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CIHRM Executive Education

We build our research and insights on HR into two executive educations programmes. These programmes, one which examines the effectiveness of the HR function and the second which focuses on improving people management practice, are strongly practice-based but informed by detailed research and theory. These programmes run for two days and are open-enrolment.

Best Practice in Managing People

CIHRM Best practice in managing people

This programme provides solutions to the challenges faced by line managers in managing and motivating people to achieve an organisation's objectives and results.  Drawing on current research and practical exercises, participants will be provided with concepts and frameworks that can be directly applied in the work place. 

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The first day focuses on how organisations cope with change, the implications for the workforce and the role of the manager to sustain and increase commitment and performance during times of change and uncertainty. The second day provides practical tool-kits in the functional areas of line management. We conclude with each participant preparing a personal learning action plan for post-course development.  

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Creating High Performance Teams

CIHRM creating high performance teams

Teams are at the heart of organisational life and their effectiveness strongly influences the success of the enterprise overall. Striving for, and achieving, high performance in teams has therefore become a major business imperative, but bringing together individuals into a group and making them a cohesive and productive team is far from straightforward. 

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The mix of differing personalities, skills, motivations, career aspirations, and leadership styles of individuals, as well as the complexities of the task and the process, means that building and shaping high performance teams is fraught with difficulty. We will explore the key elements of a high-performance team, drawing on examples from corporations, not-for-profits, consultancies and sports teams, among others. We shall look at the major areas of team roles and responsibilities, team dynamics, and team outcomes. We will look at the different kinds of people required to make a high-performance team and the important elements in ensuring the dynamics of the team bring high performance. Dealing with conflict in teams and how to cope with difficult team members will also feature in the sessions. 

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Digital Innovation & Transformation

Digital Innovation & Transformation

Over the last decade, 'born digital' companies such as Facebook, Google and Alibaba have led the way as key innovators in their industry. The challenge today is for organisations across a wide range of sectors to transform their strategy and ways of organising through digital technologies to be innovative and competitive. Making this transition requires a rethinking and a widening of the lens of innovation, which is now possible with the help of digital technologies.

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For a senior manager, this requires creative confidence. It also requires there to be a change in the way the organisation itself operates, transforming itself from the inside-out to embrace the business ecosystem. To do so implies a change in how teams traditionally work to emphasise creativity and cross-functional arrangements to build innovation. 

At the heart of these changes is the need to develop a culture which will support digital working, one which requires agility as well as the tolerance of failure within organisations, and an understanding of new customer behaviours. This programme equips managers to make this full embrace towards being a successful digital organisation ready to compete for the future.

In this programme, we will provide methodologies and frameworks as well as critical thinking to help you re-think how you lead the transformation of your organisation through digital innovation. For example, we shall look at breakthrough digital innovations such as the Internet of Things and the implications for smart manufacturing. We will examine how blockchain technology is disrupting trust intermediation in financial services and mobile platforms are enabling financial inclusion in emerging economies. We adopt a multi-facetted approach, developing capabilities on digital innovation, designing services, ecosystem leadership, creative cross-functional teams, and successfully transitioning to a digital enterprise. 

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