Unconscious bias – breakfast 29 September  

Victoria Lewis

We receive 11 million bits of information every moment but we can only consciously process 40 bits.  So what’s going on?  This engaging and reflective session is about how our unconscious thoughts translate into unintended outcomes. In our working environment, we need to notice ourselves, the way we view things and the impact that has on our decision making and our behaviour.   The session will look at the way we are “wired”, why it is so difficult to put the theory into good practice, and provides guidance and tools to ensure our unconscious thoughts do not  create preferential treatment for some and missed opportunities for others.  Unconscious bias (or preference) is one of the key obstacles to creating a truly inclusive environment and we all need to actively put interruptions in place to slow down our thinking.  

Managing Within the Law – breakfast 11 October

Richard Thompson

Employees do their best work when they are feeling valued, engaged and stimulated. As a manager, understanding how to get the best out of your people is crucial but not always straightforward. Navigating the complexities of employment law, minimising risk to the organisation whilst maintaining optimum levels of engagement can be tricky.  Managing within the Law is suitable for managers at all levels. It is a lively session which engages the audience to promote discussion and enables the participants to reflect on their communication and management style. Whilst the session is not a lecture on the law, it will ensure managers understand the legal context in which they are operating, provide some best practice guidance and highlight key high risk areas.          

Mental Toughness – lunchtime 9 November

Anna Golowski

This workshop will provide delegates the opportunity to learn about Mental Toughness and how it can improve performance, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace. Mental Toughness can be described as the mindset of people and how they respond to pressure, stress and challenges.  It has a significant impact on performance, positive behaviours and wellbeing in the workplace.  The aims of the session are to:  

  • Gain an understanding of the Mental Toughness model 
  • Find out about the 4 components that make up Mental Toughness 
  • Learn why Mental Toughness is important in business 
  • Learn how Mental Toughness can be applied to an individual, team or organisation 
  • Learn how you can deploy the tool and associated development techniques at work 
  • There will be opportunity for all delegates to complete the Mental Toughness test for themselves and receive a development report, as well as refreshments.  

Change – lunchtime 7 December

Alison Best

Change happens: growth; technological advances; new competition arrives; innovation; diversification; regulation intensifies; shrinkage and streamlining…  How do you maintain employee engagement and productivity levels when your business is going through change?  Why does workplace change often impact on employees in a negative way?  What can you do to avoid people problems and help the team thrive through a challenging period of ambiguity?  We cover:

  • The impact of workplace change on ourselves and others; attitudes and approaches 
  • A leader’s role and responsibilities to the business and to the team 
  • Key insights and practical tools from psychology and neuroscience 
  • ‘Hot’ areas: wellbeing; toxic gossip; low morale; mental health 
  • Practical steps and strategies to minimise risk and maximise  engagement 
  • How to provide support 
  • Core skills for difficult and courageous communication  


All of these sessions will take place at our offices : WeWork, 1 Fore Street, London, EC2Y 5EJ.  These sessions are free of charge and offer a taster of the types of sessions that we run.  Due to limited availability, we can only offer three spaces per organisation, per session.  Contact francesca.hand@byrnedean.com to book your place.