Personal development for HR professionals


When was the last time you or your HR team invested in personal development? HR professionals are responsible for engaging and improving the performance of their organisation's people, but often at the expense of their own development. Connor offers HR professionals a programme of support, specifically designed for the HR function and the unique challenges they face. 

Who is it for?

We provide personal development for the following:

  • HR directors and heads of HR. Individuals leading the people strategy and HR function
  • HR business partners and HR managers. Individuals partnering or supporting leaders and line managers. 

Personal development for HR directors and heads of HR

In a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment, HR leaders are often pulled into multiple and complex areas of responsibility. Delivering organisational change and managing people issues takes time and comes with a big workload. This does not allow individuals in these roles the time to think, plan and lead the strategic HR agenda.

Our personal development for HR leaders is in three areas:

  • coaching and mentoring - one to one guidance, support and challenge to enable an individual's best thinking
  • consulting - working with HR leaders on strategy to deliver tangible outcomes for the organisation
  • networking - connecting HR leaders with their peers to discuss relevant challenges and ways to overcome them.

Personal development for HR business partners and HR managers

There are many individuals with an HR business partner or HR manager title, but often they are not operating at that level for various organisation, function or personal reasons. They can become embedded in day to day operational HR activities such as employee relations, reactive line manager support and administration.

These activities take considerable time and shouldn't be ignored, but when they occupy the business partner they get in the way of them driving a strategic HR agenda to improve performance. These activities can be the comfort zone of traditional HR advisors and personnel managers who haven't yet made the step up. Instead this work should be transferred to HR operations.

Our personal development for HR business partners and managers is in two areas:

  • coaching and mentoring - one to one guidance, support and challenge to enable an individual's best thinking
  • development and training - providing tools and techniques to increase capability, developing a strategic mindset and an ability to influence.

Why Connor? The benefits for your organisation

  • we deliver behavioural change and better performance – fast. You will want to see tangible results from any investment in yourself or your people. Our clients often tell us that they see almost instant improvements after working with us
  • we provide balanced solutions. You want access to development that has a track record of delivering results. Equally, generic development rarely works – it has most impact when it is appropriate and relevant for people. A large proportion of our content is available ready to go and has been developed by industry experts over many years. This content is tailored to your organisation, people and challenges and will be delivered in a way that is personal to you
  • our consultants have all had in-house careers. We do not employ career consultants. Our people have all held senior leadership, HR or learning and development roles in a variety of organisations. They love what they do and are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience to support other individuals and organisations on their development journey.
"Being a successful HR leader right now is about being a skilled coach and influencer in your organisation."Kate Keaney, head of HR services and talent & organisation development, Connor

Read more about the service in our personal development for HR professionals brochure.

Kim Foster

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Talent & organisation development practice manager

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