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Welcome to The Talent Intelligence podcast, hosted by Solutions Driven. On this podcast you'll find a mix of interviews from CEO's & Founders, to Talent Acquisition Leaders and employees playing a key role in their company shaping the conversation around diversity and inclusion, talent management, culture, and career growth.
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Usually on The Talent Intelligence Podcast, we keep it pretty loose, chatting about culture, attitude, methods, and how to hire.But when Kristina Finseth said she’d be a guest, we knew that wouldn’t work. Kristina’s an absolute fountain of knowledge on the subject of outreach in recruitment, and if we’d started chatting, we’d never have stopped.So in this episode, we got Kristina to talk through her top outreach tips. Listen as she discusses:👀 infiltrating recruitment with sales tactics🤝 how to engage candidates,🌍 where to find them,📹 and she dissects and rewrites a whole email!
Should leaders be the best performers in their team? Not if you ask Anthony Parker, General Manager EMEA at Mindtickle. According to him, if he's better than his team, it diminishes his abilities as both a leader and a coach.In episode 9 of The Talent Intelligence Podcast, Anthony sits down with our Head of Sales Anthony Parker to discuss: Growing and scaling Assessing talent The difference between working at large orgs and start-ups Proving yourself in leadership And much more...
You know when you have a call with someone and walk away with a sore neck after an hour of nodding in agreement? That's what happened to our Head of Marketing, Claire Murray, and Head of Growth, Nicki Paterson, when they met with Ted Blosser, CEO of Workramp. The Silicon Valley CEO ("Chief Enablement Officer" as he describes it) started Workramp with his co-founder Arsh Mand in 2015. Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength by "empowering every professional to reach their full potential through learning". We discussed: * Creating a culture of coaching * What you do with $17m in funding * Challenging an established industry * The 400 books Ted mentions...
The post-covid workplace with HR Professional Brian Almas On episode 7 of The Talent Intelligence Podcast, we sat down with HR and Talent veteran, Brian Almas, to discuss the changes happening as a result of Covid-19. Brian’s worked in the HR space for 20+ years heading up the Human Resources departments in companies like AOL, Flextronics, and now Rightway Healthcare. He’s seen plenty of fluctuations in the way we work in his career, but few as drastic as the ones we’re currently experiencing. In this episode we discuss:  The introduction of vaccine passports for work  How to get women back into the workplace  Whether flexible working is here to stay  The difficulty of job hunting during Covid 
In episode 6 of The Talent Intelligence podcast, Solutions Driven's Global Head of Business Growth Nicki Paterson sat down with Manny Medina, CEO of Outreach, soccer fanatic, and a man who feels his business in his bones.From organising his elementary school football squad for success, to heading up cutting edge projects at Amazon, Manny has always known how to get the best from his teams. Now, as funder and CEO at unicorn, Outreach, Manny is one of the leading figures in the SaaS business. In this episode we discuss: The challenges of being a CEO when "no one looks like you" Finding great talent and winning the talent war The importance of a net-positive energy dynamic How his footballing background has set him up to build the Outreach team And much (much) more. Both Nicki and Manny can talk...
In episode 5 of The Talent Intelligence Podcast, we sit down with Ida Matthieson, Head of Talent Acquisition at HBK. Ida has had an interesting first year in her HBK career, joining the business just as the pandemic hit and quickly moving up the ranks while never meeting most of her co-workers (sound familiar anyone?) While she’s been working on a holistic approach to HBK’s talent strategy, Ida has also brought her passion for DE&I to the fore, an interesting challenge in the male dominated industry they operate in. Ida has been an instrumental part of a team that has pushed for diversity not only internally but from the business’s suppliers and partners. In this episode we discuss the impact of the pandemic on remote teams, how a fast-moving market has made talent departments more agile, what the future of diversity looks like, and much more. And if that doesn’t peak your interest, tune in to hear about Ida’s mad dash from London to Denmark, leaving all of her belongings behind in the process - she’s not a fugitive, we swear. For those of you who want to check out Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed that Ida mentions, it’s available here. 
