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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📆  Date

Friday 1 December 2023

⏰ Session Time

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.

 

 

 

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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.

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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📆  Date

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

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.

Group Relations Conference 2023

Group Relations Conference 2023

Authority, Role, and Distributed Leadership in the Hybrid Workplace:
the challenge of transforming experience

NIODA Group Relations Working Conference

Live interactive onsite and online
30 October – 3 November 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s take the time to discover together what’s really going on in organisations today…

 

An Invitation to Explore

 

We all know the familiar refrain of increasing complexity and disruption in contemporary work life, but how are we to respond, collectively and individually? As awareness of our interdependence, diversity, and vulnerability grows, questions about how we exercise authority and leadership appropriately demand our attention.

The concept of distributed leadership emerged in management and leadership discourses around the early 2000s. It marked a shift away from a preoccupation with identifying the desirable ‘leadership’ attributes of individuals to the recognition that leadership is a distributed, co-created and collective process. In the achievement of any organisational task, leadership moves from one part of an interconnected system to another. It can occur anywhere in the chain of exchanges between people in the course of work and it can shift from one person to another and back again. So when we speak of organisations shifting to more distributed leadership, this is perhaps less about an aspiration on behalf of a Board, CEO, or Executive Group of a desirable ‘thing’ to be achieved and transitioned to and more about a change in perspective about the true nature of leadership. This Group Relations Conference (GRC) provides an opportunity to discover distributed leadership in action in yourself and in others as we work together on the conference task.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have shifted to online or hybrid working arrangements. For most of us, this occurred so fast, that there has barely been time to consider the impact on ourselves, on our roles, on leadership, and on our work relations. As a temporary learning organisation, this GRC, structured as a hybrid offering, lets us learn deeply from our experience of how it works.

About Group Relations Conferences

 

The conference is created as a temporary learning organisation. It offers members and staff a unique opportunity to enquire deeply, to learn from experience, and to transform habitual ways of making sense of group dynamics and organisational life. As one past member described it,

‘the GRC experience is like clearing several layers of cobwebs from in front of my eyes; to make visible so much that can seem obscure and mysterious in the experience of taking up a role, leading and following in organisations. I now have so many more insights and resources to draw upon in how I go forward as a leader’.

This GRC is designed in the Tavistock tradition and is essentially an invitation to examine your experiences of relatedness (both conscious and unconscious) in organisations: between yourself and your role; between you and your co-workers; as between groups within the organisation; within the organisation as a whole and between the organisation and the wider community and global context in which it exists and operates.

What is a Group Relations Conference (GRC) and why is it important?

What is the big deal
about Authority?

Why is the idea of 'Role' important?

Distributed leadership - are we up for it?

The Primary Task of the Conference

 

The Primary Task of an organisation was originally described by the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations as the work the organisation must do if it is to survive. It defines its nature and reason for existing. This GRC is created to enable learning from experience about conscious and unconscious dynamics that exist in the temporary organisation of the conference. The aim is to discover new insights and promote understanding of ‘back home’ work phenomena.

Participants will join with conference staff to work on the Primary Task: with a spirit of enquiry, to explore and study the exercise of authority and leadership in the taking up of roles through the interpersonal, intergroup and institutional relations that develop within the conference as an organisation in its wider context.

Who Is The Conference For?

 

The conference is for those who wish to grow their understanding and practice of working with, leading and following others. You may be a leader, manager, consultant, educator, researcher, clinician administrator, student, service provider, professional or technical worker who seeks to promote organisational creativity, health and productivity through thoughtful action and reflective learning.

Previous experience of an experiential conference is not a requirement for attendance. The conference design caters for all levels of experience.

*We advise applicants who are undergoing significant personal stress to postpone attendance, as Group Relations Conference can, at times, be an intensive emotional experience.

What can you expect to experience and learn about?

 

In this conference, you will experience a learning model that is different from any other kind of conference. There are no ‘conference presentations’ as such. You will be engaged in various organisational learning tasks in groups with different configurations. Learning happens within these scheduled events, and in the spaces between events in the interactions with others. The learning is participative, immediate and continues long after the conference is over.

