The Forrest HRBP Program

The Forrest HRBP Program

In this program, attendees will learn a practical HR Business Partner framework, the development strategy to prepare an HR professional for the role, and the HRBP “Enabling Skillsets” that encompass the business partner’s day-to-day skills: coaching, facilitation and consulting methodologies; organizational design and development principles; and talent planning.

The Enabling Skillsets – communicating & collaborating, diagnosing & solving, and business awareness & acumen – have remained constant throughout the 25-year evolution of the HRBP role. Business Partners must be willing and able to foster open and effective dialogue between themselves and their Line Manager and all other stakeholders that impact their partner’s business. HRBPs must also be willing and able to develop awareness of human capital barriers and opportunities, and engage their Line Manager with options to help them improve their business. Importantly, HRBPs must also demonstrate that they know and appreciate the business of their Line Managers.


The purpose of Forrest’s HR Business Partner Program is to:

  • Introduce to the HRBP team, and your organization, an enterprise-wide framework of best practices for effective business partnering
  • Align the team toward this framework and, as needed, develop the team’s capability in these best practices

Learning Objectives

By the end of the program, participants will:

  • Know and understand the framework of accountabilities of an HR Business Partner
  • Know and understand the role of the HRBP “Enabling Skillsets” and the benchmarks of effective business partnering
  • Have the skills to be an effective business partner:
    • Communicating & Collaborating: Be able to use coaching, facilitation and communications skills to effectively work with, and support, line partners
    • Diagnosing & Solving: Know how to consult with their partner on the barriers to the line’s success, diagnose root causes and prescribe solutions
    • Business Acumen & Awareness: Earn the trust of line partners by demonstrating an understanding of their business model

Designers & Facilitators

Julian Chapman
Lisa Zangari
Tony Welsh

Ideal Participants

  • HRBP team leaders seeking to clarify the expectations of their business partners
  • HRBP team members seeking to unite, align and further develop their capability to assist their partners in the line

Development Phase Methodology

  • Instructor led and highly interactive
  • Class instruction, triads, class discussion, pairs discussion, exercises, pre-session work, case studies, role plays
  • Action-learning will be used to explore, plan and practice the skills participants learn
  • Breakdown of learning methods:
    • 25% lecture, demonstration and instruction
    • 40% small group discussion/activity
    • 35% practice and planning for real world application of the learning

Delivery Format

A front-end context- and level-setting process to identify how the HRBP framework best aligns with your organization

  • This is followed by 5 days of development sessions with a minimum of two weeks between days

Contact Us

Michael Clark
Director, Business Development

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