What occurred at #cipdldshow

IMG_4176On May 13th and 14th the annual CIPD L&D Show took place at Olympia in London.  The good people at CIPD realise that a) not everyone can be there b) not everyone can go to every session c) that while you may have been to a session, others may have picked up on or  noticed something different to you.

To that end, there lies the role of the #blogsquad.  We are a lucky bunch of folk that are invited to the event with a purpose to share via Social Media and through blogging what we pick up from the sessions.  While I have written my own posts, for ease of reference, I wanted to curate all the posts together.

So, grouped by theme and day, here are all of the blog posts that I have found so far.  If you know of any others, please add the details in the comments section below or share the like with me on twitter (@philwillcox)

Day 1:

We started with this post by Doug Shaw (@dougshaw1).  http://stopdoingdumbthingstocustomers.com/work-2/martin-and-mark/

It is called Martin and Mark and is a beautiful tale of Doug’s journey into the CIPD show and his conversations with two very different gentlemen in Martin and Mark.  In my view, Doug set the marker down early with quite possibly blog post of the day.

Doug was not the only one to start the day in a reflective way.  Michelle Parry-Slater (@MIPS1608) also set her thoughts on paper with this post ‘Let the Learning Commence’ http://www.kairosml.co.uk/?p=354

There was an opening session titled ‘The Power of Purpose’ and a couple of us covered that session.

Here is my post https://e3ctc.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/the-power-of-purpose/

Here is one from David Goddin (@changecontinuum) http://peopleperformancepotential.com/2015/05/13/purposeful-leadership/

Michelle Parry-Slater (@MIPS1608) also covered a session on ‘Driving Change and Customer Benefit through strategic L&D’ and you can find her post here:  http://www.kairosml.co.uk/?p=357 and Michelle described it as a lovely and inspiring session.

There was a session that I deliberately didn’t blog, I just tweeted from and David Goddin (@changecontinuum) did post about it here http://peopleperformancepotential.com/2015/05/13/developing-talent-to-lead-the-future/ it is about how two companies (The Bromford Group and NGBailey) have been developing the leadership skills needed for the future.  This session was also attended by Ian Pettigrew (@kingfishercoach) and he blogged about it here http://www.kingfishercoaching.com/identifying-and-developing-tomorrows-leadership-skills-to-drive-business-change/

As well as the conference exhibitions, there are lots of sessions on the exhibition floor and Michelle Parry-Slater (@MIPS1608) covered one of those on day 1.  She went to see Andy Lancaster (head of L&D for the CIPD @andylancasterUK) give his talk about ‘Bringing the L&D profession into the future’ and this post covers the top 10 learning shifts http://www.kairosml.co.uk/?p=359

Ian Pettigrew (@kingfishercoach) also attended a session on ‘Using L&D to increase engagement, retention and reach new talent’ which to me seems like a MASSIVE title and from Ian’s post, it looks like they did it justice http://www.kingfishercoaching.com/using-ld-to-increase-engagement-and-retention-and-access-new-talent/

I went to a session on ‘Inclusive L&D Strategies’ that was really thought provoking and I liked the distinction between Diversity being the reality and Inclusion being the choice. You can find my post here https://e3ctc.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/inclusive-learning-and-talent-development-strategies/

Ian’s final post from day one was on the theme of ‘Professionalising Leadership’ and had speakers from the NHS, and Cafe Nero which while may seem very different both have interesting and similar stories to tell http://www.kingfishercoaching.com/professionalising-leadership-to-create-a-high-performance-culture/

The wonderfully passionate Andrew Jacobs (@andrewjacobsLD) was running a workshop for the morning of day one on the subject of Autonomous Learning and he was kind enough to blog about it too.  You can find the post here http://lostanddesperate.com/2015/05/13/square-the-circle/

Kandy Woodfield (@jess1ecat) attended a few sessions over the course of day one, here are her reflections so far https://pushingattheedges.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/the-power-of-purpose-building-resilience-cipldshow/

