HR leading the way

The Institute for People Management (IPM) will be hosting their 56th Annual Convention and Exhibition from the 11th to the 14th of November 2012. This premier Human Resource Management and Business Leadership event brings together thought leaders and leading practitioners from all over Africa and abroad to explore critical challenges and latest trends.

Never before has the business environment faced such challenging conditions rife with rapid change and fierce competition for markets and resources. This is the time for HR to step up and lead their organisations to navigate around the many challenges in the macro environment.

The focus of the 2012 IPM Annual Convention will therefore be on contributing towards achieving business sustainability within an uncertain global economic environment. Convention streams will include topics such as ‘Leading the Organisation, Building Capacity and Delivering Business Results’.

The essence of this theme and its sub-themes has been confirmed by the recent study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) that has revealed that “good people practices confer a performance advantage”.

According to the research report this finding is especially important today as companies try to cope with a growing talent crisis and chronic economic uncertainty. The results of this study clearly reveal how good people practices impact the bottom line and how high performing organisations differentiate themselves dramatically from the rest. IPM will be one of the first HR professional associations to receive feedback on this study directly from the research project leaders.

Other challenges and trends that will be addressed are; ‘People practices that have an impact on the bottom line’, ‘The value of HR as a strategic business leader’, ‘Branding and Marketing the HR Team’ and ‘Best Practice Capacity Building’. Issues such as the use of technology, capacity building, tax legislation, payroll and amendments to labour legislation will also be addressed.

Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi, chairperson of BHP Billiton South Africa, will be the guest speaker at the Gala Dinner. He will also present the IPM Excellence Awards with assistance from Thabo Nkoane, head of human resources, BHP Billiton South Africa, manganese. In addition, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education will be sharing the education and training challenges that have to be resolved to spur South Africa onto a globally competitive path.

The IPM Awards will be a highlight of the Convention. The finalists are Bonang Mohale, Chairman and Country General Manager: Commercial from Shell South Africa and Isaac Modiselle, CEO of Reakgona Hygiene for the IPM CEO of the Year Award, Victoria Ward, Director of Human Resources, Merchants SA and UK (Pty) Ltd for the IPM HR Director of the Year Award, Liza Wilmot, Production Academy manager, Volkswagen Group South Africa for the IPM HR Business Partner of the Year Award and Janessa Leita, Managing Director, Siynaqoba for the IPM Centre of Excellence of the Year Award.

It is in its on-going pursuit of excellence, innovation and significance that the IPM continuously search for business leaders and human resource practitioners who distinguish and differentiate themselves in their respective disciplines and professions.

The CEO of the Year Award recognises CEOs and MDs for their contribution to HR. For HR to be successful in any organisation, senior management buy-in is critical. HR champions are those who have gone the extra mile and who drive successful HR strategy from the top. The award is honouring a CEO or MD who acts as an ambassador to promote strategic people management in the executive community.

The IPM HR Director of the Year Award recognises HR Directors who operate at Board or EXCO level and have demonstrated a track record of excellence in HR leadership, by ensuring sound HR principles are included in all aspects of the business.

In any organisation the HR Business Partner, irrespective of level, plays a pivotal people management role. Therefore the IPM HR Business Partner of the Year Award recognises those with a demonstrated track record of excellence in developing and implementing people strategies and plans that enable the business strategy. These business partners will also have worked effectively with line managers to attract, develop, engage and retain employees in the organisation.

The IPM HR Centre of Excellence Award recognises those deep experts, whether it be in the field of Industrial Labour Relations, Employee Relations, Talent Management, Learning and Development, Organisational Development, Performance Management, Transformation, Reward Management, Skills Development or any other area within the HR field, who drive significant value in their organisation through the design and implementation of policies, practices, tools and guidance which they provide.

All finalists will receive one night’s free accommodation on the evening of the Gala Dinner. Winners and their organisations will be profiled in the media and attend an identified programme at GIBS on a complimentary basis. Being a finalist and/or an award winner is brand building for both the individual and their organisation “We are looking forward to this illustrious event”, says Rre Elijah Litheko, Chief Executive Officer of IPM. “Delegates will be entertained, equipped with cutting edge information and knowledge, given the opportunity to network and see new technologies and methodologies exhibited at the scenic Sun City. The evening of Tuesday the 13th guests will attend a Gala Dinner in the Royal Ballroom. We are looking forward to continuing and proving our commitment to ‘being a portal to thought leadership in people management’ through the hosting of this event”, emphasises Rre Elijah Litheko.

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