Seeing the System

Seeing the System

Seeing the System

Exclusive AODA development session with Cameron Brooks

📆 Tuesday 19 March 2024

Seeing the System

An experiential AODA activity ‘seeing the system’ – exploring the role of leadership within a system and inter-connectedness between roles.

What’s included in this exclusive AODA development session?

The activity highlights common dynamics experienced within organisational systems and helps people to see how they all contribute to conditions experienced. A fun and experiential way of helping participants learn about systems and strategies to respond more effectively.

Who should attend this immersive session?

Members of Alumni of Organisation Dynamics Australia (AODA) who are interested in making systems psychodynamics accessible and applicable to your workplace.

If you have studied organisation dynamics at NIODA, RMIT, Swinburne or an equivalent course, and are not yet registered with AODA, please click this link: https://form.jotform.co/82477989122874 to register for AODA first.

Seeing the System

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6.00 – 7.30 pm  – 19 March 2024 

💷  For only

AUD $49

Post workshop woodfired pizza and drinks included

👩🏻‍💻 Location

Bourke Street, Melbourne

Seeing the System

An experiential AODA activity – exploring the role of leadership within a system and inter-connectedness between roles with Cameron Brooks.

Cameron Brooks

Cameron Brooks

Cameron Brooks, NIODA 2019 Master of Leadership and Management (Organisation Dynamics) graduate, describes himself as a Learning Consultant, designing and facilitating bespoke learning programs with clients across the private and public sectors. Operating his own business, Ignite Leadership, and working as an Associate at organisations such as Melbourne Business School, Cameron runs both bespoke and open enrolment programs with participants from various organisations and backgrounds. His work supports leaders and emerging leaders to appreciate and work with the complexity inherent in all systems and organisations. He does this, in part, by supporting them to find, make, and take up work roles with greater clarity, confidence and authority.

 

 

 

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About NIODA

The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA) offers internationally renowned post-graduate education and research in organisation dynamics, 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.

PO Box 287, Collins Street West,
Melbourne  8007  Australia
+61 (0) 414 529 867
info@nioda.org.au

NIODA acknowledges the Kulin Nations, and respective Traditional Custodians of the lands we work on.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and recognise their enduring sovereignty which has, and continues to, care for Country.
NIODA welcomes the Uluru Statement from the Heart’s invitation to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a collective movement for a better future.

Thinking together to navigate complexity

Thinking together to navigate complexity

The Power of Pause: Thinking together to navigate complexity

leadership development workshop

📆 21 June and 22 November 2024

The Power of Pause: Thinking together to navigate complexity

 

Navigating VUCA in workplaces: Experiential learning for greater insight and practical knowledge

Learn by Doing: Transforming insight into impactful action for navigating complexity in organisations

Choose the acronym that best captures your workplace experience: VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous), RUPT (rapid unpredictable, paradoxical and tangled, BANI (brittle, anxious, non-linear, incomprehensible). Modern work can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. In an era of constant change and connectivity, the importance of reflective practices has never been more apparent for navigating complexity. The turbulence of technical and economic, social, and political dynamics pushes modern workplace endeavors into unpredictable territory. In this environment, pausing to recalibrate emerges as both a sanctuary for sanity and a profoundly effective strategy. ‘The Power of Pause: Thinking together to navigate complexity’ is an immersive workshop where we practice creating the space to consider ‘what is really going on – ‘thoughtful inaction’’. This insight generating experience helps you clarify what is needed next.

At the completion of this full-day workshop you will:

  • Understand the value of strategically pausing, creating space for thoughtful consideration of complex workplace challenges and opportunities.
  • Recognise the range of settings in which pausing to reflect can be effective in recalibrating, and informing effective decision-making in complex situations
  • Be skilled in diverse reflective practices, including somatic awareness, role drawing, active listening, and free association,
  • Have a strategy for applying the power of pausing in workplace routines.

 ‘We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience.’
John Dewey, American pragmatist philosopher

 

What’s included in this full-day workshop?

