‘Sorry Business’ Seminar: Dr Kate Dempsey

‘Sorry Business’ Seminar: Dr Kate Dempsey

Sorry Business Seminar: Dr Kate Dempsey

Sorry Business: A Kleinian perspective on Apology and Reparation seminar on 13 May 2020 in Melbourne

6-8 pm Wednesday 13 May 2020

Seminar, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Kate Dempsey (PhD)

Kate Dempsey is an organisational consultant who has successfully operated her own business, Kate Dempsey & Associates, for more than two decades. She assists businesses with change management and organisational review.

Prior to her consulting work, she held a number of positions in the public sector and throughout her career, she has been involved in many Boards and Committees – either appointed or elected to represent constituents.

In addition to her consulting work, Kate is an academic who has taught Leadership and Managing Change to Masters level students at Monash University and Latrobe University and also to Bachelor of Business students at Swinburne University since 2006. She has a PhD in the psychology of leadership.

‘Sorry business’ is a term used by First Nation People’s of Australia to encompass the rituals and ceremonies associated with death and grieving. But Australia has a sorry business, left unattended and unacknowledged. Colonisation in Australia (as elsewhere) has left a legacy of inequality, trauma, shame, guilt, and exploitation. In Requiem for a Nun, Faulkner writes the famous line that ‘the past is never dead. It’s not even past.’

In this paper, I argue that the past is still with us all (whether colonist/settler, migrant, dispossessed, white or black) and that lack of apology and reparation means wounds of the past do not heal. As a white Australian, I can’t say how, when or why apology is acceptable but I want to explore why apology is complex in a social context and how cultural forgetfulness negatively impacts on reparation.

I look at attempts to say sorry, from a Kleinian perspective, incorporating her idea of reparation and I use restorative justice principles – most often employed in the criminal justice system – as a guide to enacting apology. Klein deals with personal relationships, not whole societies or cultures and not with formal apologies given by governments or organisations on behalf of large groups for the deeds of those who came before. But perhaps illumination can occur by examining her ideas. She notes that the move to a depressive position comes first from the one who has done wrong, realising this truth, mourning loss and wanting to repair.

But if apology has an unspoken aim to triumph over a past, or has a sentiment of grievance, anger, or guilt at its heart, it is ‘manic reparation’ (Klein 1935). This is the fantasy desire that the division being experienced should go away. It is the belief that by simply apologising we can return to a place of oneness, to have the other stop complaining or have the feeling of guilt for damage done, assuaged. It is fantasy and therefore manic because the damage has in fact been done and the prior state can never return. Relationship with the other is damaged by past events and apology is only true when this brokenness is acknowledged and responsibility accepted.

Reparation is an embodied, enacted and relational process. Without reparation, we cannot move as individuals or as a nation to a mature (depressive) position. The task is to find the liminal space so that growth can occur, rather than all parties feeling either overwhelmed by what we cannot fix or defensively assuming all will be well following apology.

Finally, I discuss the term Dadirri (Ungunmerr 1988) from the Daly River People (the Ngangikurungkurr) as a way for white settler descendants to begin to come to a place of remembering and mourning that offers both an internal maturing in the depressive position, but also an outward enactment of reparation. It is a term that has no comparable meaning in English. But it points the way to quiet listening and deep understanding of the other, which is a good place to start.

Klein, M. (1935/1975) ‘A Contribution to the Psychogenesis of Manic-Depressive States’ Writings Vol 1. Free Press (Macmillan) NY. Available at https://www.sas.upenn.edu/~cavitch/pdf-
library/Klein_Contribution.pdf

Ungunmerr, MR. (1988) Dadirri: Inner Deep Listening and Quiet Still Awareness accessed 2.02.2019 from www.miriamrosefoundation.org.au

 

Sorry Business seminar: Dr Kate Dempsey

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Dr Kate Dempsey seminar

6-8 pm Wednesday 13th May 2020

Level 7, 341 Queen Street, Melbourne

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* $65 including light refreshments

* Special $35 for members of Alumni of Organisation Dynamics (AODA)

Places limited .. don’t miss out!