You Will Experience And Learn About:

  • The roles you take up in various work groups and contexts.
  • How you exercise and respond to leadership and authority in exploring creative disruption and the dynamics as they emerge in the conference.
  • Conscious and unconscious dynamics in groups at work.
  • The systemic forces in play within an organisation.

Conference Design

 

The conference is offered in the tradition of a Tavistock-style Group Relations Conference where members are invited to work in a range of system structures to study group dynamic

Sub-Conferences
Entry sub-conference: for members for whom this is a first experience of a group relations conference.
Furthering sub-conference: for members who have previously attended a group relations conference and who wish to further their learning and understanding of group relations.

Conference Events
The conference is structured as a series of events where all members participate and learn from their experiences. Each event aims to build awareness of conscious and unconscious dynamics in role and authority relations through experiencing oneself as a member of groups of different sizes within the learning organisation as it is co-created.
The events include: discussion plenaries, ‘here-and-now’ events for studying small, large, inter-group and whole-of-organisation dynamics, and spaces to reflect and review one’s experiences and to apply one’s learning to ‘back home’ work roles.

 

Conference Staff

 

Dr Brigid Nossal

Dr Brigid Nossal

Conference Director

Dr Cath McKinney

Dr Cath McKinney

Associate Director Entering Sub-conference

Assoc Prof Matías Sanfuentes

Assoc Prof Matías Sanfuentes

Associate Director Furthering Sub-conference

Ms Sally Mussared

Ms Sally Mussared

Associate Director Administration

Dr Brigid Nossal (PhD) is a co-founder and Leadership Advisor at NIODA. Brigid combines academic teaching and research with consulting in applied systems psychodynamics. Brigid has been working on staff of Group Relations Conferences since 2005. She directed the 2017 GRC for NIODA. She has worked on conferences in Australia, the UK, India and China.

Cath McKinney is the director of the Professional Supervision program at the University of Divinity and works with a delightful team of dedicated wonderers.

Cath graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Divinity in 2019. Her thesis, entitled Leading Saturday Lives  is centred around the experience of disappointment as central to an authentic understanding of a life as it is … from Mary as bereaved mother to the presence of the absence of the Divine in the disappointment of Holy Saturday. Her research is inspired by her work as a prison chaplain and as a minister in an inner-city community church for many years. A motivating enquiry for Cath is: what gets in the way of people being good to and with one another?

Cath specialises in teaching Professional Supervision, Feminist Theology, Leadership and Group Relations.

Cath and Mike have two sons who have flown the nest and a daughter still at home in Daylesford with many animals as beloved companions and dahlias – many many dahlias.

Dr Matías Sanfuentes (PhD) in psychoanalytic studies, University of Essex, UK. He is an Associate Professor and academic director of the Diploma in Coaching and Organizational Change at the School of Business, University of Chile. He is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and organizational consultant. His research interests include leadership, organizational change, gender studies, organizational culture and identity, and the psychoanalytic study of organizations. He is an Associate Researcher Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES) and Organisational & Social Dynamics journal Co-editor. He has 20 years of experience as a consultant and Director of group relations conferences in South America, UK, and Australia.

Sally Mussared is the CEO and Administration Lead at NIODA. Sally’s small business development background includes ecological agriculture, handmade silk wedding gown design and NFP board member. She has completed the NIODA Master of Leadership and Management (Organisation Dynamics) degree and has worked as Administration and Technical Director in onsite and online group relations conferences.

Mr Thomas Mitchell

Mr Thomas Mitchell

Consultant

Ms Helen McKelvie

Ms Helen McKelvie

Consultant

Mr Seth Thomasson

Mr Seth Thomasson

Consultant

Ms Ellie Robinson

Ms Ellie Robinson

Assistant Administration

Professor Susan Long

Professor Susan Long

External Small Study Group Consultant

Thomas Mitchell is personally driven by a primary philosophy of strengthening the humanity of organisations and teams by building their capacities to work together. He identifies his dedication to working with organisations, teams, and individuals to think about, explore, and enhance organisation dynamics by, in part, connecting with, and striving to make sense of reality, and think about next steps. Thomas has a Master of Leadership and Management (Organisational Dynamics) from NIODA, a Master of History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Melbourne and is a current PhD candidate at NIODA. Thomas holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Academic Practice, a Diploma of Leadership Coaching and Mentoring, and is an accredited Analytic Network Coach. He is a member of the ISPSO, OPUS, and Group Relations Australia.

