By David Armstrong, Robert French
Either as a practitioner and a philosopher, David Armstrong has, for a few years, been a number one determine across the world within the fields of organizational consultancy and staff kin. In papers provided at quite a lot of gatherings -- in North the United States, Israel, Australia and Bulgaria, in addition to in mainland Europe and the uk -- he has produced a physique of labor within which he explores the sensible software of psychoanalytic pondering in organizational contexts. he's quite famous for his leading edge interpretations of the guidelines of Wilfred Bion.
This ebook brings jointly for the 1st time his key writings during this sector, and will turn into crucial analyzing for managers and leaders who desire to deepen their figuring out in their studies of their roles, in addition to for organizational experts, teachers and scholars of organisations. those are "occasional" items: that's, they have been written for particular events and particular audiences. jointly they make up a desirable variety of novel principles which are either theoretically demanding and deeply sensible, illustrated as they're all through through case fabric from his paintings with organizational consumers. each one bankruptcy is decided in context, to provide an explanation for the evolution of the tips provided, and the advent, written for the party, either units the total in context and expands at the key idea of "organization-in-the-mind".
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It became possible to think about other changes to the layout of the garden. Something about this story made me hesitate. I knew that the gardener was also the school gardener and that the head’s house was within the school grounds. The theme of continuity and change had been one occasion for the head coming into these sessions from the start. He seemed to be poised between sensing a need for change in order to keep the school alive—that is, not just surviving, but lively, vital—and fear of destroying what was by all accounts a highly successful and predictable enterprise.
Wisdom was as self-absorbed as many great philosophers probably were or are. The links he saw and made in that room were links in a mental space projected in front of him. Because we did not inhabit that space ourselves, we could not make the links, could not see the thoughts he found in the air around him and us. Bion was not self-absorbed like that, in a space that other people just seemed to inhabit. The links he saw and made were links in a mental space not projected in front of him so much as taken inside him, a space to which the individual members of the group and the group as a whole all contributed.
I mumbled something incoherent and felt rather persecuted by being asked. It took an inordinate amount of time to see that “no clothes” was where I must start from. If I could only allow myself to experience the blankness not as a persecution but as a space in which thought already was but not yet realized, then perhaps I would begin to discover what I could say. Perhaps. This state of mind in the presence of the unthought thought— the no-thing waiting to be discovered and formulated through the elaboration and playing with preverbal and verbal images, with dreams, myths, preconceptions—Bion has referred to, using a phrase of John Keats in a letter to his two brothers, as “negative capability”:6 I had not a dispute but a disquisition with Dilke on various subjects; several things dovetailed in my mind & at once it struck me what quality went to form a Man of Achievement 28 ORGANIZATION IN THE MIND especially in Literature & which Shakespeare possessed so enormously—I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.