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Stephan Thoma

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Strategic Talent and Culture Advisor

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Our keynote speaker Stephan Thoma is an internationally experienced senior strategic talent advisor with a proven track record in companies such as Google, GE and Cisco Systems. The global leader and speaker is a specialist on Culture, Organisational and Leadership challenges and how Silicon Valley and the tech industry is addressing them.

Stephan Thoma is a former global leader for the GoogleEDU team, Google’s enterprise wide Learning & Development team. His work there spanned leadership and management development, broader employee and peer-to-peer learning strategies and deliverables, and a key focus for Stephan was to ensure the learning agenda supported Google scale for the future whilst retaining and building its innovative and distinct culture. Currently, he works as a consultant in his own, 2014 found, consultancy Samphire Learning Solutions.

The independent advisory business focuses on supporting smaller Tech companies scale rapidly and thrive for the long term, and larger more traditional companies who seek to refresh and renew their people culture and talent strategies, often in the face of digital disruptors in their sector. Prior to Google and Samphire Learning Solutions, Stephan Thoma has a wealth of experience in senior Talent roles, primarily in major US corporations. These include major tech companies such as Cisco Systems and 3Com, and GE, where he worked with GE’s ‘Crotonville’ Leadership Institute as well as holding line roles.

By combining current 21st Century Silicon Valley best practices with this prior generations best practice thinking, Stephan is in high demand as an Advisor, Coach and Speaker. An Engineer by origins, he still sees himself as a rusty engineer as he is really motivated to build systems, albeit people ones now, and help to optimize them to run for the long term. Stephan Thoma is a strong coach and people developer and was also been a keynote speaker at  25+ International external conferences & events globally in recent years.

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    Keynote by Speaker Stephan Thoma

    Learning today: core to the business, critical for culture, essential to growth

    ‘Training’ was a maintenance activity. No longer. In the 21st Century, learning has become integral to business as the key enabler of culture and growth as whole sectors are disrupted by tech and digital.

    In this keynote Stephan Thoma explains:

    • The critical link between culture and agility with learning
    • The need for a different approach
    • What can we learn from the titans of tech about learning at work – if anything?
    • Best practice or context-dependent – how transferable is it all?
    • Working with legacy systems and outdated thinking

     

    Keynote by Speaker Stephan Thoma

    Business and Leadership in the era of the digital native and the trends reshaping HR

    • Global ubiquitous connectivity, big data, the rise of smart machines, new media and new social paradigms are reshaping thinking on how work is done in organisations, and the skills that businesses need to be effective. This session will outline the key macro levels drivers and trends, their impact on the skills and leadership capabilities that businesses will need to adopt to thrive, and provide a provocative view on the impact on HR as a function. Google and other cases will be used to keep the session  grounded in emerging practice and thinking.It is intended as a thought leader, to start a conversation for change in progressive leadership teams that are looking to lead in the future world.

     

    Keynote by Speaker Stephan Thoma

    Techno-agility and the impact of IT on Talent practices

    The impact of new technology, a spiralling pace of change in the business environment and generational shifts are creating new levels of challenge for companies’ talent and leadership development strategies. Google and other Silicon Valley ‘tech sector’ companies offer a case study in navigating these waters – but how, and do they offer us any transferable insights?

    • The role of culture in keeping tech employees engaged and in keeping creativity in a company thriving.
    • Encouraging and leveraging learning and leadership in such a world to grow talent.
    • Wider people management strategies as a part of this dynamic.
    • Specific examples and ‘good’ practices in Talent and Learning deliverables.

     

    Keynote by Speaker Stephan Thoma

    21st century Talent practices

    • A perfect talent storm is with us: generational shifts, impact of new technology and a spiralling pace of change in the business environment are creating new levels of challenge for companies’ talent and leadership development strategies. Google and other US tech sector companies offer a case study in navigating these waters – but how, and do they offer us any transferable insights?
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