Happy Friday from Beem!
We’re back again with our Weekly roundup to ensure you guys know what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. Before we dive in: don’t forget to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications or even your own story, we’re keen to learn, so share it with us and we may feature your post in our upcoming issue.
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In today’s tightening labor market, HR leaders must work relentlessly to develop and recruit people who advance digital transformation across their organizations. Yet most have struggled to advance their own digital competencies. This neglect has hindered their ability to leverage data into talent strategies that can help transform their businesses.
We base this claim about HR’s digital skills gap on the results of our latest global leadership survey. Co-produced by our three organizations, the survey gauged nearly 28,000 business leaders across industries about the state and trajectory of leadership. Among the findings: On average, HR leaders lag far behind other professionals in their ability to operate in a highly digital environment and use data to guide business decisions. How is this going to play out over the next few years?
Warrens of gates, shopping, and endless corridors; airports are confusing places – especially when you’ve stumbled off a red-eye flight to a country that doesn’t speak your language. But at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, there’s help waiting at the information desk that never sleeps and speaks any language: Hitachi’s EMIEW3, a 90cm-tall, red-headed humanoid robot that can direct weary travelers to stores, connecting flights and whatever else they need to find.
Confused where to catch your connecting flight? EMIEW3 can roll along on its four wheels, standing up again if it trips, in order to lead you all the way to your gate. Looking for a coffee shop? Ask the robot where to find a cafe, and it will list the options. Are we ready for this?
UK startups continued to draw in attention from venture capital firms in the third quarter as Europe’s premier investment hotspot, posting a £1.4bn total draw in the three months to September compared to £1.31bn in the same quarter last year.
“In what is considered a traditionally slow period for investment and with the added uncertainty created by Brexit, the UK has continued to attract VC investors to its thriving startup and scaleup sector”. Reassuring news coming from the head of KPMG’s innovative startup practice!
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