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Update on IPD Conference reports


The revamped People Management website is now publishing a series of conference and speech reports from last week's National Conference. You can read reports on all the main speeches and events and pick up a flavour of what was going on throughout the conference.

The site promises more reports to be published over the next few days.

At the time of writing, the following stories were indexed on the menu:

EOC sends task force to tackle unequal pay
Bob Mason, BT’s UK human resources director, has been chosen to head a task force to combat pay discrimination against women...

Meet external HR challenges with training
The IPD Directory 2000 is launched today and includes portfolios on personnel, reward, training and development, management skills and employment law...

Talking point
by Geoff Armstrong, Director-general, IPD

UK 'must close skills gap'
Sir Geoffrey Holland has called on the government to put in train further reforms to tackle the UK’s skills deficit.

Goleman provides emotional appeal
The key to success in a career lies in soft skills such as empathy and self-awareness, rather than in IQ, keynote speaker Daniel Goleman told delegates.

One-size-fits-all HR makes for a bad fit
Companies that use a one-size-fits-all development strategy are in danger of losing their best people, a leading management researcher has warned.

Swede smell of success for Nordström
Mobile phone firm Nokia, buxom Finnish violinist Linda Brava and the Mark Ravenhill play, Shopping and ****ing, all rated highly in Kjell Nordström’s vision of a globalised marketplace

Portillo rules out euro
In the clearest political campaigning speech that he has made since his 1997 ousting by Labour candidate Stephen Twigg, Michael Portillo yesterday dismissed the euro as a viable option for the Conservative party and for Britain

Beware half-baked deals, warns Monks
John Monks, the TUC’s general secretary, yesterday criticised trade unions and employers engaged in sweetheart deals, accusing them of devaluing the word “partnership”.

Firms 'too slow' to take lead on stress
Employers need to become far more proactive in combating workplace stress or risk being left behind in the consultation process, according to a stress management expert.

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