Playing Both Offense & Defense in the War for Talent


A good offense always necessitates a good defense. Core mantra across all sports. So no surprise that in business the same holds true. It has been called many names, The Talent Tsunami, The Great Resignation, the Big Quit, or maybe best, The Great Discontent. Regardless, the war for Talent is very real. And while virtually every company is looking to hire, some of whom are down as much as 20% or more in headcount, polls suggest that as many as 50% of their current employees are at the same time looking for new jobs.

In the face of this challenging and unstable landscape, we are fortunate to have as our guest speaker, Michael Leckie, founding Partner of the consulting firm Silverback Partners and author of the recently published book The Heart of Transformation. In a fireside chat with XPX Fairfield Chapter President John Weidner, topics to be covered will include:

  • Why The Big Discontent? What is fueling it?
  • Defensive strategies designed to retain employees.
  • Offensive strategies designed to attract new employees

Do not miss this timely and most important discussions with one of the true thought leaders in the Human Capital space.

Our Speaker:

Michael Leckie

Michael Leckie brings over 20 years of leadership and consulting experience to his role in driving transformation in a digital world. He believes that digital transformation is a combination of the human and the technological and that our organizations can only make the changes needed to thrive by addressing both the social and technical systems of which they are made. Michael has led and advised on transformations and cultural change from start-up and private equity through to Fortune 50 companies across a very broad variety of industries, private and public.

Michael is the former Chief Learning Officer for Digital Transformation at GE where he was responsible to accelerate the transformation of GE to the Digital Industrial leader. He also acted as the Chief Learning Officer and Global Head of Organization Development for Bloomberg, LP. Previously, Michael spent 12 years at Gartner, Inc., where he most recently held the position of Managing Vice President Programs associates. He speaks internationally on the art and science of leadership, digital leadership, culture change, influencing and communication skills, and the changing role of the CXO leader in a socio-technical world.

Updated: Jan 12, 2022

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