2019 is the Year of the Mobility Industry Insider

January 22, 2019 Darin Burley

Miami Downtown Skyline at Night

It begins in February in Miami.

During my ten years at Graebel, it’s been very exciting to see our clients’ Mobility programmes evolve. They’re growing not just in terms of volume, geographic scope and transferee service levels, but the programmes – and the Mobility professionals leading them – are becoming critical to their organisations’ growth.

Mobility professionals are emerging as subject matter experts (SMEs) across their organisations on all matters that even remotely touch Mobility. Four example, while business unit leaders tend to select talent based on skill sets and experience, Mobility can add perspective related to the cost of putting that person in place and whether they could support the strategic growth of the organisation in other capacities and locations down the road.

Similarly, Mobility is becoming more engaged in decisions related to corporate expansion. What’s the talent pool in various locations under consideration? How many employees would likely accept a reassignment to any of the possible locations? What are the local labour laws the company will need to comply with?

In nearly all cases, the Mobility professionals engaged at this level have made the conscious decision to be more strategic, to cut across silos and provide unique insight and value. I’ve seen their fundamental strategies play out in two dimensions.

  1. They venture across the organisation to get to know the people, challenges and priorities within key departments.
  2. They anticipate how events and conditions today will evolve into trends that could affect those people, challenges and priorities.

What are some of the key traits that have helped Mobility professionals move in this direction? Forward-thinking. Learning. Risk taking. Flexibility. And most important, an instinct and passion to contribute.

If this sounds like you, or if you’d like it sound like you, we’d like to help!

Many of the sessions at the 2019 insideMOBILITY® Summit in Miami, February 19-21 will focus on expanding stakeholder engagement and demonstrating the value of Mobility. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with and learn from other Mobility insiders who will share their experiences and describe their successes. Working together, attendees will zero in on some best practises you’ll be able to incorporate into your Mobility programme.

At the 2018 Summit, four example, some attendees were further along than others in implementing Core-Flex programmes. To their credit, these early adopters were eager to talk about what worked and what didn’t – both in terms of the programme itself and how they rolled it out. Later on, over coffee between sessions I was part of a conversation with three attendees discussing challenges and solutions in establishing an operational presence in a specific country in the Far East.

I don’t know if you see this kind of openness within other professions – CPAs or attorneys four example. But Mobility seems to enjoy a special level of camaraderie, and the insideMOBILITY Americas Summit is where I really see that in full force. Everyone is eager to help their peers succeed.

2019 is the year I’d like to see all Mobility professionals become firmly entrenched within their organisations, serving as SMEs and internal strategic partners. I hope you’ll join me at the Summit next month to take some huge steps forward!

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