When & Where

Dr Kate Dempsey seminar

Date

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Time

6 – 8 pm

Location

Level 7, 341 Queen Street, Melbourne Australia

About NIODA

The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA) offers internationally renowned post-graduate education and research, and decades of experience consulting with Australian organisations. In 2018, their annual Symposium will explore the dynamics of interoperability and work within the emergency and trauma sectors.

The study of organisation dynamics brings together socio-technical and psychoanalytic disciplines to explore the unconscious dynamics that exist in every group, team or organisation. Learning more about these theories, and reflecting on the experience of them, can support leaders and managers to unlock great potential in their organisations, tackling issues through a whole new light.

Contact

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Teamwork is Destroying Organizations

Teamwork is Destroying Organizations

Teamwork is Destroying Organizations:
Kenwyn K Smith public lecture

Professor Smith’s most recent book is titled The Abundance-Scarcity Paradox.  He is currently working on a book to be titled: Teamwork is Destroying Organizations.

6-8 pm Wednesday 18 March 2020

Teamwork is Destroying Organizations: Public Lecture, Melbourne, Australia

Professor Kenwyn K Smith (PhD)

Dr Kenwyn Smith is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a scholar-practitioner who teaches leadership, group and intergroup dynamics, organisational politics and change management to students in multiple Penn graduate programs. During his years at Penn Kenwyn has directed the Center for Workplace Studies, functioned as Faculty Master of Ware College House, created Penn’s Graduate Program in Nonprofit Leadership (a partnership among multiple schools), and until 2012 served as its inaugural director.

Dr Smith, an Australian citizen, has conducted research in a wide range of organisations and communities: from prisons to schools, from businesses to health care institutions, from state enterprises to social entrepreneurial activities, from oppressed black townships in South Africa to agencies creating sustainable livelihoods in rural India, from pharmaceuticals in Belgium to financial services in urban America, from the World Bank to a community in Philadelphia wrestling with the anguish of people living with HIV/AIDS.

During his professional life, he has helped found a number of volunteer-based, nonprofit organizations, has worked on six continents and has been involved in the education of students from over 100 countries, both at Penn and around the world.

Internationally he is best known for four of his books:

  • Paradoxes of Group Life (co-authored with David N. Berg),
  • MANNA in the Wilderness of AIDS: Ten Lessons in Abundance,
  • Yearning for Home in Troubled Times
  • Groups in Conflict: Prisons in Disguise.

His most recent book, published in 2019, is titled The Abundance-Scarcity Paradox.

Professor Smith is currently working on three books to be titled:

  • The Heart of Leadership: Lessons from Lincoln, Gandhi and Mandela,
  • Teamwork is Destroying Organizations,
  • Healing Economics.

It is time someone says this. Since no one else is blurting it out, I will. “Teamwork” is destroying organizations. This is not a call to reinforce individualism or to shun the value of unity. To the contrary. Organizations are always dependent on the functionality of their work groups.

When organizations first asked employees to become team players they hoped to create a more collaborative workforce while also insisting “to be successful we must compete!” Such dual messaging confuses workers, erodes managerial effectiveness and shreds executive credibility.

What prompted organizational leadership to fixate on teamwork?

  • Was there a specific problem they were trying to address?
  • Were they trying to puncture the long-standing preoccupation with individualism?
  • What did the executives think had made their employees insufficiently collaborative?
  • Had the bosses decided to build a more collaborative relationship with the workers?
  • Were they getting ready to financially reward employees who behaved cooperatively?

In this public lecture, Professor Smith will focus on the issues of deception, under-boundedness and political dynamics and elements of the Abundance-Scarcity Paradox.

Teamwork is Destroying Organizations: Kenwyn K Smith public lecture

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Kenwyn Smith public lecture

6-8 pm Wednesday 18th March 2020

University House at The Woodward. Level 10, Melbourne Law School 185 Pelham St, Carlton, Melbourne Australia

For only:

* $80 including canapes & drinks

* Special $50 for board, committee members, staff, students & alumni of NIODA

Places limited .. don’t miss out!

