Emotions can sometimes blur our vision. To make good decisions and work well with others, we need to be able to separate the way we feel about the world from the way it actually is.
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More About the Workshop
In this two-hour session, we will:
• Learn about the different errors and biases to which our minds are prone, and how to correct for these.
• Consider the ways in which we might judge ideas too much by their source and too little on their independent merit.
• Practise the art of detachment from our own experiences and interests, in order to consider things from a wider, more universal point of view.
• Learn strategies for making decisions that will serve us well in the long term.
What characterises mastery of this skill?
Employees demonstrate objectivity by detaching and reflecting on their impulses and seeking the perspective of others. They can fully explain their decisions and keep an open mind about how biases can affect them. Objective employees may also have clear boundaries and ‘ground rules’ that help them avoid biases altogether.
What characterises a lack of this skill?
Those with a lack of objectivity tend to make spontaneous and impulsive decisions based on biased perceptions. They might feel regret about previous actions and choices, or else vehemently defend decisions that had negative consequences. Questioning their decisions may lead to defensiveness rather than fruitful discussion.
“The horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind … are of any value or at all trustworthy.” — Charles Darwin
‘This has been my second class and both have been excellent!’
‘It helped me to consider the reasons behind unreasonable feelings & perceptions’
‘It showed me the importance of slowing down to think about things carefully’
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Frequently Asked Questions
Our specialist faculty has been selected not just on their professional and academic expertise, but also on their ability to engage audiences with their dynamism, charisma and warmth. You can see their profiles on our faculty page.
Each participant will receive exercises and supplementary reading to embed the learning before and after the workshop. In addition, an extensive and printable workbook will be provided for use during the session itself, and as a reference document afterwards.
We generally do not allow filming of any of our live events, as our workshops are a safe space and this would likely inhibit the feeling of safety and privacy required by attendees in order to participate fully. Our goal is always to create the very best experience for our participants, and for that we try to preserve the closed nature of the sessions.
Due to the nature of the material covered in our Workshops, we find that smaller group sizes help everyone to feel relaxed and get the most out of participating, so we have a maximum group size of 30 participants per workshop. If you are looking to engage a large number of people at once, our Talks can be delivered to audiences of any size; and as such they act as a great introduction to The School of Life for Business.
Yes. However, because certain Workshops, Talks and Conversations complement one another and work well in tandem, we often recommend booking them as part of longer programmes, according to your team or organisation’s needs.
These Workshops are designed for corporate training – where an organisation books private sessions for their internal teams, delivered at a time of their choosing.
Business Workshops are occasionally scheduled as public events where individual tickets can be purchased. To see what’s coming up, click here