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The Body of the Organisation and its Health - Richard Morgan-Jones

The Body of the Organisation and its Health

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Published: 30th July 2010
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-Should organisations 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 organisation - lower stress, less sickness or systemic effectiveness?

-And importantly, What do the characteristic patterns of organisational ailments reveal about organisational positioning and strategy in relation to their market and environment?

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

This groundbreaking book seeks to address questions that underlie organisational health and humanity. Each chapter develops the relation between the experience of the individual body and the body of ' corporate" and social organisation. 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. A key theme throughout is how the skin, whether of an individual or a group, functions as a container.

Modern working organisations breed infectious anxiety. Understanding and containing such anxiety is called for by leadership and management. This process is informed by the theory and practice of psychological and social dynamics, particularly Bion's ideas on the protomental matrix that shapes groups and about the work of thoughtfulness. This book seeks to develop tools for organisational change – not top down or bottom up, but outside in and inside out.

-How are the individual's defences 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 organisation 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 – a skin to "keep body and soul together' under the fire of overstretched working lives, and the often disjointed complex of unbounded inter-related systems that contemporary organisations comprise?

Should organisations 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 organisation - lower stress, less sickness or systemic effectiveness?And importantly, What do the characteristic patterns of organisational ailments reveal about organisational positioning and strategy in relation to their market and environment? These are crucial questions for directors, managers, HR, consultants, psychotherapists, counsellors and the work force.This groundbreaking book seeks to address questions that underlie organisational health and humanity. Each chapter develops the relation between bodily experience of the individual and experience of the body of "corporate" and social organisation. 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 organisational dynamics. In being informed by psychoanalysis, group and open-systems theory, this book seeks to develop tools for organisational change - not top down or bottom up, but outside in and inside out. How are the individual's defences 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 organisation 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 organisations comprise?Contents- The Body of the Organisation and its Health- Birth of the Body, Birth of the Mind, Birth of the Social- Protomentality by Nuno Torres- Group body, group skin- Retainment of staff: Towards a Collective Work Ethic in Managing Presence and Absence- Social stress related epidemic diseases: Failures in Emotional Containment by Nuno Torres- Management of the risk of Re-cycling Trauma- Tackling Shamelessness Violations: Can Restorative Justice Meet the Case?- Financial Bodies called to Account: Corporate risks of carrying fear and greed on behalf of the body politic by Kevin Dixon and Richard Morgan-Jones- From Psycho-somatics to Socio-somatics: Health risks to individual and organisational bodies in psychotherapy

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Contributorsp. xix
Introduction: Foundation stones to keep body and soul togetherp. xxiii
p. 1
The body of the organisation and its healthp. 3
Birth of the body, birth of the mind, birth of the socialp. 29
Protomentalityp. 53
Group body, group skinp. 81
p. 95
Introduction: Socio-somatics: Social and work place ailments and their curesp. 97
"Retainment" of staff: Towards a collective work ethic in managing presence and absencep. 101
Social stress-related epidemic diseases: Failures in emotional containmentp. 129
Management of the risk of recycling traumap. 157
Shameless violations: Can restorative justice meet the case?p. 179
Financial bodies called to account: Corporate risks of carrying fear and greed on behalf of the body politicp. 199
From psycho-somatics to socio-somatics: Health risks to individual and organisational bodies in the psychotherapy professionp. 223
Final Word: Embodying the human spirit-tragedy, tribute, and bequestp. 243
Referencesp. 247
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9781855757769
ISBN-10: 1855757761
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 30th July 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44