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Leeds businesses' chance to see how behavioural psychology can benefit them

Leeds businesses are being offered a unique chance to delve into the world of behavioural psychology and how it impacts meetings, interactions and outcomes during their working day.

As part of Leeds Business Week, behavioural psychology specialists ‘The Meeting Pot’ are offering a session aimed at CEOs and directors who want to develop their workforce’s thinking.

Jonathan Gardner and John Tattersall are the brains behind The Meeting Pot, an organisation that puts communication and thinking at the centre of business processes.

They’ve taken their combined years experience in financial services, and the communication dysfunctions they encountered during that time, and set about educating businesses on the right and wrong way to go about it.

Jonathan says: “We’ve witnessed first hand the kind of malaises that impact organisations, from a leadership perspective. We aim to help leaders to prevent and combat those situations.

John adds: “We’re really interested in businesses that think of themselves as a thinking and learning organisation. If you look back over the past 20-30 years a lot of businesses have been run under a kind of ‘command and control’ regime. That doesn’t help any of individuals that make up that organisation.

“We tend to see businesses that aren’t getting the results they want. Often the reason for this is because the individuals are not growing and learning day-to-day, they’re just undertaking processes.”

At the centre of the pair’s ethos is decision making, and the fine tuning of communication in the decision making process.

Jonathan draws on the Government’s ‘Nudge Unit’ as an example, the behavioural insights team that applies behavioural science to public policy making.

He says the success of this unit reflects the potency of behavioural knowledge in influencing decision making. At their event on Thursday September 26 at the Weetwood Hall Hotel, the pair will provide businesses within an insight into the subtle processes at play when they make decisions.

Jonathan adds: “It’s about how your brain works in meetings. Sometimes it tries to work very quickly and intuitively, when perhaps a more reasoned and analytical approach is required. We really think it will turn on a lot of lights for people in the room.”

The Meeting Pot’s session takes place at Leeds’ Weetwood Hall Hotel at 7pm and runs until 8.30pm. For more information visit the event page here.

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