➣ The workshop includes a series of experiential learning exercises for participants to experience the ‘power of pause’, at the levels of the individual, in pairs, and groups and to consider wider contextual issues. This is a chance to practice using different approaches including somatic awareness, role drawing, active listening and free association to help make sense both of the ‘here and now’ experiences of the workshop, and apply them to ‘real life’ workplace dilemmas.

➣ A short seminar on the ‘Transforming Experience Framework’ (developed by the Grubb Institute, Long, 2016) is a useful reference point for considering different domains of influence on organisational roles and associated dynamics. We spend time reviewing how the practices can be built into back-at-work routines, so participants leave with strategies for navigating complexity using powerful pauses.

Who should attend this immersive workshop?

Leaders who aspire to navigate complexity with more ease

‘The Power of Pause’ is for leaders and managers who aspire to thoughtfully navigate the complexity of the modern workplace, those who seek a deeper understanding of unfolding situations, enabling informed responses rather than impulsive reactions. Join us for an immersive day of learning to support your leadership development, exploring strategic approaches to combatting overwhelm and skillfully navigating complexity.

References

Long, S. (2016) The Transforming Experience Framework, Karnac, London

The Power of Pause: Thinking together to navigate complexity

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Fridays 21 June and 22 November 2024

⏰ Session Time

9.30 am – 4.30 pm  🇨🇰  Melbourne
11.30 pm – 6.30 am (eek!) 🇬🇧  London
6.30 pm – 1.30 am 🇺🇸  New York
6.30 am – 1.30 pm 🇸🇬  Singapore

💷  For only

AUD $970

Three or more participants from the same organisation for AUD $825 each

Email Helen to find out more about our 10 or 20 place packages, custom designed to suit your organisations needs

👩🏻‍💻 Location

Melbourne
Morning tea & lunch provided

All workshops are available for on-site delivery, and the potential for a hybrid format can be discussed.

The Power of Pause: Thinking together to navigate complexity

leadership development workshop with the following:

Ms Helen McKelvie

Helen McKelvie

Helen has had over 25 years of working in organisations to inform her approach to helping others gain insights into how they take up roles and how to achieve greater alignment with individual, team and organisational purpose. Her own roles as internal planning consultant, policy and project manager, and lawyer in workplaces in both the public and private sectors have provided her with first-hand experience of the complexity and challenges of organisational life.

Helen is an alumnus and now teaches in the Master’s program at the National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA). She also has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. In addition to her academic qualifications, Helen is an accredited practitioner of PRISM Brain Mapping, an online, neuroscience-based behaviour mapping instrument, and is a registered Analytic-Network Coach. Helen also has training and experience in workplace mediation and yoga teaching qualifications.

Mr Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell

Over the last several years Thomas has enhanced his extensive professional experience by learning from, and working with, leaders across the executive coaching, group dynamics, and systems psychodynamics fields. A graduate of the NIODA Master of Leadership and Management – Organisation Dynamics, Thomas combines a deep understanding of working in large organisations with a passion for supporting others as they work toward achieving their goals and gaining a deeper awareness of their actions and drivers. Highly skilled in creating a safe environment to support participants explore their roles, Thomas manages the balance between empathy and candour allowing participants to feel secure whilst having their assumptions challenged.

 

 

 

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About NIODA

The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA) offers internationally renowned post-graduate education and research in organisation dynamics, 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.

PO Box 287, Collins Street West,
Melbourne  8007  Australia
+61 (0) 414 529 867
info@nioda.org.au

NIODA acknowledges the Kulin Nations, and respective Traditional Custodians of the lands we work on.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and recognise their enduring sovereignty which has, and continues to, care for Country.
NIODA welcomes the Uluru Statement from the Heart’s invitation to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a collective movement for a better future.

