towards a more structured and strategic approach towards workforce planning and analytics, that lead to business outcomes and mastery of a set of new relationship-building competencies and tools.
The feedback was very positive all round, with some great interaction between the participants. Open sharing and dialogue helped the group develop new ideas, think of solutions to some of their existing problems, and leave with new strategies which can be readily implemented back at their workplace.
This was a really enjoyable course, even for our trainer, and we look forward to many more!
Have a look at our programme details, or contact us for further info on how you can benefit from this groundbreaking course.
We are pleased to announce the launch of three exciting new courses, developed by Piran Consulting and run in conjunction with the Aventis Centre for Organizational Psychology, part of the Aventis School of Management. Aventis offers an unsurpassed experience in accelerated learning, which fosters both intellectual growth and development to meet current and future challenges of businesses around the world.
The new courses will be run for the first time in as public programmes in May and June, as 2 day workshops designed to facilitate the development of ideas and practical solutions for recruiters and talent acquisition specialists. There is limited coverage for training courses of this nature in Singapore, and so we will provide solutions, information, and ideas to improve knowledge, skills and workplace performance. The courses are:
These courses can also be run as in house programmes for a range of organisations, including corporates, small and medium sized enterprises, specialist recruitment consultancies and agencies, and government bodies. We are happy to discuss your organisational or individual needs, and you can contact us with any specific queries.
This is a very exciting project and we look forward to seeing you on one of our courses very soon!
Piran Consulting MD published in the Journal of Business Compliance
Sam Gibbins, MD of Piran Consulting, has recently been published in the Journal of Business Compliance. The Journal of Business Compliance is intended to encourage learning and the sharing of effective compliance and governance practices across the boundaries of industrial divides, and across the frontiers of Europe. The content is relevant to all participants in the modern business environment, from the regulator and practitioner, to Directors of the Board of the Company and the Human Resources manager.
Those wishing to read this full article are invited to contact us so we can distribute at no cost. We hope you enjoy reading as much as we enjoyed putting it together!
The incessant growth of social and digital media has created a wealth of opportunities for business, but due to their very nature have also created problems, not least in respect of compliance, risk management and governance issues. So what does it represent? A gourmet platter of opportunity for business? Or a minefield of risk for the unwary?
In this article, Sam Gibbins explores the balance of opportunities these new forms of connection and communication afford business and their potential downsides. Through an examination of a series of real life example cases that put the practical impact of these developments into context, and highlight additional imminent challenges, Sam builds on them to provide a series of recommendations for the development of our social media policies, which provide welcome direction and a checklist for action for those of us who are, perhaps, still playing catch up...
Without getting the necessary preparation done on this crucial aspect of presenting, you may end up looking and feeling a little lost come the time to stand in front of your audience! Even some of the best and brightest struggle on this front, not using the previous points discussed to build strong substance into their presentations, which may end up being solely full of style. Many people are perfectly capable speakers and presenters, but is this enough for your audience? Are they happy to settle for capable, or are they looking for excellent? In this day and age, it is more often than not the latter.
Often your topic will be based on specialist knowledge or expertise, and although this seems like an easy win in the sense that you’re comfortable with the subject matter, you may end up finding that your knowledge is so superior to your audiences that you are required to ‘tone it down’ a little. Coming to a presentation from the angle of knowledge or subject matter expert is a great bonus; you already have a strong level of pre-existing knowledge, allowing you to give a fluent talk, adding in or removing elements as you see fit. This allows a more natural presentation, moving with less effort from section to section, and often providing natural energy as this is an area with which you have a specific interest or knowledge base.
This also provides an additional bonus that is often omitted when planning a presentation or speaking session, that being the ability to provide coherent, useful answers to audience questions. It is not expected (mostly, with the odd exception) that a presenter should know the answer to everything an audience may ask, but it certainly helps give an air of direction and authority when you are able to fluently provide answers to those pressing questions thrown at you by the attendees. Having preexisting knowledge is a great boon in this regards, and can round out a session with a much more positive atmosphere.
It is not always the case that we will be endowed with a wide variety of knowledge on the given subject before we present, and this requires additional research and effort, which if course necessitates time to be added. Planning is crucial, and the time needed on this front will vary depending on the level of work required to be undertaken. Do not fall into the age old student trap of cramming everything into the last hours before you take to the stage! This is obvious to the audience, does not provide the necessary detail they will be looking for and leaves people feeling short changed, something which happens to us all and never ceases to frustrate.
