The rise of the employee-centric business model

Michael Moran, CEO and Founder of 10Eighty, a pioneering consultancy focused on ROI and demonstrable improvements in organisational and people performance, presented at The Future of Work Seminar. Michael explored emerging and changing attitudes and values, and what these mean for future, more human-focused leaders. He also spoke about the death of scientific management, the rise of the employee centric business model, and the correlation between employee engagement, customer satisfaction, profitability and shareholder value.

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Operational resilience

Suneeta Padda, Founding Director at Padda Consulting, presented at The Future of Work seminar to showcase the impact of increasing risks relating to cyber, health and safety arising through working at home and the required changes in culture needed to support our ‘new normal’ working environment. Suneeta is the Founder of Padda Consulting, which was established to help domestic UK and global insurance intermediaries and insurers achieve evidence and maintain compliance with the FCA’s principle-based regulatory framework, Lloyd’s Minimum Standards and the PRA-PSM’s, SIMR, Corporate Governance and Solvency II.

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AECOM – A culture of quality

acumen7 members Giles Price and Rosie Hughes gave an insightful presentation at the April meeting on AECOM’s Culture of Quality. The discussion encompassed how to shift culture to improve quality in all you do, in a global organisation. They discussed process and procedure versus leadership and behaviour, and underpinning the global Culture of Quality programmes through enhanced collaboration performance.

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The challenges of project collaboration

Another interactive March session was facilitated by a newer acumen7 member, Warren Beardall, who revisited some old stalwart issues of project management and the ever-real challenges facing efforts of project collaboration. Issues of trust, behaviours and adequacy of visibility; propensity for dispute culture to endure; relative interpretations of success. All considered in the context of data driven decision-making, and whether critical control environments and contractual control had sufficient collaborative endeavour at their core. Construction, Public Private Partnerships and findings of Warren’s recent Master’s dissertation which posed these same questions formed the backdrop to a lively discussion. 

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The importance of ‘why’

acumen7 members kicked off 2021 with a fascinating session from Steve Molesworth, the CEO and Co-Founder of Opiner, a company that offers an innovative service for organisations seeking to generate and implement transformative new product/service ideas by providing one-click access to exceptional individuals who are ordinarily impossible to reach. When striving for true innovation, the most important thing is to get to the ‘why’. Opiner leverages the power of on-demand diversity to garner strategic buy-in, fuel creative thinking and ‘gut check’ potentially transformative ideas in three simple steps and all in just 24 hours.

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An introduction to people analytics

acumen7’s second session segued neatly from data analytics into people analytics. Dave Millner – aka the HR Curator – has a real passion for the transformation of HR functions. Dave spoke about the need for a more commercially focused response to client demands, and the role that analytics and new ways of thinking can help to change the perceptions of HR. Dave’s vision is to ensure HR teams fulfil the promise of being a commercially driven function adding true bottom line value to an organisation.

To share his expertise, Dave has co-authored the book: Introduction to People Analytics – A Practical Guide to Data-driven HR.

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