Workshop on Signs of Organisational Toxicity, Health and Enlightenment (SOOTHE)

Start Date:Aug 28, 2018 End Date:Sep 1, 2018
Last Date for Application:June 15, 2018
Programme Fee: 200000 INR

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IIMA is pleased to announce a first-of-its-kind-in-the-world Workshop to learn to diagnose and mitigate organizational toxicity, promote organizational health and seed wisdom & knowing processes for harvesting creativity and innovation. Four thought leaders are collaborating to offer this: Philip Boxer, pioneer in organizational forensics from USA; Richard Morgan-Jones, internationally acclaimed author of ‘The Body of the Organisation and Its Health’ from the UK; Sari Mattila from Finland renowned for her work on wisdom & knowing in organisations and recipient of international recognition in 2018 by the World HR Congress; besides Ajeet N. Mathur of IIM Ahmedabad, author of ‘Mysteries in Management’.

Places are limited to 24 by design and registrations will close on June 15, 2018.  For details, click and read: https://web.iima.ac.in/exed/SOOTHE2018-19/

The purpose of this workshop is to enable participants know the latest cutting edge knowhow to be able to spot and work with signs of organisational toxicity, health and enlightenment for transformative trajectories. Organisations would be encouraged to bring their real life problems to the workshop.

This workshop offers unique opportunities for understanding and exploring the diagnosis of organisational toxicity, assessing organisational health and tracking degrees of awareness and potential enlightenment for leadership and transformation initiatives. There would be focus on understanding organisational relationships and strategic relatedness between organisational parts and wholes. The workshop will provide a structured context in which to explore the dynamics of power, leadership, authority, change, dissent, collaboration and transformation.

Participants will have opportunities to understand how they influence or are influenced by others, how negative emotions fuel toxicity and the ensuing consequences– intended and unintended, overt and covert. To integrate learning and help transfer to organisational roles and contexts, opportunities would be available to facilitate such transfer. 

A package of readings will be provided to complement the work done in contact sessions.

  • To focus on understanding and working with the aesthetics of processes when phenomenal primary tasks loom larger than normative and existential ones. 
  • To enable the study of toxicity with the aim of identifyng it, containing it and mitigating it. 
  • To facilitate opportunities for exploring the foundational processes of organisational health and well-being and linking, connecting, relating, and networking as members of work groups concerned with influencing others and being influenced in the course of formulating and implementing strategies.
  • To discover underlying group, organisational and social dynamics and the interplay between tradition and change, stability and innovation, creativity and harmony that may, at times, be beyond immediate awareness and to formulate “working hypotheses” about covert processes beyond awareness.
  • To develop ways of evaluating an organisation’s  readiness for strategic transformative initiatives and working at improving its receptivity for change processes.

This workshop is designed for those who wish to develop deeper understanding of strategy implementation, leadership and change processes in organisations that unleash negative emotions and fuel toxicity. There is no requirement of any particular previous experience or knowledge. 

Anyone who leads teams, groups and organisations or functions as HR professional or OD professional with change processes and strategy implementation is welcome. 

This workshop will introduce participants to a variety of concepts, methods, techniques. Cases of forensic analysis of organisations would be discussed. Criteria for distinguishing pathology from evil would be developed in specific contexts for the purpose of decoding signs of health and awareness for transformative change. 

Faculty Chair

Ajeet N. Mathur

Programme Faculty



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