Human Capital Institute and Harvard Business Publishing to Host Event for Talent Management and Learning Executives in London on November 6, 2008

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HCI’s Mission Critical: Learning to Keep Leadership Development in the Corporate DNA Innovation Tour to Feature Leadership Expert, Professor Gareth Jones, Fellow of the Centre for Management Development, London School of Business

Our keynote speaker will discuss critical talent development issues, including how to build strategic, cultural and leadership capabilities to execute enterprise strategy in today's business climate

The Human Capital Institute (HCI), a global professional association and educator that is advancing the science of strategic talent management, announced today HCI's upcoming Innovation Tour, Mission Critical: Learning to Keep Leadership Development in the Corporate DNA. The event will take place in London on Thurs., November 6, 2008 and will be co-hosted by Harvard Business Publishing, the premier source for management practices, programs and content.

The breakfast and networking event for organizational leaders, to be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Intercontinental London Park Lane, will address the importance of leadership and talent strategy in the current economic and business climate. It will feature a keynote presentation by Professor Gareth Jones, Fellow of the Centre for Management Development, London School of Business and co-author of Why Should Anyone Be Led by You? What it Takes to Be an Authentic Leader (Harvard Business Press). Allan Schweyer, HCI Executive Director and SVP-Research will also share remarks on recent research.

In his keynote presentation, Jones will discuss the work that he and his colleague, Professor Rob Goffee, have been developing over the last 20 years. Beginning with a sociologist's dissatisfaction with research on leadership and leadership development, he will discuss the issue of authenticity and how it is a central theme in their findings. Through their research, Jones and Goffee argue that leaders don't become great by aspiring to a list of universal character traits. Rather, effective leaders are authentic: They deploy individual strengths to engage followers' hearts, minds, and souls. They are skillful at consistently being themselves, even as they alter their behaviors to respond effectively in changing contexts.

In addition to a discussion around authenticity, Jones will introduce their newest research findings on leading clever people and discuss its application in today's changing global environment.

Schweyer will present the results of a recent study on how organizations in the United Kingdom, North America and India are balancing the current business climate with their internal leadership development needs.

"The current economy has all businesses examining their priorities, expenditures and investments," said Schweyer. "HCI is pleased to host business expert and educator, Gareth Jones, for a timely discussion of how to maintain important talent management strategies in the midst of a financial downturn."

As world economies fluctuate, many organizations are re-defining their talent management objectives. Leaders are asking tough questions, including, "How do we keep current and future leaders engaged? Where should we invest? What is the cost if we make the wrong investment decisions?" Mission Critical has been designed to answer these and other vitally important questions.

"Our keynote speaker will discuss critical talent development issues, including how to build strategic, cultural and leadership capabilities to execute enterprise strategy in today's business climate," said Peter McAteer, Vice President and Managing Director, Corporate Learning, Harvard Business Publishing. "We're proud to work with HCI to engage with U.K. business leaders in this important dialogue."

The event is offered free of charge to members of the London-area business community. Content is targeted toward Director, VP and C-level executives in human capital, chief talent and people officers and their teams, chief learning officers, line managers, executive search and recruitment professionals, and human capital consultants and solutions providers.

All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Why Should Anyone Be Led by You? What it Takes to Be an Authentic Leader, by Goffee and Jones.

Since seats are limited, advance registration is required. For more information on HCI's Mission Critical London event, or to register, visit http://www.humancapitalinstitute.org or call HCI Member Services at 866.538.1909.

About Harvard Business Publishing:
Harvard Business Publishing partners with its corporate clients to understand their learning objectives and works with them to develop and implement a customized portfolio of content and services uniquely suited to their talent development strategies. In its client engagements, Harvard Business Publishing delivers thought leadership applied to real-world problems for measurable results. Its offerings are distinguished by a deep, rich well of business content from which to develop learning solutions, expertise in facilitating participant-centered learning, and access to experts on management practice worldwide. Harvard Business Publishing stands out in the marketplace because of the unique transformational learning experience it delivers for business leaders at all levels, from a company's most senior executive to its high-potential performers. For more information, visit Harvard Business Publishing at
http://www.harvardbusiness.org/corporate.

About The Human Capital Institute:
The Human Capital Institute (HCI) is a global network of more than 130,000 members in 40 countries committed to shaping the world's new talent economy. Leaders, executives, and practitioners in HCI's network represent organizations of all sizes across public, charitable and government sectors, and collaborate on the next practices in strategic talent management. Through communities, education, events and research, HCI provides actionable, results-driven solutions to help members foster talent advantages to ensure organizational change for competitive results. In tandem with HCI's training, peer-to-peer learning, and public and private research on talent management best practices, the HCI Human Capital Strategist Certification and Designation programs set the bar for expertise in talent strategy, acquisition, development and new economy leadership. http://www.humancapitalinstitute.org

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866.538.1909
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