I had the pleasure of hosting the Interest Group meeting at the June conference.
It was interesting that half the participants were not in banking or finance, but seemed to be curious to see what was going on in our sector. As well as few banks and an insurer we had two people from Enterprise Ireland, wanting to see what our current needs and prioritis were (to help their software companies), and random but interesting visitors from Kings College London Institute of Psychiatry and Specsavers!
There was a good general discussion of the the main themes from the rest of the day, particularly the use of social media - for learning or just in general - in our different companies. I learned that it is possible to be in a bank, have full and free access to external social media and still not collapse from all your commercial secrets being given away. That's a relief then. But generally IT and Risk departments were painted the villain, as they usually are, in blocking this and blocking that and that was where the majority of us were.
When asked what the major challenges were, they were:
What people would appreciate getting from LSG:
A couple of these topics are of interst to me -
As a result of some inappropriate compliance training being made mandatory for everyone regardless of relevance, we now have a 'mandatory training board' set up at quite a senior level to review requests for training to be mandated. Surprisingly before that anyone with 'risk' in their title could declare a piece of training mandatory. How do you address the 'tickbox' issue in your organisation?
I've seen the suggestion before that we give everyone a Kindle or an iPad (?) and while I see the value for selected groups it would look a bit strange to say ' we won't let you access social media or even the internet on your bank machine but here's a machine to use for it '. You also have to be wary of giving the message that ' now we expect you to do your training in your own time ' But these are arguments against giving it to everyone - if there's a highly mobile audience who would want and use 'pull' resources it might be a good way to have a reliable and consistent pattern.