Talks from The School of Life for Business
Our Talks provide a wise, thoughtful and entertaining perspective on some of the largest and thorniest questions employees and organisations face in today’s world: from dealing with emotional problems at work; to the keys to effective collaboration; to techniques to help us better understand our own minds. Delivered by experts from The School of Life faculty, they’re a brief but thoughtful introduction to some ground-breaking ideas for a larger audience. Talks are available for groups of up to 300 people, and they can be delivered virtually or in-person. Larger groups can be accommodated but will incur an additional fee.
1. Emotional Intelligence at Work
In today’s workplace, our success is dependent on our capacity for emotional intelligence: it’s what enables us to confront with patience, insight and imagination the problems we face in our relationship with ourselves and our colleagues. In this talk, we’ll explore the meaning and benefits of emotional intelligence and ways of developing the key emotional skills required to prosper at work and in life.
We’ll then consider the psychological dynamics of the workplace – how unbridled emotions and neuroses determine our behaviour – and how we can use emotional intelligence to negotiate these with patience and skill, becoming more mature, serene and fulfilled people in the process.
2. The Importance of Collaboration
Though our society tends to glorify lone creators, it is only by collaboration that we achieve the most important accomplishments. Only in the last century or two (as work has become more intellectual and psychological and economies have massively scaled up) has complex collaboration become an ordinary part of working life. But now that it is so common, it’s often the single biggest factor determining whether a project, team, or organisation is a success. In this talk, we will learn about the remarkable benefits of collaboration, consider what collaboration really is (and isn't), and discuss examples of collaboration in history, politics and business. We will consider ways that we can combine our strengths with those of others and practice communicating more clearly and disagreeing more constructively in order to further collaboration.
3. Agility in Times of Change
The modern world of work has come to be defined by change and technological innovation. At a time when businesses have to move quickly to keep up, agility has become a core skill, one which helps every organisation to navigate the shifting demands of their industry. In this talk, we will learn about the obstacles which leave us feeling as if agility and flexibility are too daunting or impossible. We will also discuss different pathways to fostering a more agile and adaptive culture within your workplace, and consider the role that nostalgia and anticipation have to play in shaping our expectations for the future.
4. Diversity and Belonging
Diversity has become something of a buzzword for modern businesses, but the importance of creating a diverse and inclusive culture runs further than surface-level adjustments. Thinking through the wider meaning of diversity has the potential to reinvigorate your entire organisation. In this talk, we will discuss the importance of Deep-Level Diversity (which includes such things as education, values and neurotypicality) as well as the role that various psychological factors play in shaping our relationships and experience of work. Some discussions will employ anonymity to allow a free expression of different perspectives.