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Introducing the South West Hub in... Bristol!


Wednesday 25th January 2012

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Toto's Wine Bar, 125 Redcliff Street, Bristol, BS1 6HU

Cost: FREE

jo_maddocks.jpg Following lots of positive member feedback about the idea of creating local hubs across the South West we are delighted to confirm we are trying to create hubs in Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and Truro. We are piloting the idea in Bristol and will be looking to roll this out to other hubs in early 2012.

We are planning to use the popular ‘Psychology in the Pub’ format consisting of a short talk from a guest speaker/s, followed by an opportunity to network with other local Psychologists. It would be great if you could join us for free drinks, guest speakers and informal networking with other local Psychologists and committee members.

If you have any queries please call Gemma on 07857 905 658 or Clare on 07946 494 255.

Topic: Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Speaker: Jo Maddocks, Founder and Product Director of JCA Occupational Psychologists.

Event review by Melissa Parry

The British Psychological Society’s South West Committee were very proud to lead the first ‘Psychology in the Pub’ in Bristol with an inspiring and very thought provoking talk from Jo Maddox. Jo delivered an excellent, interactive session exploring some of the ways Emotional Intelligence impacts on many aspects of people’s lives, particularly in the workplace.

During the session Jo included a combination of research on which his work is based, the reasons for the development of his work with JCA on Emotional Intelligence, and his experiences within Occupational Psychology, which was particularly informative due to Jo’s excellent subject knowledge and his expert experience facilitated the audience’s participation. Jo has been working within this field for over 10 years and has challenged some of the previous notions of Emotional Intelligence as well as being a promoter of the usefulness of this ability for creating an effective individuals and effective work forces.

The beginning of the session addressed the issues surrounding Emotional Intelligence, defined what Emotional Intelligence is, and the place of this within the workplace. The presentation enabled all of those present to understand the complex dynamics and impacts of Emotional Intelligence within an organisation with a focus on the administration of Psychological Testing to assist in detection of areas to improve as well as the types of work that Occupational Psychologists might do in an organisation. Jo provided the audience with the ability to review their own and others’ emotional intelligence and left many with ‘food for thought’!

The session provided an insight into some preconceived assumptions that have been made about the ‘Emotional Intelligence’ with regards to gender, personality type and the processes and systems which often reflect these stereotypes which aren’t always backed up scientifically. This highlighted some of the potential difficulties that Occupational Psychologists encounter when they working with groups or individuals.

The talk attracted almost 60 people, with Jo encouraging input from those present by encouraging group discussion, personal reflexion, leading to invitations to contribute their thoughts and questions. The audience came from a range of backgrounds and were able to apply the information presented to other aspects of life and other branches of Psychology.
We look forward to welcoming new speakers to continue to inspire and inform people of the role of Psychology in all aspects of our lives and all who attended seemed to enjoy the fantastic first session of ‘Psychology in the Pub’. We hope to see you at other events where you are able to broaden your knowledge, meet new like-minded people and to exchange views and ideas.

More about the speaker

Jo Maddocks is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with particular expertise in assessing and developing Emotional Intelligence. He is the author of several products and programmes including the MAPS indicator (for developing motivation and self esteem), and the individual, team & organisational effectiveness measures (applied widely amongst people development coaches and consultants). His expertise in this area stems from working with a broad section of the population from motivating disaffected teenagers to fulfilling potential in high performing teams.

Jo began his career with the Employment Services rehabilitation teams, before co-founding JCA (Occupational Psychologists) Limited in 1993. He is a Level B verifier for the BPS, NLP practitioner, FIRO Human Element trainer and company director with JCA. Jo is also a father, a qualified ski instructor and successfully completed the 2010 Polar Challenge.

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