By David Armstrong, Robert French
Either as a practitioner and a philosopher, David Armstrong has, for a few years, been a number one determine across the world within the fields of organizational consultancy and staff family. In papers offered at a variety of gatherings -- in North the USA, Israel, Australia and Bulgaria, in addition to in mainland Europe and the uk -- he has produced a physique of labor within which he explores the sensible program of psychoanalytic considering in organizational contexts. he's really recognized for his leading edge interpretations of the information of Wilfred Bion.
This booklet brings jointly for the 1st time his key writings during this zone, and may turn into crucial examining for managers and leaders who desire to deepen their knowing in their reviews of their roles, in addition to for organizational experts, teachers and scholars of companies. those are "occasional" items: that's, they have been written for particular events and particular audiences. jointly they make up a desirable variety of novel principles which are either theoretically not easy and deeply useful, illustrated as they're all through by way of case fabric from his paintings with organizational consumers. each one bankruptcy is decided in context, to give an explanation for the evolution of the tips provided, and the creation, written for the party, either units the total in context and expands at the key suggestion of "organization-in-the-mind".
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I shall pick up this theme again in a moment. But first I want to comment on two other, partly related, memories. The first, which I was very aware of at the time, as were some other group members, is that Bion never gave the slightest impression of being the author of Experiences in Groups. Some of us had read this beforehand with varying degrees of understanding and frustration. We were primed to spot “basic assumptions” at work and to be offered the evidence from our experience of their reality.
1 I recall Bion’s bafflement (maybe that’s too strong a word) at the moral energy this released in the group, as if we could not entertain the thought that this affair, like the affairs that sometimes surface in group relations conferences, could be understood—to adapt a phrase of Clausewitz about war and diplomacy—simply as the pursuit of politics by other means. Morality was the lie invented to conceal a thought, there for the finding. Naming, knowing, inventing lies, finding thoughts: these are recurring themes throughout Bion’s later writing.
Also, once down, a different view opened up. It became possible to think about other changes to the layout of the garden. Something about this story made me hesitate. I knew that the gardener was also the school gardener and that the head’s house was within the school grounds. The theme of continuity and change had been one occasion for the head coming into these sessions from the start. He seemed to be poised between sensing a need for change in order to keep the school alive—that is, not just surviving, but lively, vital—and fear of destroying what was by all accounts a highly successful and predictable enterprise.