Part of a regular series of regular Breakfast Brefings for the Legal Services Market, run in conjunction with Clydesdale Bank.
How to stay sane in practice
The world of psychotherapy has much to teach business. If we are to succeed in demanding senior roles, we have to understand and accept ourselves, relate effectively to others and stay on the tracks. Building on research into what personal characteristics distinguish the most resilient senior legal professionals, Chris Welford – an executive coach and psychotherapist who practices his trade in the corporate world - will explore the structure of personality and the factors that are most predictive of success; the origins of our drivers and derailers; how we get bent out of shape by stress and pressure; and how we can maintain the best emotional health.
Chris Welford is a director at Sixth Sense Consulting.
People are a source of continual source of fascination to me – their motives, their drive, how they think and how they behave. This has been true for as long as I can remember! Whether we are alone, in a family or team, as a part of a large organisation or as citizens of a state, I wonder what makes us all tick; what lies beneath who we appear to be on the surface and what governs the way we act.
Over many years, working in HR, as a management consultant, a business psychologist, coach and registered psychotherapist, I have built up a picture of what seems to matter time and time again: what makes those who are exceptional truly different; how corporate culture excites and motivates us and how it sometimes turns us off and how extraordinary leaders do their jobs. Sometimes it feels to me like I am on a lifelong quest to understand the complexities of human nature. Maybe that in itself is a good thing? My career has taken me all over the world and I have been lucky enough to have worked with hundreds of senior managers as an assessor, coach and team facilitator.
I’m trusted by leading organisations to offer insight, advice and support and my clients tell me this is always delivered in a warm, inclusive and engaging way. This year, I’m working on a book: ”Staying OK in Business” and you can read more of my thoughts in Coaching at Work, HR Magazine, HR Review, Personnel Today, Management-Issues.com and Edge magazine.
Date: Wednesday, 1st October 2014
Time: 8.00am - 9.30am