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A Systemic Approach to Consultation by David Campbell

By David Campbell

This booklet discusses the applying of systemic pondering to paintings inside businesses. The authors draw on their adventure of operating with groups, departments, and entire businesses in either the personal and public sectors. it truly is meant as a guide for pros from any self-discipline who're interested by session paintings.

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3. Designing a consultation The design of a consultation presupposes that, in the process of stages 1 and 2 above, we end up with a contract to consult to the organization and the client's permission to design the consultation in the way that we think is best. When we have talked to the client as outlined above, we then go away and design the consultation in order that the consultation itself will be a challenge and a surprise to everyone in the organization, including the referrer. 8. Since this is done primarily by seeing old problems in new contexts, we find it helpful that the consultation itself is a new context for the participants, an opportunity to think differently.

Ted has stated that there has not been enough expression of differences, so there must be a belief at some level that it is not good to express too many differences. On the other hand, Ted is also saying it would be a good thing to have more expression. These incongruities or inconsistencies are important clues to the conflicts within the larger organizational beliefsystem which are making the members of the organization feel stuck. As such they must be explored, and the Development Consultation model pursues this, with this questioning process through which clients will come to a resolution of the conflicting and binding beliefs.

There is tension between my development role and running a unit. Consultant: What is your view of what Ted and higher up the hierarchy see as the highest priority - the day-to-day running or the development role? (The hypothesis about insufficient feedback can be made more specific on thebasis of thefeedbackfrom the last few replies. There is a dilemma for the managers about the priority of their roles. We often find that such dilemmas reflect two conflicting belief systems in the culture of the organization; one, to be efficient day-to-day managers, and the other, to have ideas about developing new policy.

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