Professional subscription

Professional subscription

Professional subscription

Individual and organisational learning

NIODA has a new offering for alumni, past consulting clients and those who value the way we work:

Professional subscription

for individual and organisational learning

 

Keep your systems psychodynamic skills fresh:
think with peers, be challenged to go deeper and create fresh insights and adaptive responses

Professional subscription at NIODA gives you dedicated hours with an experienced NIODA practitioner who is available to work with you on current work role dilemmas and organisational challenges.

Use these hours in whatever ways work for you – coaching, debriefing, or utilising some of our suite of services, including workplace observations, current state analysis or group workshops.

For alumni, the subscription supports you to continue applying what you’ve learned and take up your authority as a practitioner and organisational leader. It’s a way of keeping your systems psychodynamic lens polished – thinking with others within the boundaries of professional confidentiality.

NIODA’s subscription sessions create guaranteed reflection time and a safe container for reflecting on experience in the workplace. Both are core to systems psychodynamic practice and invaluable to growing in whatever role you are in.

 

Guaranteed reflection time – so you actually stop and do the thinking you need to do in your role.

 

In addition to your dedicated subscription hours, this package also includes regular facilitated group supervision sessions so you continue to learn and reflect with peers.

 

Plus

* attendance at NIODA seminars for free

* discounts on NIODA events held during the subscription period

The annual professional subscription packing includes:

 

  • 15 hours of individual professional subscription time – designed and scheduled to suit your needs – e.g. one hour sessions at regular intervals or as needed, shorter debrief or catch-up sessions
  • Ten group supervision sessions (monthly from the date of subscription) – maximum six participants (bring what you are working on and have the group help identify what may be happening beneath the surface)
  • Attend NIODA Seminars free
  • NIODA Symposium ½ price
  • 25% discount on NIODA events (e.g. workshops, GRCs)
  • 25% discount on NIODA services contracted during the subscription period
Over $8,801 value

for only $4,920* plus GST (that’s $410 per month)!

* further discounts available (see Terms and Conditions)

The six month professional subscription package includes:

  • Seven hours of individual supervision time – scheduled to suit your needs – e.g. one hour sessions at regular intervals or as needed, shorter debrief or catch-up sessions
  • Four group supervision sessions (monthly from April – August) – maximum six participants
  • Attend NIODA Seminars free of charge
  • NIODA Symposium for ½ price
  • 20% discount on NIODA events (e.g. workshops, GRCs)
  • 20% discount on NIODA Consulting services contracted during the subscription period

for only $2,940 plus GST ($490 per month)

Consultants

Opening the space to think differently and to go on thinking in the face of turbulence;
exploring and creating possibilities

Dr Brigid Nossal

Dr Brigid Nossal

Deputy CEO & Director of Consulting

Ms Helen McKelvie

Ms Helen McKelvie

Associate Director of Consulting

Dr Wendy Harding

Dr Wendy Harding

CEO & Director of Academic Programs

Ms Jennifer Burrows

Ms Jennifer Burrows

Principal Consultant

Terms and Conditions

NIODA Professional Supervision

The subscription period runs for one year/six months from the date of receipt of the first monthly or full subscription payment.

By purchasing a subscription you are committing to payment of the full fee for the agreed time. Any of the subscription activities not taken up within the subscription period are forfeited unless otherwise agreed by NIODA.

Payment on invoice from NIODA 14 day terms.

10% discount available for:

  • upfront payment for the full subscription fee
  • groups of three or more from one organisation.

Group supervision sessions are scheduled to suit full-time workers, i.e. outside of 9 am – 5 pm Mon – Fri. Timing to be arranged with subscribers.

Strict confidentiality applies to all information shared in the sessions (individual and group). Any concerns about the sensitivity of particular matters shared in the sessions should be raised by subscribers with their NIODA practitioner/group supervisor.

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.

Get In Touch

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

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The psycho-dynamics of human animal connections

The psycho-dynamics of human animal connections

The psycho-dynamics of human animal connections

Eight-week live interactive online course

Prof Susan Long & Margo Lockhart

The psycho-dynamics of human animal connections

Eight-week live interactive online course with

Professor Susan Long & Margo Lockhart

 

Starting 5 October 2022

This course is open to participants interested in how the psychodynamics of human animal connections might aid you in your professional and private lives. It is designed as a pilot course at a postgraduate level although there are no pre-requisite studies required. It will be conducted live interactive online via zoom.

