Workplace transformation needs entrepreneurism, diversity of skills and collaboration to succeed

In order to provoke some thought when we launched the workplace transformation & next generation employee topic, I shared some perspectives I have heard previously at some of the Alternative events and which I have previously written about across a number of articles. Perhaps the biggest challenge to my mind is the changing perspective on aspirations of the next generation moving into the workforce and the way in which this will impact the historic professional services models. One of the recent panel sessions that struck me the most was at the recent Tech & Innovation Professional Services leaders summit as I wrote about in my previous article. As I said following the event, what was genuinely interesting was hearing from the next generation of innovators, the trainees and associates across the different firms. It was here that I saw the genuine challenge to the partnership structure in how to retain talent to drive innovation. This generation that has so much to offer, the so-called “digital natives”, pretty much all said that partnership wasn’t necessarily something they aspired to. For me, this was the big takeaway; that this generation, that will drive so much of the innovation, has a different value set and will perhaps cause more positive disruption for professional services operating models than any particular technology.

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Simon Drane

Simon Drane

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Simon has held numerous positions within the professional services sector over the last 25 years, at a FTSE 100 legal information solution provider, a legal technology consultancy, a law firm, an accounting firm, and a legal membership organisation. Simon has qualifications in law and tax, and deep experience in commercial product strategy. Simon has board level experience of both executive and non-executive roles, and as CEO of a technology startup. He has a strong track record in creating innovative product strategies resulting in multiple new multimillion pound high growth lines of business. Simon led the new investments product strategy area at LexisNexis and created and launched many of the next generation content and workflow product offerings for lawyers. At the Law Society Simon ran the commercial arm of the organisation and restructured a set of commercial investments through taking board seats. He also implemented a new commercial strategy including a significant shift in focus to legal technology innovation including the launch of a legal tech focused Barclays EagleLab accelerator. Simon has also held senior knowledge management roles in both law and accounting firms. Simon established earlsferry advisory towards the end of 2018 to help people with their product strategies, whether they are technology businesses, professional services businesses or investors into these spaces.