Richard Smith, IoD West Yorkshire Branch Chair, gives his views on events and courses he has undertaken at the IoD
I have over the past 6 months attended a number of events organised by the IoD at both a national and regional level, Advance and CDir, physical and webinar meetings. This has given me a good overview as to how the IoD is really assisting directors and through the best mediums.
IoD Taster Courses on Practical Tips for Becoming a NED (London) and Strategic Decision Making (Manchester) Both very useful and practical, bite sized information relevant to the subject matter in hand and useful for anyone considering whether to take the longer detailed course or as a refresher aide memoire. In a similar vein, attended an Advance seminar on The 5 things every director should know(Leeds) and for me this was a refresher and an opportunity to see how an Advance physical meeting works - 5 attendees who got a master class from Jo Haigh (very good).
Breakfast meetings on A BID for the future(Harrogate) and Brexit Update(Harrogate), the latter attended by Allie Rennison. Small gatherings to hear from the people really involved and an opportunity to network, again very good snapshots of topics relevant to our business
IoD Advance CPD Day 1 (London) Excellent updates on all key areas relevant to a director ( very good for my CPD) and useful takeaways in terms of notes and presentations. I would recommend this to all directors to undertake every 2/3 years especially if you have attended all of the longer courses (which I have through the Chartered process)
Meet up Mondays (Leeds) very relaxed and small get together to socialise and network
Masterclass on Innovation (Leeds) excellent overview on the subject matter by Keith Jackson and opportunity to ask questions of the presenter and learn from other delegates, this was a small gathering of around 6 directors on a topic relevant to my business and now I am looking to have this session run in house.
Advance Insight Forum on Productivity (Leeds) small group of 9 directors using the stand up meeting approach to debate and discuss the topic and then feedback one another's experience. Relaxed conversational style and opportunity to network which I thought worked very well.
I have also attended a number of webinars through Advance on subjects such as Brexit - very good as they are usually under 1 hour and you get the condensed and relevant information there and then