Announcing the Festival of Global People keynote speaker!

Fresh from toppling two best-selling authors from three of Amazon’s business lists with her new book, Teresa Boughey – CIPD fellow, Jungle HR director and policy influencer – will deliver the Festival’s 14 May keynote.

Teresa Boughey
Accenting the Festival of Global People’s key focus – how to build, engage and enable global teams – Teresa’s new title, Closing the Gap, is an inspirational account of how to acknowledge and champion the possible in everyone.Closing the Gap brings to bear Teresa’s 25 years’ experience in corporate HR, with Teresa’s keynote promising to be highly relevant for global managers and teams as they look to manage the talent challenges of today and the coming years.We are therefore absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Teresa to the Festival to help frame what promises to be an extraordinary two days of panels, presentations and conversation.

Changing the narrative

Closing the Gap’s Amazon chart success is surely a sign of our changing times and how inclusion is rocketing up the agenda as long-warned talent trends take hold. “It’s amazing that as an aspiring author I was outselling two titles written by my heroes, Simon Sinek and Patrick Lencione,” says Teresa. “I do a lot of work around leadership development with executive boards and leaders and theirs are some of the models I really use a lot. When I saw that my book had overtaken theirs, I was like’ wow’, so I am absolutely thrilled about that.” Working with FTSE 100 and 250 companies, Teresa says that “what’s really apparent in those businesses is they want to do something about building a workplace culture that is not only a great place to work, but that is also an inclusive place to work.”Part of this is making the case and recognising that not everyone understands or sees the importance of inclusion in creating a great place to work yet.This is where Closing the Gap’s TRIBE methodology really gains traction, including for companies and individuals who do value inclusion, but are struggling to go beyond one-off initiatives and really embed its values.

Inclusion means business – for everyone

Since setting up Jungle HR a decade ago, Teresa noticed that many companies show willingness to change, but that their approaches aren’t holistic or embedded, meaning business as usual takes over.A member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women and Work, Teresa acknowledges the vital role of leaders in all areas and at every level making inclusion count at work, including with the introduction of the gender pay gap reporting requirement for the UK’s largest employers.Teresa is therefore on a personal mission to help the 10,000 companies which are required by law to report their gender pay gaps. Crucially, those who already report their gender pay gaps are not the only companies in Teresa’s sights.“I was talking at an event recently where many of the companies represented fall just below the 250-employee mark, so don’t have to report by law,” she explains.“But my challenge to them was that gender pay gap reporting is as relevant to you as it is to the largest companies. You’re  in a great place to be agile and to  do something about inclusion.”

The TRIBE methodology and creating inclusive workplaces

Speaking to Relocate Global ahead of the Festival Global People, Teresa explained that smaller employers are often in a position to really influence and deliver inclusion and great places to work in an impactful way. They can find it much easier to collate and analyse meaningful data, and understand what it is saying.“That’s why I wanted my TRIBE methodology to be holistic because pay rises alone are not going to address the underlying causes,” she adds.“I am on a mission to influence people and businesses of all sizes by spreading the word that inclusion is accessible for everyone and we can now take it off the too-difficult-to-do pile.”At the Festival of Global People, Teresa will talk through the TRIBE approach and bring it to life with examples from practice and case studies relevant to global assignees, HR and global mobility. For example, she will look at inclusion from the perspective of talent planning, talent management and employee engagement.TRIBE is a cyclical approach, which focuses on:T: Take stock – establish the truth in relation to your current diversity and inclusion positionR: Raise awareness – understand why inclusion and diversity is important to gaining competitive advantageI: Inspire and involve – recognise the value of an internal culture which inspires and involves everyoneB: Build for the future – embrace inclusion and diversity to improve and sustain talent attraction and retentionE: Embed – ensure that your organisation is infused and firmly embedded in your organisation’s culture.

Future-proofing our organisations

“TRIBE is just really about creating a great place to work and everyone having a personal role in making that accessible and happen for everyone,” says Teresa. “It’s also about encouraging people to challenge what is happening around them and champion the unique value of everyone in their team.“From the perspective of the Festival of Global People, when you have global assignees working together and in diverse teams, it’s about ensuring people understand the strengths and value they bring, the dynamic they create and the difference they make. It’s so important to recognise this.“In the book we talk about ambassadors and mentoring and coaching. It’s about ensuring that everyone understands they have a unique difference that they can allow that to shine through.“We have to look to the future,” concludes Teresa. “This broadly is about talent planning: how do we find talent, where do we get it from and how technology will help us.“It’s about really getting your organisation set up for success and recognising that not only do we have to think about our current talent, but our future talent; what they need and how our managers need to be set up to engage and retain people.”

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