Creating a Culture of Psychological Safety

Creating a Culture of Psychological Safety

Creating a Culture of Psychological Safety: Strategies for building trust and resilience

leadership development workshop

📆 16 February and 19 July 2024

Creating a Culture of Psychological Safety:
Strategies for building trust and resilience

 

Learn by Doing: Transforming Insight into Impactful Action for psychological safety

The pandemic underscored a fundamental truth: trust and resilience form the bedrock upon which teams either falter or flourish in high-pressure work environments. Leaders adept at fostering open communication, encouraging vulnerability, embracing risk-taking, and valuing diverse perspectives cultivate teams that not only endure but actively support each other. In the face of the intricate challenges defining modern work life, such teams not only survive but thrive, weathering overwhelming pressures that can otherwise stifle productivity and innovation. This workshop is designed to help you enhance your ability to nurture psychological safety within your team, creating an environment of trust where innovation thrives, challenges are met with resilience, and collective success is the norm.

At the completion of this full-day workshop you will have:

  • the ability to identify key elements contributing to psychological safety and assess its current state in their teams.
  • valuable insights into the practical and emotional aspects of team interaction that either contribute to or hinder a culture of psychological safety.
  • an understanding of theoretical frameworks for fostering trust and resilience in work environments.
  • actionable psychological safety strategies for translating workshop learnings into elevated levels of trust and resilience in their teams.

What’s included in this full-day workshop?

➣ A facilitated discussion exploring the elements of psychological safety and why it is important leads to a diagnostic exercise for participants to identify the current state of psychological safety in their teams.

➣ Participating in experiential learning through a temporary team exercise offers valuable insights into both the practical and emotional dimensions of collaboration, shedding light on behaviours that may hinder or foster a culture of psychological safety.

➣ A seminar on the theory and practical application of Winnicott’s (1971) concept of the ‘holding environment’ and Hirschhorn and Gilmore’s (1992) ‘managing the boundaries that matter’ for cultivating work environments in which trust and resilience can thrive.

➣ Dedicated time to review how the workshop learning can be applied to address identified team issues allowing participants to leave with practical strategies for taking their team’s psychological safety to new levels.

Who should attend this immersive workshop?

‘Cultivating Psychological Safety: Strategies for building trust and resilience,’ is tailored for leaders seeking to enhance team dynamics and well-being. Whether you oversee people or operations, if you value practical frameworks and hands-on learning to deepen your understanding of psychological safety, this workshop is designed for you. Walk away with actionable strategies to nurture trust, navigate team interactions, and create environments where your team thrives.

Join this immersive one-day leadership development workshop to unlock your leadership potential, address team challenges, and navigate the intricacies of building a resilient and trusting work culture. Embrace this opportunity to excel as a leader, making a lasting impact on your team and contributing to a psychologically safe and innovative workplace.

References

Winnicott, D.W., (1971) Playing and Reality, Tavistock Publications, London
Hirschhorn, L. & Gilmore, T. (1992) ‘The new boundaries of the boundaryless company’, Harvard Business Review, Vol 70 (3) p.104

Creating a Culture of Psychological Safety

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Fridays 16 February and 19 July 2024

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9.30 am – 4.30 pm  🇨🇰  Melbourne
11.30 pm – 6.30 am (eek!) 🇬🇧  London
6.30 pm – 1.30 am 🇺🇸  New York
6.30 am – 1.30 pm 🇸🇬  Singapore

💷  For only

AUD $970

Three or more participants from the same organisation for AUD $825 each

Email Helen to find out more about our 10 or 20 place packages, custom designed to suit your organisations needs

👩🏻‍💻 Location

Bourke Street, Melbourne
Morning tea & lunch provided

All workshops are available for on-site delivery, and the potential for a hybrid format can be discussed.

Creating a Culture of Psychological Safety: Strategies for building trust and resilience

leadership development workshop with the following:

Ms Helen McKelvie

Helen McKelvie

Helen has had over 25 years of working in organisations to inform her approach to helping others gain insights into how they take up roles and how to achieve greater alignment with individual, team and organisational purpose. Her own roles as internal planning consultant, policy and project manager, and lawyer in workplaces in both the public and private sectors have provided her with first-hand experience of the complexity and challenges of organisational life.

