HR Forum Feedback – Emotional Intelligence with Joanna Kane

Sally Bennett

On Thursday 21st May, Engage Executive Search held their second HR Forum, and what a success it was.

At our first event back in February I explained our vision was to create a peer group of like-minded and experienced  senior HR personnel  who would  come together to share their experiences.  Our objective was to provide  informal, comfortable surroundings, sitting in smaller groups that allow discussion on a personal level.  One other vision …. no powerpoint!

Well I am proud to say so far so good; our second forum doubled in size and we are already at maximum capacity.  What was evident was that there are some great people out there and even though some are very experienced, they were keen to learn and share their skills and give examples of challenges they have faced.

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We were lucky to have Joanne Kane from Trailblazers as our expert at this forum.  Immediately, Joanne’s honesty as she created a picture of her life as a successful, high flying career women in London, and what was really going on underneath her façade, made a connection with everyone in the room.  Her story then led to an overview of the very hot topic of Emotional Intelligence.   Contribution from the forum members was high and provided some great examples of experience for all of us to take with us.

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Joanne was then followed by Malcolm Scott Walby from Scott Walby LLP.  Malcolm has agreed to be our legal expert and as the forums progress he will be available for a Q&A and to share the latest updates.  For those who don’t know Malcolm, he provides a very entertaining view of employment law and will not sit on that fence.

Danny,  Manager of The Cliff, yet again provided a great breakfast and ensured the smooth running of the event with all the ease  of an experienced host.

So here I am still on a high from the success of the event and reviewing what the Engage HR Forum has achieved  so far….

 

                                                Comfortable, informal venue                    tick

                                                No powerpoint                                            tick

                                                Inspirational speakers                                tick

                                                Discussion and debate                               tick

                                                Sharing experience                                     tick

                                                Learning from each other                          tick

                                                A room full of highly skilled, great,

                                                Participative, engaging people             one big fat tick

 

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So what is next?

I am very excited to say we have a great lady called Sam Turner who is the MD of an organisation called Dragonfish.  In the true spirit of the forum we gave our members a choice of subjects that will navigate us around the enormous subject of employee engagement and customer satisfaction through our organisations people.

Members will receive their ‘save the date’ shortly with the result of that vote.  In the meantime if you are a HR professional and would like to hear more about our Forum and other events, please do not hesitate to contact me personally – sally@engageexecutivejobs.com

World rally champion, Penny Mallory, launches the first Jobshop UK and Engage Directors’ Lunch

Jobshop UK host a Networking Business Lunch at Ocean City Restaurant. Photo Nick Free. 13-5-15. Guest Speaker Penny Mallory

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TV presenter and world rally driving champion, Penny Mallory, kicked off the first in a series of exclusive Directors’ Lunches for Jobshop UK and Engage with her inspiring and humorous presentation on ‘World ClassThinking, World Class Business.’

With an impressive C.V. that includes hosting the Channel 5 show, ‘Driven,’ which, when it was first launched, knocked Top Gear of its number one spot after twenty-one years, Penny has added numerous professional and personal achievements to her experience, making her the ideal speaker to talk about what makes a business world class and if every company is capable of achieving that accolade.

During her animated and interactive presentation, Penny revealed the circumstances which led to her becoming a world class rally driver and how her television career developed, along with how she sets herself personal challenges each year which recently resulted in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.   Penny illustrated how using the principles and disciplines required to become a world class sports person can also be used to elevate your business to the level of world class status.

Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs director, Tracey Wood, said: “We were delighted to have Penny kick off the first in our series of talks.  By offering our clients the opportunity to attend these exclusive lunches and hear the presentations of successful and influential speakers we hope to inspire, motivate, and of course, entertain. Our next Directors’ Lunch features Adrian Pike, CEO of Anesco, who was named the UK’s fastest growing private company in both 2013 and 2014 by the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 League, which we very much look forward to hearing about.”

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Jobshop UK host a Networking Business Lunch at Ocean City Restaurant. Photo Nick Free. 13-5-15. Phil Ford of Copyrite and Rachel Lapworth of Lewis Manning

Jobshop UK host a Networking Business Lunch at Ocean City Restaurant. Photo Nick Free. 13-5-15. Nigel Still, John Corderoy of Breeze VW and David Kelly of Ocean Automotive.

Jobshop UK host a Networking Business Lunch at Ocean City Restaurant. Photo Nick Free. 13-5-15. Mia Tongs of Hot Radio, Sam Turner of Dragonfish and Andrew Radley of Inksmoor

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Jobshop UK host a Networking Business Lunch at Ocean City Restaurant. Photo Nick Free. 13-5-15. Neil Andrews of Coles Miller, Sally Bennett of Engage and Jonathan Grey of Pittmans LLP

Jobshop UK host a Networking Business Lunch at Ocean City Restaurant. Photo Nick Free. 13-5-15.

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