NIODA Colloquium 2020

NIODA Colloquium 2020

NIODA Colloquium 2020

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

NIODA Colloquium 2020

10 am – 3.30 pm (Melbourne time)  Friday 16 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.

NIDOA Colloquium 2020

FREE for nine live interactive online half-hour sessions

The presentations will be fully interactive and online. This is on Friday 16 October from 10 am – 3.30 pm (Melbourne time). Each session will involve a presentation and discussion.

10 am – 3.30 pm 🇨🇰  Melbourne
12 mid – 5.30 am (eek!) 🇬🇧  London
7 pm – 12.30 am 🇺🇸  New York
7 am – 12.30 pm 🇸🇬  Singapore

The time listed below is set to calculate the first start time depending on the time zone of your computer.  The first session will start at:

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Colloquium schedule

10 – 10.10 AM

Introduction – Professor Susan Long

10.10 – 10.40 AM

presentation & discussion
Laurette Chang-Leng – “Images as the Road to the Unconscious”

10.40 – 11.10 AM

presentation & discussion
Carly Johnson – “Large Group Dynamics, Basic Assumption Meness and the Bi-parental Authority: A Case Study”

11.10 – 11.15 AM

Comfort break

11.15 – 11.45 AM

presentation & discussion
Karl Chu – “A Case of the Primary Risk”

11.45 – 12.15 PM

presentation & discussion
James Yorston – “Working with the Impossible Task”

12.15 – 12.45 PM

Lunch break

12.45 – 1.15 PM

presentation & discussion
Thomas Mitchell – “Uncertainty and Mature Working Relationships do not make Happy Bedfellows”

1.15 – 1.45 PM

presentation & discussion
Lucy Murphy – “Defending Against Distributed Authority: A Case Study of an Institution Deinstitutionalising”

1.45 – 1.5o PM

Comfort break

1.50 – 2.20 PM

presentation & discussion
Fiona Martin – “Fighting the Good Fight: A Case Study of Guarding Against Corruption of Task”

2.20 – 2.50 PM

presentation & discussion
Alison Smith – “Poignant Capability and Bearing the Threats of Extinction”

2.50 – 2.55 PM

Comfort break

2.55 – 3.25 PM

presentation & discussion
Jackie Zombolas – “Evolving: Integrating the Authentic Leadership Framework Through an Experiential Learning Process”

3.25 – 3.30 PM

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When & Where

NIODA Colloquium 2020

📆  Date

Friday 16 October 2020

⏰. Time

10 am – 3.30 pm 🇨🇰  Melbourne
  12 mid – 5.30 am (eek!) 🇬🇧  London
7 pm – 12.30 am 🇺🇸  New York
7 am – 12.30 pm 🇸🇬  Singapore

💷  For only

FREE!  Please register to receive details

👩🏻‍💻. Location

Live interactive online sessions via Zoom

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

11 + 12 =

PO box 287, Collins Street West  Melbourne  8007  Australia
+61 414 529 867
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Small Study Group Series

Small Study Group Series

Small Study Group Series

Seven online sessions with 

Professor Susan Long

 Small Study Group Series

Seven online sessions with

Professor Susan Long

 

Seven two-hour sessions 5 – 7 pm

Wednesday 30 September till 11 November 2020

NIODA is offering alumni and friends of NIODA a valuable opportunity to refresh your organisation dynamics understanding through participation in a small study group. The study group offers intensive exploration of small group dynamics through the traditional Tavistock style study group method. In this, the participant group explore their own conscious and unconscious patterns of small group behaviour in the ‘here and now’ using group/system-level analysis. This design encourages in-depth ‘learning through experience’ as well as laying a theoretical foundation for understanding interpersonal group dynamics.

Through this experience, it is anticipated participants will increase their capacity to identify, analyse and manage workgroup dynamics; to appreciate the emotional labour of work, and to enable constructive leader-follower relations.

The direct group experience is supplemented by critical discussion of selected theories and models of group dynamics.

Your learning will be supported with weekly readings.

Professor Susan Long will lead and manage the sessions, along with taking up the consultant role to the study group.

Small Study Group Series: Professor Susan Long

AUD $1,100 for seven live interactive online two-hour sessions

The study group will be fully interactive and online. The commitment is for seven, two-hour sessions on Wednesday evenings 5 – 7 pm (Melbourne time). The two hours will involve one hour of a traditional Group Relations style small study group and one hour of reflection, development of working hypotheses and links to work.

