Working below the surface: The emotional life of contemporary organisations

    WORKING BELOW THE SURFACE: THE EMOTIONAL LIFE OF
    CONTEMPORARY ORGANISATIONS

    Edited by Clare Huffington et al,

    Karnac,

    ISBN 1855752948 , £18.99

    Star Rating: 5/5

    By combining psychoanalysis and group dynamics, the Tavistock
    Consultancy Service works “below the surface” with their many
    clients. This fascinating book tells us how they go about it,
    writes John Burton.

    In many social care workplaces, the pace of change is fast. But
    before launching your latest “strategy”, try a little clear out and
    work below the surface – the analysis and understanding will be
    worth the hard work.

    I particularly recommend Linda Hoyle’s chapter: From Sycophant
    to Saboteur – Responses to Organisational Change (ring a bell?);
    and Andrew Cooper and Tim Dartington’s: The Vanishing Organisation.
    The whole book is packed with insight, interest and wisdom. What
    more could you ask for? Yes, I know, time to read it.

    John Burton is a social care consultant.

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