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  • 5 Minutes With… Craig Goldblatt, Inspirational Speaker

    In the latest instalment of our executive interview series, we talk to inspirational speaker Craig Goldblatt about the challenges of staff retention, the opportunities that come with collaboration and the importance of communication…

    Tell us about your company, products and services.

    Over 16 years International speaker and leadership coach, I’ve delivered in excess of 700 keynotes and countless leadership training and development workshops around the world.

    I believe that the development of our culture in business is key and that when we ensure our personal beliefs and values are strong, we have immense business growth.

    I’m a leader of the heart; I believe that truly knowing your purpose and embracing life at this level gives you the drive to achieve your greatest goals. If you have the inner strength to take the steps he recommends, business and personal life success comes naturally.

    You may well have seen me on prime-time TV and numerous radio shows delivering my leadership learning ‘Cultivating Inner Strength’.

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    What have been the biggest challenges the Human Resources industry has faced over the past 12 months?

    I think the biggest challenge is retention of staff is the need for young people coming in to the marketplace that have a wish to own their own futures. People want their own path and take ownership and I think to retain great talent over a long period of time requires a real sense of imagination and opportunity from employers. There is a disconnect in the large corporates, they need to stay flexible.

    And what have been the biggest opportunities?

    A freedom for collaboration, if the HR industry is open enough they can form alliances and partnerships around the world and remain flexible in a global market place. The capacity of software to be able to connect and communicate is instant.

    What is the biggest priority for the Human Resources industry in 2019?

    Retaining great people, keeping people inspired and motivated and growing their internal world when the external world is so attractive. Give people a compelling vision for the future.

    What are the main trends you are expecting to see in the market in 2019?

    Growth in technology and ease of use being a consumer.

    What technology is going to have the biggest impact on the market this year?

    Health and well-being tech.

    In 2022 we’ll all be talking about…?

    How businesses can collaborate with individuals. Computers are getting rid of jobs, how do we work with individuals and attract the best talent that want to work employers, but still want their own businesses freedom?

    Which person in, or associated with, the Human Resources industry would you most like to meet?

    The Prime Minister

    What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learnt about the Human Resources sector?

    The integration, or the lack of communications between HR and Departmental heads

    You go to the bar at the London/Manchester HR Summit – what’s your tipple of choice?

    1 sparkling mineral water and 8 pints of vodka!

    What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

    Delivery, being with people, seeing people grow, seeing the curiosity of the audience

    And what’s the most challenging?

    I work globally and sometimes the travelling becomes lonely

    What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

    Love myself and who I spend my life with is who I become.

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