5 – 7 pm 🇨🇰  Melbourne
8 -10 am 🇬🇧  London
3 – 5 am (eek!) 🇺🇸  New York
3 -5 pm 🇸🇬  Singapore

Please note, there are time zone shifts during these sessions to daylight savings and wintertime, so the session times do vary.  The time listed below is set to calculate the first start time depending on the time zone of your computer.  The first session will start at:

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Prof Susan Long

PROF SUSAN LONG

Small Study Group Series 

Director of Research NIODA, Australia

Currently, Susan supervises research students and conducts organisational research. Susan also teaches and supervises doctoral candidates at different universities and teaches in the INSEAD Master of Coaching and Consulting program in Singapore.

As an organisational consultant in private practice Susan works with organisational change, executive coaching, board development, role analysis, team development and management training. She originally trained as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist.

When & Where

NIODA Small Study Group Series 2020: Seven two-hour live interactive online sessions with Prof Susan Long

📆  Dates

Wednesday 30 September – 11 November 2020

⏰. Session Times

5 – 7 pm 🇨🇰  Melbourne
8 – 10 am 🇬🇧  London
3 – 5 am (eek!) 🇺🇸  New York
3 – 5 pm 🇸🇬  Singapore

Due to changes in different countries for daylight savings, summertime, wintertime there will be variations.  At the beginning of October, Melbourne changes to daylight savings time, so there is a variation of one hour for other time zones.  And then, for example, in the UK, summertime ends 25 October, so after this, there will be another time shift. If you would like further details, please note this on your application form.

💷  For only

AUD $1,100 including; all seven two-hour session; study group, weekly readings, and critical discussions with limited participant numbers

👩🏻‍💻. Location

Live interactive online sessions via Zoom

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
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Prof Susan Long seminar: Organisational Role Analysis

Prof Susan Long seminar: Organisational Role Analysis

Seminar: Prof Susan Long

The Transforming Experience Framework, Organisational Role Analysis and Abductive Logic. Seminar on 12 August 2020 online

6-8 pm Wednesday 12 August 2020

Seminar, online from Melbourne Australia via Zoom

Prof Susan Long (PhD)

Dr Susan Long

Susan Long is Director, Research and Scholarship at NIODA. She was formerly Professor of Creative and Sustainable Organisation at RMIT University in Melbourne.

Currently, she supervises research students and conducts organisational research. Susan also teaches and supervises doctoral candidates at different universities including a Professional Doctorate conducted at the Melbourne Institute of Creative Arts Therapy and supported through the National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA), teaches in the INSEAD Master of Coaching and Consulting program in Singapore.

As an organisational consultant in private practice Susan works with organisational change, executive coaching, board development, role analysis, team development and management training. She originally trained as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist.

Susan’s experience of working with people as individuals and in groups and organisations gives her a broad perspective on management practices. Susan’s capacity as a teacher and organisational consultant/ researcher has led her to be invited onto the boards of prestigious organisations and elected onto the committees of professional bodies.

She is a member of Comcare’s advisory board for the Center of Excellence for Research into Mental Health at Work and a former member of the Board of the Judicial College of Victoria. She was the founding President of Group Relations Australia and a past president of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations. Her participative research has attracted grants through the Australian research Council and industry. She has published ten books and many journal articles.

Transforming Experience Framework, Organisational Role Analysis and Abductive Logic.

This seminar will look at the method of Organisational Role Analysis (ORA) using the Transforming Experience Framework (TEF). Abductive logic is the logic grounding this method.

Professor Long will present some case material in order to show how these ideas are used. The case material will be drawn from her experience with clients but will not feature in detail any actual client. She will provide a case amalgam. All material is de-identified.

 

Transforming Experience Framework seminar: Prof Susan Long

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Prof Susan Long seminar

6-8 pm Wednesday 12th August 2020

Live interactive online session from Australia via Zoom

In some other time zones this is:
6 – 8 pm 🇨🇰  Melbourne
9 – 11 am 🇬🇧  London
4 – 6 am 🇺🇸  New York (eeek)
4 – 6 pm 🇸🇬  Singapore 

For only:

* $35 full seminar including small group discussion and plenary discussion with Prof Long

* Special $20 for members of Alumni of Organisation Dynamics (AODA)

Places limited .. don’t miss out!

