The feedback from the Antal London Conference 2016 says it all:
It worked really well, congrats….
This was my 1st conference and I am happy that I joined. I liked very much the openness, the level of constructive and pro-active contribution of all colleagues, the professionalism engaged. With diligent endeavour let us implement in practice as many of the great ideas evolved as possible. Last but not least a healthy sense of British humour is being well appreciated by all! I trust we can have a great future together, through best sharing of information, knowledge and experience for the benefit of clients, candidates and colleagues!
Constantin Nedelcu, MSc, MBA
I like very much the session where we were in working group on different topic where each group lead one topic decided by whole participants. I will work through the topic for effective coaching. I hope from the group we can improve the entire Antal business Model. We had many good discussion and I think we need all together put our business in premium standard with consolidated process, image and marketing/Legal material.
I have always felt it useful to have a reflective space in which to consider concepts and ideas and within the afternoon session I had just that.
Participating in the 2016 AGC was a fantastic and energising experience! It provided an excellent forum to meet and get to know other Antal franchise owners and have frank conversations on common issues and bottlenecks we face. Most importantly, we brainstormed and agreed on solutions and a follow up plan to help us overcome the challenges to deliver successful outcomes for all. Congrats to Antal management team in successfully organising this event!
The Antal London Conference 2016 was an excellent event, positive energy and excitement radiated from everyone in the room – it was truly exhilarating!
This conference was very different as it concentrated solely on our Owners and gave maximum time to share and learn from each other – in line with the Antal ethos of:
“Sharing information, knowledge and experience for the benefit of clients, candidates and colleagues”
As Owners started arriving from across Europe and Egypt on Thursday, we congregated for an informal evening of catching up. The joy of meeting colleagues, friends and new connections and sharing quality time was amazing.
Everyone was ready to roll with an early start on Friday. The team welcomed everyone to the event and Doug kicked off by sharing his inspirational message challenging us all to have the right attitude in all aspects of our lives.
Owners were invited to deliver a short 3 minute introduction to their office. A great way to identify the people to connect with in the coffee breaks to discuss business and share connections.
Ute Hagen’s ‘Open Session’ was a first for Antal, the room was challenged to put forward topics they would like to discuss and find solutions to. This session was highly interactive as the room voted for the topics they were most interested in developing. Through the course of an hour, and under the guidance of Ute, 6 core themes rose to the top. The room was then divided into working groups to discuss the topics further and work together to find solutions.
The Board of Antal and Antal team gathered back into the room to hear each group present their topics and review the solutions. Dynamite! A brilliant communication vehicle to get to the core challenges our Owners face in their business and to also source solutions – not bad for a mornings work. This session was positive and constructive, everyone was now equipped with ideas on how to accelerate their own business, improve on sharing of business and develop Key Accounts.
A light working lunch was hosted in the Antal offices, a short walk from the conference venue, this gave everyone the opportunity to visit the Antal Head Quarters, stretch their legs and get some fresh air (umbrellas were finally not needed!).
Everyone was back in the room for the afternoon sessions of open learning and sharing. In these, our partners from Parkside Recruitment, Tracy Iqbal and Richard Park explained their models for performance management and shared their experiences. The next 4 speakers walked through the journey of running an Antal business, Naush Akram discussed his experiences of his first year. Arnaud Sportouch followed with his knowledge of obtaining retainers verse contingency assignments from clients. David Crossley discussed the importance of developing Key Clients and Andi Duerr rounded up the block of presentations with his insight into maintaining his high performing office in Germany.
James Reed then introduced the new Antal service offering, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), he explained the different solutions and emphasised the need to work with the Owners from across all offices on the delivery for the assignments Antal was awarded.
There has to be an Antal Challenge – so, the gauntlet was laid down, the room was divided into groups and each group had to deliver back to the room a killer pitch. Highly entertaining and the clear winner was the team presented by John Hebson.
Tony Goodwin addressed the room and encouraged everyone to continue sharing and working together as that was his key driver in the business. He emphasised the importance of an office being niche and that to recruit in ‘IT’ was not having a focus – it needed to be clearer and more selective.
Doug thanked all the speakers with a presentation of a book from the training legend, Steve Finkle. And, the Conference ended on time!
Everyone was welcomed to a local pub where the networking continued. After an intense day, this was well earned and appreciated by all. And, so ended the Antal London Conference 2016, in style and on a high!
The few left standing found an exceptional Indian restaurant where we relaxed and reminisced about the Conference in India.
We surely missed all the Owners and Company Owned offices that simply could not travel to London for one day – we look forward to next year already with much to do and high expectations to deliver against – we do love a challenge!