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Restarting: just press ‘start’, right?

Everyone eagerly follows the news about the tuning-down or adjustment of the corona measures imposed by the government. The pressure is increasing everywhere because in addition to fatalities, other possible victims are gradually starting to show up.

Everything is information

The systemic phenomenological perspective in practice Lieke is a young woman and slightly awkwardly joins the group that has gathered for a constellation evening. When it’s her turn I ask her what she wants to explore.

Systemic leadership: a must for organisational transformation

In this blog Philippe Bailleur and I aim to build upon our previous blogs about Systemic Leadership, particularly the last blog.

Transference: you’re in it before you know

As a leader or manager you can be placed in a ‘parent role’ by your employees. This means that, sooner or later, you’ll have to deal with the transference of ‘old feelings’ experienced by employees and projected onto you. These feelings are often connected to their own relationship with their parent(s) in the past.

‘Survivor guilt’, also in organisations

Some time ago we were invited to work with a career issue of a driven manager. Her sabbatical was coming to an end and the ‘knot’ that had to be unravelled during that period, did not get unravelled.

Transformation requires ‘Holding Space’

More than ever, the statement ‘What brought us here, won’t bring us there’ applies to organisations and their leaders. A fast changing and increasingly complex world requires organisations to search for new organisational models. Classic organisations – built up like pyramids – are often not flexible or fluid enough to respond quickly to unexpected and unpredictable events. Why?

Systemic leadership: zooming out instead of zooming in

Just like the previous article about systemic leadership this is another story from the work floor. We’ll describe a case and continue by shining a light on it from a systemic perspective in order to find out what is (possibly) happening in the undercurrent.

A request is not always a smash hit

A systemic perspective on making a contract I grew up with the motto ‘persevere’ and ‘finish where you start’. For me, these were self-evident things. I was a child who did not need much encouragement from my parents: I did my homework on my own, made sure my things were in order and rarely forgot anything. My independence was further strengthened when I was selected for the Dutch Junior Volleyball Team at the age of fifteen. From then on, I regularly spent whole weekends alone, for training courses or foreign tournaments. I loved it, that space and independence! In my adult life, I still like to arrange my own affairs by myself. My independence and self-starting ability are strong impulses that I still use easily.

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