Helen is an alumnus and now teaches in the Master’s program at the National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA). She also has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. In addition to her academic qualifications, Helen is an accredited practitioner of PRISM Brain Mapping, an online, neuroscience-based behaviour mapping instrument, and is a registered Analytic-Network Coach. Helen also has training and experience in workplace mediation and yoga teaching qualifications.

Mr Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell

Over the last several years Thomas has enhanced his extensive professional experience by learning from, and working with, leaders across the executive coaching, group dynamics, and systems psychodynamics fields. A graduate of the NIODA Master of Leadership and Management – Organisation Dynamics, Thomas combines a deep understanding of working in large organisations with a passion for supporting others as they work toward achieving their goals and gaining a deeper awareness of their actions and drivers. Highly skilled in creating a safe environment to support participants explore their roles, Thomas manages the balance between empathy and candour allowing participants to feel secure whilst having their assumptions challenged.

 

 

 

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About NIODA

The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA) offers internationally renowned post-graduate education and research in organisation dynamics, 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.

PO Box 287, Collins Street West,
Melbourne  8007  Australia
+61 (0) 414 529 867
info@nioda.org.au

NIODA acknowledges the Kulin Nations, and respective Traditional Custodians of the lands we work on.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and recognise their enduring sovereignty which has, and continues to, care for Country.
NIODA welcomes the Uluru Statement from the Heart’s invitation to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a collective movement for a better future.

Exploring the Experience and Theory of Collective Leadership

Exploring the Experience and Theory of Collective Leadership

Exploring the Experience and Theory of
Collective Leadership

Professor Russ Vince

📆  Friday 1 December 2023

 

The pandemic and its aftermath have brought about changes to the way it is necessary for leadership to be taken up in organisations. Top-down vertical hierarchies have never been more challenged or challenging to work within – burnout is rife. People’s experience of their own and other’s authority in their work roles has been indelibly transformed. This workshop offers a lens to consider alternate ways of leading in organisations.

Exploring the Experience and Theory of Collective Leadership

Most people associate leadership in organisations with the behaviour and actions of key individuals, leadership that is distributed, shared and collective is often undervalued and misunderstood. Collective leadership, defined as ‘influence that stems from more than a single individual’, offers a lens through which to view interpersonal relationships (leadership residing in the group) and system dynamics (leadership residing in the system). It can also be understood as an approach that highlights the plural nature of leadership in practice.

In this workshop, Professor Russ Vince will explore current thinking about collective leadership. Professor Vince will present his recent research on collective emotion and collective leadership and will create an opportunity for participants to experience and reflect on collective leadership in groups.

The aim of the workshop is to explore and experience collective leadership together,
and to reflect on its relevance for contemporary organisations.

At the completion of this full-day workshop you will have:

  • understood some of the thinking that underpins collective leadership
  • reflected on the practice of collective leadership, and
  • experienced the dynamics of collective leadership in a group.

The workshop is designed to encourage individual and collective learning on collective leadership.

What’s included in this one-day workshop?

After an interactive introduction to the concept of collective leadership, Russ will share some recent research on collective leadership in the context of the 2017 Californian wildfires. This will set the scene for experiential group work, which offers an opportunity to study collective leadership together within the workshop group.

Who should attend this immersive workshop?

This workshop is designed for NIODA community members, students, PhD candidates, researchers, leaders, managers and consultants who want to expand their knowledge of leadership in the plural.

Exploring the Experience and Theory of Collective Leadership

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Friday 1 December 2023

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9.30 am – 4.30 pm  🇨🇰  Melbourne
10.30 pm – 5.30 am (eek!) 🇬🇧  London
5.30 pm – 12.30 am 🇺🇸  New York
6.30 am – 1.30 pm 🇸🇬  Singapore

💷  For only

AUD $900

NIODA PhD Candidates and Students AUD $700 each

👩🏻‍💻 Location

Bourke Street, Melbourne and hybrid live interactive online

Exploring the Experience and Theory of Collective Leadership

leadership development workshop with Professor Russ Vince

Professor Russ Vince

Professor Russ Vince

Russ Vince is Professor Emeritus at the School of Management, University of Bath, UK and Honorary Professor of Management at the University of St Andrews, UK. The focus of his research is on management learning and education, the organization of reflection, emotions in organizations and institutions, leadership development, and systems psychodynamics. His research has been published in leading academic journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Human Relations, British Journal of Management, and Management Learning. Russ is a former Editor-in-Chief of Management Learning and a former Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE) journal. In addition to his research, Russ has led developments in the application of psychodynamic experiential learning in Business and Management Schools. Russ is an Academic Staff Member of NIODA’s PhD program, where he leads the Research Design and Methods module.

