Organization & Leadership Track

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The time for HR professionals to partner with the business is over. HR professionals now must be strategic leaders within the organization, possessing a wide range of business skills and technical acumen. HR professionals must also posses the ability to lead with confidence – and not just within the HR department. They are tasked now with a number of critical change initiatives, new programs, and organizational duties that require genuine, authoritative, empathetic, and passionate leadership. This track will explore how HR leadership is evolving in the contemporary organization, and why HR professionals hold immense potential for organizational growth.

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11:10 – 11:40 – Workplace Harmony Over Marketplace Dominance – Rebuilding the Diminishing Trust in Leadership and Organizations – Natasha Bowman, Jack Welch Management Institute

Natasha Bowman, Speaker at The HR Congress 2019 Natasha Bowman – President – Performance ReNEW & Assistant Professor – Jack Welch Management Institute

It’s no secret that workplaces across the globe are engaging in unprecedented growth and change in an effort to dominate their respective industries. This insightful session will explore how trust in leadership is lost due to the unexpected outcomes of organizational change. When employees lose trust in their leaders, morale declines, productivity decreases, and disengagement increases. Professor Bowman will provide actionable steps on how HR professionals can restore confidence in organizational leaders by creating a culture of transparency, consistency, accountability, and courage.

11:40- 12:10 – Leadership 5.0: Winning through Exceptional Leadership in 21st Century – Shane Cragun, SweetmanCragun Group

Founding Principal, CEO, Author, Advisor at SweetmanCragun Group

Most agree we are failing the leadership test. Leaders In business, government, and elsewhere are addressing issues and opportunities never seen before with outdated leadership skills and approaches. It’s time for a significant global leadership upgrade. Based upon a 2-year, comprehensive global leadership study, a new leadership code has emerged. This engaging session will explore the Leadership 5.0 Platform and five new master leadership skills that will separate the winners and losers in the 21st century. Key takeaways will be:
• Understanding how master leadership skills differ from traditional leadership competencies
• Learning how a leadership platform is the underlying operating system of any business model and organizational performance
• Insight into the capability of your personal leadership and leadership team against the five master leadership skills.

12:10- 12:40 – Culture by Design: The Power of Micro-Experiences – David Sturt – O.C.Tanner

David Sturt, speaker at The HR Congress 2019David Sturt, EVP, O.C. Tanner Company, and Author of Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love

Organisational culture is fast becoming a top priority for executive leaders and they are looking to their HR leaders for culture strategies to fuel their future success. Drawing from the latest 2019 global research data on workplace culture, David will share trends and insights into how forward-thinking leaders are building powerful and meaningful micro-experiences that connect employees to their purpose, leaders and business results.

12:40 – 14:00 – LUNCH & NETWORKING BREAK

The Lunch will be served in the Exhibition Area, where you will have the opportunity to meet with your fellow HR Professionals and network. During the break, there will be Day Stage sessions, content-driven presentations delivered by our Sponsoring Partners.

14:00 – 14:30 – Fit to Win – The Story of Bayer’s Ongoing Cultural Transformation – Edwin Schenck, Bayer Consumer Health

Edwin Schenck, Head of Global Human Resources (CHRO), Bayer Consumer Health

The Consumer Health division of Bayer, one of the biggest Consumer Health companies in the world, recently launched a new strategy called “Fit to Win.” This strategy aims to steer the company back to above-market growth, with clear culture and change management objectives as an integral part of the plan. By empowering leadership, fostering a winning culture, and embracing the digital transformation, Bayer is executing its strategy and building a winning culture. Edwin will share how the organization’s ongoing cultural transformation and “ONE team” spirit is helping them better serve customers and consumers.

14:30 – 15:00 – Leadership Lessons From a 128 Year Old Start Up – Sankalp Sharma, Signify

Sankalp Sharma, Speaker at The HR Congress 2019Sankalp Sharma, Global Head of Talent Management & Organizational Development, Signify

Join Signify’s global head of Talent and OD for an insightful case study on HR and Organization Transformation.

Why this topic?

Changing competitive landscape:
The lighting industry is undergoing a rapid transformation and has shifted from Lamps and CFLIs to more energy efficient and cost effective LEDs. The lighting industry is constantly evolving towards more digital and connected lighting.

New name and identity:
In 2014 Philips announced its intent to divest the lighting business. This led to us forming our new identify and becoming a stand alone company. In 2016 we became a stand-alone company and got listed one the Amsterdam Stock Exchange under the ticker “LIGHT”. In 2018 we announced on the. In 2018 we announced our new name as Signify.

What does it mean for us:
These changes meant 3 things for us:
1. We had to re-look at our leadership bench in the context of stand alone organization : Decide where to “build” vs “buy”
2. Due to the industry shift we had to look at new capabilities in the space of LED, Electronics, Systems and Services, Connected lighting and invest differently in R&D, sales, marketing and supply chain.
3. Redefine our Employer Value Proposition and build our new employer brand for both external and internal talents.

Actions / Initiatives undertaken over last 5 years to redefine our talent agenda:
1. Redefine our EVP linked to our new identity
2. Focus on leadership development for top 500 leaders in the organization: launching our new leadership development portfolio EDGE aimed at leaders across different levels
3. Strengthen our leadership bench and succession plans for top 500 positions in the organization: we have more than 75% strong succession health across the organization for key positions
4. Providing more internal career options to our talents – more than 70% leadership appointments are from within linked to our philosophy of being a talent builder
5. Launch and strengthen our Fit For Future competency development programs targeted at critical jobs across the organization covering more than 4000 people
6. Launching a new digital learning platform to offer more customized and on demand learning solutions to our employees covering more than 12000 people
7. Using technology (Workday) as our one source of truth for driving talent discussions and analytics

About Signify:
Signify is the world leader in lighting for professionals, consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our energy efficient lighting products, systems and services enable our customers to enjoy a superior quality of light, and make people’s lives safer and more comfortable, and businesses more productive and cities more livable. With 2018 sales of EUR 6.4 billion, approximately 28,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries, we globally unlock the extraordinary potential of light. For more than 125 years we have pioneered breakthroughs in lighting and been the driving force for many innovations. Our track record in innovation is strong and we invest heavily in R&D to stay at the forefront of technological developments. Signify continues to innovate in LED lighting and is leading the industry’s expansion to lighting systems in both the professional and consumer markets. Our position as the industry leader in connected lighting, makes Signify the lighting company for the Internet of Things (IoT).

15:00- 15:30 – Building Resilient Organizations for Sustainable Business Advantage – Ingrid Eras-Magdalena, Belmond

Ingrid Eras-Magdalena, EVP Chief HR Officer, Belmond

With emotional intelligence (EQ) barely accepted as a necessary quality in leadership, it now seems that resilience (AQ) is becoming the new buzz-word in organizations. Are they both as important to your business as it seems, and if so, how do you measure, improve and integrate them into your Strategic HR focus moving forward?

After the sessions have ended, there will be a Coffee and Networking break between 15:30 and 16:00. Following which, the Keynote Sessions will start in the main auditorium.

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