Enlisting people and technology to expedite innovation
Europe is once again facing uncertainty after a period of temporary stabilization. Ongoing reparations from the pandemic have left industries at unequal starting points. New risks — operational, political, and cyber — deranged some of the earlier recovery plans. However, European leaders appear to be better prepared for the new perturbations. 89% agree that they can innovate with greater speed than in the past. At the same time, 88% expect their businesses to be in positive growth territory this year. To achieve growth, leaders plan to focus their innovation activity on new technology adoption and new products and services development. The majority are also looking to increase operational efficiencies while focusing on organic growth and new products in the coming year. Excelling at all of these vectors can prove to be challenging in the face of reported barriers to innovation — lack of time, funding, and talent. Compared to a year prior, European leaders are more concerned with weaknesses in talent acquisition and innovation capabilities. At the same time, they are pressed to act faster both by local governments, issuing new directives for digitisation and decarbonisation, as well as better-funded and better-staffed market peers. As ‘emerging technologies top the list of enablers to better innovation, European leaders believe that artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and machine learning will help them become more successful. Overwhelmingly, local leaders are also looking into innovation opportunities in renewable energy and. .
Championing diversity and inclusion
For our business to thrive, we need our people to thrive. At HLB, we believe that creating a diverse and inclusive environment through all layers of the organisation boosts innovation and employee engagement. We aim to provide the best opportunities for our people and attract and retain top talent, to ultimately service our clients better. We champion diversity and inclusion by:
- Engaging in diversity and inclusion related conversations
- Being an advocate for workplace flexibility
- Facilitating talent mobility programs for our members
- Promoting leadership behaviour that fosters workplace diversity and inclusion
Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader
Bill leads the network’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) initiatives and oversees its strategy and objectives. Bill is no stranger to the professional services industry. He began his career with EY on the client service delivery side, working in both the audit and tax functions. He quickly found his niche in the Human Capital market and has never looked back. Bill has worked across multiple dimensions of diversity, collaborating with leaders at all levels, and has worked on many large scale projects. He is a sought after thought leader in the D&I space and was named to the 2019 NJ Out 100 Power List for his work in leading LGBTQ workplace inclusion.
Bill sits on the Board of Garden State Equality (GSE), New Jersey’s largest LGBTQ organization, and The Center, a non-profit HIV/AIDS service organization at the Jersey Shore. Bill has a strong passion for social justice and recently taught Lead for Diversity, a week-long journey by the American Conference on Diversity to high school students throughout the tri-state area.