When & Where

Prof Susan Long seminar

Date

Wednesday 12 August 2020

Time

6 – 8 pm 🇨🇰  Melbourne
9 – 11 am 🇬🇧  London
4 – 6 am 🇺🇸  New York (eeek)
4 – 6 pm 🇸🇬  Singapore 

Location

Live interactive online session via Zoom

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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Working into the Future: Symposium 2020

Working into the Future: Symposium 2020

WORKING INTO THE FUTURE

BUILDING INDIVIDUAL & ORGANISATIONAL CULTURE

BEYOND 2020

WORKING INTO THE FUTURE

BUILDING INDIVIDUAL & ORGANISATIONAL CULTURE

BEYOND 2020

NIODA'S 4th Annual Symposium

9, 10 & 11 September 2020

This symposium focuses on how organisations can best equip themselves for working into a complex future where industries and professions are interconnected globally, technologically and are interconnected through diversity in and between our organisations. In addition, the importance of connectedness to the local community becomes evident. Twenty-twenty is a year where we have twenty years of experience in the twenty-first century with many indications of what is to come. The context includes environmental issues, workforce diversity, political and technological changes. Internally we need to address organisational governance, leadership capabilities, stakeholder engagement and organisational culture.

What are the capacities that will enable organisations to thrive in the future? Many of these are intangible, not easily measured, yet critical to the health and success of an organisation. For instance: the capacities to work with diverse and complex differences between people and ideas; the capacity to withhold judgement and reflect on processes alongside the capacity to make informed decisions and act decisively; and, the capacity to see and work with the interconnectedness between the organisation, its purpose, tasks, people and context.

The Symposium is an opportunity for industries and organisations to interact and think together with experienced socioanalytic professionals. It is a timely opportunity to consider the primary issues of leading organisations in the twenty-first century. It offers both theoretical and strongly practical approaches.

Working into the future: Symposium 2020

AUD $250 for the full live interactive online event.

All sessions will be recorded and made available to symposium participants, so you can see all the sessions, no matter what your timezone!

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Melbourne Australia

Wednesday 9 September

5.00 – 7.00 pm Opening, Introduction & Panel discussion
7.00 – 9.00 pm Indigenous Future

Thursday 10 September

9.00 – 11.00 am Keynote Dr Jim Krantz
5.00 – 7.00 pm Parallel papers
7.00 – 9.00 pm Parallel papers

Friday 11 September

9.00 – 11.00 am Parallel papers
5.00 – 7.00 pm Parallel papers
7.00 – 9.00 pm Panel & Closing reflections

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New York USA

Wednesday 9 September

3.00 – 5.00 am Opening, Introduction & Panel discussion
5.00 – 7.00 am Indigenous Future
7.00 – 9.00 pm Keynote Dr Jim Krantz

Thursday 10 September

3.00 – 5.00 am Parallel papers
5.00 – 7.00 am Parallel papers
7.00 – 9.00 pm Parallel papers

Friday 11 September

3.00 – 5.00 am Parallel papers
5.00 – 7.00 am Panel & Closing reflections

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London UK

Wednesday 9 September

8.00 – 10.00 am Opening, Introduction & Panel discussion
10.00 – 12.00 pm Indigenous Future

Thursday 10 September

12.00 – 2.00 am Keynote Dr Jim Krantz
8.00 – 10.00 am Parallel papers
10.00 – 12.00 noon Parallel papers

Friday 11 September

12.00 – 2.00 am Parallel papers
8.00 – 10.00 am Parallel papers
10.00 – 12.00 noon Panel & Closing reflections

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Singapore

Wednesday 9 September

3.00 – 5.00 pm Opening, Introduction & Panel discussion
5.00 – 7.00 pm Indigenous Organisation Experience

Thursday 10 September

7.00 – 9.00 am Keynote Dr Jim Krantz
3.00 – 5.00 pm Parallel papers
5.00 – 7.00 pm Parallel papers

Friday 11 September

7.00 – 9.00 am Parallel papers
3.00 – 5.00 pm Parallel papers
5.00 – 7.00 pm Panel & Closing reflections

Working into the Future: Symposium 2020

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Symposium Program 2020

Please select which parallel paper session to access the correct zoom link.

There are small group discussions within each parallel paper so as many participants get to interact with as many others as possible.

