HR Committee Luncheon: The Importance of Identifying Change Agents

The world’s economy is undergoing significant challenges that are deeply unsettling for most businesses. This has created an urgent imperative to adjust to the new realities of changing business models. According to employers in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, the most needed skills for top talent are 1) change management skills 2) a competitive/entrepreneurial mindset.

On May 11, AmCham Taipei’s HR Committee invited Christine Raynaud from Morgan Philips to give a presentation on “Why companies seek change agents and how HR can identify them.” She stressed that to help employers identify change agents, HR practitioners need to know how to uncover such characteristics in new hires and existing workforces.

From left to right: HR Committee Co-Chair, Monica Han, Country HR Leader, 3M Taiwan Ltd., speaker Christine Raynaud from Morgan Philips, HR Committee Co-Chair, Seraphim Ma, Senior Partner, Baker & McKenzie

The importance of identifying change agents within a company include:

  • Implement and adapt to new business models in order to stay competitive in the market
  • Managing resistance or those that oppose change
  • Develop and manage key leaders to support organizational changes
  • Ensure that individualistic goals align with the company’s strategy

Competencies to look for when identifying change agents:

  • Personal Balance
  • Leadership Influence
  • Consideration of Others
  • Creativity and Adaptability
  • Attention to Detail

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