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This blog is a place to share the learning opportunities through Going Beyond, our Communities of Practice education programme.  You can request to join a Community of Practice here: www.tssa.org.uk/goingbeyond

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  • Producing Results – what can you expect to see experience

    Author: Andrew HollingsworthPosted: 20 July 2020

    Building on from our introductory video, this blog is written to give you a bit more detail about what you can expect for the first 4 sessions. Click Read More to expand

    Here are a set of areas that we will explore over the series: -

    ·       Review how workplace cultures effect the production of results and people development.

    ·       Exploration of how leadership and management styles get results and how those styles affect people and whether they’re appropriate

    ·       Understand how our perception shapes our reality’ and the effects it has on our interactions

    ·       Discuss how the management of performance impacts results

    ·       Analyse how using an emotionally intelligent, inclusive leadership approach enables us to deliver sustainable results

     

    Later this week we will be releasing 2 videos from guest speakers that have had experience working in environments that are very much about producing results; a former head Chef who has working in a range of challenging and demanding environments and a former performance coach in the world of football who has worked with Premier League players. Both of them will give you a brief insight into what their world’s were like and then later in the month, you will get the opportunity to join them live to ask them questions and explore how results were produced and the impact that had on them, the teams and the environment around them.

    Following on from this, we will explore and discuss a range of different leadership and management approaches to understand the impact that they have on producing results on the individual, team and culture, for example: - the challenge of getting the task done, whilst developing the individual and getting the best from them as well as building a high performing team – no mean feat!!

    We will also look at some of the research from the Harvard Business Review and see how the area of performance review and appraisal systems has been undergoing, somewhat, of a revolution over the past few years and what organisations are doing now to create an approach that gets the best from their people.

    Finally, we will hone in on what an inclusive, emotionally intelligence leader looks and sounds like and how they get the best results from their people through understanding their personality and strengths through a person-centred approach.

    These 4 sessions will act as the catalyst for what is sure to be an insightful, thought-provoking series.

     Look forward to seeing you on it and check out the website/social media for dates

    If you havent signed for this series of events you can do so here .

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  • Unconscious Bias Blog - Archetypes

    Author: Andrew HollingsworthPosted: 16 June 2020

    In my last blog I introduced you to Jung’s Archetypes and in this blog, I wanted to explore a specific archetype to see if there could be some of the UB patterns hidden within it and to explore whether there are some deeper underlying reasons for the UB’s. Click read more to carry on reading 

    The Rebel/Destroyer Archetype has a terrifying name that can easily be misunderstood based on the biases that spring to mind but there is a lot more to this ancient pattern than the label suggests!

    The Rebel/Destroyer is a paradoxical aspect of our psyche and as with all extremes can produce extreme results and outcomes. The goal of the Rebel/Destroyer is metamorphosis - not just change... It is driving by the need to revolutionise and transform things that are either not functioning properly or not the way they think it should. A positive outcome to this can be the ability to ‘weed the garden’ - when done appropriately, creating amazing opportunities for growth and innovation. The Rebel/Destroyers ability to troubleshoot and game-change is a powerful tool in the hands of a balanced Rebel/Destroyer.

    By contrast, when our Rebel/Destroyer isn’t in balance it can produce destructive behaviours in self and others. Radical views and repressed anger can lead them to break the rules and ruthlessly pursue their interests labelling those who don’t share their drive as weak and useless.

    If, as Jung suggests, we all have this Archetype within us operating either unconsciously or (now) more consciously, how could this form some of our UB?

    The pioneering French Psychologist Pierre Janet, regarding as one of the founding fathers of modern psychology, suggested that ‘there is a certain weakness of consciousness which is unable to hold all the psyche processes together’ – in other words the unconscious is in conflict with our conscious and as a result doesn’t necessarily harmonise in a balanced way.

    Maybe this is a driver for UB, those unconscious elements being driven by our Archetypes struggle to actualise as a result of the conflict? Maybe the Rebel/Destroyers need to bring revolutionary change is misunderstood and regarded as reckless and conflictual by conscious self or others?