Course Content

This course explores the spaces that animals occupy in human social and cultural worlds and the interactions humans have with them. Central to the subject is an exploration of the notion of sentience, who or what we see as sentient, and what significance this has in human group, organisational and social behaviours. Participants explore their own connections and relationships with animals.

The course involves four main areas: how societies ‘construct’ animals through literature, film, art, and cultural ceremonies; the ecological significance of human animal connectedness; how humans use animals through economies such as farming, domestication, laboratory use of animals and the consumption of animals and related phenomena such as the concept of the ‘meat paradox’; and finally attitudes to animals, where participants explore human-pet relationships and the concept of anthropomorphism.

Participants are invited to examine their own interactions with animals through methods such as the use of drawing and a field trip to an organisation which is associated with animals. This might be a pet store, an animal welfare group, a farm, a zoo; or involvement in a program involving animals, such as a horse whispering program.

Participants also explore various attitudes to animals within a small group and observe the dynamics that occur throughout this exploration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course participants would be expected to attain
knowledge about and insight into:

  • The definition of ‘animal’ and our own ‘animality’;
  • Animals as symbols in human systems- in literature the arts, folk lore, cults and ceremonial ceremonies;
  • The emerging discipline of ‘Anthrozoology’, the study of the interactions between humans and other animals;
  • The co-evolution of humans and animals;
  • The ways animals are used, consumed, thought about, and ‘not thought about’ in our personal and work systems;
  • The concept of ‘carnism’ as defined by Melanie Joy (2010).

and skills in:

  • Identification and management of unconscious processes related to animals in everyday life;
  • Identifying and working with paradox;
  • Intercultural and institutionalised understanding of various attitudes and treatment of animals and collaboration on these issues;
  • Understanding social defences and one’s own individual defences against unpleasant truths;
  • Drawing, writing and verbally articulating one’s own attitudes and actions with relation to animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References (for interest)

Bastian, B., Loughnan, S., Haslam, N., & Radke, H. R. M. (2012). Don’t mind meat? The denial of mind to animals used for human consumption. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38,
247–256.

DeMello, M. (2012). Animals and society. An introduction to human–animal studies. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Herzog, H. (2010) Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat. Why it’s so Hard to Think Straight about Animals. USA. Harper Collins.

Hutchins,G. and Storm, L. (2019) Regenerative Leadership. The DNA of life affirming 21 st century organisations. Wordzworth.

Joy, M. (2010). Why we Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows. San Francisco: Conari Press

Long, S. (2015) Turning a Blind Eye to Climate Change, in Organisational & Social Dynamics 15(2) Melbourne, pp. 248–262

Lovelock, J. (2009). The Vanishing Face of Gai. A Final Warning. London: Penguin Books.

Mann, C. (2018). Vystopia. The anguish of being vegan in a non-vegan world. Sydney: Communicate31

Oppenlander, R. (2012). Comfortably Unaware: What we choose to eat is killing us and our planet. New York: Beaufort Books.

Ricard, M. (2016). A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion. Colorado: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

Rust, M. J. (2020) Towards an Ecopsychotherapy. London, Confer Books.

Safron Foer, J. (2009). Eating Animals. London: Penguin Books.

Scharmer, C.O. (2016) Theory U, Leading from the Future as It Emerges, United States: Random House, Edition 2

Singer, P. (1975). Animal liberation (1 st ed). New York: Harper Collins.

Smith, K. (2019) The Abundance-Scarcity Paradox. USA: Outskirts Press.

Stacey, R. (2010) Complexity and Organizational Reality: Uncertainty and the Need to Rethink Management after the Collapse of Investment Capitalism. UK, Routledge; 2nd edition.

Steiner, J. (1999) Turning a Blind Eye. The Cover Up for Oedipus, in Bell, D. (editor) Psychoanalysis and Culture. A Kleinian Perspective. Gerard Duckworth & Co. Ltd. London., pp 86 – 102

Wheatley, M. (2006). Leadership and the New Science. Discovering Order in a Chaotic World. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.

