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Pontoon Solutions is a professional services firm that delivers people, processes, and tools to optimise workforces. Our customers can tap into our deep expertise, rich data, and high-performing technology that breaks organisational boundaries. The result is talent without limits, accurate data intelligence, agility, productivity, and cost avoidance.

Leveraging our global footprint and robust processes, we work with you to develop the right talent solution for your business and support you in achieving your strategic targets. We help businesses improve their candidate experience and drive their talent transformation, so they are ready for tomorrow’s working world.

Reimagine Now Pontoon Solutions

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Pontoon Solutions is a professional services firm that delivers people, processes, and tools to optimise workforces. Our customers can tap into our deep expertise, rich data, and high-performing technology that breaks organisational boundaries. The result is talent without limits, accurate data intelligence, agility, productivity, and cost avoidance.

Leveraging our global footprint and robust processes, we work with you to develop the right talent solution for your business and support you in achieving your strategic targets. We help businesses improve their candidate experience and drive their talent transformation, so they are ready for tomorrow’s working world.

    Pontoon Reimagine Now: Creating Future Fit Leaders in the Changing Business Landscape with Ross Emerson

    Pontoon Reimagine Now: Creating Future Fit Leaders in the Changing Business Landscape with Ross Emerson

    This week on Pontoon’s Reimagine Now podcast, Shannon Robertson, Director of Strategic Insights at Pontoon and host of the podcast, speaks with Ross Emerson, Executive Coach and Board Advisor, who shares his profound understanding of human dynamics within corporate structures and highlights the need for future-fit leaders to be purpose-oriented and people-centric. Shannon and Ross discuss the challenges of cultural evolution, particularly in high-pressure and traditional settings, and the strategic pathways to fostering inclusive and adaptive cultures.
    Quotes
    "Culture sometimes is imperfect... It can be either something that can be very traumatic for human capital, or it can also harness their potential and enable people to thrive.” -Ross Emerson [03:49]
    “Leadership is really about skills and capabilities that are equally important with mindsets and behaviours. The core of any leader is a human being, not an idealised object to satisfy the fantasies projected onto her or him." -Ross Emerson [19:00]


    Key Topics
    Company cultures are complex, fluid, and influenced by diverse team dynamics and individual behaviours.Successful cultural change requires a clear understanding of its necessity, involves everyone in the process, and relies on a systemic approach.Leadership is more than a title; it's a lifestyle anchored in skills, capabilities, mindsets, and behaviours.High-pressure environments require a balance between inducing healthy stress and ensuring psychological safety and trust within teams.Future leaders need to be future-fit, embracing traits like being purpose-oriented, people-centric, and driven towards progress and principles.


    Timestamps
    [03:14] Impact of high-pressure environments on company culture 
    [08:37] Applying principles to improve team dynamics and employee engagement 
    [11:55] Balancing business performance with a healthy company culture 
    [13:20] Setting boundaries and flexibility in organizational culture
    [14:19] Challenges of multi-generational workforces and the need for adaptability 
    [15:35] Leadership development in the face of hybrid and remote work models 
    [17:30] Future fit leaders and their key criteria
    [17:59] The challenges faced by the younger generation in the evolving world of work 
    [18:32] Leadership as a lifestyle: Skills, mindsets, and behaviours 
    [20:10] The role of mentorship, professional development, and deep reflection in organizational culture 


    Connect 
    Pontoon Solutions
    Shannon Robertson
    Ross Emerson

    • 23 min
    Pontoon Reimagine Now: Combatting Ageism in the Workplace with CEO Oliver Johnston

    Pontoon Reimagine Now: Combatting Ageism in the Workplace with CEO Oliver Johnston

    In the season premiere of Pontoon’s Reimagine Now podcast, Shannon Robertson, Director of Strategic Insights at Pontoon and host of the podcast, speaks with Oliver Johnston, an innovative thought leader in the realm of human capital management, specializing in executive transitions. As the founder and CEO of Stepping Out, he pioneers the development of "stepping out coaching" for corporate leaders, advising on integrating balanced transitions for senior executives. Shannon and Oliver take a deep dive into the significance of "stepping out" policies in contemporary HR practices, focusing on honoring the contributions of senior executives while preparing for the future of leadership. They also discuss the practicality of such policies, emphasizing their alignment with modern values like fairness, psychological safety, and combating age discrimination.
    Quotes
    “I think the idea of supporting senior leaders in their transition from full-time employment, full-time career, into whatever happens next is an idea whose time has come. A few years ago, it was a need that hasn't become a want yet, as Jocker said. And I think the reason for that is we are more accepting of the fact that it's okay to be vulnerable.” -Oliver Johnston [11:46]“Seniors are not an endangered species. They're tough, they're robust, they're imaginative, they're creative. They get things done, so they don't need any sympathy. But we do need to respect them, and we need to respect the contribution that they make. Being a senior leader for ten years or 20 comes at a cost.” -Oliver Johnston [19:43]
    Key Topics
    A stepping out policy is vital for managing high-level transitions sensitively and sustainably within organizations.Succession planning needs to consider both the successor's development and the incumbent's readiness to leave their role.Stepping out coaching is a pivotal service that helps senior executives navigate identity shifts and plan their futures post-retirement.Age discrimination, often overlooked, can be combated through fair and transparent stepping out policies and practices.Recognizing and honoring the contributions of executives as they transition out can have a positive and long-lasting impact on the organization's reputation.




    Timestamps
    [02:33] Genesis of the stepping out concept and its relevance in the corporate world 
    [09:46] Challenges of stepping out and the impact on identity 
    [12:55] The Goldilocks dilemma: leaving too early or too late 
    [27:45] Leaving at the right time for both the individual and the organization
    [30:29] Addressing ageism and the arbitrary nature of retirement ages 
    [32:48] Stepping out policies as a way to combat age discrimination
    [44:31] Coaching as a way to help senior leaders think broadly about their transition 
    [45:29] Three horizons for coaching
    [49:51] Succession planning 
    [53:44] Fostering a culture that supports executive transitions 






    Connect 
    Pontoon Solutions
    Shannon Robertson: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannon-elizabeth-robertson/ 
    Oliver Johnston: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliver-johnston-steppingout/ 

    About Pontoon Solutions
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    • 39 min

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