Helen McKelvie is an alumni of the NIODA Master’s program and is now a member of the academic staff and holds the role of Director, Leadership Development and Consulting. She has previously worked in organisations as an internal planning consultant, policy and project manager, and lawyer in workplaces in both the public and private sectors. Helen has been a staff member on the 2018 group relations conference hosted by Group Relations Australia and is excited to be staff on the 2023 conference learning about Authority, Role, and Distributed Leadership in the Hybrid Workplace.

Seth Thomasson has been working for 20 years across all aspects of Human Resources in the public and private sector including: HRIS implementation, learning and competency system design and industrial relations.

Seth has been affiliated with NIODA throughout its existence as volunteer Board Member and now academic staff member/subject coordinator as part of the master’s course.

Ellie Robinson is the Marketing and Student Services Lead at NIODA, she is responsible for supporting students through their study journey and delivering NIODA’s key marketing strategies. Ellie was on staff for NIODA’s 2021 GRC as the Director of Administration.
With a background in service and NFP marketing, Ellie is passionate about small to medium enterprises and bringing their message to a wider audience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia, where she grew up before commencing a life of travel.

Ellie has a special interest in building connections with unique people as she drives around Australia in her campervan.

Currently, Susan supervises research students and conducts organisational research. Susan also teaches and supervises doctoral candidates at NIODA and other 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.

Conference Staff

 

Dr Brigid Nossal

Dr Brigid Nossal

Conference Director

Dr Brigid Nossal (PhD) is a co-founder and Leadership Advisor at NIODA. Brigid combines academic teaching and research with consulting in applied systems psychodynamics. Brigid has been working on staff of Group Relations Conferences since 2005. She directed the 2017 GRC for NIODA. She has worked on conferences in Australia, the UK, India and China.

Dr Cath McKinney

Associate Director Entering Sub-conference

Cath McKinney is the director of the Professional Supervision program at the University of Divinity and works with a delightful team of dedicated wonderers.

Cath graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Divinity in 2019. Her thesis, entitled Leading Saturday Lives  is centred around the experience of disappointment as central to an authentic understanding of a life as it is … from Mary as bereaved mother to the presence of the absence of the Divine in the disappointment of Holy Saturday. Her research is inspired by her work as a prison chaplain and as a minister in an inner-city community church for many years. A motivating enquiry for Cath is: what gets in the way of people being good to and with one another?

Cath specialises in teaching Professional Supervision, Feminist Theology, Leadership and Group Relations.

Cath and Mike have two sons who have flown the nest and a daughter still at home in Daylesford with many animals as beloved companions and dahlias – many many dahlias.

Assoc Prof Matias Sanfuentes

Assoc Prof Matias Sanfuentes

Associate Director Furthering Sub-conference

Dr Matías Sanfuentes (PhD) in psychoanalytic studies, University of Essex, UK. He is an Associate Professor and academic director of the Diploma in Coaching and Organizational Change at the School of Business, University of Chile. He is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and organizational consultant. His research interests include leadership, organizational change, gender studies, organizational culture and identity, and the psychoanalytic study of organizations. He is an Associate Researcher Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES) and Organisational & Social Dynamics journal Co-editor. He has 20 years of experience as a consultant and Director of group relations conferences in South America, UK, and Australia.

Ms Sally Mussared

Ms Sally Mussared

Associate Director Administration

Sally Mussared is the CEO and Administration Lead at NIODA. Sally’s small business development background includes ecological agriculture, handmade silk wedding gown design and NFP board member. She has completed the NIODA Master of Leadership and Management (Organisation Dynamics) degree and has worked as Administration and Technical Director in onsite and online group relations conferences.

