Let’s consider these scenarios for a moment:
- You have a hugely talented and able team or board of people, and yet the performance or results they are achieving in no way reflect their collective abilities
- Your organisation is facing huge change and uncertainty, people report feeling bewildered, overwhelm and impotent
- Previous attempts to resolve poor or underperformance have not endured; there is a sense of frustration or ‘stuckness’ and uncertainty about how to move forward
If any of these scenarios ring true for you, then our Healthy Organisation System Workshop will be profoundly helpful to you.
The Workshop takes as its starting point, the “underlying systemic dynamics” at play within organisations. Organisations here include teams, boards, partnerships, or whole organisations. These often ‘hidden’ systemic dynamics can create entanglements for the people within the organisation system and, more often than not, are the root cause of problems such as:
- team dysfunction,
- resistance to change,
- low productivity,
- lack of strategic focus.
The Healthy Organisation System workshop encourages participants to bring their most intractable problems, issues or challenges – the sorts of challenges that defy easy solutions – to work on. You benefit from gaining structured time to:
- explore, gain clarity and new insights
- process the information that emerges
- action plan
We are embedded in systems. Our first system is the family into which we are born; we continue to live and exist in systems throughout our lives.
When problems arise, the tendency is to look to the individual as the source of the problem; i.e. the disruptive teenager in the family; the team member with the poor attitude or who is unwilling to engage.
Working systemically means shifting the focus from the individual as the source of what may be going wrong or not working as expected, and toward the system itself.
In the same way that natural systems are governed by rules, so too are human systems subject to a ‘hidden architecture’ of systemic ordering forces that powerfully influence the relationships and dynamics arising in them.
Through setting up a ‘constellation’ (a map) of an issue, question or challenge, participants can explore and shed light on the systems dynamics that might otherwise be hidden or invisible.
Participants who have worked systemically describe the main benefits as:
- A greater sense of ease and confidence in managing the complexity of leading change, making decisions at crucial choice points
- New awareness of hidden patterns so that issues such as misplaced loyalties, stuckness and outdated allegiances can be addressed and resolved
- Repurposing and re-energising a team, dissolving resistance to change, and enabling the team to be more productive and effective
Working systemically is a fluid and emergent process to enable tacit ‘ways of knowing’ to be prioritised.
At the start of the workshop, participants contract together to establish the ‘ground rules’ for working together and to ensure a safe and supportive learning space.
Confidentiality is vital, particularly to protect any commercial, business, sensitive or personal information that may emerge. All participants are expected to commit to maintaining the strictest confidentiality during and after the workshop.
The maximum number of participants is 20. Lorna Shaw, the workshop facilitator, will arrange a telephone conversation with each prospective participant about their expectations and desired outcomes.
The Agenda will be established on the day to reflect the issues that participants bring and will be flexible to meet the needs of the group but usually looks like this:
- Welcome and introductions
- Contracting, ground rules and confidentiality
- Round robin – identifying issues and themes
- Constellating and mapping issues
- Sense-making what is emerging / has emerged
- Action planning / follow up
Workshop Dates and Pricing
|Wednesday 15th November 2017 – 09.30 – 17.00||Birmingham|
|Wednesday 17th January 2018 – 09.30 – 17.00||East Midlands|
|Wednesday 14th March 2018 – 09.30 – 17.00||Manchester|
|Wednesday 23rd May 2018 – 09.30 – 17.00||Birmingham|
|Wednesday 18th July 2018 – 09.30 – 17.00||London|
|Wednesday 19th September 2018 – 09.30 – 17.00||Birmingham|
|Wednesday 14th November 2018 – 0900 – 1700||East Midlands|
Price: £109 per participant includes refreshment (excludes lunch).
In-house workshops can also be organised. Contact us to discuss.