Last week a team from Sigmar Recruitment lead a delegation of 25 companies to California to promote Ireland as an investment location for US companies that are considering internationalising. This was the 7th annual Ireland Gateway To Europe trip to the US. Palo Alto – 26th September On Tuesday morning the group headed to the Sheraton Hotel in Palo Alto to address a tech audience from Silicon Valley. Following a welcome by Sigmar CEO Adie McGennis, the first panel discussed the post-Brexit European economic landscape, GDPR, and how will US policy changes affect transatlantic trade? Panelists were Gareth Keane, Snr. Investment Manager, Qualcomm Ventures; Gerald Brady, Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank; Deirdre Ceannt, VP Foreign Direct Investment at Bank of Ireland; David Carthy, Partner at William Fry. The panel was moderated by Ashlinn Marron, President of the Irish Network Bay Area. The 2nd panel was moderated by Sigmar CCO Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig, who discussed the challenges and opportunities of operating and scaling in Europe with Paraic Hayes, VP Emerging Technologies at IDA Ireland; Julie Kinsella, VP Enterprise Sales Development at Salesforce; Ananth Avva, COO & CFO at Wrike; and Ryan Pittington, Operations Manager at Asana. Following the event, the delegation went on to take part in a masterclass in design thinking at the D School at Stanford University. The group then headed to Google HQ in Mountainview for a tour and talk about culture at the company before heading back to San Francisco for dinner. San Francisco – 27th September On Thursday morning the group held another “Scaling In Europe” breakfast event in the newly refurbished Hibernia Bank in downtown San Franciso. The building was kindly offered the group by Dolmen Property Group. The first panel moderated by Ashlinn Marron, who discussed the european economy and upcoming data protection legislation with Sean Randolph, Senior Director at the Bay Area Council Economic Institute; Gerald Brady from Silicon Valley Bank; Conor Brogan from AIB and Andrew McIntyre who heads up William Fry’s San Francisco Office. The 2nd panel was again moderated by Sigmar CCO Robert who talked about how easy it is for US companies to set up Ireland with Deirdre Moran, VP Emerging Technologies at IDA Ireland; Julie DeBuhr, Director at New Relic; and Jim Kelliher, CFO at Actifio. The group then spent the evening at the offices of accountancy firm EisnerAmper on Market Street for drinks and discussion around building transatlantic culture. Consul General Robert O’Driscoll welcomed the group which was made up of alumni of Trinity College’s MBA programme, alumni of Boston College as well as the Ireland Gateway To Europe delegation. Robert from Sigmar had a fireside chat with Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix, about her much famed culture deck which she co-authored and has been viewed over 16 million times. They were then joined by Geraldine Finn from Twitter and Shane Murphy from Adroll who had a lively and interesting discussion about the similarities and differences in workplace culture on both sides of the pond. A big thanks to our speakers, hosts and delegation for making it such a great week.
US AND IRISH BUSINESS LEADERS CONVENE IN DUBLIN IN SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR CONTINUED TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND FDI AT THE LAUNCH OF THE BOSTON COLLEGE IRELAND BUSINESS COUNCIL. Dublin, Thursday 19 October, 2017 – Some of Ireland’s most respected and influential business leaders gathered at the Merrion Hotel last Night, Wednesday 18 October, 2017 to launch the Boston College Ireland Business Council. The Boston College Ireland Business Council is designed to enhance transatlantic business between the US and Ireland through creating connections that allow for entrepreneurial ventures to grow and prosper. Borne from the success of the 2016 Aer Lingus American College Football Classic and founded by the Global Leadership Institute, Boston College, and Ireland, Gateway to Europe, and Chaired by Neil Naughton of GlenDimplex, the purpose of the Boston College Ireland Business Council is to bring influential business leaders from both communities together once a year in Dublin and in Boston to create one deeply connected transatlantic trade and foreign direct investment artery. Guests on the night included Boston College alumnus Denis O’Brien and Fergal Naughton, CEO GlenDimplex Group, and speakers included Paul Coulson, Chairman Ardagh Group plc and Neil Naughton, Chair GlenDimplex. Commenting on the launch of the Council, co-founder Dr. Bob Mauro, Director Global Leadership Institute, Boston College says: “Boston College was established in 1863 to educate Boston’s Irish immigrant community and to help form leaders capable of addressing the world’s most urgent problems. The Boston College Ireland Business Council (BCIBC) proudly builds on that tradition by connecting business leaders in Ireland and Boston, facilitating discussions, and creating economic prosperity through transatlantic trade. Working with our partners in the Ireland, Gateway to Europe and Aer Lingus Classic, we can create real benefits for people in Ireland and Boston”. Ireland Gateway