 

 

 

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About NIODA

The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA) offers internationally renowned post-graduate education and research in organisation dynamics, 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.

PO Box 287, Collins Street West,
Melbourne  8007  Australia
+61 (0) 414 529 867
info@nioda.org.au

NIODA acknowledges the Kulin Nations, and respective Traditional Custodians of the lands we work on.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and recognise their enduring sovereignty which has, and continues to, care for Country.
NIODA welcomes the Uluru Statement from the Heart’s invitation to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a collective movement for a better future.

Building bridges: Unlocking collaborative potential across teams

Building bridges: Unlocking collaborative potential across teams

Building bridges: Unlocking collaborative potential across teams

leadership development workshop

📆 19 April and 20 September 2024

Building Bridges: Unlocking Collaborative Potential Across Teams

This full-day interactive workshop is tailored specifically for corporate managers seeking to unlock the full potential of inter-team collaboration. Gain valuable insights into the dynamics of collaboration among teams operating in complex organisational settings, drawing on principles from group relations theory and the Relational Coordination Model developed at Brandeis University.

At the completion of this full-day workshop you will have:

  • insights into the dynamics of collaboration among teams in complex organisational setting

  • expanded your understanding beyond vertical/hierarchical work structures by focusing on interdependent relationships within and between teams

  • connected workshop learnings so you can map and analyse real-world collaboration challenges within your organisation

  • developed strategies for improving collaborative relationships across teams to make a lasting impact within your organisation.

What’s included in this full-day workshop?

Put theory into practice in an experiential intergroup event designed to simulate real-life group dynamics and intergroup relations. Multiple teams participate, each with a defined task and shared objectives, creating a unique opportunity to explore the dynamics of intergroup relations, power dynamics, communication patterns, and other factors that influence collaboration and cooperation. Participants engage in interactions, negotiations, and decision-making processes within the simulated system, allowing you to gain insights into your own roles, behaviours, and the dynamics that unfold between different groups.

The comprehensive debrief that follows the intergroup event is a valuable opportunity for reflection, learning, and deeper understanding of the underlying dynamics at play.

The day also includes a short seminar in which we outline some intergroup theory and introduce the Relational Coordination Model. Emphasising lateral relationships, we’ll delve into the importance of shared knowledge, shared goals, and mutual respect in fostering effective collaboration.

Through exercises that link intergroup event insights and relational coordination mapping, you’ll gain experience and practical tools to analyse and address current collaboration issues between teams in your organisation.

“The intergroup event was an intense learning experience. I came away knowing how I could be a better team leader, and how to engage with my colleagues in other teams.”

– Rhianna Perkin, Senion Consultant Psychologist

“The intergroup event was an eye-opening experience. I understood more of the barriers to collaboration and what to do to overcome them.”

– Cameron Brooks, Leadership Consultant

Who should attend this immersive workshop?

This workshop is designed for team leaders and managers who are eager to transform collaboration within their organisations. It is particularly beneficial for individuals who are responsible for leading and managing in complex organisational settings, where there are interdependencies amongst teams.

Managers who want to gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of collaboration among teams will find valuable insights in this workshop. For those who may be familiar with vertical/hierarchical work structures or looking to expand understanding beyond them, this workshop focuses on interdependent relationships within and between teams to unlock the collaborative potential to deliver on shared organisational purpose.

Attend this workshop and gain the knowledge, tools, and strategies to foster effective collaboration, navigate complex organisational settings, and unlock the full potential of inter-team relationships. Become a transformative leader who drives collaboration, achieves shared goals, and makes a lasting impact within your organisation.

