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Webinar - Where Did You Learn to Behave Like That? NEW

08 Oct Sarah Hill
Event information
Date 8 October 2024
Time 10:00-12:00 (Timezone: Europe/London)
Price Exclusive to members of The Henley Partnership *Up to 50 Places*
Venue Online
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Often, we don’t have any real clue about the impact that formative experiences from childhood and adolescence have on us and others. They are hidden in the shadows of our past and, generally, we don’t even give them a passing thought. There is a deep subconscious force that seems to propel us forwards, even if it leads to dysfunctional involuntary behaviour arising out of experiences buried in the past. This can happen to us without warning and often transpires at the most inappropriate of times.

In this session, we invite you to look behind or beneath the behaviours you manifest in your leadership when you are under pressure in order for you to develop your awareness, understanding, and command of your more negative behavioural tendencies. We all know that in the absence of reflection, leaders can easily create mayhem, especially when the stakes are high.

Learning outcomes

This session will help you to:

  • Recognise what’s happening, behaviourally, in you and others and in relation to high-stakes reactivity and the potential dysfunctional impact these behaviours can have (on self and others), plus how this all links to childhood story.
  • Identify what steps you can take to draw out and work effectively with a childhood story so that you have the highest level of command of ‘self’, even when you are under extreme pressure.
  • Recognise how old internal narratives develop out of the childhood story and the ways in which these wreak havoc and cause harm to ‘self’ and others if you don’t do the necessary work to change them.
  • Know and understand the place and purpose of being able to author new internal narratives for the benefit of ‘self’ and the people you are leading.

Who this is for

  • Leaders who interact with complex stakeholder groups and need to stay in charge of their emotions in interactions.
  • Leaders who recognise that they sometimes react instinctively in ways which are not helpful to themselves or their team.
  • Leaders who wish to be the authors and directors of their career.

Dr Sarah Hill and Tony Melville

Sarah Hill

Dr Sarah Hill and Tony Melville are co-owners of Dialogix and are based in the UK but work globally. They are dialogue facilitators and behavioural dynamics interventionists. The focus of their work is on tackling some of the toughest and most demanding behavioural challenges. They have also led the design and development of training in this field, which is accredited by the International Coaching Federation.

Working globally, Sarah is an internationally recognised expert in childhood story work with leaders, providing a way for them to do deeper work on the ‘self’. She has published Where Did You Learn to Behave Like That? and Dare to… and is also co-author of The Tao of Dialogue. She has taught at the Saïd Business School, Henley Business School, Harvard Business School and Hult Ashridge.

Tony Melville

Tony has experience as a hostage negotiator, where he first became interested in effective communication in crisis. He has led large organisations through the most challenging circumstances strategically and operationally. He is recognised for his integrity, humanity and equality, which he brings together with his experience of leading systemic organisational change to support all those he works with. He is also an expert in childhood story work, helping executive teams as part of behavioural intervention and team development.

*Up to 50 places per member organisation. 'Up to' indicates the maximum number per member organisation. All places are subject to availability at the time of booking.*

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