Stream one | Leading Through Adversity
Good leadership, positive behaviours and the ability to drive people and organisations through change and disruption are key to enable the long-term growth of our businesses and the economy as a whole. How do we enhance our leadership skills, business management and organisation development practices to power through uncertain and testing times in order to safeguard a sustainable future?
Navigating unprecedented global disruption - key learnings from a world impacted by COVID-19
Covid has taught us the true meaning of the word disruption, accelerating trends around technology and an ageing society, and acting as a stress test revealing existing strengths and weaknesses. What does all this mean for business and what should you be doing during these difficult economic times? This session will explore:
• Understanding the current context - what is the global scale and impact of the pandemic?
• Where are we up to in the battle of defeating the virus?
• What can we learn from this time to grow and develop as leaders, businesses, and civilisations?
Building good businesses – developing resilient workforces to thrive in uncertainty
In light of the current COVID-19 Pandemic, a global recession is quickly becoming a reality. But as the global economy shrinks and political chaos drives uncertainty for businesses and shareholders, there is a ray of hope for organisations determined to succeed while driving people and societal well-being. Are big multinationals destined to take over the market or is there a place for all organisations to thrive despite the increased socio-economic uncertainty? Can we bridge the productivity gap and upskill our people and organisations to create a better society while driving business growth? What have we learnt from the power shifts and political upheavals of the past decade that can help us sharpen our focus and fortify our strategies?
The opening keynote will explore the most recent global macroeconomic and macro-political trends, their implications for businesses and how focusing on good work will enable organisations and their employees to build resilience and succeed.
Leading good work in practice - translating the theory to proactively drive business growth in a post-pandemic world
• Identifying what good work and good people practices look like and the skills we need to develop to embed it within our organisations.
• Focusing on job quality, fairness and long-term skills development to drive business growth and societal well-being.
• Increasing organisational productivity and output while driving brand reputation and sustainability.
Business leadership in an age of disruption - how to lead and thrive in turbulent times
• Why and how the skills needed to be an effective business leader are changing.
• Adopting the qualities to lead colleagues and inspire confidence from stakeholders.
• Maintaining and/or improving consistent corporate culture to avoid cynicism from colleagues, media, and shareholders.
What business leaders need from people leaders - developing a successful people and business partnership in testing times
• Creating high-performing organisational ecosystems, increasing communication and breaking down silos.
• Collaborating with leaders to deliver effective crisis contingency plans to ensure the long-term success of the organisation.
• Lessons learnt for business leaders and people professionals when leading through a pandemic crisis.
People management in healthcare - workforce lessons from the NHS
• Navigating recruitment and retention challenges during a prolonged crisis period.
• The use of innovative methods to deliver continuous professional development.
• Adapting employee relations during the pandemic and supporting employee health and well-being.
Creating a culture of self-directed learning to drive adaptability and innovation
People's ability to innovate, adapt to changing market demands and spot new opportunities for business growth is what makes the difference between a leading-edge organisation and one doomed to succumb to competition. It's the agility, adaptability and entrepreneurialism of their people that will enable businesses to predict future market trends, maintain a competitive advantage and diversify their products to adapt to fast-changing customer expectations.
Creating an agile learning culture in our organisation is the key to enable our people to embrace agility, adaptability and drive innovation. For our organisations to survive, we must empower a culture that encourages people to take ownership or their own learning and where learning becomes a fundamental part of our working lives. Only by ensuring that such a culture is deeply entrenched within our organisations, will we be able to equip our workforce with the agility, drive for innovation and entrepreneurial spirit needed to ensure the long-term growth of our business.
Taking inspiration from the good and bad lessons learnt from real organisations, this keynote will focus on why an agile learning culture is essential for business survival and how we can facilitate a culture of learning that will create an effective knowledge-transfer ecosystem, inspire people to take ownership of their own learning and become more agile and creative.
