HR leadership in complexity and change

Wed 19 May 2021 14:00 to Wed 19 May 2021 15:30
Online Event - Exclusively for HR Network members

If anyone needed a reminder that the world is complex, changeable and uncertain, then 2020 certainly delivered. Yet we also witnessed amazing agility as many people, in many places around the world, rapidly adapted to challenging and changing conditions.

Yet the surprising thing is that leadership always takes place in the midst of complexity and change. And the good news for HR and OD professionals is that being in the midst of it all is the best place to be if you want to make your leadership count. It’s time to let go of outdated narratives about leadership and learn how to activate your leadership in complexity and continuous changing. If not now, when?

How will participants and their organisation benefit from this event?

In this session, Dr Sharon Varney will draw on more than 15 years’ research and practice in complexity and change to redraw the landscape for HR leadership. She will explain why and how learning is central to leadership agility, and she’ll offer you a tool to enhance your learning informed leadership in a complex world that is in constant motion.

Who should attend?
HR leaders and senior OD practitioners

Breakout discussion points:

  1. What leadership challenges has a VUCA world brought for you?
  2. Noticing – What’s been changing in your world?
  3. Application – How will you use these tools in your context?

Speaker Biography: 

Dr Sharon Varney is a specialist in developing organisations and people. Her areas of expertise include leadership, learning and change. As both a consultant and as a researcher, Sharon thrives on creating clarity in complex and ambiguous change situations. She works at a strategic level, helping to create more effective organisations, and engages at a very human level, supporting people to manage personal change and transition.

Sharon developed her change expertise working as a senior manager in large, complex organisations. She was group head of learning and communications for a global organisation in the offshore oil and gas business. Previously she was Vice President for international learning and development at a US bank. Sharon holds a doctorate from Henley Business School, and is now a member of the faculty team in Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour. Her doctoral research, which has a very practical edge, explored the complex dynamics of organisational change and the role of change leaders within it.