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HRD Conference and Exhibition 2003 – latest updates


CIPD Annual Learning, Training and Development Conference and Exhibition
8-10 April 2003
Olympia, London

HRD 2003, probably the UK’s biggest forum for training and development will present the latest trends in the field from April 8-10 this year.

TrainingZONE will be at the exhibition and conference on 8 April - read our latest news from the event and conference features by following the links below:

Training spend keeps steady, finds CIPD research

Pay attention to corporate culture, or face an uncertain future - Rob Goffee, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School

Skills policy: listening to business - Margaret Salmon, Chair of the Sector Skills Development Agency

Implementing performance management - Matthew Joint, Group Management Development Director, Centrica

The event includes a line-up over 50 speakers, including:

  • Roger Black MBE, Olympic Sliver Medalist, on coaching
  • Tony Buzan, the originator of the mind map, on helping others tap into their hidden creativity
  • Tanni Grey-Thompson, Paralympic gold medal athlete, on the importance of seizing the day
  • Ken Blanchard, author of the One Minute Manager, on leading through change
  • James Naughtie, Radio 4 Today Presenter, leading a debate on the skills agenda
  • The conference will show how success depends on what you do and what you say in equal measure including the importance of the right body language. It will also explore why organisational politics reduce productivity and faith in top management and the practical steps to make creativity happen.

    MaST International will be hosting a seminar at HRD 2003 on Tuesday 8th April at 10.45am entitled “Thinking the same – differently”. At the seminar, MaST will specifically examine how to measure a culture. Here on TrainingZONE, Kit Thacker of MaST discusses how to promote diversity internally, to attract candidates from all backgrounds and facilitate cross-cultural working across the organisation.

    Robert Cooper, Chair, Advanced Excellence Systems LLC argues that most of us only use a small proportion of our intelligence and creativity potential, with much of what we are truly capable of lying dormant. In his masterclass he will explore practial ways, based on the latest research in neuroscience, and psychology, to boost performance.

    Stephen Paul Reid, Director, Spring Business Innovation will present a seminar on "how to think". Reid says that many of us don't realise how limited our thinking has become and that the smartest part of our mind is under-used. He argues that we have spent years learning what to think, but not how to think and will demonstrate that by learning how to employ a combination of ideas and imagery alongside language skills we can improve the way we process our thoughts.

    Professor JNP Rawlins, Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience Oxford University will explore what happens to our brains when we are learning in his Masterclass on 'the psychology of learning'. Delegates will find out how an understanding of the neuroscience of learning can really benefit their own ability to learn as well as learning within their organisation.

    David Burnham, a partner with the Rosen Group, will argue that in today's hyper-competitive business environment traditional forms of leadership work against superior performance. He will explore a new approach to leadership development based on extensive research, which employs a unique methodology that works with people at the level of their motives rather than behavioural skills.


    Over 7000 delegates are expected at the exhibition, where more than 300 exhibitors will be showcasing new and established HRD products and services. The HRD 2003 exhibition will run alongside the conference, featuring over 300 suppliers of training, learning and development products and services. The broad range of tools and techniques on show will give HR professionals the means to turn theory into practice.

    As well as new launches and on-stand activities, a complimentary programme of exhibition showcases will enable visitors to experience different types of training delivery and pick up on new approaches to learning through the Learning Arena, ‘Topic Taster’ sessions and a Blended Learning showcase.


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