An evening discussion on how employers can identify and develop leadership potential took place at SaluteMyJob’s offices in London on Wednesday night. (26th April)
The discussion, hosted by SaluteMyJob, was attended by representatives from Accenture, Bupa, JTI, FDM Group, MPCT and Leonardo Helicopters.
The aim of the event was for businesses to share and discuss best practice with other employers about assessing and developing future leaders.
Peter J Wright, senior partner at Leadership Forum Inc opened the discussion on the subject of Leadership and Management, then employers were able to share their own experiences and give best practice advice. This led to discussion about the value to business ex-military people offer, especially to bring their extensive training and experience of leading people.
SaluteMyJob has recently updated their Armed Forces Covenant pledge, committing to further support the employment of veterans, spouses and reservists. After the discussion, Lt General Richard Nugee CVO CBE, Chief of Defence People signed the pledge on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and Andrew re-signed on behalf of SaluteMyJob.
Andrew Jackson said: “The discussion revealed that many employers face challenges identifying and developing future leaders and the value former Service men and women can add to businesses. SaluteMyJob looks forward to supporting employers with their programmes to train their employees in leadership of people, which tends to receive less focus today than training to manage activity and projects.”
Debbie Ratcliffe, Head Of Talent Management at JTI UK, said: "Thank you for the invitation to attend the discussion - which was very insightful in helping me to think more about the challenges faced by transitioning ex-Service personnel - at all levels. I enjoyed the discussion and the company. I look forward to continue to work with SaluteMyJob."
Elizabeth Whichelo-Page, Project Manager at Accenture, said: “Many thanks for an informative and frank discussion between industry, former and serving military personnel. It has provided additional food for thought for the challenges we all face to create the best environment and experience for both employers and those transiting from the military to the commercial world. As industry and the military evolve, so no doubt will our strategies and ways and means of managing these changes.”
SaluteMyJob plan to hold a similar discussion in September on the topic of evidence-based HR change.