Western, S. (2019). Leadership: A Critical Text. United Kingdom. Footprint Books

The psycho-dynamics of human animal connections: Prof Susan Long & Margo Lockhart

AUD $2,400 for eight live interactive online two-and-half-hour sessions

Early-bird special price AUD $2,100 before 31 August

This is fully interactive and online. The commitment is for eight, two-hour-and-half hour sessions. A certificate of completion will be given to participants who complete the course.

Certificate

Starting Wednesday 5 October

6 – 8.30 pm 🇨🇰  Melbourne
3 – 5.30 am (eek!) 🇺🇸  New York
7 – 9.30 am 🇬🇧 London
9 – 11.30 am 🇿🇦 South Africa
12.30 – 3 pm 🇮🇳 New Delhi
3 – 5.30 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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The psycho-dynamics of human animal connections

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Susan Long, Director of Research & Scholarship NIODA

Professor Susan Long

Psycho-dynamics of human-animal connections

Susan Long is a Melbourne based organisational consultant and executive coach. Previously, Professor of Creative and Sustainable Organisation at RMIT University, she is now a Professor and Director of Research at the National Institute for Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA) and a coach and consultant in private practice. She is an associate of the University of Melbourne Executive Programs and teaches at INSEAD in Singapore and the University of Divinity in Melbourne where she is involved in a coaching program. 

Susan has consulted to organisational change in the health and justice sectors and coached senior executives across many sectors. She has worked with executives from many different nationalities and from diverse industries, having taught or consulted in the UK, the USA, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Israel, Thailand and Singapore. Susan also works as a supervisor and coach for organisational development professionals in Australia and Singapore. She has over 35 years of experience with Group Relations, having been on staff or directed many conferences.

Susan has been in a leadership position in many professional organisations and
has published ten books and many articles in books and scholarly journals, is General Editor of the journal Socioanalysis and an Associate Editor with Organisational and Social Dynamics. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Mental Health at Work with Comcare and a past member of the Board of the Judicial College of Victoria (2011-2016). Susan is a distinguished member of ISPSO.

Margo Lockhart

Margo Lockhart

Psycho-dynamics of human-animal connections

Margo Lockhart is a highly regarded facilitator, designer and coach with a deserved reputation for developing trust and rapport in the working environment. She regularly facilitates management and leadership programs, as well as courses in Emotional Intelligence, Team Dynamics and Influencing Skills. With an academic background in education, counselling and organisational dynamics, Margo brings a disciplined and reflective focus to her work.

Margo’s academic focus combines her extensive experience in leadership development and group dynamics with her love of animals and her interest in sustainability. Her doctorate work is in the ‘social politics of meat’, an exploration of what is talked about, and not talked about, concerning the animals we raise and consume. She has a particular interest in the ‘meat paradox’- the fact that we can both love and eat animals, and the cognitive dissonance and dissociation this entails. She is also an experienced board director, having spent 10 years on the boards of various environmental groups.

When & Where

NIODA Pyscho-dynamics of human animal connections: Eight week live interactive online course with Professor Susan Long & Margo Lockhart

📆  Dates

Wednesdays 5 October – 23 November 2022

⏰. Session Times

6 – 8.30 pm 🇨🇰  Melbourne
3 – 5.30 am (eek!) 🇺🇸  New York
7 – 9.30 am 🇬🇧 London
9 – 11.30 am 🇿🇦 South Africa
12.30 – 3 pm 🇮🇳 New Delhi
3 – 5.30 pm 🇸🇬  Singapore

Due to changes in different countries for daylight savings, summertime, wintertime there will be variations.

💷  For only

AUD $2,400 including; all eight two-hour-and-half hour sessions; weekly readings, and critical discussions with limited participant numbers

Early-bird special price AUD $2,100 until 31 August

👩🏻‍💻. 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 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.

Get In Touch

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

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Small Study Group 2022

Small Study Group 2022

Small Study Group Series

Seven online sessions with

Dr Wendy Harding

Small Study Group Series

Seven live interactive online sessions with

Dr Wendy Harding

 

Seven two-hour sessions

Two time options starting March 2022

NIODA is offering an exciting and valuable opportunity to explore online small group dynamics through participation in a small study group. Studying online small group dynamics provides an edge to the work we are all currently engaged in on virtual mediums. The study group method is that of 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 online and onsite 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.

