Kim Seeling Smith

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Kim Seeling Smith – Light Up Your Workforce

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Covid-19 will hopefully be the most significant disruption of this decade, but the futurists, demographers and economists amongst us will tell you it certainly won’t be the last.

Business leaders are also facing accelerating technology implementation, a changing geopolitical landscape, supply chain constraints, climate change and shifting consumer demands.

And this against a backdrop of a major skills shortage and the rise of the empowered workforce who are demanding change — and getting it.

These disruptions are all changing the rules of work.

This session will not only help you understand these new rules, but it will give you a strategic roadmap and several action items that will make an immediate impact on your ability to attract and retain a future fit workforce. A workforce that can not only help you survive the challenges of the new world but embrace the opportunities within it as well.

Join us for a highly engaging, thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining trip into the future that will leave the audience with a high level strategic framework along with specific practical actions to ensure they are able to attract and retain the staff they need to not only survive but thrive in our new, quickly changing world.

The Great Resignation is occurring because we are in a unique moment in time where a critical skills shortage – caused by an aging workforce, border closures and rapidly changing needs of employers – is running headlong into a newly empowered workforce.

A workforce who after 2 years of pandemic induced reflection has become very clear on what they want – and what they don’t want – and they’re willing to vote with their feet.

Experts are now predicting that companies – including some iconic brands – will fall over in the next few years because they cannot find and keep enough of the right people to kick their business goals.

But how do you know what they actually need to keep them from leaving?

Luckily, reverse engineering over 5,000 exit interviews gives us significant clues as to what workers really want and what employers need to deliver to hold onto their team through the Great Resignation and beyond.

This model, dubbed the 9 Currencies of Choice® was originally developed in 2010 and has recently been updated for the post-pandemic workforce. It has proven to be wildly successful in increasing employee retention, motivation, productivity and profitability.

If your success depends on your ability to inspire and retain a great team then this session is not to be missed.

Hiring the right people has never been more important than it is now. We need top talent to help us overcome the challenges and seize the opportunities of the post-pandemic world.

Unfortunately, it’s also never been more difficult.

We are in a unique moment in time where a critical skills shortage (caused by an aging workforce and the acceleration of automation and AI) is running headlong into the Great Resignation (caused by the critical skills shortage and 2 years of pandemic-induced reflection).Our old recruitment strategies are falling woefully short. It’s time to reimagine recruitment.

Join us for an engaging, thought provoking and ultimately practical session with Kim Seeling Smith who has over 30 years of recruitment experience and a consistent 98% success rate

COVID-19 was the first (and hopefully most significant) disruption of this decade, but it will certainly not be the last.

To seize opportunities and overcome challenges presented by the inevitable disruptions that technology and the tension between globalization and localization will bring over the next few years, we must rethink how we hire and manage people because our current practices were designed for a different age and a different workforce.

Good enough will not be good enough in the future. We must be agile, flexible, innovative and resilient.

The Unified Theory of Everything People is a holistic, practical model.

It is based on two decades of extensive research and will help organizations and people leaders with practical solutions they can use immediately to build and retain the workforce they will need to survive this “Decade of Disruption.”

Being disruptive is sexy. But let’s face it, not every leader or organization can be disruptive.

Unfortunately every leader – and every organization can be disrupted – and most never see it coming – although they should. Disruption doesn’t happen because a better product or service comes along.

Disruption happens because companies – or industries – drink their own Kool-Aid. They lull themselves into complacency believing the stories they tell themselves about their products, customers and staff.

Stories that are just plain wrong – but are so entrenched they don’t challenge their validity.

Sony never saw the rise of the iPhone – despite the fact that they had the technology long before Apple.

Kodak wasn’t disrupted because of the rise of digital photography. They invented the first digital camera and spent millions on R&D. Kodak was disrupted because they didn’t understand changing consumer preferences in how their people want to view the photos they took – regardless of how they were taken.

This thought-provoking and extremely entertaining presentation will help you identify and examine the stories you tell yourself.

Through this 3 step process, you will be able to identify where you or your organization is vulnerable and begin to develop an action plan to fend off your competitors where you may be the most vulnerable.

Kim was born to MC. Highly engaging and energetic, naturally curious with exceptional pattern recognition skills, she is extremely adept at creating a flow and managing the energy of the audience throughout your event — whether it lasts 4 hours or 2 days.

Kim’s work as an MC runs the gamut. She can simply show up on the day to introduce speakers, provide the glue between sessions and manage the energy of the audience. Or she can take a much more active approach in helping you develop a theme, shape the event and strategise on speakers.


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