The Politics and Process of Management & Leadership

We understand the delicate balance that is needed in leadership for us to be innovative and creative without becoming overwhelmed and burned out.  Organisational leadership is not only about policy building and line management.  It also demands a sophisticated understanding of the complex dynamics and atmospheres that belong to any organisation. At the same time the wise leader learns to make a shift in consciousness in order to see and understand the dynamics from a different perspective, and in so doing finds new solutions to existing and stuck problems.

This series of training days addresses and teaches the skills needed to strengthen and build confidence in dealing with the challenges of management.  We explore how you can hold and facilitate difficult dynamics that arise when you are in a position of authority.  We teach you skills so that you can ‘read’ the process signals and build a language within the organisation, which in turn will help you to handle interpersonal dynamics more gracefully.  Through developing this cultural change you will gain confidence in how to make interventions that empower your colleagues, without losing your authority or sense of personal power.

The Modules:

1. Building Your Compassionate Wise Observer
Good management is dynamic and direct and good managers are able to sit in the heat of many different and sometimes challenging organisational situations.  In this module we work on how to avoid being caught in a continuous cycle of fire fighting.  We learn how not to get caught up in difficult experiences of management that can so easily drain us.  We step into dual awareness and learn to manage from this empowering, clear and insightful place.  From there we communicate with ourselves, and others, in a way that can really create organisational changes and a healing workplace for all.

Learning to manage out of a wise and compassionate leadership position is the task of this training day.  We teach the skills not only to help you manage complex and difficult people dynamics but skills which will help you to maintain perspective and overview, so that you can keep your heart open and your head clear.  The healing that happens through this training can be profound and grace-filled.

2. A Personal Power Audit: How to Empower Self and Others
Personal power is an internal state that allows us to feel comfortable in our own skin.  When we are in our personal power we no longer believe that life happens to us and we have no power to change the course of events.  Rather, we assume that we have utter control in how we experience these events.  In order to lead and inspire people in the workplace we need to know how to maintain our personal power.  We also need to understand how to build a sense of personal power in others.  This module includes building tools for understanding negative beliefs and atmospheres that may deplete innovation and creativity in an organization.  We also address the importance of building in regulation and self care as an integral part of the organisational culture.

3. Working with Deep Democracy in Organisations
When we perceive an experience as difficult we often try to block it.  Likewise, disturbing voices and disagreements in organizations are not always seen as welcome as they upset the status quo.  Deep Democracy is based on the principle that all experiences need to be invited in because they may hold something important for the organisation and ourselves.  Without everything being represented, it is difficult to get the big picture or discover the full wisdom of the group.  By allowing an attitude of deep democracy, atmospheres, tendencies and conflicts are allowed to come out.  What may at first appear to be conflict or chaos, once given the chance to express itself, can allow an exciting new pattern to emerge and new paradigms to come forward.  Helping an organisation to change and grow is essential in order for its members to feel part of something that is open and dynamic.  

4. The Spirit of Work: Meeting Work as Your Noble Friend
How often have you noticed that ‘the brighter the light, the darker the shadow’?  Every workplace has difficulties and a shadow side, regardless of how ‘good’ or ‘caring’ the organization professes to be.  When the shadow is particularly unconscious and unnamed or unprocessed, workplace dynamics can become draining over time.  As we clash with each other, the temptation is to leave or we wish ‘the disturber’ would leave rather than seeing it as the source of change, or even our ‘noble friend’.  For those who cannot leave a job, for whatever reason, the feeling of being trapped and powerless can have devastating personal consequences.  How do we bring out the disappointments, the ‘low dream’ and welcome in this shadow, knowing that therein lies a pearl of wisdom?  How do we transform any difficulties in the workplace so that they become a route to our greatest transformation?  This module explores these issues and provides a practical framework and methodology for rethinking the challenges we meet at work, and exploring how we might come to see work as our noble friend.

5. The Politics of Relationship
In any workplace, much of the leader’s time is caught up in managing people.  Most of us try to use our personal relationship styles and commonsense to deal with these work dynamics. This training day teaches the skills for managing people from a place of full contact and connection, a place that, at the same time, moves beyond the personal.  We can solve many work issues through discovering our relationship style and in turn learn ways to deal with challenging feedback and anger.  We will also explore where you may be avoidant of conflict to the detriment of being direct and clear as a leader.

6. Power, Rank, Diversity & Adversity
At an organizational level, power is exercised in many different ways but not always with awareness.  This can leave people feeling disempowered, unhappy and fearful in their workplace.  Often there is a ‘disconnect’ between the organisation’s stated values and goals on the one hand, and the every day dynamics, interactions and practices on the other.  In this module you will learn a language for engaging with hot topics such as power, conflict and diversity.  Without this language, it is often difficult to catch hidden power abuses or conflicts as they arise, either on a personal or political level, and to address them as positive catalysts for change.   More often, experiences of power abuse in organisations go into the shadow, which is unconscious and leaks out in unhelpful or destructive ways.  With increased understanding of how power and rank are wielded, you can gradually reduce any toxic or oppressive effects, and promote an atmosphere of cooperation and co-creation in the organization.   This is also the foundation for building a strong sense of team spirit that brings engagement, equality and creativity.

7. Developing Your Leadership in Groups
Leadership has been given a bad press.  Notions of leadership are often tied up with a model based on ‘power over’ rather than ‘power with’.  How often as a leader have you been criticized or attacked?  Conversely, how often have you felt critical of those in a leadership position, feeling unheard or put down in some way?  In this module we learn to recognize good leadership, one that seeks to empower, and facilitate a group or organization to find its own wisdom.  We discover our own inner leader, a state where we are not dominated by the ego and reacting out of history, blind spots or triggers.  Instead we work with the role of leader that seeks the wellbeing of everyone, including ourselves.  We uncover the myth of the ‘tall poppy syndrome’, where any competition is seen as a threat.  Instead we want to allow, with eldership, a spirit of cooperation and celebration.  In this training you will discover any reluctance or ‘edges’ to leadership.  You will also develop a language to understand the complexity of groups and organisations, so that when in a leadership position you can correctly understand and report what is going on when it comes to relationship and group dynamics. 

8. Leadership From The Bigger Picture
When we lead from a bigger and more compassionate perspective we can lead with eldership and wisdom.  We lead from principles of love and generosity that are not governed by the limitations of the ego.  In this way real systemic change can come about.  This training day focuses on understanding our personal negative beliefs and habitual stories and scripts that may be blocking us from accessing our bigger selves.  The module aims to develop our eldership when we lead, so that we can increasingly step into these positions of power, and in doing so create an atmosphere of cooperation rather than oppression.  The leader is at once the most powerful member and the servant of the group.

  • These training days teach practical management skills to build confidence in working with groups and teams in order to lead from an empowered, clear and insightful place.
  • This training teaches the skills to deepen a self-reflective practice that forms the basis of all supervision. We can thereby empower others to engage with work in a more effective and satisfying way.
  • This training offers a tool kit and daily practice to live life in a more mindful way. It combines the best from psychological knowledge and meditation traditions to live out of full personal power.
  • These CPD days teach fundamental process skills for working with clients and understanding group and team dynamics. Essential for anyone wanting to take their work to a deeper level.