Mr Thomas Mitchell

Mr Thomas Mitchell

Consultant

Thomas Mitchell is personally driven by a primary philosophy of strengthening the humanity of organisations and teams by building their capacities to work together. He identifies his dedication to working with organisations, teams, and individuals to think about, explore, and enhance organisation dynamics by, in part, connecting with, and striving to make sense of reality, and think about next steps. Thomas has a Master of Leadership and Management (Organisational Dynamics) from NIODA, a Master of History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Melbourne and is a current PhD candidate at NIODA. Thomas holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Academic Practice, a Diploma of Leadership Coaching and Mentoring, and is an accredited Analytic Network Coach. He is a member of the ISPSO, OPUS, and Group Relations Australia.

Professor Peliwe Mnguni

Professor Peliwe Mnguni

Consultant

Peliwe Mnguni is an Associate Professor at the UNISA Graduate School of Business
Leadership in South Africa. She holds a PhD in Leadership and Organisation Dynamics from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. Peliwe is a psychodynamically oriented educator, researcher and organisation consultant and works with public, private and not-for-profit sector organisations. Her previous work experience includes roles in social and organisational research, organisational consulting and human resources management. She is a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations (ISPSO), past board member of ISPSO and current board member of MOTUS associazione.

Mr Seth Thomasson

Mr Seth Thomasson

Consultant

Seth Thomasson has been working for 20 years across all aspects of Human Resources in the public and private sector including: HRIS implementation, learning and competency system design and industrial relations.

Seth has been affiliated with NIODA throughout its existence as volunteer Board Member and now academic staff member/subject coordinator as part of the master’s course.

Ms Ellie Robinson

Ms Ellie Robinson

Assistant Administration

Ellie Robinson is the Marketing and Student Services Lead at NIODA, she is responsible for supporting students through their study journey and delivering NIODA’s key marketing strategies. Ellie was on staff for NIODA’s 2021 GRC as the Director of Administration.
With a background in service and NFP marketing, Ellie is passionate about small to medium enterprises and bringing their message to a wider audience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia, where she grew up before commencing a life of travel.

Ellie has a special interest in building connections with unique people as she drives around Australia in her campervan.

Dates

Hybrid: onsite in Melbourne and live interactive online via Zoom 
Monday 30 October – Friday 3 November

9.30 am – 5.45 pm Melbourne 🇨🇰
10.30 pm – 6.45 am London 🇬🇧
6.30 am –  2.45 pm Singapore 🇸🇬
6.30 pm –  2.45 am New York 🇺🇸
4:00 am – 12:15 pm New Delhi 🇮🇳

Fees – onsite

Full fee AU$2,535

NIODA Alumni/AODA Members and
Group Relations Australia Members AU$2,335

Two or more participants from the same organisation AU$2,335

Location: Parkville, Melbourne

A Victorian mansion and gardens located in the beautiful surrounds of Melbourne’s Royal Park.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided each day in addition to one evening meal.

Fees – online

Full fee AU$2,120

NIODA Alumni/AODA Members and
Group Relations Australia Members AU$1,965

Two or more participants from the same organisation AU$1,965

Location: Live interactive via Zoom.

The online and onsite will be intertwined together as one hybrid conference.
We will be utilising premium 360-degree camera, microphone, and speaker technology to connect between the two realms.

Bursaries

Please contact Ellie Robinson, Administration Assistant for
information about partial bursaries for those unable to meet the full amount.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations before 28 August 2023 receive a 100% refund (less the $100 booking fee). Cancellations before 25 September 2023 receive a 50% refund. There is no refund available after 25 September 2023.

Contact

Contact conference administration at grc@nioda.org.au

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.

Writing Workshop 2023

Writing Workshop 2023

Writing Workshop

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

Writing Workshop

Professor Susan Long

Thursday 4, Friday 5 and Saturday 6 May 2023

 

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

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


There will be time for writing and gaining feedback.

Prof Susan Long

PROFESSOR SUSAN LONG

Writing Workshop

 

Currently, Susan supervises research students and conducts organisational research. Susan also teaches and supervises doctoral candidates at NIODA and other 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.

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

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

Writing Workshop 2022

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Writing Workshop with Professor Susan Long

9.30 am Thursday to 4.30 pm Saturday
4 – 6 May 2023
Cape Schanck, Australia

The three full days writing workshop includes:
✍︎ group workshop sessions,
✍︎ individual times with Professor Susan Long,
✍︎ social dreaming sessions,
✍︎  accommodation and meals,
✍︎  for AUD$1,750.