There is time for discussions and interaction; not just listening.

There are open reflective plenaries across the whole symposium so participants get a sense of being in the whole and sharing with each other what came from different sessions.

🔖 PRESENTATION

Plenary Panel

📆  DATE

Wednesday 9 Sep 2020

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

5.00 – 7.00 pm

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

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Dr Nuala Dent

DR NUALA DENT

Estelle Fyffe: Panel Reflection in Action

MS ESTELLE FYFFE

Prof Susan Long

PROF SUSAN LONG

Prof John Newton: Reflection in Action Panel

PROF JOHN NEWTON

Reflective Practice in Organisational Life

Reflective practice involves the ability to reflect on decisions and actions made and/or contemplated in order to engage in a process of continuous learning. This aids in the anticipation of future actions and on their purpose and processes. It links theory and practice; through reflection, team members are able to identify and articulate theoretical and practical ideas within the context of their work. Reflection takes a conscious look at emotions, experiences, actions, and responses, and uses this information to inform practice.

Reflection can also lead to working hypotheses about hidden or unacknowledged dynamics in teams. This, in turn, can address previously held ‘unspeakable’ ideas, which once raised can be dealt with creatively.

🔖 PRESENTATION

Session

📆  DATE

Wednesday 9 Sep 2020

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

7.00 – 9.00 pm

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

time start

Michael Hercock

MICHAEL HERCOCK

Lucy Murphy

LUCY MURPHY

Uncle Ray Minniecon

UNCLE RAY MINNIECON

Paulette Whitton

PAULETTE WHITTON

Beyond Ticking the Box: Conversations that matter between Aboriginal Leaders and Non Aboriginal Leaders in White Organisations

annecto, a human rights-oriented disability and aged care organisation, has built a partnership relationship with the Aboriginal community over a number of years.

The interactions and relationships developed between the leaders came to symbolise a different way of working together on a shared future as an organisation and community.

The session will explore, through story and conversation, what was challenging, what worked, what didn’t, what was hopeful, what wasn’t, and what might help others on the journey.

🔖 PRESENTATION

Keynote

📆  DATE

Thursday 10 Sep 2020

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

9.00 – 11.00 am

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

time start

Dr James Krantz keynote presentation

DR JIM KRANTZ

The Century of the System: Complexity and Interconnectedness in our Social, Organizational and Community Lives.

This presentation discusses how systems thinking provides a lens that is essential for understanding today’s challenges.

Our highly complex, globalized, information-intensive world is comprised of interdependent and inter-locking systems rather than free-standing organizations. Only through understanding how these systems operate will we be able to identify and address root causes.

By recognizing the importance of systems thinking and systemic responses, leaders and their teams can craft more effective, collaborative approaches to the complex situations they face.

🔖 PRESENTATION

Paper (parallel)

📆  DATE

Thursday 10 Sep 2020

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

5.00 – 7.00 pm

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

time start

Dr Domenico Agresta

DR DOMENICO AGRESTA

“Mapping the Unconscious". Culture or Tragedy? A psychosocial program of Social Dreaming Matrix with refugees and immigrants.

Mr Mark Argent

MR MARK ARGENT

The unconscious side of technology: where does it land in organisations?

Dr Kate Dempsey

DR KATE DEMPSEY

Does the university offer a safe haven for its students and its staff?

Joan Lurie: The ‘fairy dust’ effect of role reframing in transforming systems

JOAN LURIE

The ‘fairy dust’ effect of role reframing in transforming systems

Noel McQuaid

MR NOEL MCQUAID

An Exploration of the Uncanny and Mystical Influences on Leadership, in the Context of Rising Technological Complexity and Declining Organisational Certainty.

Jenny Smith

MS JENNY SMITH

Diversity and Inclusion beyond 2020: A psychodynamic examination of the corporate celebration of International Women’s Day

🔖 PRESENTATION

Paper (parallel)

📆  DATE

Thursday 10 Sep 2020

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

7.00 – 9.00 pm

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

time start

Dr Nuala Dent

DR NUALA DENT

Social defenses in the time of coronavirus

Richard Morgan-Jones

MR RICHARD MORGAN-JONES

Innovating Containment

Kirstin Schneider

MS KIRSTIN SCHNEIDER

The Hidden Intangible Revolution: Emerging implications of intangible-rich economies on organisations and business ecosystems

