Hello PPMA members and friends

Our annual conference is fast approaching and over the next few weeks we’re going to introduce you to our excellent and inspiring keynote speakers. To coincide with International Day of Happiness, we recently brought you a post from speaker (and also our host for our sparkling Gala Awards Dinner) Shonette Bason-Wood.

This week we are going to be profiling John Higgins who is a best selling author & researcher into Speaking Truth to Power. John has been an active organisational consultant, researcher, tutor and coach for nearly 30 years. This work has resulted in three recent pieces in the Harvard Business Review and alongside colleague Prof. Megan Reitz he has written a challenging new research paper that analyses the dynamics behind truth-telling in organisations. His work will be published as a book by FT Pearson in 2019.

He currently works with a wide variety of organisations including the NHS and other national health systems, where he extensively applies and develops the insights of his long running research into ‘speaking truth to power’. Bringing the undiscussable and ignored aspects of organisational experience into the open, John engages in an active dialogue with individuals and groups, seeking both to influence and be influenced by the exchange. Consequently his work involves intimate and confidential conversations with people from all walks of life, from Archbishops, to CEOs, to homeless people now earning a living as professional actors.

Led by SOLACE and sharing the stage with the amazing Jo Miller, John is our opening speaker at the conference and you can expect this session to bring a fascinating perspective on what CEX’s are looking for in their HRD’s. Speaking truth to power is a challenging topic but arguably the ability of a HRD to speak truth to power is critical for the overall health of an organisation, so this is a session not to be missed. If you haven’t already booked your place, then pop over to our conference booking page now!

We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham in May!