Tim Johnson-Newell

Surviving space

Tim Johnson-Newell

Surviving space

Biography

Now a psychotherapist with a practice in Sydney, Tim had an interesting early career in a number of areas from teaching to truck repair, accountancy to social work. For the last 30 years he has focused on working with individuals, groups and organisations, encouraging them to know themselves and others, be curious and creative. Tim travels across the city to work with teams and organisations to help them make use of seemingly difficult situations.

He has a number of degrees and professional qualifications and is currently a PhD candidate researching expertise and professionalisation in psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy.

Humans want authenticity. We are like tuning forks, vibrating at that sweet note whenever we embody or encounter authenticity. Everyone wants to be authentic, it feels good, it is good, and it allows you to be alive and creative.

Humans also want resilience. These are the buzzwords just now in organisational human development. So they employ trainers to teach people how to be these things – a contradiction in terms. To be authentic you have to be yourself, in all its confusing, and sometimes messy, glory. To be resilient you have to be able to stay engaged with yourself and others. This is no place for simplistic training.

This talk is a ‘cri de coeur’ for a shift away from the safe, but often stultifying and potentially destructive, forms of staff development.