Virtual Talks from The School of Life for Business
Our Virtual 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 thorough introduction to some groundbreaking ideas for a larger audience.
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. Finding Inspiration in the Everyday
Inspiration is that rare quality which we often idolise, but struggle to define. Without it, a business can grow stale and fall behind to competitors; yet, more often than not, we feel at a loss for how to exercise our imaginations and enjoy the fruits of creative thinking. In this talk, we will examine some of the unhelpful ideas that have characterised inspiration as a privileged experience, exploring an alternate view of creativity as something much simpler and more attainable. We will also consider how our everyday experiences shape our moments of imagination and look at ways of using our personal history to develop fresh ideas.
4. Agility in Times of Change
The modern workplace 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.