    Maybe through this inner conflict our UB can be explored, harmonised and rectified in a balanced way?

    Another avenue to consider is Jung’s view on the ‘the Shadow’; our Shadow representing the supressed, hidden aspects of the psyche that we don’t appreciate. Many times, our UB will be expressed and projected onto other people via the activities of the Shadow.

    How often do we hear someone (normally ourselves if we’re honest) talking about a character trait or behaviour that we don’t like in someone else?

    “They’re selfish, they’re stingy, they’re liars...” etc etc. which is then normally followed by the expression “I can’t stand people like that...” Ouch...

    I would suggest in a significant amount of cases, the person projecting from the Shadow isn’t even aware it’s their Shadow and with little or no awareness of where this trait or behaviour is coming from.

    In the cases of those who probably do have a good idea, what they’re really saying is something along the lines of “I don’t like that trait in me but rather than face into it and deal with it, I’ll blame other people”

    I’ve shared with you one of the twelve core Archetypes which Jung regarded as personality complexes within themselves and how the struggle between the conscious and unconscious can result in traits and behaviours that we struggle to deal with.

    Maybe the quest to understand UB will unfold the more we explore and face into them with openness, honesty, patience and a lot of humility!

     Andy Hollingsworth

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  • More on Archetypes and Unconscious Bias

    Author: Andrew HollingsworthPosted: 04 June 2020

    In my last blog I introduced you to Jung’s Archetypes and in this blog, I wanted to explore a specific archetype to see if there could be some of the Unconscious Bias (UB) patterns hidden within it and to explore whether there are some deeper underlying reasons for the UB’s. The Rebel/Destroyer Archetype has a terrifying name that can easily be misunderstood based on the biases that spring to mind but there is a lot more to this ancient pattern than the label suggests! Read on to explore further...

    The Rebel/Destroyer is a paradoxical aspect of our psyche and as with all extremes can produce extreme results and outcomes. The goal of the Rebel/Destroyer is metamorphosis - not just change... It is driving by the need to revolutionise and transform things that are either not functioning properly or not the way they think it should. A positive outcome to this can be the ability to ‘weed the garden’ - when done appropriately, this creates amazing opportunities for growth and innovation. The Rebel/Destroyers ability to troubleshoot and game-change is a powerful tool in the hands of a balanced Rebel/Destroyer.

    By contrast, when our Rebel/Destroyer isn’t in balance it can produce destructive behaviours in self and others. Radical views and repressed anger can lead them to break the rules and ruthlessly pursue their interests labelling those who don’t share their drive as weak and useless. If, as Jung suggests, we all have this Archetype within us operating either unconsciously or (now) more consciously, how could this form some of our UB?

    The pioneering French Psychologist Pierre Janet, regarding as one of the founding fathers of modern psychology, suggested that ‘there is a certain weakness of consciousness which is unable to hold all the psyche processes together’ – in other words the unconscious is in conflict with our conscious and as a result doesn’t necessarily harmonise in a balanced way.
    Maybe this is a driver for UB, those unconscious elements being driven by our Archetypes struggle to actualise as a result of the conflict? Maybe the Rebel/Destroyers need to bring revolutionary change is misunderstood and regarded as reckless and conflictual by conscious self or others? Maybe through this inner conflict our UB can be explored, harmonised and rectified in a balanced way?

    Another avenue to consider is Jung’s view on the ‘the Shadow’; our Shadow representing the supressed, hidden aspects of the psyche that we don’t appreciate. Many times, our UB will be expressed and projected onto other people via the activities of the Shadow. How often do we hear someone (normally ourselves if we’re honest) talking about a character trait or behaviour that we don’t like in someone else? “They’re selfish, they’re stingy, they’re liars...” etc etc. which is then normally followed by the expression “I can’t stand people like that...” Ouch...

