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New Talent rises to New Challenges

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At this time of year, organisations across the country are welcoming on board their new early talent intakes of graduates and apprentices.

The first week in September saw us working alongside 79 new graduates as part of their induction week with our newest client, Sopra Steria.

Sopra Steria first approached us having seen us present at the ISE Conference in London. They were looking to give their graduates an experience that was engaging and energising, as well as flexible enough to fit around the corporate induction elements that the week needed to include.

Our team had a fantastic time connecting with a diverse range of graduates from an even more diverse range of backgrounds. We were all incredibly impressed with the determination, energy, willingness and humour that they brought to what must have been a daunting week for them, as they begin their professional careers.

Through a series of experiential sessions that focused on their personality preferences, personal brand, and making the best impact in the organisation, the week culminated with teams delivering a presentation to invited guests on what they had learnt about the business and its successes.

For us this was just the beginning of the new talent season as we prepare to deliver graduate intake programmes for Babcock International Group, National Grid and Cadent.

If you’re an early talent manager looking for new ways to engage and motivate large numbers of new starters, find out more about the work we do with graduates, apprentices and interns by checking out our case studies or get in touch for a chat.

We’d love to make your 2020 New Talent Programme the best one yet!

My first week with Interaction!

On Tuesday this week I joined the Interaction team with the ‘Collaborating in Teams’ module of a prestigious Graduate Development Programme. Over three days, through a mix of carefully crafted experiential activity and guided reflection, we explored ideas including behavioural flexibility, ‘virtual’ teams, and the factors influencing team effectiveness in modern business. We have guided delegates through a strengths-based approach, and looked at some practical ideas around recognizing team dynamics and collaborating successfully as a graduate in today’s workplace.

Take opportunities and get familiar with the numbers

The cohort were lucky enough to be addressed by the CFO during a ‘formal’ dinner night. He encouraged them to take opportunities and to quickly ‘get familiar with the numbers’. At the end of a busy but thoroughly enjoyable few days the delegates spent some quality time committing to some pragmatic actions, with ongoing support in place from colleagues and business mentors.

Where I have seen this type of work failing to have the impact it should is when the learning is not delivered experientially so that learners only conceptually understand the issues at hand but can’t translate that into practice. There is also danger when someone develops a clearer understanding of their interpersonal impact but fails to recognise it as a preference rather than a rigid (often defensive) definition. By really challenging learners this week to stretch themselves in very specific ways, often to an uncomfortable degree but with appropriate support in place, we saw some genuinely transformational results, and had a great time in the process.

So that’s my first week done. I wonder what week 2 will bring…