Stream three | The Value of Learning & Development
Strong learning and development strategy and delivery initiatives are key in enabling people to succeed in their roles and grow within our organisations. An effective strategy will enable positive learning cultures within organisations where everyone is empowered to take ownership and self-direct their own development. When it comes to designing and delivering effective learning, focusing on experience, knowledge transfer and retention will enable our people to develop and thrive. So how can we create an L&D strategy that enables people and organisations to grow? What insights can we collect from science of learning that will enable us to design better experiences?
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, employee and customer loyalty
Developing resilient managers - seven essential mental strategies to turn the current crisis into a once in a lifetime opportunity
• Understanding three strategies to regain control in uncertainty.
• Applying the number one habit that will change your relationships with your team.
• Practising four key techniques to transform your mindset in the coming weeks.
Developing our leaders for the new normal
• Understanding what behaviours, attributes, and competencies leaders will need in a post-pandemic world.
• Creating bespoke development programmes that enable leaders to transform businesses and reflect your company’s culture.
• Devising engaging and motivating learning programmes to enable senior leaders to fight unconscious bias, develop empathy and deliver a future-focused organisation.
Ensuring you have the right talent for your organisation's needs
• Practising effective talent management by leveraging and developing current talent.
• How to innovatively create sustainable talent pipelines.
• Plugging skills gaps without relying on external candidate pools.
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.
From course to learning experience - applying experiential learning to deliver more impactful programmes
• Embedding experiential learning within your learning courses and programmes to deliver new knowledge as unforgettable experiences.
• Using budget-effective virtual reality tools and virtual environments to enable learning from job simulations and real-case scenarios.
• Developing your own L&D skills to work with new learning technology and facilitate learning in virtual environments.
Leverage the moment - using cognitive neuroscience to develop excellent and effective virtual learning
• Explore the latest psychological and cognitive neuroscientific research to dispel the common misconceptions about learning.
• Build a whole new strategy for human skills learning, that is cheaper, faster, and better, all in a virtual environment.
• Discover the deeper science of designing learning architecture that sticks, and how to design for the learning itself to form true sustained habits.
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.
Empowering remote learning - digitising your offer to provide learning at the point of need
• Developing bite-sized and accessible learning resources to upskill people and increase productivity in the digital era.
• Using remote facilitation methods effectively to enable learning from everywhere and maximise support to remote teams.
• Leveraging budget-friendly AI and supportive tools to make the most of digital learning and create a more impactful offering.
Agile methodologies to create responsive learning solutions
• Understanding the difference between agile development and scrum project management and how they can apply to learning design.
• Managing and prioritising complex people and organisatonal needs by breaking them into individual and easy-to-address tasks.
• Increasing the effectiveness of your learning teams by enabling delegation and collaboration during sprint working.
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 pay cheques 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 for 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.