The Body of the Organisation and Its Health

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• Should organizations carry a health warning?
• Do they have the capacity to get under the skin?
• How do they cause emotional stress or physical ailments?
• What are the ailments that different work places infect?
• What is a healthy organization—lower stress, less sickness or systemic effectiveness?
And importantly,
• What do the characteristic patterns of organizational ailments reveal about organizational positioning and strategy in ...

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Overview

• Should organizations carry a health warning?
• Do they have the capacity to get under the skin?
• How do they cause emotional stress or physical ailments?
• What are the ailments that different work places infect?
• What is a healthy organization—lower stress, less sickness or systemic effectiveness?
And importantly,
• What do the characteristic patterns of organizational ailments reveal about organizational positioning and strategy in relation to their market and environment?

These are crucial questions for directors, managers, HR, consultants, psychotherapists, counselors and the work force.

This groundbreaking book seeks to address questions that underlie organizational health and humanity. Each chapter develops the relation between bodily experience of the individual and experience of the body of “corporate” and social organization. An early chapter addresses the seemingly catastrophic risks of giving birth - to bodily life, emotional liveliness, and belonging. An endnote describes a death and its meaning that, like its earlier bookend, describes how we might be connected in humanity.

Leadership that contains anxiety applies the theory and practice of individual, group and organizational dynamics. In being informed by psychoanalysis, group and open-systems theory, this book seeks to develop tools for organizational change – not top down or bottom up, but outside in and inside out.

• How are the individual’s defenses against emotional conflicts embodied in the work group?
• What draws people to specific kinds of workplace and work group culture?
• How do the complex bodily, emotional and social experiences of work interact?
• What makes people go sick or stay at work when they are unwell?

More than that, how can we begin to define the spirit or soul of an organization in a way that goes beyond its morale, its esprit de corps? And if there is such a thing, how can thoughtfulness about it provide a nourishing skin to “keep body and soul together” under the fire of overstretched working lives, and the often disjointed complex of inter-related systems that contemporary organizations comprise?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855757769
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2010
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgements xv

Contributors xix

Introduction: Foundation stones to keep body and soul together xxiii

Part I 1

Chapter 1 The body of the organisation and its health 3

Chapter 2 Birth of the body, birth of the mind, birth of the social 29

Chapter 3 Protomentality Nuno Torres 53

Chapter 4 Group body, group skin 81

Part II 95

Introduction: Socio-somatics: Social and work place ailments and their cures 97

Chapter 5 "Retainment" of staff: Towards a collective work ethic in managing presence and absence 101

Chapter 6 Social stress-related epidemic diseases: Failures in emotional containment Nuno Torres 129

Chapter 7 Management of the risk of recycling trauma 157

Chapter 8 Shameless violations: Can restorative justice meet the case? 179

Chapter 9 Financial bodies called to account: Corporate risks of carrying fear and greed on behalf of the body politic Kevin Dixon Richard Morgan-Jones 199

Chapter 10 From psycho-somatics to socio-somatics: Health risks to individual and organisational bodies in the psychotherapy profession 223

Final Word: Embodying the human spirit-tragedy, tribute, and bequest 243

References 247

Index 269

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