In episode 4 of the Talent Intelligence podcast, we’re joined by Nicky O’Brien, FCIPD and HR Dirctor at McCurrach Ltd. Nicky has worked in the HR and Talent space for over 20 years, and has been a continual champion of diversity. While data on diversity is important to McCurrach and Nicky, they’re also focused on conversations around diversity, holding round tables, events, and mentoring programmes where participants are encouraged to be open and honest. They even have a “Diversity Taskforce” run by volunteer members of the team. Here’s a snapshot of what we spoke about: How the pandemic has affected diversity at McCurrach, bringing men into the diversity conversation, how a majority female board affects the company’s performance, and the one strange thing Nicky does when she enters a supermarket...Learn more about McCurrach here: https://www.mccurrach.co.uk/
In Episode 3 of The Talent Intelligence Podcast we are joined by the amazing Shirley Harrison from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), based at The University of Sheffield. For over 30 years now Shirley has been working in the male dominated industry of manufacturing and mechanical engineering. And in recent months has been given the added responsibility of being appointed the Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion where she leads strategy development and implementation to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace, where everyone can be themselves and differences are recognised and respected. Here's a quick glimpse at some of things we chatted about: - Why AMRC created this new Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion position AND why Shirley wanted to take up this challenge... - What story is the data and insights telling Shirley so far around the Gender Pay Gap... - How Shirley plans to change the current recruitment processes through "systematic process change" to help create a more diverse and inclusive workplace... We also chatted about how to write better job description ads to help attract more female candidates, her thoughts on a blind selection process and how to adapt interview panels...and much more. Learn more about AMRC here https://www.amrc.co.uk/
A quick glance at the Comparably Awards for 2020 tells its own story. Winner of ‘Best CEO’. Winner of ‘Best CEO for Women’. And winner of ‘Best CEO for Diversity’. And that’s just the awards David Cancel won personally. How about Drift also being the winners of ‘Best Company for Diversity’, ‘Best Company Culture’ and ‘Best Work/Life Balance’ and several more? It’s for these reasons I’m excited to share this episode with you. In Episode #2 of ‘The Talent Intelligence Podcast’, I sit down to learn more about David Cancel’s Latino upbringing, his challenges growing up as a kid in the Bronx not speaking any English, through to how he got started in tech and how this journey helped to shape what Drift looks like today growing to over 400 staff in only a few years.We also chatted about Diversity & Inclusion to discover how Drift are creating a truly inclusive culture and how they’re continually measuring that. We also chatted about how to create and maintain a high performing company culture when your staff are all remote, how to recruit remotely, how to attract and retain staff, and what’s going on with the lack of VC funding for minority races. And with Drift recently announcing they’ve become a ‘Digitally First’ company, we learn more about what that really means and why ‘Conversational Spaces’ are the future for Drift’s existing global offices.Learn more about Drift’s Revenue Acceleration Platform at www.drift.comLearn more about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Drift  https://www.drift.com/about/diversity-equity-inclusion/Keep in touch with David Cancel and his ‘The One Thing’ newsletter at www.drift.com/dc
Janet Onyia is a true inspiration. Growing up as a young black female in an area of Newcastle where there weren’t any other black families, Janet has faced many challenges and struggles along the way to landing her dream job in tech. Imagine being told by your new colleague that you only landed your prestigious graduate placement job because you were a Black Female.Now working in tech as a Project & Programme Manager at Accenture in Scotland, she is still one of only 3 Black employees and the only Black Female, but she is on a mission to change that.With 50% of women working in tech leaving by the age of 35, there’s clearly a huge problem to be solved. And Janet wants to be the driving force behind this change for women in tech and Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.In Episode #1 of ‘The Talent Intelligence Podcast’, I sit down with Janet to hear first-hand how she is raising awareness of the struggles and challenges faced by not just black females in tech, but women in tech full stop. Inside this episode Janet spoke passionately about:• How she really felt when one of her colleagues told her she only landed a prestigious graduate placement job because she was Black and why she never wants her daughter to ever feel the same as she did…• Why there’s a huge disconnect between HR & female employees when it comes to the reasons why 50% of women are leaving the tech industry by the age of 35…• The impact of recruiting women in tech in this new world of remote recruitment…• Why employers need to be doing much more to attract a more diverse workforce, including a blind application recruitment process to remove unconscious bias…• How to ensure black females in tech with traditionally poorer internal networks are not overlooked for internal promotions…And so much more including Janet’s views on Kamala Harris being sworn in as the first woman, first Black person, and first person of South Asian descent to become the Vice President of the United States of America.We are also joined in this episode by Claire Murray, Solutions Driven’s Marketing Operations lead.You can connect with Janet Onyia on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdonyia/Learn more about Girls Who Code at https://girlswhocode.com/en-uk
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