Unlocking collaborative potential across teams

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19 April and 20 September 2024

⏰ Session Time

9.30 am – 4.30 pm  🇨🇰  Melbourne
11.30 pm – 6.30 am (eek!) 🇬🇧  London
6.30 pm – 1.30 am 🇺🇸  New York
6.30 am – 1.30 pm 🇸🇬  Singapore

💷  For only

AUD $970 

Three or more participants from the same organisation for AUD $825 each

Email Helen to find out more about our 10 or 20 place packages, custom designed to suit your organisations needs

👩🏻‍💻 Location

Bourke Street, Melbourne
Morning tea & lunch provided

All workshops are available for on-site delivery, and the potential for a hybrid format can be discussed.

Building bridges: Unlocking collaborative potential across teams

leadership development workshop with the following:

Ms Helen McKelvie

Helen McKelvie

Helen has had over 25 years of working in organisations to inform her approach to helping others gain insights into how they take up roles and how to achieve greater alignment with individual, team and organisational purpose. Her own roles as internal planning consultant, policy and project manager, and lawyer in workplaces in both the public and private sectors have provided her with first-hand experience of the complexity and challenges of organisational life.

Helen is an alumnus and now teaches in the Master’s program at the National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA). She also has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. In addition to her academic qualifications, Helen is an accredited practitioner of PRISM Brain Mapping, an online, neuroscience-based behaviour mapping instrument, and is a registered Analytic-Network Coach. Helen also has training and experience in workplace mediation and yoga teaching qualifications.

Mr Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell

Over the last several years Thomas has enhanced his extensive professional experience by learning from, and working with, leaders across the executive coaching, group dynamics, and systems psychodynamics fields. A graduate of the NIODA Master of Leadership and Management – Organisation Dynamics, Thomas combines a deep understanding of working in large organisations with a passion for supporting others as they work toward achieving their goals and gaining a deeper awareness of their actions and drivers. Highly skilled in creating a safe environment to support participants explore their roles, Thomas manages the balance between empathy and candour allowing participants to feel secure whilst having their assumptions challenged.

 

 

 

.

About NIODA

The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA) offers internationally renowned post-graduate education and research in organisation dynamics, 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.

PO Box 287, Collins Street West,
Melbourne  8007  Australia
+61 (0) 414 529 867
info@nioda.org.au

NIODA acknowledges the Kulin Nations, and respective Traditional Custodians of the lands we work on.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and recognise their enduring sovereignty which has, and continues to, care for Country.
NIODA welcomes the Uluru Statement from the Heart’s invitation to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a collective movement for a better future.

Managing from the middle

Managing from the middle

Managing from the Middle: The Art of Influencing Up, Down, and Sideways

leadership development workshop

📆 22 March and 16 August 2024

Managing from the middle: The art of influencing up, down and sideways

Welcome to “Managing in the middle: The art of influencing up, down, and sideways,” an immersive workshop that delves into the complexities and pressures of managing in the middle of organisations.

In today’s dynamic and fast-paced business environment, organisational life has become increasingly complex. Managers find themselves at the intersection of various roles, responsibilities, and expectations, creating complexity, and the pressure of constant challenges. Navigating the demands of overwhelmed executives, overburdened workers, dissatisfied customers, and fellow harried people managers can be overwhelming. This workshop is designed to help you deal with feeling stuck in the middle, learning how to influence up, down and across your organisation.

At the completion of this full-day workshop you will:

  • understand power dynamics and leadership challenges, enhancing collaboration skills for managing the middle
  • identify opportunities for influence from the perspective of managing the middle and navigating tensions between organisational layers
  • visualise and analyse power networks within and beyond the organisation, identifying potential collaborators and impact areas for managing more effectively
  • apply insights to address current management dilemmas, developing practical strategies for more influence in managing the middle.

What’s included in this one-day workshop?

Experiential learning in a ‘Uppers, middles and lowers’ exercise, based on the work of Barry Oshry (2007), gives you valuable insights into the practical and emotional experiences of roles in a hierarchy. By understanding the dynamics at play and how to influence, you are equipped to interact effectively and navigate the complexities with more confidence.

