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HR and Innovation

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

HR and Innovation

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innovation - illustrationInnovation is a vital capability for all organisations operating in today’s ever changing business environment.

But innovation represents a big challenge for HR. Although having the right processes and technologies is important, innovation is mainly about having the right attitudes and behaviours, supported by the right culture. It’s therefore unfortunate that HR is often seen as an inhibitor rather than enabler of innovation. This session will cover the main things HR professionals need to know to support, and even lead, the innovation agenda within their organisations.

In addition, HR itself is increasingly being seen as one of the last untapped opportunities for transformational innovation. There are organisations around that manage their people in significantly different ways. Most organisations however are focused on implementing best practices – even when we know these practices aren’t that ‘best’. The session will therefore also look at how HR can develop more innovative approaches to its own processes and support.

Through leveraging these opportunities, HR can substantially increase its credibility and contribution, and the impact it has on the organisations it works within.

  • Director, VP or manager of HR, talent management, recruiting, learning, organisation development etc
  • HR business partner or HR practitioner, wanting to contribute more broadly to the innovation agenda
  • Business leader, with responsibility for talent management

Trainer, Jon Ingham, introduces this course.

Four key things you will learn on this course:

Understand why innovation is so important and how it can be best supported

Understand how HR can play a major role in making organisations more innovative

Have considered a range of opportunities for making HR itself more innovative and how these could be applied to your own organisation

Have planned how HR can become more innovative itself to support both business and HR innovation agendas within your organisation


09:30 Coffee and registration
10:00 Welcome, Introductions and Objectives for the day
10:30 Fundamentals of Innovation

  • Why innovation is increasingly important for all organisations
  • Learning from successful innovators
  • The psychology of innovation
  • The processes and surrounding environment which lead to successful innovation
  • Balancing measurement and creativity
  • The role of technology
11:30 Morning Coffee
11:45 HR Supporting Innovation in the Business

  • Recruiting and supporting creative individuals in organisations
  • Creating an innovative climate and culture
  • Developing more innovative behaviours
  • Harnessing serendipity – connecting individuals across the organisation and beyond (open innovation etc)
12:45 Lunch and Discussion
13:30 Opportunities for Innovating HR

  • Why HR provides one of the greatest opportunities for innovation
  • Examples of moving from best practice to next practice and best fit
  • Opportunities for making HR more agile, social, mobile, gamified etc
  • Learning from maverick organisations and approaches
  • Undertaking HR experiments
14:30 Afternoon Tea/span>
14:45 Developing HR’s Innovation Capability

  • Developing competencies for business and HR innovation
  • Innovating HR roles and career structures
  • Maximising learning from books, conferences, social media etc
  • The role of benchmarking
15:45 Conclusions and Action Planning


Jon Ingham

HR Strategy Consultant

Jon is a leading specialist in strategic people management and organizational development issues. He regularly speaks and provides training in Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia and has also lectured on strategic management, change management and human resources on executive MBA courses across Europe.

He is the author of Strategic HCM: Creating value through people (2006) and is currently completing a second book called Social advantage. He also posts regularly to blogs with these same titles and has recently been recognized as the top global online influencer in talent management.

Before working with Symposium, Jon served as Director of Human Capital Consulting, Europe for Buck Consultants / ACS, as Head of HR Consulting for Penna and as International HR Director for Ernst & Young after working as an IT and change management consultant for Andersen Consulting. Jon delivers a number of Symposium training workshops on HR issues such as business partnering, workforce planning, business and HR process design, organizational design and development and HR innovation.

Jon has a BA in Psychology, a Masters in Engineering and an MBA. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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    Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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