Please Pass it On
In among the UK’s Whitsun Bank Holiday Weekend’s usual mix of sun and showers, an extraordinary example of employee engagement and talent management was played out in the most competitive field. And the winner was EVP.
For those people who do not find Sport â and in particular Rugby Union Football â interesting, please endure the next 325 words, as there’s reward in the endeavour.
Any PDR would struggle to project the next set of personal targets for the employees who took part in the Heineken Cup Final, played out between Saracens and Toulon. It would be fair to say that everyone gave of their very best and met their KPI’s, demonstrating the requisite levels of inspiration and perspiration.
Professionally (and often beautifully), the team from southern France secured a deserved European Crown. Except, of course, it’s not a team built around employees from southern France.
It’s a world-class group of talent, brought together from where the talent is. Australia, France, UK (special mention to the outstanding English No.10 of all time), Pacific Islands and – quite decisively – South Africa.
Bringing together such a team takes more than a series of large pay cheques. It takes people who identify with the vision of the club, intrinsically sharing the values and naturally exhibiting the behaviours to make it all happen. The team has to buy into the EVP.
The key figure in all of this is often overlooked: The Referee. Alain Rowland was critical to making sense of the mayhem and confusion, using his experience to understand and interpret the nuances and variances that occur in any game. In fact, there can be no game without The Referee. He makes the calls; just as in any EVP programme the Project Lead has to somewhere along the line deliver the crucial big insights presented by often bewildering data.
That’s why we’re so excited about our own team’s development, which has been significantly bolstered through the presence of Peter Wilde, ex-Global Head of Employee Engagement at Unilever and UBS. Peter brings deep insight into the motivations, behaviours and performance of multinational employees â and as Head of Research for 52N, he’s very often The Referee making sense of the big data that underpins any meaningful EVP.
A big ‘Well Done’ to Toulon. A huge ‘Welcome’ to Peter Wilde.
Please Pass it On