To Europe (IGTE) is a not-for-profit annual trade mission made up of 30+ professional advisory firms who travel the US to showcase Ireland as Europe’s premier investment location through a series of investor events and engagements. The IGTE vision is to provide companies seeking to expand into Europe with a secure resource network for business expansion, and access to an experienced, professional network of service providers to help investments succeed quicker. Speaking at the event Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig of Ireland Gateway to Europe, leadership team said: “Ireland remains one of the best places in the world to do business and without doubt, one of our strongest international relationships has been, and still is, with the US, something that has recently come under threat due to political uncertainty on both sides of the Atlantic. By establishing the Boston College Ireland Business Council, the tight commercial and social bonds we share with the US can be strengthened and built upon bilaterally business to business in spite of any potential external political threats. “Indeed, we have just returned from the US where we met with business leaders in San Francisco and in Silicon Valley. The vision of our mission was to encourage and educate US companies who are looking to expand into Europe to choose Ireland as their location of choice. We aim to supply the necessary information, build trust and provide contacts in Ireland for these companies to execute their plans.” Hosting the launch of the Boston College Ireland Business Council was Neil Naughton, Chair GlenDimplex. He said: “On September 2, 2016, Georgia Tech narrowly defeated Boston College in Aviva Stadium in the Aer Lingus American College Football Classic. In addition to the game itself the steering committee and partners were responsible for arranging other sporting, cultural, academic, business and social events. The weekend was deemed a success for Ireland on many fronts; in addition to welcoming the 25,000 visitors and their additional €56m spend many relationships, both business and social, were formed. “As part of the legacy of the 2016 Aer Lingus College Football Classic and, following on from the Boston College CEO Club lunch in the Mansion House the day before the game, we are establishing the Boston College Ireland Business Council (BCIBC). The purpose of this council is to cultivate, nurture and encourage business relationships between Ireland and our Bostonian brothers. Our overall objective is for attendees to engage with the discussion and to network but specifically to take insights from panellist’s thought leadership to help build better transatlantic business relationships.” Attendees included both Irish CEOs of international companies as well as European Heads of US organisations. Paschal Donoghue, Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform was also present as was a delegation of Boston based business leaders and the leadership team from Boston College. On the evening, there was be a panel discussion on Global Leadership. The following global heavyweight Business Leaders contributed on the night: Willie Walsh, CEO IAG (6th largest airline group in the world) Paul Coulson, Chairman Ardagh Group plc (3rd largest material packaging company in the world) Siobhán Talbot, CEO Glanbia (#1 performance nutrition brand portfolio in the world) Neil Naughton, Chair GlenDimplex (largest heater manufacturer in the world) The Boston College Ireland Business Council advisory board: Neil Naughton, Chair Glen Dimplex (Chairman) Dr. Bob Mauro, Director Global Leadership institute, Boston College, USA Jim Kelliher, CFO Actifio, USA Robert Mac Giolla Phadraig, CCO Sigmar Recruitment, Leader; Ireland, Gateway to Europe
On Thursday 5th October 2017, the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin played host to TALENT TALKS, five 25-minute talks on the theme of leadership. This half-day symposium was the first in a series of talent and leadership events produced by Sigmar Recruitment in association with EY, culminating in the Talent Summit (www.talentsummit.ie), which will take place on 22nd February 2018 in the Convention Centre Dublin. The purpose of TALENT TALKS was to share inspirational thinking on leadership styles to create better workplaces and better working lives. TALENT TALKS comprised five of the brightest minds from the arts, business, consulting and academic worlds to share thought leadership through new thinking, leadership philosophy and personal leadership stories. First to take to the stage was Professor Kevin Whelan, director of the Keough Naughton Centre, University of Notre Dame. Professor Whelan looked at leadership through a historical lens, focusing on the lessons we can learn from outstanding political leadership of past Irish history, such as Daniel O’Connell and Maude Gonne who reshaped the role of women in society. Professor Whelan’s theme was Creative Leadership: Looking at the Past to Frame the Future. Second up was Niamh O’Beirne, partner of Performance & Talent, People Advisory Services, EY Ireland, whose theme was Resilient Leadership: Resilience as the Foundation of Leading Change. O’Beirne focused on the importance of building resilience in our employees and focus