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Spring/Summer Seminars 2017

Between March and June we will be hosting a new series of free Breakfast Seminars in central London covering topics high on the agenda of many HR professionals.

Each seminar will be presented by a senior Pearn Kandola psychologist and specialist in their field. The presentations will begin at 10.00am and finish at approximately 11.00am followed by a Q&A session lasting up to an hour. Light refreshments are available from 9.30am.

The venue for all our seminars is:
One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

To reserve your place on these seminars please contact Emily Sendall on seminars@pearnkandola.com or telephone: +44 (0) 1865 399060.

22 March
The true value of introversion
Our personalities are the driving forces behind our approach to work. With three quarters of us describing ourselves as extroverts, it is unsurprising therefore that there is an inherent and unspoken bias in organisations that favours those who shout the loudest. Selection, development and perceptions of successful leadership are often intrinsically linked with the notion of ‘charisma’ and social confidence. However, some of the world’s most talented individuals are introverts and have more quiet and reflective dispositions that bring key advantages that we are at risk of overlooking. With practical and proven insights into personality at work, this seminar will challenge existing approaches and offer suggestions that will enable organisations to realise the full potential of extroverts and introverts alike.
Presented by Jon Atkins.

11 May
Mirror, mirror…. Just how important is self-awareness in effective leadership?
Self-awareness has long been regarded as an essential element of leadership, but in what way does self-awareness contribute to effective leadership? Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Are some ‘gifted’ with self-awareness while others struggle? In this seminar Stuart Duff will look at self-awareness from a number of different angles including neuroscience, the latest academic research and our own leadership coaching experience drawn from numerous client projects.
Presented by Stuart Duff.

23 May
Enhancing well-being: Why inclusion should be your foundation
Enhancing well-being: Why inclusion should be your foundation Join us to understand how focusing on Inclusive Leadership could be the key to unlocking healthy, engaged and productive employees, whatever their background. We’ll be sharing what the latest research is telling us about how inclusive leadership can influence the well-being and performance of all employees. Essential for anyone trying to enhance staff well-being, build an inclusive culture or writing their business case for diversity and inclusion.
Presented by Binna Kandola, Elizabeth Townsend and Jonathan Taylor.

6 June
Developing diverse talent
All development activities are not the equal when it comes to developing diverse talent. For example, we know that mentoring is important, but our research has found that mentors are unwittingly offering different types of mentoring advice to different groups of employees depending on the stereotypes they have about those groups. Some very common, seemingly objective competencies and assessment criteria for promotion have been found to introduce adverse impact, tipping the balance in favour of majority employees. In this seminar, we will explore not only how to ensure your development processes are bias free, and which forms of developmental support are especially important for minority groups, but also some hints and tips for things that minority employees can do to manage some of the biases that they may inadvertently experience through their organisation’s development structure.
Presented by Nic Hammarling and Louise Weston.

13 June
Fostering a growth mindset within performance management: Letting diversity and inclusion take root
This seminar presents a framework to structure informal performance conversations, whilst managing unconscious bias. The approach encourages a “growth mindset” along with a strengths-based focus to motivate and empower everyone to fulfill their potential. As performance management evolves towards more informal ongoing coaching and feedback, the more scope there is for these discussions to be influenced by bias. Guidelines on how to structure regular day-to-day performance conversations are needed. The approach is forward-focused and positive, taking care not to assume limits on any individual’s potential.
Presented by Laura Haycock.

22 June
Profile of a senior lawyer: What makes law firms unique in talent development?
This seminar will cover what makes law firms as organisations unique, and what this means in terms of people development. We will compare law firms to other organisations to highlight the key differences in soft skills development and discuss implications for lawyer training.
Presented by Stephan Lucks.

4 July
Situational Judgement Tests: Why they matter and how to get them right
Situational Judgement Tests (SJT) are increasingly important and effective tools for selecting high-quality candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds. In this seminar, James Meachin, Head of Assessment at Pearn Kandola draws upon the latest research and his own experience to explain why they are such a powerful selection tool, how to develop highly effective SJTs and avoid the common pitfalls associated with their use.
Presented by James Meachin.

11 July
Live Unconscious Bias reviews
A live unconscious bias review is one of the key services offered by Pearn Kandola in which our psychologists join internal client decision-making meetings to observe and identify bias as it happens live in the decision-making process. In this seminar, we will review our approach to these live reviews, and share some of our key findings, including the most common forms of bias demonstrated in recruitment, performance review and moderation meetings.
Presented by Nic Hammarling.

19 July
Finding future leaders: Pearn Kandola’s exclusive research into leadership potential
We are constantly building our understanding of what we mean by ‘potential’ and the value of understanding and identifying potential when managing talent populations. In this seminar, Stuart Duff shares the outcomes from three joint research studies undertaken by Pearn Kandola and the Institute of Work Psychology at Sheffield University that looked at:
• How managers define potential and reward potential
• The factors that predict future potential, and
• The relationship between personal traits and leadership success.
Presented by Stuart Duff.

The number of places at the seminars are strictly limited. If you book a seat at one of them but subsequently are unable to attend, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible so we can reallocate your place. If you fail to attend without notifying us in advance we reserve the right to charge a £50 administration fee.