When & Where

Teamwork is Destroying Organizations: Dr Kenwyn Smith public lecture

Date

Wednesday 18 March 2020

Time

6 – 8 pm

Location

University House at The Woodward. Level 10, Melbourne Law School 185 Pelham St, Carlton, Melbourne Australia

About NIODA

The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA) offers internationally renowned post-graduate education and research, and decades of experience consulting with Australian organisations. In 2018, their annual Symposium will explore the dynamics of interoperability and work within the emergency and trauma sectors.

The study of organisation dynamics brings together socio-technical and psychoanalytic disciplines to explore the unconscious dynamics that exist in every group, team or organisation. Learning more about these theories, and reflecting on the experience of them, can support leaders and managers to unlock great potential in their organisations, tackling issues through a whole new light.

Contact

info@nioda.org.au

Get In Touch

PO box 287, Collins Street West,
Melbourne  8007  Australia
+61 414 529 867
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Writing & Editorial Workshop 2020

Writing & Editorial Workshop 2020

Writing & Editorial Workshop

This workshop aims to help participants become authors of their written pieces; to discover the role of author; to allow their imagination to flourish. It also looks to the fundamentals of good writing and editing.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 6-9 May

Four-day Writing & Editorial Workshop in Boneo/Cape Schanck, Victoria

Dr Susan Long

Dr Susan Long, author of many books and peer-reviewed articles, is offering a writing
workshop for those who want to find the genuine author in themselves. Writing can take many forms: academic theses, research reports, persuasive items, business reports, journalistic pieces, novels and poems. Although having different purposes and audiences, all writing can be creative, and all messes can be cleaned up later.  This workshop aims to help participants become authors of their written pieces; to discover the role of author; to allow their imagination to flourish. It also looks to the fundamentals of good writing and editing.

In the Writing workshop, participants will approach questions such as:
Why do I want to publish?
Who is my audience?
How do I choose a journal or publisher?
What do reviewers and editors look for?
How can I manage time for writing?
How do I present and develop an argument?
How should I work with case study material?
How can I understand and develop my style?
There will be time for writing and gaining feedback.

In the Publishing and editing day participants will be:
Introduced to the processes involved in the publication of edited work (as background to the editing process);
Introduced to the processes involved in editorial work;
Engaged in editing work that they have prepared in draft form;
Provided the opportunity for editing work that is not their own.

‘And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.’
– The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

‘The idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.’
– J. K. Rowling

Writing & Editorial Workshop

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Writing & Editorial Workshop

9.30 am Wednesday 6th May to 4.30 pm Saturday 9th May 2020 at a lovely country homestead in Boneo plus accommodation in the luxurious three-bedroom golf villa at RACV resort Cape Schanck Victoria, Australia. 

You have the option to attend either:

* The full four-day writing and editorial workshop for $1,300 plus three nights accommodation $402 (including GST)

* The three-day writing workshop for $975 plus two nights accommodation $268 (including GST)

* The publishing and editing one-day only for $325 (no accommodation).  Please note: Participants must have completed the three-day writing workshop with Susan Long either immediately prior to this day or previously and bring a near-final draft piece of their own writing.

 

Places limited .. don’t miss out!

When & Where

Writing & Editorial Workshop

Date

Writing days Wednesday 6th May to Friday 8th

Editorial day Saturday 9th May 2020

Time

9.30am Wednesday – 4.30 pm Saturday

Location

Workshop is in a lovely country homestead, accommodation in three bedroom golf villa at RACV resort Cape Schanck, Victoria, Australia

About NIODA

The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA) offers internationally renowned post-graduate education and research, and decades of experience consulting with Australian organisations. In 2018, their annual Symposium will explore the dynamics of interoperability and work within the emergency and trauma sectors.

