Dave Hall from Ideas Centre Group kicks off the Engage HR Forums for 2017!

It was an energetic start to the 2017 Engage HR Forums when Dave Hall from Ideas Centre Group joined us at The Cliff, Canford Cliffs, Poole, for our first Forum of the year.



Dave’s enthusiasm for his job and the subject matter being discussed was undeniable.  Introducing himself to the gathered HR directors and managers, Dave explained that the Ideas Centre Group was born out of ‘corporate frustration’ 5 years ago, with its aim to ‘put in place systematic approaches to drive innovation and change.’

Dave got the group thinking and nodding in agreement when he stated, ‘we make sense of our world by looking backwards, and this determines decisions we make in the future,’ but because of this we improve at a much slower rate as we have to look backwards and analyse first, before any decisions are made or changes introduced.

Change and improvement was a key element to the presentation, with Dave highlighting that in order to overcome the mental blockages which restrict thought processes and problem solving, we needed to go back to basics and think about creativity and innovation in order to drive change.  Dave discussed the benefits of implementing ‘childlike’ (not to be confused with ‘childish’) techniques to unlock creativity and thought processes, such as building with lego bricks – you can lie on paper but you cant lie through your lego model!

It’s fair to say that Dave’s very interactive presentation certainly inspired lots of discussion within the group, and his techniques can definitely be applied to other areas of business and not just HR.  Many of our attendees were eager to speak with Dave after the presentation, and Dave has very kindly offered to follow up personally with every member.

Our resident commercial solicitor, Malcolm Scott Walby, rounded up the Forum with his own unique mix of candid anecdotes and discussion on the new gender pay gap law and regulations coming into force, which will affect companies with 250+ employees.  We always look forward to welcoming Malcolm to our breakfasts, and are very grateful for his  continued support of the Enage HR Forums.

The Engage HR Forums are always full to capacity due to a mix of excellent speakers, a laid back, welcoming and interactive atmosphere, and highly relevant subject matter.  If you are an HR director or manager and would like to find out more, please contact emily@engageexecutivejobs.com or call 01202 674488