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Taking Flight: UK NextGen Conference Empowers Future Leaders

AGN NextGen training
June 17, 2024

AGN NextGen UK Conference, 10 – 11 June, 2024, London.
Contributed by Dan Burns at AGN firm (and event host) Shipleys LLP.

Dan Burns – Experienced Learning and Development Advisor, Shipleys, LLP

Evening of 10 June: Kicking Off with a Dart Competition

The event began on the evening of 10 June with a lively and friendly dart competition at Flight Club. Attendees enjoyed a social activity to create camaraderie and set a positive tone for the upcoming sessions. Click here to check out our Flight Club Story.

11 June: Day of Dynamic Activities

Paper-plane Making Contest

The following day, the “flight” theme continued with a creative paper-plane making contest. Participants, working in small teams, had ten minutes to construct the best plane possible. The team whose plane flew the furthest distance won a “quality prize”, adding a fun competitive edge to the morning.

Amber Young, Entrepreneurial Tax Senior Associate, CT: Accountant Advisers

#IamRemarkable Session with Emma Louden

Emma Louden from AGN firm CT led an inspiring session on the I am Remarkable programme, a global movement initiated by Google. This programme encourages individuals to celebrate their achievements in both professional and personal spheres. Emma’s session empowered participants to reflect on and share why they are remarkable, enhancing a sense of self-recognition and confidence – something which can make us feel a little uncomfortable.

Tanisha Tailor-Bhogal  – Corporate Reporting & Audit Senior at Dafferns LLP

Role Play Workshop by Actors in Industry

The event continued with a role play workshop focusing on generational differences and the importance of presence in interactions. Led by Actors in Industry, participants observed and directed role-play scenarios, learning how to navigate and improve performance conversations for better outcome.

Exploring Culture and Psychological Safety

Post-lunch, discussions centred on the significance of organizational culture and its impact. Participants compared their personal values with survey results, discovering striking similarities. The session delved into the concept of Psychological Safety, emphasizing its crucial role in developing a positive workplace culture. Team activities highlighted the importance of psychological safety and strategies to enhance it within the workplace.

Gina Gardner FMAAT ACA CTA, Senior Corporate Tax Manager, Ballards LLP

Concluding Session: The Art of Feedback

The event wrapped up with an insightful session on the importance of feedback. Participants discussed the rules for effective feedback and were introduced to useful models for framing conversations. The day concluded with practical exercises, allowing attendees to practice giving and receiving feedback, utilizing the day’s learnings to engage in constructive conversations with newfound colleagues.

Alenka Jessop, R&D Tax Manager at CT: Accountants Adviser