Thursday 3 May 2012

Challenges & Opportunities for Talent Managers 7: The Talent Management Summit


   Right, to finish this little mini-series of posts on talent management, here is further advance warning of the Economist’s 2012 Talent Management Summit, www.­thetalentmanagem­entsummit.­com.

This was one of my favourite events last year, and you can check out the posts at:


  This blog is once again acting as a media partner for the Summit, meaning that I’ll be back again, posting furiously.  The actual number of posts I’ll do will depend on a number of things – firstly, decent technology (I remember the hotel being rather short of power sockets last year!) – and obviously the quality and resonance of the presentations too.  But that shouldn’t be a problem, as there are quite a few topics which I’m pretty passionate about, and post on quite frequently here, eg:

Doug Baillie, Chief Human Resources Officer, Unilever


STRATEGIC WORKFORCE PLANNING—insights into what, who, when and how
Moderator: Chris Webber, Senior Editor, Economist Intelligence Unit
Christopher Benko, Vice-president, Global Talent Management, Merck
Sharron Gunn, Executive Director, ICAEW
Melanie Long, Managing Consultant, SHL


WORK GROUP: ENGAGEMENT—does your CEO know what makes your organisation tick?
Andrew Kakabadse, Professor of International Management Development, Cranfield University School of Management


However, I’ll probably post most on the stuff I don’t agree with.  For example:

Sally Boyle, Partner, Head of Human Capital Management Division EMEA, Goldman Sachs
James Cullens, Group Human Resources Director, Hays; Advisory Board Member, OUBS
Budaraju Sudhakar, Chief Human Resources Officer, Tata Chemicals


Looks fine, and I certainly agree with the need to reposition HR, but the sub-text is about business-driven HR – and personally, I think there’s a better way!

That’s fine too.  It’s a point I’ve been meaning to make in response to one of the most interesting articles I’ve read this week – which has been a piece by HR Magazine on HR’s evolution.  There are a couple of calls in here for HR to unify its sense of direction, eg Diageo’s Christian Horne suggests: "The more I work in HR, the more I discover a distinct lack of common definitions."  To me, that’s a good thing (see The Head of Talent Role: Challenges and Opportunities for talent Managers /4).


I should also mention another two things, in case you’re not yet convinced you need to attend the summit:

1.   This year, I’ll also be on the programme (now, if that’s not a reason to attend!!!…):

INTERVIEW: THE NET GENERATION—capitalising on unique characteristics

Moderator: Jon Ingham, Executive Consultant, Strategic HCM

Lucian Tarnowski, Co-Founder, Brave New Talent

Kirsty Russell, Vice-president, Markets HR, Nokia


2.   As a valued follower of Strategic HCM blog you are entitled to a 15% discount. Simply quote "SHCM" when booking.


You’ve also got a chance to win one of two free tickets to attend the Summit and I’ll be posting details on this here tomorrow!



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