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Engaging for the future

Engaging for the future: Making people your competitive advantage
Date: Wednesday, 10th March 2010
Place: Dexter House, Royal Mint Court, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4QN
Title: Engaging for the future: Making people your competitive advantage
Researchers who think that employees are the key to business survival will discuss studies which have rocked the training world at a probing and exhilarating one day conference chaired by celebrated public speaker, writer and broadcaster John McCarthy.
Supported by Training Journal, Room54 speaker agency and Steps Drama Learning Development, this exhilarating unique event features the authors of the government backed MacLeod Report 2009, who will explain why they think workplace engagement is the 'difference that makes the difference' to businesses faced with global financial meltdown and fierce commercial competition.
Equally, as the public sector squares up to the realisation that they are facing an extended period of under-investment it is clear that service levels and morale are only going to be maintained through the commitment and motivation of its people.
The challenge now, say the report's authors, is to help people to 'get it' - that is understand the importance of engagement to their individual and organisational goals - and then do it'.
They will learn exactly how to create perfect harmony at work with practical demonstrations from the exciting Steps Drama company who will show how management can promote the right blend of well being, motivation and leadership.
As a leading provider of drama-based learning solutions, Steps know their special presentation will have impact at the event alongside Peer-to-Peer discussion carefully facilitated by John McCarthy encouraging thoughtful exploration of thoughts, ideas and feelings. No doubt he will dig deep into his own personal experiences which includes surviving the terrible ordeal of lengthy kidnap and the roller coaster of emotions experienced on his return from imprisonment by terrorists and the joy of being a survivor against great odds.
Confirmed speakers to date will be:
 David MacLeod and Nita Clarke, authors of the MacLeod Report Emma Whittaker, Global Academy Head, HSBC Global Private Bank Mark Moorton, International Director of HR, Specsavers Optical Group
BackgroundDavid MacLeod and Nita Clarke were commissioned by the Department for Business (BIS) to take an in-depth look at employee engagement and to report on its potential benefits for organisations and employees. The Secretary of State for Business, Lord Mandelson, encouraged the independent reviewers to examine whether a wider take up of engagement approaches could impact positively on UK competitiveness and performance, and meet the challenges of increased global competition.
The independent reviewers answer is an unequivocal yes. Since Autumn 2008 they have seen many examples of companies and organisations where performance and profitability have been transformed by employee engagement they have met many employees who are only too keen to explain how their working lives have been transformed and have read many studies which show a clear correlation between engagement and performance and most importantly between improving engagement and improving performance.
The price to attend this workshop is 449 plus VAT this fee covers attendance at the event, refreshments and lunch. You can book online or by contacting Debbie Carter at or ring 44 (0) 1353 865340. See


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