on wellbeing and mental health due to greater levels of stress and change in the ‘always on’ world. Resilience can be thought of as our capacity to manage change. Ian McClean, founder of Flow Group, took to the stage to offer his unique take on leadership and the role that communication plays in leading. McClean’s theme was GreenLine Leadership: Making Every Interaction Matter. Karen Ní Bhróin, conductor in Training at RTÉ Choirs, Orchestras and Quartets discussed the vital role she plays as a conductor in leading an entire orchestra to harmony rather than a cacophony of noise, which is all an orchestra is without its leader. Ní Bhróin’s theme was Facilitative Leadership: Making Music with No Instrument. Finally, under the theme of Purposeful Leadership: Interpreting Moral Commitment to Stakeholders, Amanda Shantz, associate professor of human resources and organisational behaviour at Trinity Business School took to the stage to offer her insight on the role ethics and morality plays in effective leadership. The talks were followed by a panel discussion with Marius Smyth, VP EMEA, Adroll and Gerard Murnaghan, VP EMEA, Indeed on how we can challenge conventional thinking on leadership in an increasingly complex world of work. Speaking after the event, Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig, CCO of Sigmar Recruitment and chair of TALENT TALKS, said, “Leadership is seen by employers as being a key competitive advantage and organisations are now focused on cultivating the leaders of tomorrow, more than ever before. “With the rise of millennial leaders and a shift from control and command leadership to decentralised leadership, leaders of all ages, genders and cultures are poised to lead in 2018 and beyond. Leadership is increasingly seen by organisations as action that creates business momentum as opposed to a function within an organisation. There is a broad realisation that “followship” is in fact the critical point of engagement that drives discretional effort and delivers desired results.”
Sigmar Recruitment and William Fry held a breakfast briefing to discuss ‘Competition & Compliance – The New Public Sector Talent Landscape’ on Friday the 23rd of June. Experts from various backgrounds and sectors discussed the key features of the Protected Disclosures (Whistleblowing) legislation, and what employers must do to comply and/or protect themselves. Best practice assessment and selection strategies in the public sector were also discussed such as how to maximise objectivity and fairness in your assessment strategies and to understand how potential candidates may fit into your organisation. Finally the ways we can make a real difference through the process of recruitment and the key challenges that we face in getting not just the selection decisions right but in maximising the opportunities for enhancing the well-being and overall performance of the organisation were teased out. Speakers on the day included; Bernard Brogan, PepTalk Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig, CCO, Sigmar Recruitment Marina Morrissey, Manager, Sigmar Managed Services Catherine O’Flynn, Partner, William Fry Jeffrey Greene, Employment Group Associate, William Fry Nuala Clayton, Employment Group Associate, William Fry Laura Phelan, Global Operaons Director, cut-e Group Bryan Andrews, Managing Director, BA & Associates and Former CEO, PAS Ailis McSweeney, Director of All-Things, PepTalk
The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, recognises indigenous Irish companies across Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance. To celebrate winning the fantastic accolade for the second consecutive year members of Sigmar staff attended a gala dinner where they were joined by over 900 people from the Irish business community. Commenting on the award, Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig, CCO of Sigmar, said, “We are delighted to receive these prestigious awards as it reflects our shared commitment to enhanced experience.’’ It is a great achievement to be one of these companies which have altogether generated a combined turnover of almost €11bn; employ over 60,000 people; and which have had an average growth in sales of 44% over the last three years. All companies acknowledged in these awards no doubt make invaluable contributions to the Irish economy. As initial application to the Deloitte awards takes a long process of evaluation this makes the Best Managed companies’ award even more rewarding and it is a valuable marketing tool for Sigmar recruitment to showcase the company’s achievements and capabilities. This initial application process takes into consideration the complete performance of the business, looking beyond the finances at criteria such as operational excellence, strategy and human resource processes. The award and its qualification process has helped to give us clear objectives and goals and has ensured that frugal management has been a continuous focus for Sigmar Recruitment. Adrian McGennis, CEO of Sigmar Recruitment, commented, “We are delighted to be recognised as a Deloitte Best Managed Company which reflects the breadth and depth of leadership, innovation and capability across the entire organisation. We are proud, and humbled, to lead on multiple fronts.”
