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We've recently started a Financial Services Virtual Global Roundtable series, bringing together a small number of HR Leaders to discuss topics with global reach. We're planning to run these on a monthly basis and the topics will be shaped by the attendees. If you would like to be notified about the upcoming round tables please complete the form and we'll be in touch.
Ben Wood our Executive Director – Head of Global Financial Services reflects on the most recent round table.
The second round table brought us together to focus on the leadership within our respective firms. A noticeable reflection from the attendees was how a different style and approach of leadership was being shown now comparted to the GFC. Whilst before it was felt leaders had been very directive and “one size fits all” in their communication style, a different, more positive tone and approach has been adopted by the leaders of many firms who were represented on the call. More specifically, enabling more junior management stratas to engage with their people at a more localised level and fostering a more human and inclusive culture than was seen in 2009.
Another key reflection was how to capture and retain this more positive, fluid and agile culture, moving away from the presenteeism seen in so many “traditional” firms. There was a recognition that the recent events have seen many leaders willingly step up to the task of engaging and leading their people with the aim of reassuring, but also enabling decisions to be made locally. Collaboration was also an oft used phrase, both in the context of virtual collaboration at the moment, but excitement about how collaboration could work more effectively in the future with firms getting more out of their people and being able to cross-polinate ideas more by blending their working practices.
Plenty more to discuss when we next meet, if you are keen to be involved please complete the form.
Financial Services Global HR Director Roundtable Series: Spotlight on the Future of Work
- Diane Brokenshire, Global Head, All Business Lines HR at Standard Chartered in Singapore
- Tamara Gurajena, Regional Head of HR Consultancy, Asia-Pac at HSBC in Hong Kong
- Aditi Mahadevan, APAC Head of Talent, Learning and Diversity at Citi in Singapore
- Pete Baker, Group CHRO at First Abu Dhabi Bank in Abu Dhabi
- Liz Barrett, MD, Integration & HR at London Stock Exchange Group in the UK