HRD 2003: an overview of training potentialOn 1 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article A rolling programme of presentations, workshops and network opportunitieswill demonstrate to delegates what is available and achievable in today’sworkplaceMore than 50 speakers, 40 seminars and 300 suppliers of training, learningand development products and services await delegates at HRD 2003, the CIPDconference and exhibition for training and development professionals. Placingitself firmly within the context of a rapidly changing world – both in terms ofbusiness itself and the technology which now exists to support individual andorganisational development – the event pulls no punches in giving visitors aclear view of what is available and achievable in today’s workplace. This year’s conference consists of four different types of presentationswhich take place concurrently each day. Masterclass sessions give delegates theopportunity to learn about current thinking from industry experts. On day one,there is a specially extended double Masterclass entitled Excelling in aChanging World. Chaired by past CIPD president Don Beattie, the sessionfeatures Robert Cooper, chairman of Advanced Excellence Systems LLC, who waschristened “the ultimate business guru for the new millennium” by USAToday. He starts from the position that most people use only 10 per cent oftheir intelligence and creative talents in their daily work. Cooper will go onto describe ways in which everyone can be encouraged to realise their potentialin all situations. The session promises to be a must for individual advancementas well as learning how to inspire and promote excellence in others. Practical approaches Seminars known as Training Essentials also run throughout each day givingpractical approaches to key contemporary issues. These sessions move furthertowards the design and implementation of effective learning programmes andinclude topics such as Blended Learning, led by Robin Hoyle, chief learningarchitect at multimedia e-learning solutions providers ebc (11.15am on 8April), and Managing Culture Change (9.30am on 9 April), in which Duncan Brown,assistant director-general of the CIPD and Kevan Hall, president of trainingconsultants Global Integration, discuss how cultural differences impact onlearning within a diverse workforce. The third type of sessions are dedicated to case studies, providing insightinto putting theory into practice. HRD 2003 features examples on mentoring fromLaura Hicks, a senior HR consultant with Microsoft, and Making E-Learning Work,including presentations from British Airways and David Laughrin, director ofDefence Management Training. Great importance is still attached to issues such as body language, officepolitics and personal motivation. Paralympic gold medalist Tanni Grey-Thompsongives a Masterclass, Seizing the Day, at 1.30pm on 10 April. Kath-arine Turnerof Towers Perrin is joined by Linda Holbeche, director of research at RoffeyPark, to examine Office Politics at 11.15am on the same day while author andbroadcaster Judi James presents a Training Essentials session on Body Talk on 9April at 3.15. A rolling sequence of practical workshops will also take place throughoutall three days on the subjects of Designing a Training Course, PositiveInfluencing Skills and Facilitation Skills. These sessions, grouped under thebanner Skills Update, are intended to do precisely what they say on the tin,giving delegates the chance to brush up on their own techniques and learn thelatest developments in each area. The conference and exhibition also provides an ideal opportunity to meetwith colleagues from similar functions in diverse industries, to discussexperiences and share ideas. HRD 2003 arranged a number of venues whereinteraction can take place. There is a new Networking Lounge run by CIPD staff,a Welcome Breakfast (free hot drink and pastries included), meeting pointslocated around the venue and a Chill Out Zone for quiet reflection. The conference also offers resources to inform and support delegates as theyreturn to the workplace. The CIPD’s Annual Training and Development Survey 2003will also be available to every delegate in addition to seminar tapes andhandbooks which carry important information, articles, books and websitereferences for trainers to enable them to keep abreast of hot topics. This CIPDdocument gives an immediate overview of key changes and developments intraining provision over the past five years, examining what works, what’s newand how much it costs. Exhibition Delegates have the chance to get up close and interactive with the cuttingedge of learning technology and solutions, and to benefit from enhancedshowcase formats. These include Topic Tasters for instant access to the mostup-to-date content available, the Learning Arena for showcasing drama and role-play based learning techniques and the new Blended Learning showcase dedicatedto future of training and development provision. Exhibitors who had detailsready