Leadership, Ethics and Working with Unknowing: Conference programme

The programme for our conference Leadership, Ethics and Working with Unknowing is now now available, and you can view it here.

The conference will take place on the 10th and 11th of March at the UWE campus in Bristol and it is for anyone interested in new and emerging approaches to leadership in a radically changing world.

If you would like to attend, you can reserve a place by visiting the link above.

Leadership, Ethics and Working with Unknowing. Conference dates confirmed.

Dear All,

This is a ‘save the date’ alert regarding our next international conference. The conference will take place on the 10th and 11th March 2017 at the UWE campus in Bristol. Provisional start and end times are 4pm on Friday 10th, and 5pm on Saturday 11th. (Exact times will be confirmed)

This is our seventh international conference held in collaboration with Alanus University. For this conference we will also be partnering with University of the West of England (UWE) and the conference will be held at the UWE campus. The tile of the conference is Leadership, Ethics and Working with Unknowing, and it will include contributions from a range of speakers and workshop leaders on the subject of ethical leadership, focussing particularly on ‘unknowing’ or ‘negative capability’, as it is sometimes called. This will be unmissable event for anyone interested in ethical leadership and its role in these challenging times.

Further information about the event will follow shortly, including theme, programme and registration details.

Transforming Experience in Organisations: A Framework for Organisational Research and Consultancy

Transforming Experiences in OrganisationsA new book edited by Susan Long has just come out that explores the theoretical model – the Transforming Experience Framework (TEF) – that is used on our Organisational Analysis and Leadership pathway of the Masters in Social Innovation, delivered in collaboration with Alanus University in Germany.

The framework was developed over many years by the Grubb Institute who used this in much of their work. As the Publishers say of it the framework helps “to understand the complexities and ambiguities of experience within organisational life. The TEF explores how people can take authentic action through taking up roles. The model is initially presented together with an understanding of the nature of unconscious dynamics and their disturbing and creative potentials. The various chapters explore situations, dilemmas and case studies in organisations through expanding on different aspects of the Framework.

The intention of bringing this collection together is to demonstrate how the model can be used in organisational analysis, research and consulting. The chapters have been written by practitioners and by staff and students of programs teaching in light of this framework and using depth psychology and socioanalytic approaches. The framework has been gradually developed over many years with evolving versions being tried and tested in organisational research and consulting but has not been comprehensively described previously. The framework is in constant evolution and should be regarded as a living model, responsive to new ways of thinking and to changes in organisational experiences and contexts.”

For more information or to order a copy go to:

Ethical Leadership Research contribution

In the context of the Crossfields Institute research into leadership and social innovation, this link from a conference at the International Monetary Fund is an interesting study in where contemporary leaders in the international finance sector are at with regards to the question of ethical leadership and the acknowledged need for a change in paradigm: https://www.imf.org/external/mmedia/view.aspx?vid=3835505509001

Leading Organisational Transformation – Thoughts on the Seminar in Cambodia

Following on from previous blog post The Grubb Institute: Leading Organisational Transformation – a Week Long Seminar:

In conclusion, the state of the system at the end of Seminar 4 is of grappling with consequence of maturation, which has led to a sharpening of the realisation of personal responsibility and systemic accountability. The fear to choose new responses to old behaviours leads to the diminishment of fullness rather than excitement and exhilaration at the potential impact that taking up roles effectively in the world can be met.

This is because there is a lingering doubt about whether maturing and leaving the family idea-in-the-mind will mean leaving old patterns or reinforcing them in new ways.

This hypothesis will be tested through the evidence of the capacity of participants to effectively take up their roles in the OLS, and in making effective transitions from Role Consultants to Project Consultants.

Rebekah, Olivia & Bruce
Seminar Faculty – Leading Organisational Transformation

The Grubb Institute: Leading Organisational Transformation – a Week Long Seminar

The Grubb Institute’s/The Guild’s Global Masters L7 Programme

Leading Organisational Transformation
Siem Reap, Cambodia

September 22nd – 25th, 2014

Seminar Aim:
To understand and develop our capacity discovered through connection for the purpose of mobilising all available resources to listen, lead and transform the systems we serve in the contexts we inhabit.

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