Dr Wendy Harding will lead and manage the sessions, along with taking up the consultant role to the study group.

Small Study Group Series: Dr Wendy Harding

AUD $2,000 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. 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.

There is also an option to study this as a subject of the NIODA Master of Leadership and Management (Organisation Dynamics) course which includes an additional three sessions and assignments are required. Please contact admin@nioda.org.au for details.

Starting Monday 7 March option

3 – 5 pm 🇨🇰  Melbourne
11 pm Sunday – 1 am 🇺🇸  New York
4 – 6 am (eek!) 🇬🇧 London
6 – 8 am 🇿🇦 South Africa
9.30 – 11.30 am 🇮🇳 New Delhi
12  – 3 pm 🇸🇬  Singapore

or

Starting Tuesday 8 March option

7 – 9 am 🇨🇰  Melbourne
3 pm Monday – 5 pm 🇺🇸  New York
8 pm Monday – 10 pm 🇬🇧  London
10 pm Monday – 12 am 🇿🇦 South Africa
1.30 – 3.30 am (eek!) 🇮🇳 New Delhi
4 – 6 am (eek!) 🇸🇬  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 sessions will start at:

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Small Study Group 2022

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Wendy Harding, CEO NIODA

Dr Wendy Harding

Small Study Group Series

CEO & Director of Academic Programs NIODA, Australia

Wendy Harding has been actively involved in the field of organisation dynamics in Australia for 30 years. She has been an educator for 25 years, first at Swinburne University, then RMIT, and since 2014 at the National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA). Wendy is currently the NIODA’s CEO and Director of Academic Programs. Wendy is also faculty in both the NIODA master’s degree and PhD.

Study group is a unique and powerful method for understanding the ways in which covert dynamics impact the way that groups and systems work towards tasks, or alternatively seek to avoid the task. Avoidance can occur as a result of the challenging experience of being in a group, the task itself and the contextual forces acting on the group, or all of the above together. Wendy has had decades of experience in introducing ideas about deeper group dynamics and their impacts on the group through the study group consultant role. It is a critical capacity of the study group consultant to co-create with the group safe enough conditions for in-depth learning to occur. Wendy brings her extensive knowledge and experience to this task. Participants of study groups are then able to translate their learning to a greater understanding of, and influence upon their own workplace group dynamics, both online and onsite. This learning is a significant professional edge for all leaders, managers and team members.

When & Where

NIODA Small Study Group Series 2022: Seven two-hour live interactive online sessions with Dr Wendy Harding

📆  Dates

Monday’s

7, 21 & 28 March
4 & 11 April
2 & 9 May

⏰. Session Times

3 – 5 pm 🇨🇰  Melbourne
11 pm Sunday – 1 am 🇺🇸  New York
4 – 6 am (eek!) 🇬🇧 London
6 – 8 am 🇿🇦 South Africa
9.30 – 11.30 am 🇮🇳 New Delhi
12  – 3 pm 🇸🇬  Singapore

Due to changes in different countries for daylight savings, summertime, wintertime there will be variations.

📆  Dates

Tuesday’s

8, 15 & 22 March
5, 12 & 26 April
3 May

⏰. Session Times

7 – 9 am 🇨🇰  Melbourne
3 pm Monday – 5 pm 🇺🇸  New York
8 pm Monday – 10 pm 🇬🇧 London
10 pm Monday – 12 am 🇿🇦 South Africa
1.30 – 3.30 am (eek!) 🇮🇳 New Delhi
4 – 6 am (eek!) 🇸🇬  Singapore

Due to changes in different countries for daylight savings, summertime, wintertime there will be variations.

💷  For only

AUD $2,000 including; all seven two-hour sessions; study group, weekly readings, and critical discussions with limited participant numbers

There is an option to study this as a subject of the NIODA Master of Leadership and Management (Organisation Dynamics) course which includes an additional three sessions and assignments are required. Please contact admin@nioda.org.au for 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 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.

