Summer Symposium Network Huddle Update – 23 June 2017

We were delighted to see so many members at our Summer Symposium Network Huddle on 23rd June. Thank you all for stepping out of your busy day jobs to spend the day with us.

To kick the day off we started by awarding Mel O’Hara from Tesco a bottle of bubbles in recognition of winning our “star contributor of the month” award.  Mel won this award by going over and above when responding to a recent Symposium roundtable e-mail question on Asia!

We then spent time on roundtables introducing ourselves and discussing the diversity and the priorities of the companies in the room before we moved on to the hot topics submitted by participants ahead of the day. Lively discussion took place on questions relating to assignee pay structures, in depth policy design, vendor management and immigration.

A key part of a Network Huddles is hearing from our Symposium Network members on key aspects of their Global Mobility programmes and how they are tackling current challenges. We don’t have formal presentations, just willing volunteers who spend around 10-15 minutes providing us with some candid updates on what they have been up to.

This quarter we heard from Tom Standring (Hitachi), Stephen Mayled (Arup) and Wendy Maynard (IHG) who not only educated but also entertained us with their updates.

Tom walked us through his approach to managing change in a Japanese organisation and finished with an energy boosting quiz on Japanese culture. Stephen stepped up next and provided us with an entertaining update on his total reward statement project. And finally, Wendy explained how her new found love of data analytics uncovered some surprising trends and has helped her get the attention of senior stakeholders and started her journey of identifying and tackling barriers to mobility.

We also shared with you what is coming up at Expat Academy:

  • We announced that we’ll be providing on-line training in the near future. If this is of interest, please click here to pre-register your interest
  • Due to demand, we’ll be increasing the number of Symposium Huddles from 2018. So, if you didn’t make this one, the great news is that you’ll soon have more dates to choose from.
  • We let you know that our conference on 9th October is almost fully booked so to avoid disappointment you really do have to register now.  Book here
  • We have limited places on our Managing a Global Moving & Relocation RFP training course on 17 July. Book your place here. 

After a little debate on the most professionally acceptable time to decamp for drinks on a Friday afternoon, we decided that 4pm was thoroughly appropriate and continued our discussions and networking on the roof terrace of our lovely hosts PwC.

If you were inspired by those who gave us an update and would like to showcase something you’ve been working on – or you would just like to pick the brains of other GM professionals – then please do let us know and we can give you a 10 minute slot at the next Symposium Huddle in January 2018.  These are informal updates, no slides necessary and we are looking forward to these being a regular and rotational feature amongst the network.  We’re also aiming for your questions to form the bulk of the discussions on the day so nearer the time, do make sure to flood us with these…

You may also have seen that we have recently launched an Expat Academy Players’ Player of the Year award (winner to be announced at our conference in October).  We received some nominations at the Symposium huddle but it’s not too late to get your nominations in. This should be someone in the Global Mobility Industry who you have met through the Expat Academy. Here are some suggestions to help you choose. Someone who:

  • has inspired you in your career
  • has helped you to approach challenges strategically
  • is a good team player
  • is friendly and welcoming and makes coming to Expat Academy events fun and worthwhile
  • does a great job and is always willing to share their knowledge and experience

To nominate someone send their name, company and a brief reason for nominating to: Players’ Player nominations.

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