HR to the rescue: Nine to 9 conference speakers
This years HRINZ Nine to 9 conference, entitled ‘HR to the Rescue’, features many fabulous and innovative speakers and topics, ranging from HR transformation, teamwork in times of crisis, responding when disaster strikes and what you need to know about the brain and to how to control stress.
The keynote speakers include Dr Derek Roger, Dave Wild, and Hamish Wilson:
Turning stress to your advantage
-Dr Derek Roger
Derek is a leading business psychologist, executive coach, author and speaker. The emphasis of Derek’s work is on neuroscience, specifically in resilience and stress management – and how that research can be used in practical and relevant ways within working environments.
Derek’s talk, entitled Alchemy: Turning fundamental research into practical tools, is intended to entertain with the neuroendocrinology of stress, and to show how these findings have been used to develop a resilience training programme that really works.
The programme offers unique and practical insights into resilience, and he promised to include white-water rafting, Star Wars, catching monkeys, and why your pet cat won’t die of heart disease unless you feed it very badly.
For more on Derek, check out his blog: The challenge of change
Innovating for change
As Managing Director of Smith & Wild, Dave has spent more than 15 years working as a strategist for business, design, marketing and innovation consultancies.
His keynote address is entitled Innovating for a rapid response and is aimed at sharing with attendees new ways of increasing their personal ability to lead through innovation.
Dave believes responding to fast-moving change demands the ability to innovate. Rapidly. For businesses to look at HR as their true rescuers, the highest levels of management will need to view Hr professionals as effective leaders in their own right – not just playing a supportive role.
Are you up for it?
Coming together in times of crisis
Dave is Managing Director of Winsborough Ltd and is highly recognised for his skills in building high performance senior teams.
His keynote address is entitled All together now! The imperative for cohesion and teamwork in crisis.
From the earth shaken ruin that was the Christchurch CBD, emerged humbling reminders of how extraordinary humans can be in the face of devastation and disaster. Dave will explore human collective cooperative responses which arise in the face of adversity and crisis and the three conditions that are invariably in place for this to be triggered i.e. shared fate, need to act and identification with the group as a whole.
Find out more about what Dave is all about on his website.
HR and the brain
Jenny McDonald is the founding Director and Principal Consultant of Continuum Consulting Group. Her passion is for effective leadership and helping clients achieve workplace outcomes. Her background includes management and leadership, supported by training in neuro-leadership, neuro-linguistic programming and other development methodologies.
Jenny’s presentation is entitled What HR needs to know about the brain.
Disasters inevitably impact on organisations. People within those organisations look for answers to a wide range of questions that range from practical and policy issues through to personal and emotional experiences. And many times HR is the first place they come for advice and answers.
This session will focus on the practical aspects of neuroscience knowledge – what does understanding of the brain mean for HR people in the field?
Read more on Jenny’s website.
Knowledge as a benefit, not a barrier
Hamish More is OD Manager for the Department of Conservation and his session is entitled Mind blocks, systems, language and change.
Why do we believe what we do? Much of what we believe has been accumulated over our lives, gleaned from other people, snippets from wise leaders, and perhaps even things we have come to figure out ourselves.
However, Hamish questions whether this knowledge serves us well or holds us ‘hostage’ – preventing us from seeing alternatives.
What are the signals or indications that your knowledge is becoming more of a barrier than benefit?
Hamish explores this, plus looks at what your language says about your approach to work, and how that can affect others in your team.
The ”Nine to 9′ Conference is on May 11 2011. For more information and to find out session times of the speakers above plus more, click here.
Follow the conference on Twitter using #hrinz929