Cary Cooper Masterclass


On March 17, 2011, the Centre for Leadership Performance welcomed esteemed Professor of Organisational Psychology – Professor Cary L Cooper CBE and respected business psychologist – Gordon Tinline.

Professor Cary L Cooper, CBE

Professor Cary L Cooper, CBE Cary Cooper is a Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health and Pro Vice Chancellor at Lancaster University. He is recognised as a world-leading expert on stress and is the media's first choice for comment on workplace issues. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, The Royal Society of Arts, The Royal Society of Medicine, The Royal Society of Health and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He is also the President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Editor-in-Chief of the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Management and the author/editor of over 100 books.

Cary was also recently awarded the Lifetime Practitioner Award from the British Psychology Society in recognition of his services to the profession.

Gordon Tinline

Gordon Tinline Gordon is an experienced business psychologist and consultant who has been with Robertson Cooper since the company was founded in 1999. During this time, he has become a recognised expert in the fields of staff well-being and engagement, work related stress, personal resilience and leadership. Gordon has worked extensively at senior levels across the public sector, including the NHS, Central Government, and the Police Service, as well as in the private sector. Much of this work focuses on creating and maintaining positive well-being and ultimately improving the productivity and performance of employees and organisations. He also works to develop leadership that generates high levels of employee engagement and motivating working environments. Gordon is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with an MSc from The University of Manchester (UMIST) and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

What the Sessions Covered

Cary highlighted the costs of workplace stress, what causes it and how encouraging well-being can affect the bottom line. He also highlighted what organisations can do to improve well-being at work, particularly now. This provides a three prong intervention strategy, which starts with well-being audits, training to improve people's resilience and how counselling and coaching might help this process.

Gordon's session built on Cary's introduction by demonstrating some of the practical techniques that can be applied to improve well-being and in particular personal resilience at work. He also focused on the leadership challenges that are inherent in achieving this. He conducted a workshop which looked at the links between personality and building and maintaining personal resilience, as well as providing an insight into the key drivers of resilience and how they can be maximised.

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