The world of work is undergoing a revolution. It’s got personal. Your people expect you to take a close interest in their unique talent, drivers and aspirations. If they don’t feel they are growing towards their goals in your business, they vote with their feet.
We will spend 80000 hours at work. Yet most of us have never learned how to discern what the work would really best suit our capabilities. Without the ability to get under the skin of your people, you risk them leaving for competitors where they feel there is a better fit.
When we have the tools to engage in powerful dialogue, we can use career conversations as a powerful lever for retention and connection. If you don’t talk to your people and get to know their career goals, you can bet the competition will.
Erica Sosna is an award-winning speaker on career design and the future focussed workplace. Her powerful and practical Career Equation Method has become the go-to career design model for clients such as Amazon, Capital One and AXA. Her practical, engaging and can-do storytelling style makes it easy for people experts to take tangible takeaways from her keynotes and turn their aspirations of an engaged workforce into reality.
Her Career Equation is recognised by the CEO of Savills as “Exceptionally swift and effective, simple to learn, share and use with talent at all stages of their career.” Amazon’s Developers rated her recent keynote in the top 3 over 300 speakers.
Erica is the founder of Career Matters, a boutique consultancy that empowers employers in top firms to retain the best and equip talent to own and drive their career through powerful career conversations. Her unique Career Equation has become the go to model for Career Conversations at all levels, driving retention and engagement for CEO’s, high flyers and accelerated diversity schemes worldwide.
Her tools and insights capture and invigorate audiences from the USA, across mainland Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Her career coaching training is accredited by the International Coaching Federation.
Erica Sosna is a very experienced and popular virtual speaker and has an excellent reputation for delivering high energy, high impact keynotes at a distance. Her practical keynotes have been enjoyed by Total Jobs, Santander, Puig, The Emirati Government, Compare the Market, SS&C, Walmart, Flutter, Amazon, Mastercard and many more.
The Great Resignation and the war for talent made it incredibly hard to secure and retain key people. Pressure on candidates is pushing up wage inflation across a huge range of industries. How do you become the company no one wants to leave and the leader everyone wants to work for? Getting under the skin of how your people and your candidates define success helps you create a feeling of genuine intimacy and solidarity and gives you a red flag warning for anyone being tempted by an external offer. Let me show you how to engage both prospective talent and be their employer of choice, as well as holding on to your very best people.
With the average tenure in role falling to just two years, the rise of AI obliterating existing professional career paths and Gen Z refusing to accept any environments that jeopardise their wellbeing, where are we in the search for the optimum high performing workplace? As a leader, it is your responsibility to create and nurture an environment in which everyone can thrive. This means policies, processes, politics and powerful conversations need to be reviewed for fit with the current work culture. Aspirations and definitions of success at work need to be understood on a personalised case-by-case basis. How do you do this when you have a business to run? The Career Equation model has been used at scale by some of the worlds’ best firms. It quickly taps into the aspiration and unique identity of each member of the business, giving key insight on the talent pipeline, flight risks and unrealized potential. You’ll learn how to use this framework to your competitive advantage and hear stories of success from firms as diverse as Capital One, Thales, Savills and Nomura.
“Erica gave us insights on how to make the most out of a mentoring relationship during this year’s Mentoring Program Kick-off. In the preparation she helped me to translate my ideas into an inspiring 2 hour program and during the virtual session she got everyone excited with tips, tools and sharing stories. Erica boosts the quality of a program and with her professional way of working you can be sure that everything is well organized and you get your desired output.”
Aniek Bogart, Dassault Systemes Mentoring Lead
“Erica is definitely an innovator in her thinking, and will help anyone who wants to investigate parts of themselves that they might have ignored.”
Nassir Ghaemi, Director, Novartis Research
“Erica is incredibly responsive and collaborative, which resulted in a talk that met the very specific needs of SPE, coupled with very engaging and positive feedback from the attendees. I would not hesitate to recommend Erica and Career Matters.”
Sam Sing, finance Director, Sony Pictures
“Fantastic content delivery, very knowledgeable on subject matter! I came away from the session truly inspired and empowered.”
Taiwo Oyekan, Global Chair, Black Professionals Network
“What made whole experience of working with Erica really valuable for me was the way she really took time to understand the culture within the team and the organisation, so that she was able to provide a programme that would really work for us. We were definitely not having this calibre of career conversation a year ago.”
Dawn Conneely, Financial Controller, Capital One
"Erica was the inaugural speaker at our internal Learning and Development program, Swan School. She presented ‘How to be the Hero of Your Own Story’ to our team in an entertaining, useful and engaging way. Many of the themes presented were relevant to our working lives as well as outside the office, and I walked in the next morning to hear people still talking about the session. A great way to start our L&D program and will be recommending Erica to others!"
Black Swan Data
"Erica worked with MSD to design and deliver a Career Coaching and Engagement one-day event for 150 People Managers. The career method was just what we needed and was delivered by Erica and a colleague who immediately built rapport and impact with a large audience. The feedback from the attendees was extremely positive and I have no doubt that results will follow."
"Erica was so professional to work with and also so lovely, she participated as a panellist for the Robert Walters Empowering Women in the Workplace event and came with so much knowledge and insightful information. She truly is a career expert and I know I can always turn to her for valuable life and career advice."
“It was great to have Erica speak at the 2018 SW Coaching and Mentoring Conference. I found her session excellent and that was a view shared by others with comments such as: “Absolutely brilliant, articulate and engaging a very motivational speaker” and “I took so much from what Erica was saying, not just for the organisation I work in but also personally. She is highly recommended!"
Bryony Houlden, Chief Executive of South West Councils
“Erica injects excitement, enthusiasm and unique ways of tackling the often tricky task of career development and ensuring success on our staff.”
Andrew Eden, Resilience &Adaptation, The Environment Agency
"Erica was a key part of a panel event we hosted at CSM to mark the launch of Boostr, a new employee wellness and engagement platform. The subject of the event was hybrid working. If hybrid is to be a feature of the future of work then how do we optimise it for the benefit of our people and our institutions and how do we avoid the pitfalls? Erica was wonderful to work with and her contribution on stage was perfect - insightful, practical and thought-provoking. Thanks Erica."
Andrew Owen, Business Director at CSM
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