Organisational Health workshops

Bespoke workshops facilitated for in-house communities within one organisation

This exceeded my expectations. Excellent, thought provoking and really stretched my thinking.

Sally Bonneywell, VP Organisational Development, GSK

“Sensitive, safe and very respectful, John’s knowledge is embodied and doesn’t fill the room”

“The constellation touched simple truths that lay hidden and were holding us back”

“A rich day of experiential learning. Thank you.”

What is organisational health?

A healthy organisational system is one in which everyone knows they have an equally safe and respected place, their skills and contributions are acknowledged, seen and included. It’s where the contribution of those who have left are remembered in a particular way; a way that allows those who remain to flourish. There is a balance of giving and receiving that limits stress and burnout and an even distribution of work and tasks. People want to stay and bring their best selves to their role. There is flow and people work with clarity and ease when organisational health is present.

In-house workshops

These in-house workshops, are designed to provide an experiential introduction to the underpinning principles of organisational health and the application of systemic thinking and constellations in organisational life. The workshop will appeal to all those who would like to experience a different way of looking at and working with organisational challenges and support flow and ease in relationship systems. You may want to observe or bring a specific current issue, challenge or question. You may simply want to experience the benefits at first hand or be interested to find out how they may be applied in coaching, leadership, HR and organisational design and development work.

What happens in a workshop?

The group form a confidentiality agreement and are then offered exercises that allow everyone to experience the balancing forces of healthy systems in a respectful and safe way.  John also facilitates group constellations for people who bring specific issues and offers further exercises and explanations depending on the areas of interest in the group. In several different ways participants can explore current issues, dilemmas and challenges that affect them. The day also usually includes opportunities to learn about:

  • The principles of healthy organisational systems
  • The invisible dynamics that sustain or limit systems
  • The secrets of healthy ‘joinings and leavings’
  • Ways of honouring and letting go of the past
  • Ways of connecting to the emerging future

What issues can I bring?

Participants are welcome to bring any issues and questions and do so as they arise in the moment. The following is only a brief guide to the kinds of issues which participants have brought and found this approach illuminated and clarified:

  • Inertia and ‘stuckness’ of all kinds
  • Teams and team dynamics
  • Repeating patterns that limit flow
  • Leadership and ‘followship’
  • Roots of and resolutions for stress and burnout
  • Joining and leaving in healthy ways
  • Clarity of purpose
  • The role and place of ethics and values
  • Structural and reporting challenges
  • Relationship to ‘internal customer’ systems
  • Cultural change

What is a constellation?

A constellation is a facilitated spatial process that begins with the creation of a three-dimensional ‘living map’, a map of what is. This dynamic map is made up of workshop participants who are placed in relationship to each other by the person bringing the issue and by following their intuition. The facilitator then works with the constellation to illuminate the hidden dynamics behind the issue and realign the system so that what’s required to allow it to flow with ease is revealed.

Constellations illuminate the relational space, the hidden architecture in systems and are used by practitioners worldwide to support the flow of life and relationship in multiple personal, social and organisational systems.

Where can I find out more about John?

You are welcome to explore the Coaching Constellations website which provides information on the facilitator, John Whittington. You can also see John’s wider mix of work and application of constellations on his personal website here.

Unbelievably powerful. Your work will be much richer for this. Steve Ridgley, Organisational Effectiveness, The Waitrose, John Lewis Partnership

Preview John’s book

You are welcome to explore John’s book ‘Systemic Coaching & Constellations’  if your interest is in the application of this methodology in coaching or organisational life. For further reading  you are also welcome to explore here.