A particular challenge may arise when the audience has a wide range of existing knowledge of the topic, with some individuals comfortable with the level you are presenting and others who feel they are in at the deep end. This may need an element of readjustment, but it is worth remembering that it is nigh impossible to be able to cover every element every audience member may be looking for.
Having a poor grasp of the content and context of what you are presenting will almost certainly ensure your audience leaves without gaining much in the way of useful information. It is expected of you that you would do the requisite planning to provide a useful session, with information and examples, case studies and scenarios, and the ability to answer some of the more typical questions for the topic. It may be the case that you need to simplify your topic for the audience at hand, or it may be necessary or pertinent to focus the session on a smaller number of key areas instead of trying to overreach and end up under delivering.
This is the sixth and final post in a weekly series looking at some ideas around presenting and preparation. All thoughts are the personal views of the author. Follow me on Twitter @s_gibbins
Regulatory change has moved on at quite a pace over recent years, with much of the new ‘development’ focused on reworking previous pieces of legislation, amendments and tightening controls in the wake of one fiasco or another. There have been some significant pieces which have the power to make a global impact, such as FATCA, and only time will really tell the true impact of what these might be for the wider audience.
In the past few weeks there have been attempts made to tackle two new developments in the world of financial regulation, and ones which, it seems, many regulators and financial services firms still do not have a firm grasp of; virtual (or alternative) currencies, in particular Bitcoin, and social media. As has been so common in the historical cycles of regulation, everybody can see the importance of these areas but nobody seems keen to take that first step into producing coherent regulation, guidelines or licensing. It is fraught with difficulties, often produced with what appears to be a lack of expertise and going against the desires of the industry, who want as much freedom as possible (but also light punishment when it goes wrong).
A few weeks ago the Financial Conduct Authority, one of the shiny new regulatory bodies to emerge from the ashes of the UK’s Financial Services Authority, issued a Guidance Consultation on Social Media and Customer Communications, a precursor to a new regulatory approach designed to tighten up rules around what is permissible when using social media and interacting with customers, particularly around promotions. Whilst there has been the inevitable grumblings about this, not least due to a perceived, and likely correct, view that it has been left too long, it is also generally accepted that this update is needed and, with useful industry feedback, could be the start of a proactive view on the development of social media in financial promotion.
One of the advantages any regulator has in this instance is that they get to shape ideas which will be picked up and used not only by the industry, but by other regulatory bodies. Social media is not going to go away, and whilst there have been legal cases and taxing issues about what is and is not acceptable, this is an initial foray into the concept of placing fixed boundaries on what is permissible for a firm to be doing with their online presence.
A parallel can be drawn here to the New York Department of Financial Services and their approach to licencing Bitcoin. The DFS came to the fore in recent years with some hefty fines and an approach to track down and punish malpractice by its head, Ben Lawsky. Taking on the challenge of producing licencing requirements for Bitcoin is a new step for the DFS, and one that has met with anger from the virtual currency community, although this comes with an undertone of inevitability. Talking to a compliance practitioner in this area recently, it seemed clear that the DFS are taking a bold, but ultimately necessary (and welcome) step towards helping regulate this market. It is also apparent that they have done their homework and are ready and willing to work with the industry in collaboration, rather than opposition.
A beneficial element which has helped the cause of the FCA has come from an outside source, in the form of a Social Media Charter put together to help firms align with a core set of values and principles on how to use social media. This has been in the works for some time, but is an important milestone for financial services firms to use as a way of showing their commitment to promoting ethical practice, strong governance principles and a desire to rebuild their trust with stakeholders and the general public.
The feedback to the Social Media Charter has been impressively positive, with firms using this as a chance to demonstrate their continued progress on this front, and their changing attitudes towards doing right by the community. Of course, the cynics out there will claim these firms are merely jumping on the bandwagon of a good thing, but organisations that have signed up to similar initiatives in the past, such as TRACE International, have successfully been able to improve their reputation and use the tools available to them for embedding a more appropriate culture, training and alerting staff to their own individual responsibilities.
The starting point of any new regulatory change entails, to some extent, jumping in to the deep end. Both the FCA and DFS have done just that, taking a leap which others will invariably follow. The bonus for the FCA is the industry need, commitment, and outside help from the Social Media Charter to provide the push needed for the guidance to be taken seriously, and implemented thoroughly. It is still early days on both these fronts, and much remains to be seen once they move towards fuller acceptance. With any luck the industry will step in to help, and not hinder, these initiatives.
All views are those of the author. Follow me on Twitter @s_gibbins