As well as Kandy giving an overview of day one, Emma Browes (@emmabrowes) also was kind enough to do so and you can find the post here https://emmabrowes.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/cipd-learning-development-show-2015-part-1-cipdldshow/

Someone else that was kind enough to do a review of day one was the brilliant Julian Stodd (@julianstodd).  Julian creates some vivid images and writes really well and you can find his post here https://julianstodd.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/reflections-from-cipd-show-2015-day-1/

For me personally, day one ended with an Ignite presentation (more details on what that is here http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignite_(event) ) I did on the theme of ‘Appreciation’ and unpicked the emotion, evidence and extraordinary aspects of this wonderful practice.  You can find my blog post about ‘appreciation’ here https://e3ctc.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/appreciation-its-power-for-good-and-not/

Day two for me began with being in the audiene for a series of Ignite Presentations.  They were all brilliant and two of the #blogsquad penned a post about Ignites.

Kandy Woodfield’s (@jess1ecat) post about her personal Ignite is here https://pushingattheedges.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/from-lurker-to-learner-ignite-your-passions-cipdldshow/

Michelle Parry-Slater’s post which is more reflective highlights the innovation and energy that a series of Ignite presentations can give http://www.kairosml.co.uk/?p=361

What else happened on day two?  Well, let me tell you…

David Goddin (@changecontinuum) attended a session with the BBC and Visa (Europe) on their journeys to embedding coaching into their organisational cultures and you can find his post ‘Coaching Nirvana’ here http://peopleperformancepotential.com/2015/05/14/coaching-nirvana/

Ian Pettigrew (@Kingfishercoach) also attended this session and what I like is the contrast and overlap with these posts.  Ian blogs live whereas David will take time to reflect and post later.  Both are wonderful approaches and I love the variety.  Here is Ian’s post http://www.kingfishercoaching.com/embedding-coaching-skills-into-daily-conversations-to-foster-your-talent/

I went to a session on ‘The role of L&D in building resilience’ and you can find my post here https://e3ctc.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/the-role-of-ld-in-building-resilience-2/ it was also during this session that Jeremy Howell talked about ‘phantom vibration syndrome’ and the wonderful artist that is Simon Heath (@simonheath1) created the image you will find at the bottom of this post.

Andy Jacobs (@andrewjacobsLD) also posted his reflections on the workshop he ran on day one and you can find those reflections here http://lostanddesperate.com/2015/05/15/mirror-mirror-on-the-wall/

Kandy Woodfield (@jess1ecat) attended a session on ‘Collaborative and Social Learning’ that was chaired by Julian Stodd (@julianstodd) and had speakers from Astra Zeneca and the NHS.  It certainly got her thinking and you can read them here https://pushingattheedges.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/curating-and-transferring-knowledge-collaborative-social-learning-cipdldshow/

With his natural passion and interest in coaching it is probably no surprise that David Goddin (@changecontinuum) went to another session on Coaching, this time with the BBC and Freebridge Community Housing and it prompted his post ‘Beyond Coaching’ which you can find here http://peopleperformancepotential.com/2015/05/16/beyond-coaching/

Someone else to be found at that session with the BBC and Freebridge was Ian Pettigrew (@kingfishercoach) and he talks about the presence of ‘thinking’ across both of these speakers.  You can find his post here http://www.kingfishercoaching.com/enhancing-business-outcomes-by-developing-coaching-skills-in-leaders/

Ian (@kingfishercoach) also went to a session on being equipped to lead L&D into the future that pulled on the recent survey from the CIPD and towards maturity.  Here is Ian’s post http://www.kingfishercoaching.com/are-you-equipped-to-lead-ld-into-the-future/ if you are also interested in the survey, here is a link to that http://www.cipd.co.uk/hr-resources/survey-reports/learning-development-2015.aspx

That is it! Well at least for now.  I am sure people will continue to post blogs and where I hear about them I will add to this to build a bigger list.

Thank you for reading this and if you do find any, please let me know.

Happy reading


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