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1 New Worlds GISC Gathering June 2012 Rob Farrands Dominik Heil PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THE CARTOONS IN THIS PRESENTATION

2 Connecting in a disconnected world GISC’s journey to encompass leadership and OD What ideas were informing our approach? What practices would make a difference Were there structural constraints on the dream?

3 Research: approaches to organizing? Four open inquiry meetings – USA & Sweden Eight internal papers, two Board reports Published articles on consulting, ethics & Gestalt practice A background conversation: virtual & actual Client work, conferences to socialise the discussion Many questions: familiar solutions. Empiricism?

4 Asking different questions… Meeting Dominik Heil Pursuing Maurice Merleau-Ponty Daring to ask the ontological questions Re-framing my own past Questioning Gestalt Arguing with Edwin

5 Figure Ground Consulting Ltd PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THE CARTOONS IN THIS PRESENTATION

6 The corporation as a physical object / machine PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THE CARTOONS IN THIS PRESENTATION

7 The Corporation as an Organism PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THE CARTOONS IN THIS PRESENTATION

8 The Corporation as a Human Being PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THE CARTOONS IN THIS PRESENTATION

9 Categories of Being A non organic entity e.g. a stone or a machine A non human organism e.g. plant or animal A human beingA human work e.g. an art work Figure Ground Consulting Ltd

10 The organisation as a Work/World A Work as in a work of art: a created form or structure that throws out a World. Think of the experience of going into a cathedral, a Merchant Bank, a school, Apple Co. Sets up a whole World to support and shape human activity e.g. a ‘world of medicine’ or ‘worlds apart’. The experience of being in a world is lived; it is not a series of assumptions held cognitively. Figure Ground Consulting Ltd

11 “World” as a totality of Interpretations within which Humans move confidently Figure Ground Consulting Ltd PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THE CARTOONS IN THIS PRESENTATION

12 Engaged Agency Organisational actors are always already profoundly engaged and subject to taken for granted assumptions A world is not experienced as a set of assumptions ‘over there’. It is felt as the natural way to be. People are ‘touched’ and ‘moved’ into place. A world is what we live through not what we think. Individual differentiation takes place from out of a intimate felt connection to a shared world The organisation can only be understood from the inside Figure Ground Consulting Ltd

13 Method Figure Ground Consulting Ltd

14 Work/World: holistic form WORK WORLD Confers intelligibility- makes WORK possible Holds the WORLD in place- confers identity Figure Ground Consulting Ltd Taken for Granted Basic assumptions We are gripped. Freedom? We are relational. What is true?

15 Towards new practice….. Freedom to think requires freedom from taken for granted basic assumptions – grip of the world This means engaging with the invisibility of the body. Truth is disclosure of the always already lived (not correspondence) This requires authentic expression ….& then dialogue Key practices: affect management, thinking and dialogue

16 Methodological Principles Use of self. Internal and external data are of equal value & subject to equivalent constraints Truth is a process of disclosing what already is with as much integrity as possible: say how it is honestly Freedom requires affective sensitivity & release Relying on experience requires being as open as possible to contradictory or disconfirming data Listening freely becomes critical Figure Ground Consulting Ltd

17 Methodological tools Re-thinking corporate strategy “World” Inquiry instrument Thinking feeling instrument Conversation/dialogue/listening Consulting model: immerse/express/dialogue others

18 Strategic Inquiry & context WORLDWORK What is this world?How is it held in place? What is possible in this world?How do we need to change it? Strategic Intent Figure Ground Consulting Ltd

19 Deliberate Inquiry: 20 Qs (Schein/Heil) Cultural overview StrategyPhysical Layout Authority/p ower Accountabil -ity SystemsSuccessFailureTimeChange AbilitiesSub- cultures RelationshipBeing human Attitude to nature HistoryDefining moments TrendsDevelopme- nts Metaphor Figure Ground Consulting Ltd

20 Consulting model Client ContactIntervention goals 1. Diagnostic. Immerse in the client World. Build trust & relationship. 2. Describe/express the world/work structure. Explore strategic fit & possibilities. Dialogic process. 3. Offer & explore possibilities. Build leadership capacity. Dialogue again….. 4. Design programs to re-design and/or develop the world/work structure. 5. Proceed dialogically building momentum, refining diagnostic & building trust. Articulation: re-gathering & retrieval of forgotten or occluded. Re-focus shared understanding of the “always already”. Restructuring: attending to marginalized practices by drawing them into attention. Cross Appropriation: Borrow from neighboring practice/theory. Figure Ground Consulting Ltd

21 Concluding

22 Being Outrageous FREEDOM & TRUTH!

23 Gestalt Correspondence The deep wisdom of Gestalt form Trapped in naïve “tactical” humanism Awareness as disclosing the always already – truth Bodily sensitivity as a precursor to freedom Language/Listening as fundamentals A body of practice that needs re-directing Potential for rejuvenation

24 Prospects… The entities vital to sustainabile life such as organisms, humans and society cannot show up in their very nature in the predominant corporate world Current arguments of sustainability & humanism are made in purely instrumental terms What does it take to create organizations within which organisms, humans and society can show up in their very nature so that we can save the planet & ourselves?


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