We interviewed Seachange Now's Brendan Foley on the value of investing in your people. Here's what he had to say:
As a sailor, Brendan Foley competed many times at world and European championships. Today, while still an active sailor at amateur level, Brendan combines his business experience and sporting insight to help others achieve their full potential.
Brendan is the founder of Seachange Now, a corporate coaching and training businesses. Established just over a decade ago, Seachange Now has worked with some of the world’s biggest and most dynamic companies, helping to build high-performance teams and develop exceptional leaders who can propel their organisations to sustained success.
Seachange Now began almost by chance, after a series of life-changing events set Brendan on a different course to the one he had chosen. “I realised that I was good at helping people to achieve their best, and that is what Seachange is all about,” Brendan says.
His ability to nurture talent and to inspire the next corporate leaders is in demand at a time of significant uncertainty for employers, from the challenge of Brexit to the artificial intelligence revolution. He recognises the findings of AIB (GB)’s survey of senior executives from his conversations with international business leaders, and understands their concerns about recruiting and retaining the best talent.
"This is a really interesting time,” says Brendan. “There are skills shortages across many sectors, and the dynamic of work is changing very quickly. People are living longer but also having to work for longer, so employers have to make adjustments for an older workforce. At the same time, a new generation is joining the labour market, with different experiences and different expectations.
“The challenge is to bring all these people together and create effective teams who will deliver sustained success.”