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Forum news

15 Oct 2021

Firms over-reliant on exit polls to gauge employee sentiment

People-based activities (communication, motivation and getting the best from teams) are seen as the most effective management practices to achieve business goals. However, measuring employee sentiment is over-reliant on exit interviews (wrong people + too late), independent research (too impersonal) and issues being actively raised by people (too detached).

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14 Oct 2021

Julian Birkinshaw and Tim Murphy on next Transatlantic show

Professor Julian Birkinshaw of the London Business School and Tim Murphy of McMillan join resident panellists Francesca Lagerberg and Dr Larry Richard for the second Transatlantic show on Zoom on Wednesday 3 November at noon ET (5pm UK time). No cost involved as public good.

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01 Oct 2021

90% will be working from home at least 50% of the time

Over 90% of people will be working from home for at least half the time, according to the Forum's latest quarterly tracker. Leaders remain bullish with 70% to 80% expecting expansion and few firms expecting contraction over the next year in activity levels, headcount or new work flow. 

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29 Sep 2021

Europe more relaxed over Covid than North America

European leaders view the lockdown in more positive terms, are less panicked by Covid and more relaxed over returning to the office than their North American counterparts, according to the poll conducted on the inaugural Transatlantic show. Europeans are more likely to reconfigure office space. Happiness levels decreased less at European firms, but more mental health issues surfaced. 

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A wide range of activities and locations

Re-tuning your Firm

Re-tuning your Firm - Episode 61

Episode 61 of Re-tuning your Firm. Panel: Francesca Lagerberg of Grant Thornton; Jeremy Beard of Haysmacintyre; Alex Hamilton of Radiant Law; and Stephen Parkinson of Kingsley Napley. Includes findings of poll on effective management practices. Hosted by Richard Chaplin 

Date recorded: 15 October 2021

Transatlantic show

Re-tuning your Firm - Transatlantic - Episode 1

Episode 1 of Re-tuning your Firm - Transatlantic. Panel: Francesca Lagerberg of Grant Thornton; Dr Larry Richard of LawyerBrain; Larry Stroud of Korverge, and Sebastian Hartmann of KPMG. Includes findings of poll comparing the impact of lockdown between the continents. Hosted by Richard Chaplin 

Date recorded: 29 September 2021

Awards

Best solutions for clients - Awards 2021

Mark Grayson, COO at BCLP Cubed, on the winning submission for the Best Solutions for Clients category at the 2021 Awards. More

Date recorded: 10 June 2021

Summits

Fast-track Innovation™ - session 2

Fast-track Innovation - Session 2 - Where and how best to deploy design sprints (Ian Jeffery, Becky Shields, Rosemary Nunn, Marcus Dimbleby and Nigel Spencer)

Date recorded: 17 March 2021

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Events

Optimising your management practices

Firmwide Leaders

Optimising your management practices

Tuesday 26 October 2021

Management practices are a form of economic capital that changes slowly over time. The overall relationship between management practices and productivity is strong, significant and positive, even during the pandemic, according to a recent ONS study. The second roundtable in our autumn programme is an opportunity to review the benefits to clients, leaders, managers, employees and firms that result from effective management practices, and explore how they can be optimised.
Re-tuning your firm

Re-tuning your firm

Re-tuning your firm

Friday 29 October 2021

We welcome a great panel: regular Francesca Lagerberg is joined by three guests: Dr Sarah Hattam de-bunking more medical myths impacting the workplace; Santiago Iniguez on strengthening your leadership through bringing humour to business meetings; and Vlatka Hlupic on leadership behaviours that create high performing hybrid workplaces. Richard Chaplin is your host.
Optimising your management practices

People, Performance & Culture

Optimising your management practices

Tuesday 02 November 2021

Management practices are a form of economic capital that changes slowly over time. The overall relationship between management practices and productivity is strong, significant and positive, even during the pandemic, according to a recent ONS study. The second roundtable in our autumn programme is an opportunity to review the benefits to clients, leaders, managers, employees and firms that result from effective management practices, and explore how they can be optimised.

Invites are sent out approximately three weeks before each event. All events are online for the forseeable future.

Recent poll findings

Quarterly tracker

Firms remain bullish with 70% to 80% expecting expansion and few expecting contraction over the next year in activity levels, headcount or new work flow. Over 90% of people will be working from home for at least half the time.

Impact of lockdown - Transatlantic show

Europeans view the lockdown in more positive terms, are less panicked by Covid and more relaxed over returning to the office. Happiness levels decreased less at European firms, but more mental health issues surfaced.

Cyber security

Lack of expertise, poor communications and cultural resistance are the most common risk indicators. Ransomware attack recovery plans need a lot of work!

Usage of new technologies

Financial management has the greatest usage, followed by services delivered to clients, then marketing and new business generation, then influencing innovation, then knowledge management, then people management and finally strategy development.

I had often heard the phrase, ‘when the ones at the top look after everybody else, who looks after the ones at the top?' I hadn’t though really recognised this until I joined the Forum! The support, comradeship and sounding board the network provides is exactly what we all need! I would encourage anyone wondering, to take the plunge and join! It will open your mind to a different way of thinking I am sure!

John Munday
Managing Director, Paragon Building Consultancy