Talent Management

The joy of webinars

Posted: 09/22/2016 - 12:04

Earlier today, I had the great pleasure of hosting the seventh episode of Outsource Talks, our webinar series – for those of you not yet familiar with this especially marvellous project - that brings the time-honoured talkshow model to the international sourcing, outsourcing and business transformation community.

oNexus Founder Interview: Tony Strong, Parseq

Posted: 08/31/2016 - 04:34

Tony Strong is the CEO of UK-based multi-channel service provider Parseq. Way back when we launched our oNexus platform, Parseq were one of the founding oNexus partners and we were promised an interview with Tony - and now our paths have finally aligned.... Outsource caught up with him at last to hear his thoughts on his new role as CEO, the invaluable importance of organisational culture - and consolidation in the customer contact industry.

Walking in a webinar wonderland...

Posted: 08/19/2016 - 05:28

Another month, another great Outsource Talks webinar… This week it was my profound pleasure and privilege to welcome Vested’s Kate Vitasek, KPMG’s Don Ryan and ‘Art of Procurement’ host Phil Ideson to the Outsource Talks sofa, where the hour fairly flew by in a wonderful discussion of sourcing business models, GBS, challenges facing CPOs, “two-tier” procurement profession

Five tips to grow your field service practice

Posted: 08/02/2016 - 20:09

“Take your time” isn’t a phrase field engineers expect to hear when a client requests a site visit. These customers are looking for a rapid resolution, which is why a high first-time fix rate is crucial to a business’s success. But simply fixing a problem quickly isn’t enough. Clients want a positive customer experience. They want to feel the field engineer is listening to their needs, and they want assurance that the field service organisation is capable of fully meeting those needs.

OPINION: A dreadful lack of professionalism in the hiring process

Posted: 07/18/2016 - 20:07

As a seasoned professional with over 25 years in the business, I possess demonstrable experience and expertise, and a professionalism which, when I recently found myself obliged to seek a new role, I expected to see mirrored in the hiring process: I believed the recruitment road to discovery to be a meticulous process underpinned by a rigorous, tried-and-tested methodology where there is due consideration for the predicament (which could, of course, feel like quite a belittling one) the candidate faces.

An industry in transition: why industrial companies need new talent for future success

Posted: 04/02/2016 - 04:34

In 2009, I was a Director in the Project Management Office at Blue Cross/Blue Shield North Carolina, when we launched an initiative to build a Robotic Process Automation (RPA) application that mimicked the functions of human claims examiner. Overseeing a team of eight software engineers, analysts and testers, we developed a robotic engine and, over the next 18 months, systematically expanded the application’s capabilities.

I taught a robot to do my job (and other confessions of an RPA pioneer)

Posted: 04/02/2016 - 03:02

In 2009, I was a Director in the Project Management Office at Blue Cross/Blue Shield North Carolina, when we launched an initiative to build a Robotic Process Automation (RPA) application that mimicked the functions of human claims examiner. Overseeing a team of eight software engineers, analysts and testers, we developed a robotic engine and, over the next 18 months, systematically expanded the application’s capabilities.

Ready, aim... Don't shoot the messenger!

Posted: 03/11/2016 - 20:53

Every once in a while I come across a situation marked with incongruous and unexpected elements that, when summed up, can only be labelled as completely bizarre. One such situation started in the boardroom of Walker Ideas, a very successful inside-outsourcing service provider to the food industry. Walker operates at dozens of facilities dedicated to performing services that their customers strategically exited. As such, Walker is a key partner to their customers, or so they allow themselves to believe.

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