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Inspiration Festival Newsflash October '23

Hi there InspiringPeople!

We continue our Festival Season with NWOW (New Ways of Working) in October. In November we close our festival season with ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance). If you'd like to know what you missed with Emotional Intelligence in September, you can read our Flashback on the EQ Festival. We have many inspiring people lined up again, looking forward to sharing their company culture insights with you this month. Join the crowd, get inspired and grow!


Festival Calendar

This Festival Season consists of three Inspiration Festivals.

All Festivals take place from 16.00 - 18.00 CET.

- Emotional Intelligence, September 13th

- New Ways of Working, October 12th

- Environment, Social, and Governance, November 22nd

Each Festival has multiple 30 minute sessions in parallel, starting at 16.00, 16.45, and 17.30 (CET).

These sessions will have a limited number of seats to stimulate exchange and interaction.

The sessions will not be recorded, so if you'd like to get some inspiration, make sure to sign up.



New Ways of Working

Why New Ways of Working (NWOW)?

New ways of working (NWOW) is a prominent workplace topic due to technology advancements, globalisation, changing workforce expectations, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the pursuit of productivity and sustainability. It's crucial to address NWOW because it aligns with evolving work dynamics.

NWOW can enhance productivity, attract talent, reduce costs, promote sustainability, and offer a competitive edge. Failing to adapt risks talent loss, decreased competitiveness, and missed opportunities. Organisations embracing NWOW proactively, and building a culture around it, can thrive in the evolving modern workplace, aligning with the changing needs of employees and the demands of a dynamic business environment.

We will discuss NWOW along the following dimensions:

  • Measuring effectiveness new hybrid working models

  • Improving engagement and productivity via office layout

  • Uniting teams by connecting them with their purpose


Festival Agenda

As always, the festival agenda holds multiple sessions of thirty minutes. All of them with limited seats available to guarantee exchange, interaction, and most of all relevance for you. So make sure to book your preferred sessions fast. First come, first served.


Sign up and book your session

To get your dose of inspiration and be part of the Inspiration Festival, go to:

Event name: NWOW

Invitation code: 12102023


Meet your Inspirators

Massimiliano Santamaria worked in the financial sector for more than 20 years (IntesaSanpaolo and Barclays Bank), covering different positions across the organisation. He spent the last 15 years as HR People Metrics and Technology consultant, supporting organisations to figure out how to improve HR processes using data analytics and technology.

Massimiliano is an expert in Hybrid work and uses his storytelling approach to convince people and organisations of the importance of using data and technology to boost the innovation inside the organisation. Check out his profile on LinkedIn.


Meet your Inspirators

Fernanda Ortega is a Transformational Mentor, Coach, and Consultant. With more than 20 years of experience as a global CHRO executive, living on 3 continents, meanwhile being a mother and a wife, she took a strategic break to redefine her relationship with work and life. Currently, Fernanda drives business and career transformation through impactful mentoring and consulting, empowering businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive.

She holds a degree in Psychology and she is a coach certified by Columbia University. Fernanda proudly offers services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Check out her profile on LinkedIn.


These are just some of the Inspirators you will be able to meet on October 12th, but there will obviously be more. Check out all of them by using the Festival details.



Environmental, Social, Governance

Why Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)?

ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) is a crucial topic due to rising sustainability concerns, DEI challenges, investor and stakeholder pressure, risk mitigation, and the impact on reputation, talent, and regulatory compliance. Fostering an organisational culture that embraces ESG is essential because it aligns with the demands of a changing world.

ESG enhances reputation, attracts investment and talent, mitigates risks, ensures long-term resilience, and promotes innovation and efficiency. ESG isn't merely about compliance but a strategic imperative for businesses, addressing global challenges and contributing to a more sustainable and equitable future. Embracing ESG in culture is key to success in today's business landscape.


Interested in becoming an ESG Inspirator?

Are you a company culture expert? Would you like to become one of the inspirators at the ESG festival to share your knowledge in a compact session of 30 minutes? Then let us know, and we'll make sure you get a platform!



Emotional Intelligence Festival

For our Festival Flashback we look back at the Inspiration Festival Emotional Intelligence, held in September.

Why Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?

Record numbers of employees at all levels are quitting their jobs. When asked what is behind this shift, the overwhelming response is: we want more from the workplace. People are looking towards their place of employment for a sense of purpose and want to feel in control and empowered. They are driven by a sense of belonging, contribution, and recognition. Most of all, they want an emotional connection. It’s a connection most people believe is still far from being fully acknowledged.

The research is clear: In fast- paced and challenging workplaces, emotions can be one of our most valuable assets and a driving force behind performance. Emotional intelligence is key to successful leadership, and, in a world of sophisticated technology and AI, human skills and in particular emotional intelligence will give organisations a competitive advantage.


Two of the most InspiringPeople during the Festival were Natalie Boudou, with her story on "Connecting and engaging your hybrid teams", and Siobhán Godden with her story on "EQ to establish a workplace culture ". You can read the summaries of their presentations here. Interested to know more? Feel free to reach out to them by visiting Natalie's or Siobhán's profile on LinkedIn.


Natalie Boudou

"Emotional cultures are focused on feelings, moods and attitudes at work. In this session we will take a look at what makes a positive emotional cultures and focus specifically on how to maintain connection in today's fast- paced and hybrid working environment. We will explore how connection is closely linked to a sense of belonging and discover tools to build meaningful connections that impact engagement and performance."


If you didn't have the opportunity to join her session, she has also written an insightful articlen the subject of EQ titled "Leveraging The Power of Your Emotions". You can read the full article in our blog.


Siobhán Godden

Utilising the skills of Emotional Intelligence to establish a workplace culture to engage multigenerational and diverse talent, to support a culture of psychological safety and inclusion. Discover seven common factors that contribute to creating and sustaining positive behaviour change and embed Emotional Intelligence competencies to transform culture."


If you didn't have the opportunity to join her session, she has also written an inspiring article on the subject of EQ aptly called "Siobhán Godden on EQ". You can read the full article in our blog.


That's it! Stay inspired, and reach out to us if you have something to share or ask! Alternatively visit our LinkedIn page or the rest of our website, and feel free to share this Newsflash with your contacts by clicking on the buttons below.


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