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Taking Positions in the Organization

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This volume provides a positive and productive model for helping people move out of static positions or difficult relationships in the workplace. Informed by systemic thinking and social constructionism, the authors discuss how it is possible to create realities through dialogue and to enable greater opportunities for the employee, manager and consultant alike. Taking Positions in the Organization uses a model of semantic polarities to create simple solutions to complex problems...

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Overview

This volume provides a positive and productive model for helping people move out of static positions or difficult relationships in the workplace. Informed by systemic thinking and social constructionism, the authors discuss how it is possible to create realities through dialogue and to enable greater opportunities for the employee, manager and consultant alike. Taking Positions in the Organization uses a model of semantic polarities to create simple solutions to complex problems in a format that will inform and enthuse all its readers.

Written by a well-established clinical psychologist, who works as a trainer and clinician for the National Health Service at the Tavistock Clinic in London, and also as a freelance consultant to teams and small organizations, and by an organizational consultant with a background in family therapy and management.

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David Campbell is a well-established clinical psychologist, who works as a trainer and clinician for the National Health Service at the Tavistock Clinic in London, and also as a freelance consultant to teams and small organizations. For many years he has been interested in developing techniques for working with organizations that incorporate the principles of systemic thinking. His work has led to consulting and training projects throughout the U.K. and Europe for both public and private sector institutions. He has written several articles and books on this subject and is a co-editor of the Systemic Thinking and Practice Series, containing thirty-nine books, which has promoted many new ideas in this field.

Marianne Groenbeck is an organizational consultant with a background in family therapy and management. Since 1997, she has been the manager of MG-UDVIKLING, a successful consulting firm offering consultation, supervision, and education to managers and employees in private and public organizations in Denmark and Scandinavia. She is a practice-centered consultant, and her particular interest is in working with organizations to create models of organization and communication that lead to better practice. Her work is inspired by systemic thinking, appreciative practice, positioning theory, and semantic polarities.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Ideas that underpin the model 13
Ch. 3 Putting the model into practice 33
Ch. 4 Filling in the model 43
Ch. 5 Case studies with a primary focus on management 61
Ch. 6 Case studies with a primary focus on staff relations 89
Ch. 7 Exercises 111
Ch. 8 Being a consultant 125
Ch. 9 The client's voice 135
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