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The Unconscious Dynamics of Self-organisation

Whether teams are organised top-down, or allowed to organise themselves, there are always powerful dynamics at play that operate beyond the conscious awareness of those involved.

What are these dynamics? How can we become more aware of them? And is it possible to intentionally contain, transform and re-direct deep-lying dynamic energy?

This talk will integrate insights from the fields of systems psychodynamics and complexity theory in order to provide an introductory glimpse of the enormous influence of the unconscious mind on the complex process of enabling teams to self-organise.


About the speakers:

Sonja Blignaut

Sonja enables responsiveness and strategic agility across all levels of organisations. She specialises in partnering with leaders and practitioners to co-create interventions enable strategic agility, responsive and change resilient cultures and agile leadership. 

She is the exclusive South African partner for Prof Dave Snowden’s company Cognitive Edge and supplies training in Cynefin as well as the Sensemaker software suite. She is also a certified strengths and systems relationship coach and sought after speaker.

Dr. Jean Cooper

Industrial and Organisational Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Advisor in Leadership to leaders of various enterprises. Founder and Chairman of The Institute for Leadership and Transformation (TILT). Part-time faculty member at the University of Pretoria and The Chicago School for Professional Psychology. Research Associate at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). Associate Editor for the UK-based journal ‘Organisational and Social Dynamics’. Member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations (ISPSO) and the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA). Director of TILT’s annual Group Relations Conference in the Tavistock tradition at GIBS.



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