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The Leicester conference 2018

Task Authority Organisation

Saturday 4th August 2018 - Friday 17th August 2018

College Court, University of Leicester, UK

The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations

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Role of Staff
Info & Fees
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This annual Group Relations residential conference, which has been running since 1957, is designed for those who are looking to develop their leadership and managerial capacity to effect change in work groups and organisations and to improve their ability to work with complex and challenging issues.

The Leicester conference provides unique and exciting opportunities for you to learn through experience about group, organisation’s and social dynamics and the exercise of authority and power. How to get the most out of your team, generating goodwill and employee ‘buy-in’ – followership – and understanding and working with your own and your organisation’s resistance to change.
There is now wide recognition that group and systems psychodynamics play a vital part in the success or failure of work projects and organisational change. Likewise, the understanding and management of feelings, tensions and other dynamics in group situations are essential to effective leadership.

Each conference is a temporary organisation consisting of a series of events which are designed to enable the exploration of different work experiences and behaviour. So, there are no presenters as such; instead the conference staff offer working hypotheses based on their experiences and understanding of what is happening in the ‘here and now’ during the various events.

The next Leicester conference invites you to find out about the different boundaries with which we engage in our daily professional encounters, including the boundary relationship between mind and body, yourself and your colleagues, colleagues and the environment, the creative potential within these relationships and your capacity to transform organisational life into a meaningful experience of citizenship in this world.

Please get in touch to find out about the various discounts we offer.

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Conference Aims and Primary Task

To study the exercise of authority in the taking up of roles through the interpersonal, inter-group and institutional relations that develop within the conference as an organisation in its context.

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Group Relations conferences are educational events which are based on learning through experience – the design for these has been developed by pioneers from the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) for over 60 years.

We believe that strategic and structural dynamics of organisations can be studied and understood and the knowledge acquired and applied by working through the conscious and unconscious dynamics of leadership and management in organisations. We believe that our conference promotes the integration of intellectual capacity and emotional intelligence so producing leaders who have creative visionary potential, enabling them to work more effectively at helping their employees and themselves to adapt to and take on future roles.

Alumni of the Leicester Conference have said

“ In our two weeks of intense proximity, I saw patterns of interactions playing out that echoed with what I have seen happen over weeks and months in the working world.”
Andrew Jones, Executive Coach, Accadence, Singapore

“ For me, [the conference] surfaced some very profound identity-related issues that impact the way that I engage my work roles... As a ‘professional educator’ I will mull over the role and treatment of ‘fun’ in learning for the rest of my life.”
Dr Leighton Jay, Human Services Consultant, Sotica, Australia

“ I found the conference a very powerful experience that has affected me both at home and at work. At work it has led me to being much more aware and vigilant in picking up on things I do and what is happening around me and of my role in groups.“
Dr Angela Devon, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS, UK

“ I am living in the impact of the Leicester conference on daily basis, yet it has immersed into me, and become more subtle and deeper part of me, to such a degree... I joined a CEO program in Shanghai with CEIBs business school as the coach/facilitator there...”
Qi Zhang, Owner, Bridge & Enrich, The Netherlands

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This conference is for leaders, managers, educators, researchers, consultants, clergy, activists, clinicians, administrators, decision-makers, entrepreneurs, service providers, professional and technical workers, academics.

From the worlds of business, government and local authorities, the arts, consultancy, law, media, emergency services, armed forces, education, finance, politics, NGOs; health services and social care, justice, religious orders, lobby groups, agenda-based activisms, associations, trade unions and environmental organisations.

Any change agent who wishes to better understand how their organisation functions, how they can deepen their understanding of what makes effective and sustainable change and how a local initiative impacts and is impacted by the broader context.

Participants come from all sectors, levels, career stages and backgrounds and from all over the world - up to 2/3 of participants are non-UK based.

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Role of Staff

Staff are informed by their own experiences of the events and work to the primary task of the event and the conference overall. They will offer working hypotheses based on their understanding of what is happening. Conference staff are not observers of the process but are actively involved in it.

They will be examining, interpreting, reflecting and making sense of their own as well as of members’ experiences, including those which are hidden and sometimes unconscious. Conference staff will be as explicit as possible about their task and roles throughout the conference. The ways in which they take up their roles are always open to examination. They work together as collective management to hold and maintain the boundaries of the conference institution.

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Conference Director
Leslie Brissett  JP, PhD
Group Relations Programme Director, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations; Magistrate, FE Governor; ISAAC member, BPC; UK

Associate Conference Director:
Kathleen Pogue White  PhD
Psychoanalyst / Leadership Development Consultant; Founding Member, William Alanson White Institute Organization Program; USA

Director of the Deepening Learning Group
Susan Long  PhD
Director, Research and Scholarship, NIODA; Organisational Consultant; Visiting Professor, INSEAD; member, GRA, Australia

Conference Administrator and Director of Communications and Resources:
Megan Davies  
Operations Manager, The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR), UK

Consultants will be drawn from the following
Lord Victor Olufemi Adebowale  CBE, MA
CEO, Turning Point; Director, Leadership in Mind; Chancellor, Lincoln University; Chair, Collaborate; UK

Milda Autukaité  MSc
HR Director Swedbank, OD Consultant, Member, Lithuanian Group Relations Society; Lithuania

Daphna Bahat  MA
Clinical Psychologist; Organisational Consultant; Leads dance workshops; Member, OPUS; Chairwoman, OF EK; Israel

Maxine Dennis   MSc, TQAP, M.Inst.Psychoanal.
Psychoanalyst; Psychotherapist; Clinical Psychologist; Organisational Consultant; UK

Fabio D’Apice  
Executive Director of ISPSO; Organisational Consultant; Director of Centro Coaching, UK & Gibraltar

Saliem Khliefi  BA
Social Worker; Organizational Consultant; Group Therapist; Member, OF EK; Israel

Anuradha Prasad  PhD
Human Process and Institutional Development Consultant and Coach; Trustee, Group Relations India

Shankarnarayan Srinath  BSc, MBBS,MRCPsych
Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy & Organisational Consultant, Cambridge; Visiting Lecturer, Tavistock Clinic; UK

Nadine Tchelebi   PhD
Lecturer, Bristol Business School; Editor, Organisational &
Social Dynamics; Senior Consultant, In Stability; Germany

Jan Willemoes  MSc (Psych), MSc (Business Strategy & Leadership)
Independent Business Psychologist; member of ISPSO and OPUS; Faroe Islands

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Info and Fees

£5,200 for the Working conference
£5,950 for the Deepening Learning Group

The fee includes all accommodation and meals

DATES: 4 - 17 August 2018

PLACE: College Court, University of Leicester

MID-CONFERENCE BREAK: from 4.45pm on Thursday, 9 August to 10.30am on Saturday, 11 August

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Reduced Fees

£700 discount before 5 March 2018
£500 discount before 28 May 2018

are available for joint applicants from the same organisation:
£250 each for 2 people
£400 each for 3+ people

£500 discount if you have attended one of our courses/programmes in the last 10 years (P3C, Coaching, Supervision, Dynamics @ Board-Level)

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BURSARIES: Partial bursaries to help you on your way, for those unable to obtain sponsorship from their organisation, are available on request - please ask for details

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For a brochure, more information about Group Relations or if you'd like an application form, please contact:

Rachel Kelly
Pre-conference Administrator

T: +44 7904 549 989

Applications: All applications for the reservation of a place at the conference should be accompanied by the booking fee of £700. Acceptance to the conference is not automatic and places are limited.

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Web Sites

Tavistock Institute:
The Leicester conference:
College Court:

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