How Workday Customers Navigate Change and Emerge Stronger
Change and uncertainty have become a staple for European business leaders, but hearing how finance, HR, and IT leaders are tackling today’s macro challenges head on made for an inspiring closing keynote in Stockholm.
As day three of Workday Rising Europe came to a close, Noa Perry-Reifer, chief people officer at On; Salumeh Companieh, chief digital & information officer at Cushman & Wakefield; and Christine Leitgeb, head of finance, Europe and APMEA at Designit joined Workday’s Rogerio Almeida, group vice president, global partners to share their perspectives on embracing change.
During the packed session, the panel discussed how their own unique leadership skills had been put to the test during recent times, and the challenges facing their respective industries. The group also homed in on the importance of cross-functional collaboration if organisations are to ensure they react quickly and effectively to change.
Discussing her own skillset, On’s Perry-Reifer described the importance of embracing chaos, and systemic thinking in guiding her own organisation through a tumultuous period. “The culture of embracing chaos is something we are working very hard on. Embrace it instead of trying to change it. We are also working on systemic thinking and encouraging people to think about what is good for On as a company, rather than the team or an individual,” she said.
Highlighting the increased prominence of the CIO role post-pandemic, Cushman & Wakefield tech leader Companieh talked about how the role will continue to evolve in the coming years and what new strings IT leaders will need to add to the bow. “It’s your job to agitate people and force them to think differently. The more natural friction you can create within your teams agitates people to think bigger and better,” she said.
Workday’s Almeida brought the high-energy session to a close by emphasizing the importance of choosing the right technology partner and why innovation and investment remain key tools in helping businesses emerge strongly from challenging times.
Moving Beyond the Status Quo: How to Deliver a Belonging and Diversity Strategy
As the topic of belonging and diversity is pushed higher on the agenda of global business leaders, day three of Workday Rising Europe saw a fascinating session headlined by Carin Taylor, chief diversity officer at Workday; Johnny Briggs, DEI & resourcing director at Aviva plc; and Daniela Porr, principal solutions marketing lead at Workday.