Organisational Consultancy: Working with the Dynamics

Organisational Consultancy: Working with the Dynamics

Are you looking for advanced help with your complex consultative projects?


26 April 2021

Are you looking for advanced help with your complex consultative projects?

Organisational Consultancy: Working with the Dynamics
Advanced Consultancy Skills in Tavistock Institute Systems Psychodynamics

Organisational Consultancy: Working with the Dynamics
Advanced Consultancy Skills in Tavistock Institute Systems Psychodynamics

By joining our programme, Organisational Consultancy: Working with the Dynamics, for experienced organisational development consultants, you will be joining a community of practice that is deeply, passionately interested in getting to grips with the mysteries of the structures, functions and dynamics of organisations, the distribution of power between leaders and followers, and the contexts of organisations that so often dash the plans and hopes of even the most hopeful and inspirational leaders.

The Organisational Consultancy: Working with the Dynamics programme provides a setting where you, your colleagues, and our programme directors engage in an extended examination of your consultancy practice. A key aspect of the programme is an appreciation of how the systems psychodynamics of organisations and the primary task of an organisation are interrelated. The programme is grounded in the experiential learning of the “here and now” of the programme. It is an integral part of the learning process. The programme offers an exploration of the role that you take up in the consulting endeavour.

This hybrid face-to-face and online programme, starting in November 2021, will help you focus your attention and application on your practice.

At a recent module, three very different organisational challenges were presented, discussed, analysed and helpful ideas for further action were developed. One was a National Telecoms industry that requested leadership training for 300 senior managers. The consultant was overwhelmed by having to do all the work and the thinking on behalf of the system. The workshop helped the consultant move towards a greater collaborative and participative design programme based on an action research approach.

A second case was of a residential child-care facility in which there were problems around the supervision of the staff and management’s involvement in it. The workshop helped the consultant think about boundary management and who should appropriately be within the supervision system.

A third case concerned a CEO who was overwhelmed by having too many direct reports and not receiving adequate support from the board.  The workshop helped to think about developing more collaborative sub-systems where people had more opportunities to be contained and think about their work.

We aim to help you in the following areas:

  • Building deeper relationships with your clients.
  • Building long-term relationships with systems psychodynamically-informed colleagues who are engaged in consulting and coaching work.
  • Learning from real-life practice and cases.
  • Engaging in the realities of client-consultant relationships.
  • ‘Tuning into’ the underlying dynamics of the organisation’s work and your relationship with it.
  • Seeing the connection of case material to consulting dynamics and organisational process.
  • Studying appropriate research and theoretical papers to improve participants’ application of their learning to their practice.

Features of the Programme

  • The programme is highly participative. Participants consult to each other in small groups and learn from their experience of the group process.
  • Each participant will receive three hours of individual coaching from a programme director over the course of the programme.
  •  ‘Tuning into’ the emotions of an organisation is a fundamental skill for consultants and enables the consultant to make a more effective diagnosis and deepen the entry and contracting process.
  • ‘Tuning into’ the underlying dynamics helps consultants achieve more effective interventions.

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David Lawlor and Mannie Sher, Programme Directors

If you have any questions or would like to speak to one of the Directors, please contact Emily Kyte, Administrator.

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