Therapy for Businesses and Organisations
Organisational Development – Coaching, Team Building & Consultancy
How healthy is your organisation?
Are key individuals under performing? Coaching can support them to develop their potential.
Personality conflicts between key people can cripple an organisation; an external facilitator can help break such deadlocks.
Teams get stuck and trapped in power and status struggles. Through opening up the issues and releasing the tensions healthier values emerge.
Understanding how your organisation functions on the emotional level is an important aspect of developing its potential.
Systems only change if those involved are engaged in the process of change.
Businesses are often so focused on the aims that they forget about the ‘how’, which is crucial for a stable, happy and satisfying workplace.
Openness, honesty and vision give people the meaning and trust they need to commit themselves, and their creativity, to an organisation.
About the Gestalt Approach
Gestalt is a holistic, humanistic and existential enquiry into the nature of ourselves and our relationship to the world. It is holistic in the sense that our thoughts, feeling and bodies are essential aspects of ourselves and we need to integrate them in order to find a satisfying relationship to life. The same is true of organisations. There is the “head”, the goals with all the planning around it. The “body”, with all the practicalities required. Then there is the ‘way’ it is all achieved, the emotional norms involved.
It is this last aspect that often gets neglected, and yet it is crucial to the health of any organisation. Is yours satisfying and fun for you and your staff?
Gestalt is a method of inquiry that rests on four interrelated perspectives. The first is that awareness is fundamental, the focus here is on exploring ‘what is’ in a phenomenological way, i.e. one that is non-judgemental, that lets the emerging data form the picture and inform the meaning of the situation. So, open questions.
It is experimental, in the sense of actively exploring the environment in a creative way to further understand its structure and possibilities. So, “what if?” and “imagine” and “try this out” actions, to further raise awareness.
Then there is the quality of the relationship, so the emphasis on being real and authentic and present. So, working to really meet and listen to people, supporting dialogue to lessen fear, with all its defences.
Fourthly, we exist in a complex web of multi-dimensional relationships, all of which are relevant to our situation. So the aim here is to keep the exploratory focus wide and open. Again, letting the data inform the emerging picture, its meaning and needs.
Gestalt’s humanistic roots trust that what emerges will raise awareness, lessen fear and help create a healthier more satisfying world.
Business is about making money, every organisation uses power; both money and power create many competing forces. Competition is partly creative and partly anxiety around the struggle to survive. These basic tensions mean that there is a constant pressure to navigate through what are often contradictory needs. What is the right thing to do? What should I do? Finding our creative clarity here can be key to unlocking our potential.
Coping with all the pressures that arise from operating in our complex world, whilst having to deal with our own, or our staff’s insecurities, makes life even tougher. We all have our insecurities and it is through facing and under-standing these that we grow. The same applies to organisations. So the question is how to best help ourselves and our staff develop and facilitate the creativity, drive and enjoyment that is needed for long term success.
Fear is the enemy of creativity, communication, commitment and enjoyment. There is direct relationship between money, power and fear which takes effort to work through in any organisation. It interacts with our personal insecurities in complex ways, and power can easily be un-awarely abused. The rewards for facing the fears around this, are potentially great though. It can unlock people’s energy and potential. Honesty, openness, transparency and inclusion are the helpful qualities in this process.
Life is valuable and short and it is always possible to make it better! Whether you want help with individual coaching, team building or a review of your organisation, I believe this approach can make a real difference to the quality of your, and your organisation’s life.
I spent the first thirty three years of my working life in the jewellery trade, developing both manufacturing and retail businesses. In the early years of this millennium I employed some seventeen people manufacturing for UK retailers, with a turnover of £1m.
I trained part-time as a counsellor and psychotherapist between 1999 and in 2006 when I made the decision that I couldn’t do both, so since then I have been focusing on my counselling, psychotherapy and coaching career.