Championing wellbeing and happiness at work to reap the business and societal benefits
• Embedding wellbeing within our organisational cultures to build more successful businesses and sustainable societies.
• Managing employee stress during times of disruption and maintaining productivity across a dispersed workforce.
• Tackling the root causes of poor physical and mental health at work to create more engaged and resilient workforces.
Leading growth and change - developing yourself as an agile leader to drive business transformation
• Enhancing your ability to effectively engage people through business change.
• Inspiring trust and loyalty by positioning yourself as a compassionate and emotionally intelligent leader.
• Driving flexibility and cultural change while balancing fairness and transparency with business needs.
The gig economy - where do we go from here?
• How gig workers have been impacted by the crisis?
• What will happen to contingent workers moving forward and how can people professionals best offer support?
• Rebuilding your business - embracing flexible and productive ways of working to kickstart growth post-crisis.
Putting people at the centre of the recovery - takeaway lessons for the people profession
• Maximizing employee contribution by facilitating a supportive, motivating, and positive culture which is embedded in core values.
• Collaboration at all levels - having the confidence to allow people to have agency in giving constructive feedback aimed at driving your organisation forward.
• Learning from hardship to proactively raise the standards of our people practice moving forward.
CIPD Ireland - How do we take account of good people principles and practices as we navigate the local context in an international landscape?
Hear from leading HR experts in Ireland on key take-aways from the Festival of Work and how they and their organisation can apply them. In particular we will explore the learnings from two very exciting and relevant sessions:
• Day one 13.30 (A3) Expert Masterclass: The manager's toolkit - seven essential mental strategies to turn the current crisis into a once in a lifetime opportunity by Jeremy Snape, Founder and Director, Sporting Edge.
• Day two 09.30 Plenary: Creating a culture of self-directed Learning to drive adaptability and innovation with the renowned John Amaechi, OBE, Organisational Psychologist, Director of the UK’s largest NHS Trust.
Humans versus automation? Upskilling people to succeed in an AI-driven world
Throughout history, inventions and innovations have disrupted working life as we know it and have displaced many jobs in the process. We’re now being warned that rapid developments in artificial intelligence and machine-learning have the potential to destroy millions of jobs around the world. But will it really be this bleak? What if we adopted the viewpoint that AI will help us to work faster and smarter to boost productivity and create many - if not more - jobs than it displaces in the coming decades? The secret lies in our ability as humans. Afterall, AI can’t take over unless we let it. So how do we embrace AI and automation as an opportunity? How do we empower and upskill people to recognise its benefits? This keynote will explore the practical impact of automation on the world of work, and how we can harmoniously integrate people and technology in the workplace.
The flexy-work revolution - enabling a culture of high-performing flexible and remote working
• Leveraging the pros of flexible working arrangements to identify what works best for your organisation.
• Finding a balance between flexibility and productivity - increasing the performance of remote and digital teams.
• Enabling effective people management for remote or dispersed teams - ensuring motivation, engagement and retention.
Responsible business - how COVID-19 has forced responsible business to show its face
• How businesses and leaders will be judged on not what they did to pull through the crisis but how they did it.
• How trust is central to getting us all through testing times.
• Why HR has been and will continue to be key to stewarding businesses through the crisis and beyond.
The power of inclusion - overcoming the barriers of a world designed for men
As new generations enter the workforce, inclusion is no longer a 'nice-to-have'. Organisations must keep up with the evolving expectations of their employees which are no longer satisfied by paycheques alone. Instead, they want to work for companies committed to values of equality, fairness and inclusion.
Overcoming the barriers of a world largely built for and by men is necessary to stop systemic discrimination against women and diverse employees. But what are the hidden ways in which women and other diversity are forgotten? What is the impact on people's health and wellbeing and what can we do about it?
This keynote will explore how organisations can successfully re-design jobs and workplaces to welcome and better cater to all diversity - to create a clear and contagious organisational culture and ensure that we make the most of all our talent while building a better society.