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.
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.
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org