Jon Stokes

MR JON STOKES

Leadership for the 4th Industrial Revolution: from Ego to Eco

Vega Zagier

DR VEGA ZAGIER ROBERTS

Values, hard choices, and leadership in an anxious world

🔖 PRESENTATION

Paper (parallel)

📆  DATE

Friday 11 Sep 2020

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

9.00 – 11.00 am

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

time start

Liz Greenway's paper Doctor-In-The-Mind

MS LIZ GREENWAY

Doctor-In-The-Mind

Dr Judy Kent's paper Governance and leadership in 2020 and beyond

DR JUDY KENT

Governance and leadership in 2020 and beyond: The leaders we deserve

Ms Margo Lockhart's paper Dissociation, the 'Meat Paradox' and Leadership

MS MARGO LOCKHART

Dissociation, the 'Meat Paradox' and Leadership

Dr Hannah Piterman's paper Society on the edges

DR HANNAH PITERMAN

Society on the edges: Politics, populism and paralysis - observations through an intersectional lens

Dr Barabara William's paper: Activist boards, governance accountabilities & the logic of fantasy

DR BARBARA WILLIAMS

Activist boards, governance accountabilities & the logic of fantasy

🔖 PRESENTATION

Paper (parallel)

  📆  DATE

Friday 11 Sep 2020

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

5.00 - 7.00 pm

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

time start

DR THIBAULT DE SWARTE

Reflexivity in management education: two coaching practices in the light of Jacques Lacan's writings

Ms Andrea Foot's paper How many lawyers does it take to change a law firm?

MS ANDREA FOOT

How many lawyers does it take to change a law firm?

Ms Alicia Kaufmann's paper Research and transformation in the Banking Business

DR ALICIA KAUFMANN

Research and transformation in the Banking Business: Innovation Culture Post COVID

Ms Sunitha Lal's paper Weaving culture - One strand at a time

MS SUNITHA LAL

Weaving culture - One strand at a time

Dr Aideen Lucey's paper Suffering at Meaning: Containment in Crisis

DR AIDEEN LUCEY

Suffering at Meaning: Containment in Crisis

Mr Ajit Menon's paper The financial services; A jewel in the crown or poison chalice

MR AJIT MENON

The financial services; A jewel in the crown or poison chalice

🔖 PRESENTATION

Plenary

📆  DATE

Friday 11 Sep 2020

⏰  MELBOURNE TIME

7.00 - 9.00 pm

⏰  LOCAL START TIME

time start

Jennifer Burrows

MS JENNIFER BURROWS

John Gibney

MR JOHN GIBNEY

Prof Susan Long

PROF SUSAN LONG

Fiona Martin

MS FIONA MARTIN

Jenny Smith

MS JENNY SMITH

Fiona Stewart

MS FIONA STEWART

Reflections on the Symposium and looking beyond 2020

Reflective practice in action with each member of the Symposium Planning Committee raises the highlight of the symposium for them, then small group discussions to discuss highlights of the symposium and what was gained from the papers and presentations attended.  Followed by a large group open discussion.

When & Where

NIODA Symposium 2020: Working into the Future: Building healthy and ethical organisational culture beyond 2020

📆  Date

Wednesday 9 – Friday 11 September 2020

⏰. Session Times

5 pm, 7 pm & 9 am 🇨🇰  Melbourne
8 am, 10 am & 12 am 🇬🇧  London
3 am, 5 am & 7 pm🇺🇸  New York
3 pm, 5 pm & 7 am 🇸🇬  Singapore

💷  For only

AUD $250 including; panel discussions, keynote, parallel paper
presentations & access to the recordings of all sessions

👩🏻‍💻. Location

Live interactive online sessions via Zoom

Last year the 2019 Symposium was:

Building Healthy & Ethical Organisational Culture

The proceedings and papers from this event can be read by clicking the link below

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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‘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, online from Australia via Zoom

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

Live interactive online session via Zoom

For only:

* $35 including light refreshments

* Special $20 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

Live interactive online session via Zoom

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

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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

Zoom live interactive online session

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* $35 per attendee

* Special $20 for board, committee members, staff, students & alumni of NIODA

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Teamwork is Destroying Organizations: Dr Kenwyn Smith public lecture

Date

Wednesday 18 March 2020

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6 – 8 pm

Location

Zoom online interactive session

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.

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