Get In Touch

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

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Masters preview sessions

Masters preview sessions

Master’s Preview

This preview session is an opportunity for you to experience a snapshot of the NIODA degree; to begin discovering the value of this type of study; and to meet others who are considering this course

Masters Preview

Two live interactive online sessions

NIODA is offering an experiential preview, a good entrée to the master’s course.

The two sessions previewing the Master of Leadership and Management (Organisation Dynamics) course are an opportunity for you to experience a snapshot of what starting the course might feel like. Begin discovering the value of this type of study and to meet others who may also be considering enrolment in 2022.

The workshop will be held across two online and interactive sittings. In each, you will be introduced to concepts and methods that are learnt about in the course. Reading material is provided for each week.

If you would like to find out more about the sessions, please don’t hesitate to make contact.

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Masters Preview Session

📆  Date  ⏰ Time

Sundays 16 and 30 January 2022
🇺🇸 4 – 5.30 pm New York
🇬🇧 9 – 10.30 pm London
🇫🇷 10 – 11.30 pm Paris
🇿🇦 11 pm – 12.30 am Cape Town
Mondays 17 and 31 January 2022
🇮🇳 2.30 – 4 am New Dehli (eek!)
🇸🇬 5 – 6.30 am Singapore/Perth
🇦🇺 7.30 – 9 am Adelaide
🇦🇺 7 – 8.30 am Brisbane
🇦🇺 8 – 9.30 am  Melbourne/Sydney

🔖 Details

Two preview sessions – a good entre to the course.

👩🏻‍💻 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 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.

Get In Touch

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

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NIODA Colloquium 2021

NIODA Colloquium 2021

NIODA Colloquium 2021

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

NIODA Colloquium 2021

9.30 am – 3.30 pm (Melbourne time)  Friday 29 October

The NIODA Colloquium is a forum where final year students in the Master of Leadership and Management (Organisation Dynamics) present the outcomes of their action research with participating organisations. The research projects are the culmination of three years of postgraduate study for the students. The projects 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 graduates have presented their work at international conferences and had their work published in refereed journals.

NIODA Colloquium 2021

There are nine live, interactive online half-hour presentation and discussion sessions.

FREE!  Please register to receive details

Friday 29 October from 9.30 am – 3.30 pm (Melbourne time).

We invite you to attend the sessions across the day that work with your timetable.

9.30 am – 3.30 pm 🇨🇰  Melbourne
11.30 pm – 5.30 am (eek!) 🇬🇧  London
6.30 pm – 12.30 am 🇺🇸  New York
6.30 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:

time start

NIODA Colloquium 2021

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9.30 – 9.40 AM

Welcome & introduction
Professor Susan Long

9.40 – 10.15 AM

Lee Esposito
“Exploring a Change Approach:
Sitting in the cracks to figure what is happening in the whole”

10.15 – 10.45 AM

Kelly Hallinan
“Mothers, Metaphors and Meaning Making:
The power of the use of metaphors during Organisational change”

10.45 – 11.15 AM

Andie Meredith
“Through Transitional Space Comes the
Re-discovery of Power and Authority”

11.15 – 11.30 AM

break

11.30 – 12.05 PM

Mahesh Kandasamy
“What if COVID disruption is an invitation to engage in
symbiotic collaboration and create sustainable futures?”

12.05 – 12.35 PM

Janet Searle
“Anxiety in the time of COVID:
How might action research assist leaders to navigate their organisation through a pandemic?”

12.35 – 1.00 PM

lunch break

1.00 – 1.30 PM

Sally King
“Finder, Grinder, Minder, Binder and Miner –
what makes business development work in law firms?”

1.30 – 2.05 PM

Diana Amato
“We’re not robots’! Survival in the bad, sad, glad, and
mad world of people in groups in organisations”

2.05 – 2.35 PM

Belinda Bywaters
“Holding a Transitional Space”

2.35 – 3.05 PM

Rhianna Perkin
“Leading to the Edge:
Supporting teams and organisations through change related grief”

3.05 – 3.30 PM

Professor Susan Long
Open plenary

When & Where

NIODA Colloquium 2021

📆  Date

Friday 29 October 2021

⏰. Time

9.30 am – 3.30 pm 🇨🇰  Melbourne
11.30 mid – 5.30 am (eek!) 🇬🇧  London
6.30 pm – 12.30 am 🇺🇸  New York
6.30 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 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.