The study of organisation dynamics brings together socio-technical and psychoanalytic disciplines to explore the unconscious dynamics that exist in every group, team or organisation. Learning more about these theories, and reflecting on the experience of them, can support leaders and managers to unlock great potential in their organisations, tackling issues through a whole new light.

Contact

info@nioda.org.au

Get In Touch

PO box 287, Collins Street West,
Melbourne  8007  Australia
+61 414 529 867
info@nioda.org.au

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Master’s Information Session

Master’s Information Session

Master's Information Session

This information session aims to illuminate what you can gain from the master’s course.  It is also an opportunity for prospective students to meet others who might study with them.

Master's Information Session

Monday 18 November in Melbourne

Tuesday 19 November in Sydney

Dr Wendy Harding, Director of Academic Programs at NIODA, is offering an information session for those who want to learn more about what can be gained by studying a Master of Leadership and Management (Organisation Dynamics).  It is also an opportunity for prospective students to meet others who might study with them. 

Participants will have questions answered such as:
What are the foundational ideas of the course?
How can the learning assist me in my workplace challenges?
What are the time and other commitments required?
What are the administrative details of application and enrolment?

Current students/alumni will be available to talk through their experience of the course and how it has helped them in their professional lives.

Masters Information Session

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Master’s Information Session

5.30 – 6.30 pm Monday 18 November at Level 7, 341 Queen Street, Melbourne

5.30 – 6.30 pm Tuesday 19 November at Level 13, 60 Margaret Street, Sydney

When & Where

Master’s Information Session

Dates

Monday 18 November 2019 Melbourne

Tuesday 19 November 2019 Sydney

Time

5.30 – 6.30 pm

Locations

Level 7, 341 Queen Street, Melbourne

Level 13, 60 Margaret Street, Sydney

About NIODA

The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA) offers internationally renowned post-graduate education and research, and decades of experience consulting with Australian organisations. 

The study of organisation dynamics brings together socio-technical and psychoanalytic disciplines to explore the unconscious dynamics that exist in every group, team or organisation. Learning more about these theories, and reflecting on the experience of them, can support leaders and managers to unlock great potential in their organisations; tackling issues through a whole new light.

Contact

info@nioda.org.au

Get In Touch

PO box 287, Collins Street West,
Melbourne  8007  Australia
+61 414 529 867
info@nioda.org.au

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NIODA Colloquium 2019

NIODA Colloquium 2019

NIODA Colloquium 2019

Final year students in the Master of Leadership and Management in (Organisation Dynamics) present the outcomes of their action research.

NIODA Colloquium 2019

Friday 18 October

The NIODA Colloquium is a forum where final year students in the Master of Leadership and Management in Organisation Dynamics present the outcomes of their action research with participating organIsations. These research projects are the culmination of three years of postgraduate study for these students and are carried out under NIODA staff supervision, with ethics approval and using state-of-the-art methodological approaches.

By joining us at the colloquium, you will have access to some of the latest research in systems psychodynamics as well as supporting the development of candidates in the field. Attesting to the calibre of work in the program is the knowledge that many past candidates have presented their work at international conferences and had their work published in refereed journals.

NIODA Colloquium 2019

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NIODA Colloquium 2019

10 am to 1.30pm Friday 18th October 2019, It’s FREE, but please register!

When & Where

NIODA Colloquium 2019

Date

Friday 18 October 2019

Time

10 am – 1.30 pm

Location

Level 7, 341 Queen Street, Melbourne

About NIODA

The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA) offers internationally renowned post-graduate education and research, and decades of experience consulting with Australian organisations. In 2018, their annual Symposium will explore the dynamics of interoperability and work within the emergency and trauma sectors.

The study of organisation dynamics brings together socio-technical and psychoanalytic disciplines to explore the unconscious dynamics that exist in every group, team or organisation. Learning more about these theories, and reflecting on the experience of them, can support leaders and managers to unlock great potential in their organisations, tackling issues through a whole new light.

Contact

info@nioda.org.au

Get In Touch

PO box 287, Collins Street West,
Melbourne  8007  Australia
+61 414 529 867
info@nioda.org.au

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