Leading from Experience: Developing the Consultative Stance 2020

The Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems and The Austen Riggs Center are pleased to announce a training workshop conducted online November 5th-November 8th designed to strengthen participants' ability to exercise leadership in a broad range of work roles through taking up a consultative stance.

This Workshop is endorsed by the A. K. Rice Institute, and in partnership with The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

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On the Value of Group Relations Learning

"The conference is an extraordinary opportunity to tune into a frequency of group and organizational life that is always operating but virtually never accessible. The experiential learning, as well as the opportunity to reflect on and make sense of that learning with other participants, was a rare treat. I came away with new, immediately applicable insights."

-- Robin Ely, Professor and Senior Associate Dean, Harvard Business School about CSGSS's residential 5-day conference

On the Value of Group Relations Learning

"The conference is an extraordinary opportunity to tune into a frequency of group and organizational life that is always operating but virtually never accessible. The experiential learning, as well as the opportunity to reflect on and make sense of that learning with other participants, was a rare treat. I came away with new, immediately applicable insights."

-- Robin Ely, Professor and Senior Associate Dean, Harvard Business School about CSGSS's residential 5-day conference

On the Value of Group Relations Learning

"I learned to position myself more 'firmly' on issues that I believe in and that I want to defend. Since the conference, I've been more assertive, knowing that running greater risks is the only way to stand up for what I believe in. It was certainly one of the most unique experiences I've had."

-- Middle School Principal

Postponed to 2022:

Due to the likelihood of lingering risks related to COVID-19, we have decided to postpone our 5-day residential conference, directed by Dr. Candice Crawford-Zakian, to January of 2022. Keep a look out for virtual gatherings and events in the meantime, however, like our Leading from Experience workshop in November.

Our Mission

The mission of CSGSS, the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems,
The Boston Affiliate of the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems  is to further the understanding of groups and organizations as social systems, with particular attention to unconscious and covert processes in group and organizational life, the dynamics of authority and authorization, power and other differences within and among socially diverse groups, and the negotiated use of interpretation to facilitate collaborative learning.

"I got a hold of how 'unconscious baggage' held back my effectiveness. The conference freed me to work much more effectively and enjoy work that had previously exhausted me."

Dwight Jewson
Ph.D., President, Strategic Frameworking

Using the Tavistock group relations tradition of open systems and psychodynamic theories, CSGSS,  the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems develops group relations conferences, meetings, and other events to further learning about group processes.

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Leading from Experience: Developing the Consultative Stance

The Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems is pleased to announce the next in its series of weekend training workshops on the consultative stance.

November 6th-8th, 2020 offered on-line

Relentless change, globalization, technological disruption, and increasing complexity pose deep challenges for our organizations and institutions.  How leadership and authority are exercised play a decisive role in meeting these challenges. They too evolve as organizations evolve, requiring new ways of thinking that shape our effectiveness as individuals and the ability of our Institutions to fulfill their purposes. The pressing need to enhance individual, group, and systemic capabilities require deeply attending to the realities that people and organizations face today.

The Boston Affiliate of the A K Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems.

Events

Leading from Experience: Developing the Consultative Stance

The Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems is pleased to announce the next in its series of weekend training workshops on the consultative stance.

This year Leading from Experience will be offered on-line as we pursue the primary task of using
the consultative stance to understand and provide leadership in work groups.

November 6th-November 8th, 2020
Faculty: Donna Elmendorf, Dannie Kennedy, Jim Krantz,

Jerry Fromm (Convener)
Administrator: Lori Schweickert

The Workshop has been fully subscribed but you can subscribe to our wait list here

For questions,  please contact Lori at lori@lorischweickert.info.