Places are limited… don’t miss out!

 

Susan’s warmth, wisdom and ability to be present and hold the space the entire time,
gave me the confidence to find and use my voice and take up my role as ‘author’!

– K. Hallinan, workshop participant

 

As nerve-racking as it was, I found the opportunity to share our writing with
others and gain their feedback and insight to be a very profound experience.

Susan Long’s words about ‘claiming our authorship, loving every word on the page’
and other good tips about writing will remain with me for a long time.

– D. Amato, workshop participant

 

When & Where

Writing Workshop with Professor Susan Long

📆  Dates

Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 May 2023

⏰. Session Times

9.30 am Thursday – 4.30 pm Saturday

💷  For only

AUD $1,750 three-day workshop including meals and accommodation

🏡 Location

Beautiful country Homestead in Fingal,
luxury accommodation nearby

👩🏻‍💻. COVID-19 Contingency

If COVID related distruptions prevents this workshop from running face-to-face, this will be delivered live interactive online via zoom and participants will receive a refund of AUD$550

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.

The Promoted Sibling

The Promoted Sibling

The Promoted Sibling

Open and hidden
family dynamics in organisations

Professor Steen Visholm

Professor Steen Visholm

The Promoted Sibling: Open and hidden family dynamics in organisations.

When the Oedipus complex is extended with siblings more complex dynamics become accessible. You can get access to the typical dynamics in self-governing groups, the dynamics in and under democratic processes, differentiate between parent and sibling transferences, take a closer look at the hidden family dynamics in mergers and much more.

Steen Visholm will present the most essential ideas from his book:
Family Psychodynamics in Organizational Contexts: The Hidden Forces That Shape the Workplace. Routledge, 2021,

Family Psychodynamics in Organizational Contexts

Family Psychodynamics in Organizational Contexts: The Hidden forces that shape the workplace by Steen Visholm

Including:

* live interactive seminar presentation
* small group discussion
* plenary questions and discussion
* all for AUD $35

6 – 8 pm Wednesday 7 June, 2023 (Melbourne time)

 

Register now… don’t miss out!

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The Promoted Sibling

Open and hidden family dynamics in organisations

Professor Steen Visholm

Professor Steen Visholm

Prof Steen Visholm PhD

Roskilde University, Denmark

Education: MScA (Psychology), University of Copenhagen 1983, Ph.D., University of Copenhagen University 1995, Approved as specialist and supervisor in psychotherapy (1995) and specialist (2004) and supervisor (2007) in work and organizational psychology. The Danish Psychological Association.

GRC: Leicester Conferences: 1997 (participant), 2005 (training group), 2016 (staff). Staff member on more than 50 and director on more than 25 Group Relations conferences at OPU, MPO, NAPSO and NOV.

Jobs: Clinical psychologist in psychiatry (Slagelse and Hillerød) 1984-1994, Staff Member of OPU (Organizational Psychology, Institute of Group Analysis) 1995-, Associate Professor Roskilde University 1996–2011, Professor MSO (group and organizational psychology), Roskilde University 2011-2020, Professor (psychodynamic group and organizational psychology) 2020-, Director for MPO (Master of the Psychology of Organization), Roskilde University 2001–.

ISPSO: Member since 2004, AM Chair Elsinore 2010, board member 2014-2022, AM Co-Chair 2017 Copenhagen. President 2019-2021.

Other: OPUS associate 2005 -, Gunnar Hjelhjolt Award. 2005. Chair NAPSO 2008 –, participant International Gathering of Programs 2013 -, Review Editor Organisational and Social Dynamics 2015–2022

📆  Dates

Wednesday 7 June 2023

⏰ Session Times

6 – 8 pm  🇨🇰  Melbourne
4 – 6 am (eek!) 🇺🇸  New York
9 – 11 am 🇬🇧  London
1.30 – 3.30 pm 🇮🇳 New Dehli
4 – 6 pm 🇸🇬  Singapore

💷  For only

AUD $35 including seminar, small group
discussion, and plenary discussion.

👩🏻‍💻 Location

Live interactive online

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.

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