    I would suggest in a significant amount of cases, the person projecting from the Shadow isn’t even aware it’s their Shadow and with little or no awareness of where this trait or behaviour is coming from. In the cases of those who probably do have a good idea, what they’re really saying is something along the lines of “I don’t like that trait in me but rather than face into it and deal with it, I’ll blame other people”

    I’ve shared with you one of the twelve core Archetypes which Jung regarded as personality complexes within themselves and how the struggle between the conscious and unconscious can result in traits and behaviours that we struggle to deal with. Maybe the quest to understand UB will unfold the more we explore and face into them with openness, honesty, patience and a lot of humility!

    Andy Hollingsworth

     

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  • Unconscious Bias - where does it come from?

    Author: Andrew HollingsworthPosted: 27 May 2020

    Andy Hollingsworth PicHow long has Unconscious Bias (UB) been around I ask myself? Probably as long as humans have? There are systems of understanding ‘people’ that date back several thousands of years so it’s nothing new. At the same time, I ask myself the ‘nature Vs nurture’ question and how much of it is contributes to your unconscious bias (UB)? I’m sure the majority of people would suggest that it’s more biased towards nurture (there’s a nice bit of generalisation for you - see we can’t help it - lol). By the way, I wouldn’t dispute the profound impact that nurture has on UB however I’d also like to explore a concept that could shed some light on the nature argument. Keep reading to find out more...

    About 8-9yrs ago I started working on designing and developing a type of personality/psychometric tool called Archeotype© that would be a little bit different to what was already on the market. There is an abundance of these sorts of instruments that assess all types of people-orientated elements but I had reached a point (and so had many other people) where I was questioning the inadvertent outcome of being ‘put in a box’ as a result of the findings. (I must add, by the way, I’m a huge fan of these instruments, I use them a lot in my role as a consultant/coach) but nevertheless, main times, they become ‘self-fulfilling prophecies’.

    As human beings, we operate a lot by ‘rule of thumb’ as opposed to purely, objective information – just think about ‘impulse buys’... many are designed to play to our UB. Although these instruments often give quality, objective information, I was noticing that people were still ‘putting people in boxes’ – I would often hear comments like: - ‘Yes they are a typical extrovert, always taking over the conversation’ or ‘Look at them playing to type just as their report says’ and other methods of categorisation equally as limiting. It’s almost as if the results that were meant to liberate your self-awareness and help you grow were having the opposite effect! My quest was to see if we could be more holistic and inclusive of the person and to recognise that they are far more complex that any report or instrument could define. I also understand that the moment you start any type of categorisation or comparison, you have started the ‘reductionist’ process but I guess it’s about how far you go before you lose the essence of the person; constant reduction to the common denominator doesn’t always give you the richest answer.

    The last 6yrs yielded the creation of a holistic-person tool called Archeotype© which uses Jung’s work on Archetypes and with this I designed a broader, deeper and experiential look into people.

    What became of particular interest on my journey was the concept of an Archetype - meaning an ‘ancient pattern’. Jung suggested that these were templates ‘...exist in our minds before conscious thoughts and shape our perception of our realities and experiences’ (The Psychology Book, 2012) and ‘much of what we generally attribute to deliberate, reasoned conscious thinking is being guided by Archetypes’ (ibid).

    With this in mind, it started to shape my perception of nature Vs nurture in a different way. Maybe some of our UB is a result of something totally unconscious to us? Maybe, the things we think and feel are being driven by ancient patterns totally beyond our control? Maybe these Archetypes are acting as templates with pre-set biases? If this is the case, as Jung suggested, then it creates a strong argument for nature as our baseline along with our UB’s and nurture acting as a function to either confirm or deny them?

    Regardless of how much our UB is ‘pre-programmed’, we know from the world of neuroscience that our brains have immense amounts of ‘plasticity’ and can be ‘re-programmed’ to change values, beliefs, behaviours, attitudes and skills – including our UB. Ultimately, there are very few excuses for not making changes to unwanted biases however the first step is to be aware of them and their source and then start the journey of reviewing and amending them as necessary.
    In my next blog we’ll take a look at one of the archetypes in more detail to explore how UB’s could be formed and what we can do to address them.
    If you would like to find out more about Archetypes and Archeotype watch out for my next blog post.

     

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