as we went to press include: – Corporate event organisers Business Pursuits, which will offer a widechoice of services ranging from company fun days and incentive initiatives tomotivational team-building exercises, inspirational conferences and outdooraction-based training. Its key purpose is to ensure provision matches clientneeds. Stand 164. Website: www.businesspursuits.co.uk– Computers in Personnel offers flexible HR software solutions, includingtraining administration, skills matching, employee and manager self-service.The company’s software and support services aim to promote a more efficient,strategic approach to HR management. Stand: 1009. Website:www.computersinpersonnel.com. – The European Centre for Business Excellence offers courses and teachingmodules at management and executive levels. Tailored programmes are also onoffer to help organisations achieve strategic objectives through theimprovement of skills and competencies. Stand: 947. Website: www.ecforbe.com. Blended learning – Blended Learning is also a feature of European and Language Services’approach to corporate language training. The company was founded in 1990 as partof an initiative to deliver French language to Eurostar train drivers and nowdelivers courses to a myriad of customers via diverse media includingface-to-face, self-study materials and satellite TV channels. Stand 728.Website: www.unl.ac.uk/els. – Exhibitors working in the field of Blended Learning include the EpicGroup. which will be showcasing its new model for Blended Learning and givingaway a free White Paper on the subject. The Blender is a spread-sheetconsultancy tool which enables users to create real-time modelling of blendedlearning solutions including information to support the business case. Stand122. Website: www.epic.co.uk. – Henley Management College, the int- ernational provider of executive managementdevelopment programmes is one of many business schools with input into thededicated showcase Focus on Business Schools. Henley continues to provideflexible, high-quality and relevant management development in partnership withindividuals and organisations worldwide. Stand: 502. Website:www.henleymc.ac.uk. – MaST International has researched a new ‘culture and motivation method-ology’, which it claims will help organisations assess their existing culture,understand how employees relate to that culture and assess the impact it has onemployee motivation, satisfaction and effectiveness. The company is set to hosttwo sessions at the exhibition: Thinking the Same – Differently, which looks atcultural influences (8 April, 10.45am Learning Arena) and topic taster Whatgets Measured Gets Results (10 April, 11.45am). Stand 204. Website:www.mast.co.uk. – Blended Learning techniques are also on offer from PMProfessionalLearning, a project management training specialist. E-learning modules andinstructor-led courses are available to flex around students’ work and personalcommitments. KNASTO is a new knowledge assessment tool, designed to assess astudent’s project management capability, ensuring training interventions arerelevant and successful. Stand: 2044. Website: www.pmprofessional.com. How to access HRD 2003HRD 2003 is held at theOlympia Conference Centre and National Hall, Hammersmith Road, London,8-10April 2003.Tube: 2 min walk from Earl’sCourt (District line)Car Parking is available andcan be pre-booked at Olympia on 0800 056 8444. Alternatively, try NCP parkinginformation 0500 845 800.Buses 9, 10, 27, 28, 49 and391. London Transportinformation 020 7222 1234.Conference info and bookingdetails at: www.cipd.co.uk/hrdVenue info at: www.eco.co.uk/website/travel.nsf/main?openframesetProfileLeading through changeTwenty years ago, Kenneth Blanchard wrote a book with SpencerJohnson, The One Minute Manager. Ten million copies and 25 languages later,Blanchard is recognised as one of the most important and influential voices inmanagement today. His publishing credits have extended to more than 20 booksspanning subjects including customer service, ethical management and organisationalchange. Having founded the Ken Blanchard Companies in 1979, he and hisaffiliates across the world have helped corporations realise their fullpotential and achieve organisational excellence. He received the AmericanSociety for Training and Development’s Distinguished Contribution to HumanResource Development Award in 1996 and has a great reputation for speaking fromthe heart with warmth and understanding on his topic .It is fitting therefore, that Blanchard will be at HRD 2003giving a Masterclass on Leading Through Change (8 April, 1.30pm), one of themost important challenges facing development and training professionals and thepeople they aim to support. Exploring the potential of value-based leadership,Blanchard will illustrate how development and training is integral to creatinga successful workplace, with leaders playing a role as facilitator, mentor andcoach. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.