Future talent is a pressing issue for Changeboard. Our May-July 2014 issue focused on what leading employers in the UK and across the globe are doing to address this leadership concern, and we recently hosted our first Future Talent conference, with business leaders, government representatives and philosophers weighing in on what we think is the most important leadership challenge of our time.
Creating a supportive workplace for the next generation is about practical life and career advice from experienced professionals. Here, six HR professionals and business leaders share the advice they would offer to their 22-year-old selves.
Nicola Williamson, HR director – Europe, IHG
“Give it your all, have confidence, believe in yourself and share your opinion with the team”
Alan Watkins, CEO, Complete Coherence
“Read Ken Wilber’s A Brief History of Everything“
Sarah Wheatley, resourcing manager, Teach First
“Stop worrying about what other people think and apply your energy to exploring your own beliefs and values”
Gary Brewer, global head of OD & reward, William Grant & Sons
“Be clearer about what is truly important and demands or merits time and effort. I’d also strongly reinforce the importance of a healthy work ethic in all aspects of life”
Steve Rockey, head of people, Byron
“It’s okay to be yourself and not have all of the right answers, whatever they are”
Lucy Adams, former HRD, BBC
“Don’t worry so much”
What advice would you offer to your 22-year-old self? Leave your advice in the comments and you may be featured in a future issue of Changeboard magazine.