January 24, 2014

We live in a rapidly changing world and we are all feeling the effects of time-honored and familiar workplace systems breaking down. The transformation of our organizations is therefore utterly essential as we face these new challenges. In this Friday evening talk, David A. Laveman presented a fresh view of Jungian Archetypes and addressed these new and unforeseen systemic upheavals. When seen through an archetypal lens, new perspectives and opportunities for wise action become more accessible.

Embracing this challenge is both timely and important as it reveals with inescapable clarity entrenched dilemmas facing corporate leaders today. On the one hand, leaders must produce tangible results that are tightly wedded to well-established expectations of shareholders, customers and employees. On the other hand, true transformation requires that one leave the safety of the known and make one’s way through a ‘dark wood’ where risk is a daily companion, where trusting one’s inner compass is critical, and guarantees of success are non-existent. The drama of these conflicting agendas is heightened when they take place in an organizational environment where ‘prediction and control’ assume a god-like status, and mastery of the outer environment is a cherished ideal. Trying to satisfy both the urgent requirement for fundamental change without upsetting the status quo often leads to one-sided attitudes, superficial diagnosis, and compromised action. The result is often insufficient improvement, wasted resources, and increased workplace resignation and apathy. By re-visioning ‘transformation’ as including an urgent call to honor the ‘reality of the psyche’ and take seriously the communication of the ‘unconscious mind’, a new source of creative, frame-breaking problem solving can emerge along with a revitalized workplace environment.

This lecture is designed to engage the audience in a dialogue about Depth Psychology’s role, and the potential impact of an archetypal perspective, for Leadership Development & Organizational Transformation. Dave examines the practical relevance of the ‘reality of the psyche’ to effective leadership. This includes how leaders work with the ‘shadow’ elements of the individual and organizational psyches to increase creativity and accountability. He also considers how an archetypal understanding of organizational transformation yields new ways to successfully engage the complex network of stakeholders who are needed to make transformation a reality.

David A. Laveman – Organizational Upheavals: An Archetypal Perspective