ATC Summary

Over the last few days I have published a number of posts summarising the sessions at ATC that I attended. However I wanted to pull together an overall summary of my thoughts from the event. This was my first ATC, mainly as I had now been in the position to attend before due to my previous corporate life which was a pity as I think attending in previous years would have been good. Well no point looking back let’s look forward.

First question was ATC worth the money? Yes. Even in the light of this GFC thing.

So what did I get out of the event to justify my expense?

  • Attending the sessions, while not all were good I took something from most of them. I could not say which was the best session, they were all different.
  • Meeting other Australian commentators such as Phillip Tusing, Jo Knox for the first time.
  • Catching up with Russell Kronenburg from Pacific Brands over lunch on the first learning in detail about some of their social media activities. They are doing awesome stuff!
  • Hallway time with the US speakers, most of whom I had never met in person, such as Master Burnett, Dr John Sullivan, Kevin Wheeler, Gerry Crispin, Charles Handler, and Sue Polo.
  • Having several business, dinner and social engagements organised with Master Burnett, Kevin Wheeler and Gerry Crispin for when I am in San Francisco for the Social Recruiting Summit next month. None of which would have been possible without ATC.
  • Catching up with locals like Riges Younan, Ross Clennett, Phillip Tusing, and the boys from Happener.
  • Meeting Belinda and Danielle from Buchan and chatting about marketing and PR, Daneille joined a number of us for dinner one night.
  • Meeting the Deloitte’s team (James Elliott and Tanyth Lloyd) and many other Australian organisations who are doing exciting things.
  • Chatting with Karen Cariss and Simon Cariss from PageUp People, Simon for the first time.

So as normal with these types of events, the sessions are good but it is the networking that makes it valuable.

If you are in any form of talent management, sourcing or a corporate recruiter and you did not attend shame. For transactional 3rd party recruiters I can see limited value, but if you are a 3rd party recruiter who wants to be ahead of the competition again shame you did not attend.

Another final comment there were several sponsor sessions most were traditional let’s try and sell you on our product. The PageUp session was different. PageUp approached their slot with an attitude of let’s inform the audience about something, virtually unrelated to their product but important to the audience, Twitter. The result was after the session their stand was the busiest of any of the stands over the two days, other than Hudson where we all went for good coffee.

Next Year: Yes.

ATC: Russell Kronenburg from Pacific Brands

Next up was Russell Kronenburg, Group People and Performance Manager, Pacific Brands. Wow want a fantastic session. Russell provided us with some amazing insights into what Pacific Brands are doing to attract key talent. Pacific Brands had an issue with finding designers, who could take up to 180 days to hire! Russell introduced us to the Barrett Model for Organisation Values and how this relates to talent management.

His point of view is that if you focus on the community and then administrative things will work themselves out. Looking at this from a talent management point of view Pacific Brands are focused on developing the talent pipeline for their revenue impacting jobs, ie designers. To this end they have been working heavily with universities and designer industry organisations. Some examples:

  • Pacific Brands established a LinkedIn Group for designers to connect and communicate, while not designed for recruitment Pacific Brands have made a hires from the community. Of interest Russell is the community manager.
  • One of Pacific Brands designers’ has been invited to be an adjunct professor at University in Canada
  • Partnering with RMIT to develop the world’s first surfwear design school to attract students from around the globe and maybe stay in Australia, resulting in more designers in Australia which down the road may result in employees for Pacific Brand.
  • Pacific Brands are working to help educational organisations develop content in their design programs so that the graduates have the required skills.
  • They will be holding an international student design competition; the winners would then come spend a couple of weeks working with the top Pacific Brand designers. If Pacafic Brands wants the ideas from the competition they will pay the students for the idea including an ongoing profit share model.