People Power 2021

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As a Silver Sponsor and Training Partner for People Power, Veronica Swindale, Managing Director of nesma, checked in with Lyndsey Morrison, Director at The Projects Studio, to determine how this year’s People Power is shaping up for Northern Insight Magazine.

Please note due to the latest government guidance this event is now postponed and a new date will be confirmed shortly.

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​30 June | Hilton Newcastle Gateshead

Designed to help you focus on The People Agenda this conference and workshop programme will provide you and your team with the knowledge and skills that you need to ensure your workforce thrives.

The image is of Sarah Ellis, Co-Founder at Amazing If and speaker at People Power Conference 2021.

Great to see that People Power is back live again in June. What are the themes this year?

We are super excited to be bringing people back together again at an actual LIVE event on 30 June! 

The timing should provide us with the perfect opportunity to connect and re-connect, share our stories, explore fresh thinking, and plans for future success.

The past year has pushed us as an events business to add some new strings to our bow, making this year’s People Power conference a ‘hybrid’ event, with the option to participate virtually.

While curating this year’s conference, we reflected on how we can retain the lessons learned and how we can help make this a time of positive and sustainable change for both employers and employees. The themes of this year’s conference are Talent, Behaviour, Culture, and Innovation. 

Talent because of huge shift and movement of the workforce – so addressing topics such as upskilling, reskilling, talent attraction and retention, onboarding, offboarding, and reboarding. Behaviour – well, there’s a lot in there, isn’t there! Everything from meta-skills such as self-awareness, empathy, communication, and leadership, and how you use those skills to manage change, build high performing teams and improve performance and productivity. Culture – focussing on employee experience, engagement, diversity and inclusion, and the changing working environment. And last but certainly not least – Innovation. We are keen for People Power to look towards a bright and productive future – thinking about the new workplace, digitalisation, and tech.

What do you think will be the key topics that people will be seeking guidance on post-pandemic?

As we look to the post-pandemic future, people are craving a return to life as we knew it, but better! With the lifting of restrictions, people will be thinking about getting back to the office.

Having spent over a year working from home, many habits have become entrenched, so how will we change our current ways of working? 

What can we learn from the last year? – and how can leaders create the conditions to motivate, engage and bring people back?

There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution and we will certainly be missing a trick if we don’t use this situation to re-evaluate what our people want and how we can develop a better, more productive, and happier workforce. 

At this year’s People Power conference, we have over 20 sessions covering a range of these challenges, including ‘Developing an engaged and agile workforce’, ‘Transforming People Performance’, ‘Developing a Resilient and Engaged Mindset’, ‘Mastering Motivation’, ‘Colleagues as Consumers’ and ‘Personalisation at Work’ to name a few.

Another vital consideration for employers is around psychological safety, health and wellbeing. For many, the past year has been tough – really tough and it is important that managers and business leaders are equipped with the knowledge and skills to ensure their workforce is both safe and happy.

What highlights can we look forward to?

Our speakers this year are AMAZING and so inspirational! There are too many to mention everyone, so here are just a few highlights.

Sarah Ellis, founder of Amazing If, an award-winning career development company, has a mission to make work better for everyone. She is a co-host of the UK’s no.1 careers podcast, Squiggly careers, and co-author of #1 The Sunday Times Business Best Seller ‘The Squiggly Career‘. The first 150 people to book to join their session will get a copy of their book in their goody bags too!

Bruce Daisley is a best-selling author of The Joy of Work, a technology leader, and a respected thought leader on the subject of culture and the future of work. He spent 12 years running Twitter in Europe and previously YouTube in the UK. His Audible Original, No Office Required, was a top 10 audiobook on its release in January 2021.

Stacey Copeland has represented her country in both football and boxing. In 2018 she made history when she became the first-ever British woman to win the Commonwealth title. Stacey is deeply passionate about making a positive impact through sport, and in 2017 founded the Pave The Way project to challenge gender stereotypes, spark social change and make a difference. Stacey has a brilliant story which she tells with humility and humour.

Julia Smith is a global HR Director and Business Psychologist with a multi-sector background. She set up People Science Consulting in 2019 to help clients develop high performing organisations, teams, and leaders and support organisational change. Julia will be speaking about Transforming People Performance and how excellent performance management can drive high performance and positively influence culture, employee engagement, talent development, and teamwork.


 Why should we attend?

As well as fantastic Keynote Speakers, there are loads of other practical workshops and interactive sessions covering topics including public speaking, coaching, and digital skills like Microsoft 365 and social media training.

The programme offers a full day of learning and training delivered by a range of passionate experts and thought leaders who are all there to help businesses navigate organisational change and understand the positive impact of focusing on the People Agenda.

The People Power conference provides a unique opportunity for managers and business leaders to meet, connect, and re-connect with hundreds of others interested in developing and improving themselves, their teams, and their business.

The physical event space will still allow for social distancing and we will have rigorous health and safety measures in place. Limited tickets for the physical event will be available, so reserve your place now.

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