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Help – I’m a multipotentialite!

Let me first of all reassure you: it is not a disease or a dangerous alien race. I learned about the term when I first watched the TED talk of Emilie Wapnick and I noticed a link with one of my earlier blogs. Emilie explains there is nothing wrong with not being (or not wanting to be) an expert in a single field. Like her, I have a very open mind, always eager to learn, always applying my previous experience to new environments. Companies are often afraid to hire a multipotentialite. After all, HR usually puts a lot of time [...]

2019-06-19T19:28:13+00:000 Comments

How organizations can succeed the race to data skills

The current hype with big data, analytics and artificial intelligence makes hiring and retaining top talents a very hard challenge. The main reasons are the complex blend of hard and soft skills required at a time when the sector is in full expansion. Over the past few years, I have been setting up and  enhancing teams in the digital domain and along the way, I have developed some some strategies that I believe can help organizations in hiring and retaining good data talent. Here are just a few: Identify in-house talent pools Many organisations do not easily recognize that data-savvy employees can also be found in unexpected talent pools.  One needs to [...]

2019-03-01T10:53:15+00:000 Comments

The best job ever!

It’s been several weeks since my last blog. This has been partly due to over work but also for personal reasons, with my attention focused inwards and elsewhere. Last Saturday, my company, The Bayard Partnership had the great privilege to organise and sponsor the fourth ‘Young Belgian Talent’, classical music finals in Brussels.  As always, we had five amazing finalists, a packed audience, incredible music, and lots of fun.  The format is always the same, each musician is welcomed on stage after we have shown a video interview of them, telling something of who they are, and why they choose [...]

2018-12-18T07:50:46+00:001 Comment

Detecting real talent

With the intake of new trainees each year, it can be difficult to choose the best, who really has it and who doesn’t?  I used to have a point grading system, where I and the team applied scores to various attributes and characteristics. However, last Saturday, I was privileged to sit in on the auditions of sixteen young musicians, they were competing for a place in the final of a national competition.  The standard was so high, that in any other year, probably any one of them could have been chosen.  So, with only five going through, I thought the [...]

2018-09-07T08:21:41+00:000 Comments

Where are you right now?

Ambition can be a blessing, forever pushing one on to higher ground. But it can also be a curse, the constant striving to reach the next goal can sometimes mean that we do not fully appreciate where we are. Here’s a story to illustrate what I mean. A man in his mid-forties was going through a tough time at work and at home, so he decided to take a few weeks off to embark on a solo cycling trip from Brussels to Santiago di Compostela. He cycled the length of France, and headed into northern Spain, all was going fine. [...]

2018-07-31T06:17:31+00:000 Comments