Two days down - one to go. Day two of the CIPD Festival of Work provided further fresh insights, thought-provoking conversations and advice on future trends.

Take a look through the day two highlights and get festival ready for the final day.

In the conference

John Amaechi OBE (Organisational Psychologist and Director of the UK’s largest NHS Trust) presented a powerful opening keynote on creating a culture of self-directed learning to drive adaptability and innovation.

“When you talk to people about what is a great manager, a great colleague, it is rarely someone’s technical skills that get talked about – it is their emotional competence.” John Amaechi OBE

In the Leading through Adversity stream, Matthew Syed (Writer, Broadcaster and Thought Leader) gave a thought-provoking masterclass on developing yourself as an agile leader to drive business transformation. 

“Know it all – fixed mindset. Learn it all – growth mindset.” Matthew Syed

John Nurthen (Executive Director, Staffing Industry), Dr Rochelle Hayness (University of the West of England ), Laura Gardiner (Research Director, Resolution Foundation), Matthew Taylor (Chief Executive, RSA), Mary Towers (Employment Rights Officer, TUC), and Ben Willmott (Head of Public Policy, CIPD) joined us for an interactive panel discussion covering the gig economy. 

“The way they [companies] treat gig economy workers now will determine the talent pool that is available to them in the future.” Dr Rochelle Hayness


To end the day, Sir Ian Cheshire (Chairman, Barclays), Natasha Adams (Chief People Officer, Tesco – above), Valerie Todd CBE (HR Director, Siemens UK and Ireland), and Peter Cheese (Chief Executive, CIPD) gave an interesting discussion on putting people at the centre of recovery for the closing keynote. 

“Leaders are embedded at every level so it’s a challenge for all of us to reach people while we’re all working remotely.” Sir Ian Cheshire