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect from May 2018, it’s time to ask is your company is truly GDPR ready? By simply looking at online job boards, we can clearly see a number of large multi-national organisations increasing their recruitment efforts within Data Protection, Data Management/Governance and Compliance as well as IT Security, Database Development, IT Risk and Audit. However many SMEs are yet to take the plunge. THE GDPR & SMEs Many companies across Ireland and the UK are yet to realize that the new data protection laws – specifically the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are applicable to all organisations regardless of their size. As the GDPR is designed to increase and protect the rights of the consumers, companies need to be asking themselves if they are compliant or risk facing penalties up to €20,000,000 or 4% of the gross annual turnover. Even though SMEs will be subject to the main elements of the legislation as larger organizations, there are some exemptions as well as some benefits for smaller businesses. Benefits for SMEs It would be fair to say that some people see The GDPR as more “Red Tape” coming in from the EU, however the new regulations will offer a significant boost to SME exporters within Ireland. In short, the GDPR will mean that instead of having to ensure you are compliant with 28 different laws in relation to data protection, there will be now one universal rule that applies to all states within the EU. Some states may opt to have stricter restrictions but in essence all legislation will be the same. This therefore means that smaller companies who are planning on exporting to multiple states within the EU may see a reduction in their costs as well as less red tape as the process will now be standardised. It also means that companies as well as consumers have the added reassurance that the data they have supplied to companies operating within the EU will be handled in the same manner as it would be if the company was operating solely within Ireland. Exemptions for SMEs As aforementioned, under the new GDPR outlined by the European Commission, there will also be a few exemptions given to SMEs. Unless the core activities of the company involve processing special categories of personal data (racial, ethnic, religious beliefs etc.) or they are processing large quantities of data; the company will not be required to appoint a full-time data protection officer. Unless the SME is processing data regularly or at risk of breaching the rights and freedoms of the data subject, they will not be required to keep records of how they process data. If the data breach is considered “minor” and does not represent a high risk for the rights and freedoms of the data subject, SMEs will not be obligated to report the breach. If, however the breach is considered to have a major impact on the data subject, they will be required to report the breach to all affected individuals. To conclude, the GDPR brings some welcomed changes in how private information is handled however to ensure that companies avoid what could potentially be costly mistakes, the European Commission is urging all businesses, regardless of size, to ensure that they are ready and fully compliant for the implementation of the regulation that will take place May 25th 2018. Claire Kelly is a Recruitment Consultant with the IT team in Dublin. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: +353 1 4744637
It’s always tough when people leave, particularly those who have added a significant amount to the team or business. But it is essential to understand that it’s a normal part of everyday business and to not take it personally. Exit interviews are a fantastic opportunity to learn from a departing staff member. Here are 5 things to keep in mind during this process: 1. Knowledge Transfer First and foremost you need to ensure you’re getting a proper handover from a former employee before they leave. Not doing so is quite risky as once someone leaves a company I’m pretty sure they won’t want nor expect a call from you asking where a file was saved or who was looking after the new account. So make the meeting count and take as much time as is needed in order to get the information transferred safely. 2. Uncovering Internal Issues Like it or not, no company is perfect and your employee may be leaving due to internal issues in the company. Maybe there has been a lot of change? Maybe certain staff members are causing problems and this has led to low morale. Maybe the training isn’t up to scratch? Or people are working too hard? Or maybe there’s not enough work? What better way to find out than from someone who’s leaving. They won’t hold back and if you want to get to the bottom of things this is your chance to get to the root of problems. 3. Get Insight into Managers’ Leadership Styles This meeting is also a good idea to get an insight into various managers’ leadership styles. This will give you a better idea of how your company runs, who people seem to like and don’t like. This isn’t a gossip session but a learning Q&A exercise. 4. Benchmarking Exercise Make sure you find out what your leaver has been offered that clinched the deal for them. Whatever the reasons for leaving, get as much information as you can on the benefits your competitors are offering. This information is invaluable. 5. Treat Departing Employees with Gratitude The way you treat someone when they are leaving is really important. Former employees are ambassadors for your brand and there is always a chance that a former employee could one day be your client. Keep this in mind next time someone leaves.
