Talent2012 – Forum
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London Marriott Hotel Regents Park
Editor’s Note: Following the Talent2012 Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, there will be a Forum for senior L&D/HR professionals from large organisations. Here is the program for tomorrow’s Forum…
Friday 6th July 2012 | Marriott Regents Park, London
A confidential forum for senior HR professionals
Why this event
Some business conversations are just too important to be left unattended… and you — as the HR Director — are perfectly placed to spot them… This unique HR forum provides a rare opportunity to access the practical insights of a group of senior HR practitioners and line managers who, in very different situations, have seen their businesses transformed by making sure the right conversations happened between the right people at the right time.
The event has been developed specifically for senior HR professionals and HR Directors, who may recognise some of the following organisational traits:
- Key aspects of the business strategy not being discussed and resolved at the right level, often because senior managers are ‘too busy’
- People not stepping up and taking leadership. ‘Difficult’ issues and challenges being avoided
- People in one area of the business not getting the significance of what is happening elsewhere. Managers ‘sounding off’ about other managers; not raising their concerns constructively
- A lack of penetration in senior level dialogue – long meetings, lots of words, but limited breakthrough
- Problems and issues arising in the business that would have been foreseen if the right conversations had taken place
- Poor relationships or tensions at the top leading to boundary issues and lack of collaboration at levels below. Key managers simply misunderstanding each other or misreading each others intentions
- Excessive politicking or unhealthy power imbalances that give some employees too much influence and others too little
- HR attention focused on HR policies and processes rather than participating in crucial conversations about strategy, culture and change
This is a confidential discussion forum. It is not a training session or a workshop. It is open only to senior L&D/HR professionals from large organisations. So you can expect a level of experience which allows you to get into the really important detail from people who have learned in practice the value of strong dialogue at the top.
Who will I meet?
Directors, Heads, VPs, Managers of:
- Learning & Development
- Organisational Development
- Employee Experience
About this event:
How does the forum work?
This is a one day facilitated programme with a ratio of 5 participants to 1 facilitator to enable a very high quality of dialogue in small group.
Prior to the forum
- Prior to attending, you will speak with one of the facilitators about your current situation and establish what you want to get from the day
- The facilitator will then suggest any preparation that will be useful for you to get the most value out of the forum
- As a result of the conversation, the facilitator will ensure the dialogue focuses on issues that are important to you
During the forum
The forum will be split into two sessions, before and after lunch:
- Identifying crucial business or personal conversations that for one reason or another are not happening in your business and influencing the conditions for these to happen
- Creating a safe space, using core skills in dialogue and diplomacy, in which such dialogue can take place with every chance of a successful outcome
How is it the forum structured?
- Case studies: in-depth experience and practicalities of making powerful business conversations happen inside organisations
- Learning transfer: key principles for success and best practice
- Practical application:how to apply this learning in your own situation
- Panel discussion: to share experiences and summarise key insights
The forum is designed to flow and sessions will not feel rigidly separated. And due to the small numbers, the whole process will be done as dialogue rather than as staged presentation followed by Q&A.
After the forum
After the event you will be able to make the most of a 1:1 coaching session with one of the facilitators. This will help you further reflect on the insights and techniques you took from the sessions, and give you practical guidance about how you can apply these in the context of the challenges and characters you are dealing with in your own business situation.
09:00 Registration and refreshments
09:30 Roundtable introductions
09:45 Opening address: Crucial conversations and the role of HR
- ‘Everybody knew, no one said…’ Examples of businesses where critical conversations did not happen and the consequence of this
- Why some critical business conversations are so easy to miss or avoid
- The unique position and privileged access that HR(D) Managers have to influence the strategic dialogue in the organisation
Chris Blakeley, Founder, Waverley Learning Ltd
I. Identifying and instigating crucial business conversations (indirect intervention)
10:00 Case study discussion: The difference it makes when the dialogue is good
A perspective from a communications insider, at the top of one of the UK’s biggest professional firms. Personal experience of trying to align complex and challenging communications
Fiona Lloyd, Head of Communication, Allen & Overy
10:30 Case study discussion: How to spot crucial conversations early on
The knack of identifying and initiating crucial business conversations before they become too difficult to have. Personal experience from 8 years of HR at Board Level
Karen Caddick, Group HR Director, Morrisons Plc.
11:00 Morning coffee and networking break
11:20 Key learning from the case studies, followed by practical session in small groups
- Diagnosing conversations that are too important to fail
- How to anticipate strategic tensions and ‘pinch points’ where the management dialogue will get difficult
- Truth v power. How to assess political realities versus organisational necessities. Developing a dialogue around choices and consequences
- Personal influencing strategies for getting people into the conversation
- Explore real current situations and options to intervene
Facilitated by: Chris Blakeley, Founder, Waverley Learning Ltd.
12:20 Networking lunch
II. Creating the right space for powerful conversations to succeed (direct intervention)
13:20 Case study: ‘Keeping it real at the top’
Raising concerns that people do not want to face – keeping potentially emotive dialogue both real and reasonable
Julie MacDonald, HR Director, PizzaExpress
13:50 Panel discussion: ‘Speaking truth to power’
- Small interventions that make a big difference: personal experiences of managing challenging and politically complex conversations at critical business junctures
- Distill and share key insights and tips for success
Facilitated by: Doug Frost, HR Director, Britvic Plc
Roger Thomas, Head of Partner Development, PwC
Chaired by: Ed Griffin, HR Director, CSM (Chime Sport Marketing) Ltd
14:40 Afternoon tea and networking break
15:00 Key learning from the case studies, followed by practical session in small groups
- Dialogue and diplomacy skills necessary to get people into the right space for a significant conversation
- Depth as the prerequisite to breakthrough – helping people to speak personally and to listen deeply. Moving between levels in dialogue
- Explore real current situations and options to intervene
Facilitated by: Nick Rowe, Director, Consult & Growe Ltd.
16:00 Closing discussion
Facilitated by: Chris Blakeley, Founder, Waverley Learning
16:30 End of forum
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