Article summary: After the resounding success of our first Chimp Management course last autumn, we’re hosting a more in-depth programme that will enable you to develop an understanding of your own unique mind and how you can use it to improve your individual and organisational performance.
The programme takes a hybrid approach, consisting of a one-day workshop at PETA’s Portsmouth Training Centre on 11 November, followed by two virtual 60-minute sessions, which will take place on 24 November and 9 December. The programme will be led by our Chimp Management Mentor, Dean Coomer.
This course will provide significant benefits for individuals as well as teams as a whole, as the insights gained into the structure and functioning of the mind will help colleagues to understand each other’s emotions, thinking and behaviours. There is evidence that this often translates into reduced absenteeism, more effective teamwork and leadership and improved productivity.
Chimp Management encompasses how we react to situations and handle the emotions that occur as events unfold. The Chimp model is a simple and recognised model that has resonated with people around the globe and piqued interest in the business world.
The model sees the brain as being divided into three teams: You (The Human), The Chimp and The Computer, and provides a simplified way of understanding how we can utilise these teams to the best of our ability within our individual lives.
‘You’ work with facts and truth to make deductions using logical thinking. ‘The Chimp’ is an independent part of your brain that is not under your control; pulling information together using emotional thinking. ‘The Computer’ acts as a memory and an automatic thinking and acting machine that is programmed to take over if the Chimp or Human is asleep or on autopilot.
The model was created by Professor Steve Peters, a Consultant Psychiatrist who specialises in the functioning of the human mind. His work, past and present, in the field of psychiatry and education includes over 20 years in the NHS and several lecturing and senior management roles within the university sector, amongst many other roles.
This new programme will focus on optimising performance and building resilience. The workshop will cover:
- Gain insight into your own unique mind
- Understand how to develop emotional skills
- Apply emotional skills to managing your behaviours, thinking and emotions
- Appreciate the difference between robustness and resilience
- Put in place the foundations of robustness
- Develop skills for becoming and staying resilient
The workshop will include teaching elements, exercises for group discussion, time for personal reflection and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
The first virtual session, Leadership - it’s all in the mind? will explore the difference between efficient and effective leadership, considering the wants and the needs of team members and understanding the basis and implications of imposter syndrome as a leader.
The second virtual session, Creating High Performance will consider the basis for high performance in individuals and teams, explore the neuroscience behind creating high performance and enable participants to develop ways of turning any team into a high performing team.
PETA Management and Business Training Manager Philip Mirner said: “The Chimp Model is an engaging model that is relevant to people in all roles and sectors. It can help you to manage elements of both your work and personal life effectively, providing a fresh perspective on how to deal with situations to ensure a positive outcome. It’s about adapting your mind to change and learning how to react calmly to improve your own wellbeing as well as that of those around you.
Attendees from last year’s course said:
“This is a really interesting course, easy to follow and comprehend. It was managed superbly and the facilitator was very friendly, engaging and open to challenges and questions throughout.” Leanne
“Dean was a very engaging and knowledgeable presenter. The topic was very interesting and well presented. A very worthwhile and enjoyable day.” Chris
“Very interesting subject matter and thought provoking. It was great to learn more about the topic and it brought the book to life. Great to have an opportunity to discuss thoughts with others in the room. I'd be interested in attending a follow up.” Angie
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