October 27, 2015

CIPD ACE Preview

What does future-focused HR look like and how will it impact on business success? Delegates to this year’s CIPD annual conference and exhibition are set to find out.

Taking place at Manchester Central on 4-5 November, the event provides a huge range of keynote talks, masterclasses and case studies for HR professionals at all levels, from students to senior HR leaders.

As well as the conference, there is also an exhibition featuring leading HR suppliers as well as a free learning programme boasting more than 75 sessions.

The conference agenda is split into five subject areas:
1. Insights into changing context
2. Business, commercial insights and analytics
3. HR essentials and learning processes
4. Science of human behaviour
5. Innovation, digital and technology

The opening keynote will put the focus firmly on people and wellbeing with Professor Sir Cary Cooper, 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School, looking at the impact of stress and mental ill health on productivity and how organisations can enhance wellbeing.

If you feel like you are drowning in the digital deluge of information then check out the session by Dave Coplin, Author and Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft UK. He will be examining how to use technology to re-imagine how we live, work and do business. If you need convincing that technology is your organisation’s friend, not foe, then this is a session worth attending.

Clive Woodward, head coach of the winning England 2003 Rugby World Cup squad, believes that individuals need more than just talent to succeed. In his talk, Woodward will be looking at the characteristics of winning individuals and teams.

As well as developing the right mindset to succeed, Woodward will look at how teams can capture and share knowledge and apply it in practice as well as sharing tips on capturing knowledge when key people retire or move on. This is especially important as organisations manage four or five generations at once.

The closing keynote on acting and thinking like a leader will be delivered by Professor Herminia Ibarra, Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning at INSEAD. Ibarra will be urging delegates to think completely differently about leadership by looking at ‘outsight’, learning by doing new things versus ‘insight’, which is a think first then act approach.

As well as the keynotes there are more than 50 seminar sessions covering every dimension of HR and organnisational development, from talent management to engagement. You can see the full list here.

And if you are looking to attend the event for free you will not be disappointed. By registering here, you gain access to more than 75 free learning events as well as the exhibition which features leading suppliers in HR.

The free learning events cover a wide range of topics, from learning and recruitment through to employee engagement and behavioural science. On day one you can see us in action, talking through Why Corporate Learning Needs to Change and How, so come along if you’d like to hear more on that.

The CIPD has also produced a conference agenda for students which highlights which sessions are relevant for which course units, modules and qualifications. That can be found here.

If you are unable to attend the event in person but would like to follow the action then there are a few options:

• Follow the event hashtag on Twitter, which is #cipd15
• And follow the CIPD’s Twitter handle for the event @CIPD_events

• You can also follow the events via the CIPD’s Facebook page

If you are new to Twitter, then here are some tips on how to follow events from afar.