Grubb School of Organisational Analysis (GSOA) Seminar and Book Launch
GSOA hosted a 1 day Seminar last week on the 4th of April in Central London, with the theme Leading in Turbulent Times for 24 participants representing business and public sector organisations, consultancy and trusts. There were participants from the UK, Netherlands and Sweden. A team consisting of GSOA faculty and a MA year 3 participant hosted and worked with participants on the day.
Working with and applying the Transforming Experience Framework was at the heart of the seminar, as a framework for taking effective leadership actions in the complexity and turbulence of organisational life today. After the opening, Susan Harrison shared stories of 3 poignant and practical case studies in which the TEF informed her understanding and effective role take up. Participants then engaged with the TEF literally moving through the domains and linking with their own organisational challenges and dilemmas.
The afternoon was spent in leadership clinics, in which Organisational Role Analysis wa applied to specific situations brought in by participants.
The final plenary reflection brought together some of the important questions about role and leadership, change and transformation, collaboration as opposed to competition, purpose and human values and the particular relevance in times of turbulence.
Overall the energy in the room was dynamic, critical, reflective and highly engaged.
Most participants stayed for the celebration of the TEF book : Transforming Experience in Organisations, edited by Prof Susan Long (Karnac). They were joined by about 30 other guests, from professional and personal circles around the Grubb and its late Executive Director, Bruce Irvine. The reception opened with a video message from Susan Long explaining why this book was needed and why now, followed by Rebekah O’Rourke (GSOA Academic Lead, Executive Director of TGLP) and Olivia Margo (GSOA Faculty, Organisational Analyst) who presented a powerful example of the application of the TEF in practice with a large client organisation.
John Bazalgette (GSOA Honorary Fellow) provided insights into the journey of the Grubb’s thinking, the various contributors and commemorated in particular on Bruce Irvine’s role to whom the book is rightfully dedicated.
The formal part of the evening was closed by Marjoleine Hulshof (GSOA Head of Quality) and followed by a lively celebrative reception.
Karnac has confirmed that the book sales are so high that it is currently the #1 bestseller book on their website and a second edition will need to be printed soon. It is also available in print and as Kindle version on Amazon (see below for link). We strongly invite readers to write a review on Amazon and welcome any discussions and questions.
The day was made possible by Crossfields Institute, pioneering the idea of workademia, and offering cross-disciplinary programmes at all vocational and higher (academic) education levels. Crossfields International is the home for GSOA, where the Grubb Institute’s thinking and work continues to evolve.