TLIA December: Spotlight on Leadership Skills

We waved goodbye to 2019 with a memorable TLIA London.

The last TLIA London of 2019 was buzzing. It was standing room only as Jacqui Whyatt welcomed talent leaders and people experts from across the UK and Europe to the iconic Shard. We closed out 2019 by putting leadership skills under the spotlight – exploring what it is that makes a leader relevant today. Bringing together stories from experienced talent leaders, expert speaker sessions, and the input of our talented audience. With plenty of big ideas to take home, it was certainly a TLIA to remember! We take a look over some of the highlights, below.

Bridging the Cultural Divide

Our attendees were treated to amazing views across the capital on a very sunny December day as we got ready to hit ‘go’ on TLIA London. After a few impressive selfies and a quick cup of coffee, we were ready to welcome our first speaker. Communications and intercultural skills trainer, Chia Suan Chong brought her inimitable energy and enthusiasm to the stage as she brought the intricacies of cross-cultural communication to life. Attendees were encouraged to examine their own cultural norms as Chia explored the nuance and complexity of different cultural experiences – highlighting respect and adaptability as key skills to bridge the divide. What’s more, she treated attendees to a signed copy of her excellent book, Successful International Communication.

Learning from Experience

We are incredibly lucky within our TLIA community to have a great depth of knowledge and experience – this means our panels are always a bit of a treat. This time Tom Ilic chaired a session on ‘Essential Skills for Leaders in 2020’ welcoming, Isabelle Hung of Costa Coffee, Rebecca Foden from TfL, and Julie Smith from BAT to the stage. Sharing stories of success, failure, and their personal learning moments, it certainly left our audience with plenty of food for thought.

Are you Squiggly?

Ever thought of your career as a ladder? Or maybe a straight line with a few bumps here and there? Sarah Ellis from Amazing If was our last speaker of the day, but she definitely made an impression. Talking about a new type of squiggly career which sees career move up, down, side to side, and every which way as we begin to choose building experiences over linear career ladders. Without a slide in sight, Sarah and her impressive doodling skills demonstrated how a growth mindset can be a key tool in unlocking the power of a squiggly career. 

After a fantastic 2019, we can’t wait to see what TLIA brings for 2020, and we hope you will be right there with us. Our community have not only supported our amazing growth since we launched 3 years ago, they have made us who we are today. A vibrant community of talent leaders who are always looking forward. Why not come along next year and see What’s Next for TLIA and what all the fuss is about? We can’t wait to see you there.

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