The workshop also incorporates a seminar on the dynamics of managing in the middle of organisations, as well as a ‘network mapping’ exercise, enabling you to visualise the networks of power and influence within and beyond your organisation. This exercise helps you locate yourself, grasp the interconnectedness of roles, identify opportunities for collaboration, and take a networked approach to managing effectively in and from the middle.

The combination of experiential learning and theoretical frameworks delivers practical insights, tools, and strategies to navigate the complexities of hierarchies, interact effectively, and take a networked approach to managing in and from the middle.

“I found the ‘Uppers, middles and lowers‘ exercise so powerful. It revealed the emotional nuances of each level, which gave me profound insights into my own and others’ experiences back in my workplace”

– Cameron Brooks, Leadership Consultant

“The ‘Uppers, Middles, Lowers‘ exercise transformed my perspective on collaboration and hierarchy – a game-changer!”

– Susan Campbell, Associate Executive Director

Who should attend this immersive workshop?

This workshop is designed for managers seeking to increase their influence and become effective agents of change in their organisations. This includes managers of people and operations. If you value practical frameworks and experiential learning with others to gain a deeper understanding of workplace, this workshop is for you. Expect to come away with actionable strategies for managing up, leading your teams, and building strong networks of peers in the middle.

Join us in ‘Managing from the middle: The art of influencing up, down, and sideways’ to unlock your potential, overcome the frustrations of middle management, and navigate the complexities of organisational life with skill and confidence. Embrace this opportunity to excel as a manager in the middle and make a lasting impact within your organisation.

The art of influencing up, down & sideways

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Fridays 22 March and 16 August 2024

⏰ Session Time

9.30 am – 4.30 pm  🇨🇰  Melbourne
12.30 am – 7.30 am (eek!) 🇬🇧  London
7.30 pm – 2.30 am 🇺🇸  New York
7.30 am – 2.30 pm 🇸🇬  Singapore

💷  For only

AUD $970 

Three or more participants from the same organisation for AUD $825 each

Email Helen to find out more about our 10 or 20 place packages, custom designed to suit your organisations needs

👩🏻‍💻 LOCATION

Bourke Street, Melbourne
Morning tea & lunch provided

All workshops are available for on-site delivery, and the potential for a hybrid format can be discussed.

Managing from the Middle: The Art of Influencing Up, Down, and Sideways

leadership development workshop with the following:

Ms Helen McKelvie

Helen McKelvie

Helen has had over 25 years of working in organisations to inform her approach to helping others gain insights into how they take up roles and how to achieve greater alignment with individual, team and organisational purpose. Her own roles as internal planning consultant, policy and project manager, and lawyer in workplaces in both the public and private sectors have provided her with first-hand experience of the complexity and challenges of organisational life.

Helen is an alumnus and now teaches in the Master’s program at the National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA). She also has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. In addition to her academic qualifications, Helen is an accredited practitioner of PRISM Brain Mapping, an online, neuroscience-based behaviour mapping instrument, and is a registered Analytic-Network Coach. Helen also has training and experience in workplace mediation and yoga teaching qualifications.

Mr Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell

Over the last several years Thomas has enhanced his extensive professional experience by learning from, and working with, leaders across the executive coaching, group dynamics, and systems psychodynamics fields. A graduate of the NIODA Master of Leadership and Management – Organisation Dynamics, Thomas combines a deep understanding of working in large organisations with a passion for supporting others as they work toward achieving their goals and gaining a deeper awareness of their actions and drivers. Highly skilled in creating a safe environment to support participants explore their roles, Thomas manages the balance between empathy and candour allowing participants to feel secure whilst having their assumptions challenged.

 

 

 

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About NIODA

The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA) offers internationally renowned post-graduate education and research in organisation dynamics, 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.

PO Box 287, Collins Street West,
Melbourne  8007  Australia
+61 (0) 414 529 867
info@nioda.org.au

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We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and recognise their enduring sovereignty which has, and continues to, care for Country.
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