It’s becoming more and more clear that organizations can become stuck due to organizational trauma. For a while now, the way we look at organizations has been moving from seeing them as machines to seeing them as living systems. If a machine breaks down, we can fix it. Wounds to a living system can’t be fixed; but they can be healed.
Complexity and speed of change in our society is increasing. We are confronted with huge, global challenges on a planetary scale. Organizations are pressured from all sides: shareholders, environmentalists, legislators et al. The chance of being overwhelmed by organizational trauma and becoming seriously stuck is enormous and often unseen.
What should you – leader, manager, consultant or coach – do if you come up against organizational trauma? How do you identify that an organization is stuck? What incidents or conditions induce organizational trauma? What is needed to facilitate healing? And what makes an organization more resilient? Throughout this book you’ll find answers, anecdotes and case studies that answer these questions and help you get to grips with this growing hazard for the corporate world.
Drawing from more than 20 years of experience, this book (the original Dutch edition) won the title of Best Management Book of 2016, awarded by the OOA (Dutch Society of Organizational Consultants). Author Philippe Bailleur uses his broad experience in guiding organizational renewal to dive deeply into the field of individual and systems trauma. A popular and respected keynote speaker about organizational development, a key message of his work is “Healthy organizations can be Forces for Good,”: a rallying call for leadership to identify (their own) organizational trauma and deal with it.
– ISBN 978-9492331489
– 341 pages
– Original title: Trauma in organisaties
– First published in 2016 by Lannoo (Antwerpen)