A SEMINAR FROM THE LEADERSHIP and PSYCHOANALYSIS, 'WHAT'S IT GOT TO DO WITH IT' SERIES

"Gabriella’s seminars have provided me with the necessary depth to go beyond the surface where in my belief the real work in organisations needs to be done. Gabriella is very ...
International Director of Learning and Talent, Global Retailer

"As an experienced organisational development and learning practitioner with over 17 years’ experience, Gabriella’s seminars have provided me with the necessary depth to go beyond the surface where in my belief the real work in organisations needs to be done. Gabriella is very skilled at handling often complex themes, vital for effective functioning, in a way that is so accessible, relevant and understandable. I have been fascinated, intrigued and had my eyes and heart opened to such rich new data and understanding and it has sparked many different conversations and observations between myself and my boss, leaders in my organisation, peers in my external network and even suppliers. I have recommended Gabriella’s sessions to many practitioners."
International Director of Learning and Talent, Global Retailer

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"Despite over 20 years’ experience as a public sector senior manager, with a Cranfield University MBA, I found each of the seminars inspiring, not only because it was beneficial to ...

"When it was initially suggested to me that I might like to attend a series of seminars on Leadership and Psychoanalysis, I have to admit that I struggled to see the link (or indeed the benefit to be derived, for both myself and The British Library as my employer, by my attendance at such sessions). However, after reading a brief synopsis of the first seminar, I was intrigued; furthermore, after attending the initial session, I booked on all the remaining seminars.

Despite over 20 years’ experience as a public sector senior manager, with a Cranfield University MBA, I found each of the seminars inspiring, not only because it was beneficial to hear from leaders in other organisations, in a ‘safe’ and confidential environment, but also because each session provided a fresh insight into different styles of leadership, together with an understanding of potential responses to a given approach from staff/colleagues – all seen through a ‘psychoanalytical lens’. Each session was led by Gabriella Braun, who conveyed the theory of psychoanalysis in an extremely accessible and engaging manner, thereby enabling me to consider attitudes and behaviours (both my own and those of my colleagues) from a different perspective. Subsequently, I have been able to use this learning to better understand the underlying nature of human emotions – their basis, the implications for leaders and how best they can be harnessed to improve employee engagement, performance and throughput. Although, in the past, I may have (subconsciously) dealt with a given leadership conundrum ‘correctly’, the fact that I am now the proud owner of an improved psychoanalysis-based toolkit will significantly enhance my future decisions.

As such, I consider Gabriella’s approach – using anonymised case studies, together with her extensive consulting experience and knowledge of psychoanalytical techniques - to be a unique leadership development offering."

Robert Smith, Head of Digital Operations Business Change, The British Library

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Being physically present and available is one thing, but what about leaders’ emotional presence – the capacity to be connected psychologically with yourself and others? Without it leaders can lose their way - with their staff and stakeholders, decision-making, the complexity of what they have to deal with. And that leads to stress and burn out. With it, leaders can keep hold of who they are and know their own mind without either being dogmatic or pulled and pushed by everyone around them. They can have quality relationships, authority and provide a developmental environment for their staff. But what is this invisible and sometimes elusive quality? It starts, Gabriella Braun suggests, with authenticity which is at the heart of psychoanalysis. We begin learning who we are as babies by being, as the psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott said, “alone in the presence of someone.” If that someone (our parents), allows and understands our spontaneous gestures and expressions, we can trust ourselves and develop our sense of self – our “True Self” as Winnicott said. We can also differentiate who we are from who someone else is. The sense of self is the starting place from which we can also develop our capacity to be psychologically connected and present to others.


Taking a fresh look at leadership, this seminar will explore the key qualities arising from presence:

  • Being present to yourself: the capacity to be psychologically connected to yourself is not easy; we all have defences that keep very difficult aspects of ourselves out of sight. But being connected to yourself is key to being decisive, safe, having authority, using your resources (including emotional intelligence), recognising your limits and tolerating the loneliness of leadership.
  • Being present to others: this is about being in genuine emotional contact and receptive to others. It is vital to generating trust, empathy and the quality of relationships so important to leadership.
  • Containment: this concept comes from what the psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion called ‘maternal reverie’: the state of mind in which a mother absorbs and understands her baby’s anxiety, and responds in a way that enables the baby to cope with their feelings. In organisations an essential aspect of leadership is to provide containment and protection from too much anxiety and stress, in order to support individual and organisational development, resilience and performance.

Gabriella Braun is among the top specialists in the country using psychoanalysis in her work with organisations. She specialises in leadership development, team dynamics, conflict resolution and mediation, organisational change and culture. She will illustrate the links between leadership and presence with examples from her work with a variety of leaders and sectors. After a presentation, we will think together about the implications for organisations today. You will have the chance to gain new perspectives and ideas to take forward in your own organisation.


Now Booking:
This seminar was held on 15th January. Get in touch if you're interested in doing it in-house., 15:30-18:30pm
The Body Shop International plc
Global Head Office, New City Court
20 St Thomas Street
London SE1 9RG

Fees:
The Arts and individuals: £75.00 per seminar
Charities and public sector: £85.00 per seminar
Corporate/Private sector: £125.00 per seminar

20% discount for 8 places for one organisation (the places need to be paid for upfront and can be used however you want, e.g. for one person to come to 8 seminars; 2 people to come to 4 seminars each; 8 people to come to 1 seminar each).


The other seminars in the series are:


For further information please contact Gabriella: 020 8365 3115
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Some more comments about the seminars from participants:

"The seminar on Bonding was fascinating. A complex topic, vital for effective functioning to understand it better."
International Director for Learning and Talent, Global company

"It was very thought provoking. The mixture of theory and case studies was really useful."
Dani Salvadori, Director of Innovation, Business and External Relations, Central Saint Martins

"The seminar on Love done as an in-house workshop for SLT was challenging and very positive. It’s given us some very helpful next steps as well as food for thought. Thank you."
Evelyn Davies, Headteacher, Coldfall Primary School.

"The seminar met and exceeded my expectations, some deep lying, thought-provoking content. It was positive and challenging."

"What was most useful about the seminar was the crispness and clarity of applying psychoanalytic concepts to leadership and the use of the Oedipus story. The vignettes were really helpful. This was a very gentle, insightful and enjoyable seminar and packed with information delivered in a very ‘un-training-like’ way. It felt like a fascinating dinner party without any food!"
"Really thought-provoking and interesting."
"Clearly a wealth of knowledge, experience and skill evident in the course leader."
"I am a true sceptic especially nervous around smaller groups, when you feel you will be under the spotlight but Gabriella put us all at ease and encouraged safe conversation. It was extremely thought-provoking and well thought through."
"I'd recommend this to others."

Gabriella Braun talks about how Working Well works with leaders

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Client's experience of Gabriella's work with leaders

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