Get In Touch

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

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The shadow of our limiting beliefs

The shadow of our limiting beliefs

The shadow of our limiting beliefs

Sunitha Lal

The shadow of our limiting beliefs

At a Group Relations Conference two years back, the Primary Task was: to study the exercise of authority in the taking up of roles through the interpersonal, inter-group, and institutional relations that develop within the conference as an organisation, within its wider context.

During this conference, the identities I was recognized by were ‘woman’, ‘middle aged’, and ‘brown’. What struck me is that these labels are given as a limiting force by the system. I agree that I am brown and I am middle-aged – but that defines ‘what is’; it does not limit me.
Here is my experience regarding two separate incidents at this conference, in the space of these identities:

Incident 1:

In the Large study group where the entire group met, the seating arrangement was that of two spirals in double-coil format. For a few days, men took the centre of the spiral. Nothing moved forward in the group, we were neither exploring nor discussing, and there was this feeling of being stuck. With some planning, one fine day, we women took over the centre of the spiral.

As we were sitting in the centre and enjoying what we have achieved, the group started slowly waking up to the reality of what happened. A new reality. Some were congratulating us, some were seeing us in a new light; there was some recognition and appreciation. The earlier occupants were stunned and were lamenting how the middle-aged women took over their seats and that they were feeling emasculated. There was also a discussion on how all the women sitting in the centre were middle-aged, and the young women were left out.

At that moment, one voice from the further end of the spiral asked

“Are you planning to do anything? I understand you took over the space but what are you going to do now?”

She was young and I could sense disappointment. When men occupied the centre-stage, nothing more was expected, but with women occupying it, something more was demanded. That too from other women. There was disappointment for not achieving more and ambivalence towards the formation of alliances with the older women.

The ‘middle-aged women’- I wonder what we represented – the mothers they resented? Shame if we were not cool enough or effective enough? Is it envy or competition? Also, in patriarchal systems, men use women as gate-keepers to keep the outliers inline – no one should stray, no one can reach forward, no moonshots.

Incident 2:

In a separate inter-group event, my colleague and I went to the group that called themselves a diversity group. As I started speaking, they were looking at my colleague and responding to her. It was almost like I was not there. Later, I went to the same group requesting them for a meeting. I shared the need for the meeting, our request, the task, venue and time. But when we met them, they asked basic questions as if I had not shared all the information earlier. It was puzzling. My colleague and I explored this with the members from the diversity group.

The three women from the diversity group accepted that they were not able to see me in a leadership position, as I was brown. They were able to respond to my colleague who was Caucasian and were not able to acknowledge what I was saying. Interestingly, two in that group were from the UK, the colonizer, and I am from India, the colonized. Later, one of them apologized profusely.

Reminiscence

When we are in a group it is not about the self, it is about what’s happening in the group, the organization, or institution. Where is the intersecting point? When you can’t see me or hear me, where will we meet to know each other? There is an unconscious and immediate negation of mutual recognition. That was the question that haunted me.

Moreover, I had a choice in whether I wanted to feel limited, labeled, judged or cheated. But in many ways, these identities are part of what I am. I felt proud and centred as I embraced them. Also, what I am today does not stop the million possibilities of what I can become in the future – and it is into this beautiful future that I walk forward and onward.

Sunitha Lal

October 2021

The shadow of our limiting beliefs

Finding our Moorings during Uncertain Times

Sunitha Lal, MLM

NIODA Group Relations Conference staff member

 

Sunitha Lal is the CHRO at Ather Energy and has more than twenty-five years’ of experience in the space of organisational development and people practices. She actively engages with and contributes to forums and platforms that focus on building Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Mindful Leadership, and Organisational Behaviour. She has participated in GR conferences and workshops as a member and staff since 2015 and is an Associate Member of Group Relations India. She is a strong proponent of the oral tradition of storytelling and is the author of the book ‘Dotting the Blemish and Other Stories’, a collection of short stories about women’s lives embedded in patriarchy.

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