Talent, Leadership and Learning

CRF Learning: Becoming An Effective HRD

  • May 8 - 9 2024
  • United Kingdom

This programme is taking place in-person and consists of a two-day residential and a follow-up action day. The cost to attend is £3,250 (+VAT) for CRF members and £6,500 (+VAT) for non-members.

The purpose of HR is not simply to ‘do HR’ but to build the capability of the organisation to deliver its strategy and create value. Building this capability as an HR Director requires a blend of technical HR, business and interpersonal skills.

This programme takes a business-centric approach to enhance your understanding of how HR delivers value. It will improve your capability in planning, implementing and evaluating HR initiatives and support you in managing key organisational relationships. You will develop the skills to drive conversations that go beyond ‘what do you want HR to do?’ to ‘how HR can best deliver value to you’.

Benefits of Attending
Becoming an Effective HRD will focus on the high-level behaviours and skills that CRF’s research has identified successful HR Directors have and display. Building on your technical competence, the programme will increase the impact you have on organisational performance. It will provide practical tools covering key concepts including:

  • A deep understanding of value creation – how HR can create sustainable value, balancing the short-term needs of shareholders with the long-term needs of a broader set of stakeholders
  • Applying your understanding of HR theory and practice to commercial and strategic imperatives, creating credibility within the business
  • When, where and how to use evidence in decision making versus relying on ‘gut instinct’ alone
  • Understanding the importance of delivering HR’s foundations efficiently and flexibly
  • Ensuring managers and leaders take their responsibility seriously
  • Bringing fresh new thinking from the outside world into your organisation
  • Measuring what we do against business outcomes, not against HR activity
  • Being ‘politically savvy’ to deliver initiatives in complex and ambiguous organisations
  • Creating integrity and balance in all aspects of the role

You will develop your capability to plan, implement and evaluate HR initiatives, alongside your strategic and commercial thinking to increase your personal impact as part of the leadership team.

Who Should Attend?
Attendees will typically be the Head of an HR Centre of Excellence / Expertise, Head of an HR Shared Services Operation or a Senior HR Business Partner. You should be aspiring to your first HR Director role, be new in position as HR Director or be looking to significantly increase your effectiveness and business impact as an existing HR Director.

The cost of the programme is £3,250 (+VAT) for CRF members and £6,500 (+VAT) for non-members.

Programme Dates

  • 8 – 9 May 2024: 9.00 – 17.00 each day (two-day residential – South East, UK) AND
  • 20 June 2024 (action day – Central London location TBC)

The Programme in Detail

Day 1: Creating Value

  • Setting the scene: HR’s purpose
  • What CEOs want from HR
  • The deliverables and tensions of being an HRD
  • HR’s role in the strategy process
  • Building organisational capability
  • How value is created in organisations
  • Role-playing strategic conversations

Day 2: Delivering Value

  • Using the analysis to define what HR needs to deliver
  • Planning and implementing your agenda
  • Evaluating and learning
  • The use of data, analytics and metrics

Day 3: Managing Key Relationships (action day)

  • Working with your leadership team
  • What it means to be a personal confidante
  • The nature of being ‘politically savvy’

Throughout each day learning will be supplemented by conversations with experts and practitioners to explore its practical application. You will receive all programme materials for future use, as well as a workbook enabling you to explore the key concepts, models and exercises during and after the programme.

Programme Leader

Nick Holley

Director, CRF Learning

Nick Holley as Director of CRF Learning has responsibility to provide development for HR teams and senior professionals. Prior to joining CRF, Nick spent 10 years at Henley Business School where he was a visiting professor and Director of the Centre for HR Excellence. He has developed and delivered HR capability programmes for organisations across the UK and Europe, and internationally.

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