What sets people apart from their peers is not only their cognitive intelligence or a specific skill set. Instead, it’s their emotional intelligence: their ability to identify and monitor emotions – their own and others’ – and to develop and manage a productive relationship which in turn, rewards good results. For leaders, having emotional intelligence is essential for success. After all who is most likely to succeed – a leader who shouts at their team when under stress, or a leader who stays in control and calmly assesses the situation? While emotional intelligence becomes more important as a person climbs the ranks in an organisation due to their widening influence on the daily work of more people, this skill is still linked to success at all levels. Here are four traits of an emotionally intelligent leader: Self-Awareness You have a solid understanding of your own feelings and emotions, your strengths and weaknesses, and what drives them. You understand your values and goals and where you are going in life. You understand your own capabilities and limitations. You operate from competence and know when to rely on someone else on the team. You’re also willing to talk about yourself in a straight, non-defensive manner. Self-Management – Self Control You feel bad moods and impulses just like everyone else, but you don’t act on them; in fact, you control them. You can wait until your emotions pass so you can respond from a place of reason. You’re interested in moving yourself forward toward some vision, goal, or strategy. You’re self-motivated, and you keep moving toward distant goals even when you experience setbacks. You have a positive outlook for the future. Social Awareness You’re willing to share your own worries and concerns and openly acknowledge others’ emotions. You’re a good listener and you pay full attention to others and take the time to understand what they are saying and what they mean without interrupting or speaking over them. Because you understand other perspectives, you can explain ideas in a way that your colleagues will comprehend and you welcome their questions. Relationship Management You provide a vision that motivates others. You use your emotional intelligence to create and nurture resonant relationships with others through awareness and compassion. You’re a compelling communicator and you articulate your points in persuasive, clear ways so that people are motivated about expectations. You use your emotional intelligence to improve relationships, negotiate, and lead. You can settle disputes, differences of opinion, and misunderstandings. You’re not resistant to change; on the contrary, you recognise the need for change, and you support the process. You provide feedback and are good at helping others build their skills and knowledge, thus, people feel relaxed working with you. If you feel you are an emotionally intelligent leader, then keep up the good work and continue to develop and set the standard. If emotional intelligence is something you wish to improve on and develop, a good starting point is to focus on reducing your negative approach to a situation, to engage in group or one on one coaching and to work on your ability to manage your own stress response. Whilst making these changes may not be easy, remember that emotional intelligence is absolutely essential in the formation, development, maintenance, and enhancement of close personal relationships and it can help keep you on track to become the best version of leader you can be!
Rossa Mullally, Associate Director at Sigmar Recruitment, was one of the keynote speakers at Recruitment Leaders Connect, the UK’s largest recruitment agency event series which took place on June 8th 2017 at the Gibson hotel in Dublin. Rossa was there to discuss ‘The Principles of Onboarding Top Candidates’. Topics covered in the discussion included engaging with talent, the timing of the process and branding. Described as a cross between a structured conference and a social meet up, the event provided keynote talks from industry leaders, social networking opportunities and interactive discussion sessions. For those in the recruitment industry it was a day not to be missed as attendees get the chance to hear from global speakers, to meet 50-80 returning and new delegates and an opportunity to mull over topics such as: The best ways to scale your business; How to increase profitability and how to best compete for top clients and candidates, during the buffet breakfast, lunch and networking drinks.