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“The Intoxication of Power: from neurosciences to hubris in healthcare and public life”, 9th October 2012 at the Royal Society of Medicine.

What: “The Intoxication of Power: from neurosciences to hubris in healthcare and public life”

When: 9th October, 2012

Where: The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

Registration and further details: http://www.rsm.ac.uk/academ/pyd01.php

 

Summary:  The Royal Society of Medicine, together with the Daedalus Trust, are organising a Conference entitled “The Intoxication of Power: from neurosciences to hubris in healthcare and public life” on Tuesday 9 October 2012 at the Royal Society of Medicine.

 

The evolution of increasingly complex public life, healthcare, financial and social systems demands highly performing leadership by clinicians, managers, executives, public servants and others. This conference will explore aspects of the pathology of leadership and decision-making: how it may be understood and what may be done about it.

 

The concept of the Hubris Syndrome postulated by Lord David Owen in 2007 compels us to study the evolving dynamics of personality and leadership in public life. An innovative perspective in this study is the inclusion of the dynamics of the nervous system including neurotransmitters and motivational systems. Exciting developments in cognitive, affective and social neuroscience and constantly evolving systems of commissioning, business and governance in healthcare, together with relentlessly changing cultures in society make this a timely, even essential conference. Sir Michael Rawlins, President Royal Society of Medicine will open the conference.

 

The aim of the conference will be to integrate emerging knowledge from neuroscience, social sciences and organisational governance to nourish benevolent leadership and create effective constraints to hubris and related conditions.

How can we contain hubris and nourish benevolent leadership?

How can we prevent collusion with hubris in groups and develop effective governance constraints?

How can we create cultures of cooperation, accountability, creativity and effectiveness in diverse institutions in society?

 

Cambridge Neuroscientists Professor Paul Fletcher and Dr John Coates will be speaking at this event.

Posted on 13/06/2012

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