10.00am Friday 9 July 2021

Ernest FrugeUnderstanding intergroup conflict & facilitating decision-making in the care of ill children.

The complexity of medical care for critically ill children creates a unique psychological, social and technical crucible for all involved, one primed for conflict. (Author1, et al in press; Puri, 2019; Author1 & Adams, 2004) We conducted eight focus groups to identify the sources of conflict among multi-disciplinary/multi-specialty teams caring for pediatric cancer patients in critical care settings. (Author2, et al 2006) Based on these findings and our prior work on team-based medical education strategies (Howells, et al. 2015;Author1, et al 2010; Author1 & Horowitz, 2005), we designed a structured method of intergroup discussion and decision-making with the aim of facilitating optimal coordination of care. Our paper will summarize results from the focus groups and pilot testing of the intervention.  We offer hypotheses about how group-level unconscious processes (e.g. defenses against otherness) combine with other setting variables to impair collaboration and how the evolving case conference design may enhance integrative decision making. (Park & DeShon, 2018). read more (PDF)

Simon Western“I saw that beautiful barbed wire go up” Trump Populism and the re-desiring of walls.

The fall of the Berlin wall marked the end of an empire. The Berlin Wall was a Master-Signifier. It signified an extreme example of a ‘Society of Prohibition’ (Stavrakakis 2007) where the harsh ‘Law of the Father’ was imposed upon the East Germany people living in a communist-surveillance state. In the West, prior to the 1968 counter-cultural risings, a more benevolent ‘Law of the Father’ had imposed a softer ‘Society of Prohibition’ where the authority of the church and other governing institutions were respected, and the individual socialized to ‘know their place’. The fall of the wall meant that those from the east found themselves in a new place, without an explicit Law of the Father prohibiting their choices. For the ‘Society of Prohibition’ had been replaced by the ‘Society of Commanded Enjoyment’, ushering in a new world of individualism, sexual liberation, freedom and consumer choice. Lacan anticipated the passing of the ‘disciplinary epoch’ and claimed that Jouissance, which now included enjoyment, now dominated the social landscape. In the society of commanded enjoyment, the question of how to gain happiness and fulfillment changed. In the disciplinary society, happiness was gained via transgressions of the law of the father or repressing desire to conform to social norms. The question the subject now faced was how to enjoy i.e. what is my mode of Jouissance? This is at stake for the subject and society today. read more (PDF)

M. SidiropoulouWomen and Leadership: Glass mirror – An internal “glass ceiling”?

Frequently featuring in the news, leading business magazines and financial newspapers, women’s leadership presence or absence makes headings.
Content, and imagery-rich, the story of women trying to make it to the top has attracted a wealth of “obstacle” symbolism. Examples such as the “labyrinth” representing women’s long winded path of twists and turns to leadership (Eagly & Carli, 2007) and “glass cliffs” (Ryan & Haslam, 2005) describing the precarious leadership positions offered to women in times of crisis, suggest an external symbolic topography of barriers. The glass ceiling (Hymowitz & Schellhardt, 1986), perhaps the most widely known metaphor of hindered female advancement, is no different: the ceiling is an obstacle that is solid, impenetrable, concrete, allowing female leaders to watch their competitors move up yet remaining invisible to others. read more (PDF)

Leslie GoldenbergRoles of the Coach Within the Walls: Trojan Horse, Field Medic, Canary

Core exploration of the paper: To be an external organizational consultant or leadership coach is, by definition, to be an “other,” with a vantage point outside the client’s organizational walls. What about internal consultants or coaches? How much “otherness” do we represent, and how “other” do our clients seem to us? What unique roles are available to the coach within the walls and how does the internal coach position herself moment-to-moment? This paper proposes to explore, with cases and theoretical texts:
1) How internal coaches can deploy three roles represented by the metaphors of Trojan Horse (subversive force), Field Medic (collusion), and Canary (warning system),
2) Practical considerations for succeeding as an internal resource, which may also apply for externals who might be prone to “go native”
read more (PDF)

Sari Mattila & Ajeet MathurShut In, Shut Out: unexamined ‘otherness’ in repressions, suppr., oppr., expressions

Fear of systemic collapses is a pervasive emotion in circulation. There are numerous reminders of how politics of exclusion and hatred are being perpetrated against group identities in support of jingoistic nationalism with plenty of “wall-building” in various parts of Eastern Europe, South America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The struggle over Brexit affecting UK and Europe, the gridlock over President Trump in the USA, China’s rejection of verdicts by international courts over territorial disputes in South East Asia, collapse of WTO’s Dispute Resolution Mechanism, unfinished talks over a new trade deal, climate change, biodiversity, food safety and food security, UN reform and the retreat from globalization reflected in sharp reductions in foreign investments worldwide are disturbing signs of various kinds of ‘shut in, shut out’ phenomena marked by collective despair and angst. Some of these are expressions of withdrawal; others unconsciously fueled repressions or outcomes of suppressions or reactions to oppressions triggered by complex sets of motives and powerbases. These need distinguishing to enable differentiate ‘walls’ by our proposed typology and the framework developed to distinguish walls from fences, hedges and other iconic demarcations of diversity and plurality. read more (PDF)