Sometimes we forget that organizations are made up of human beings. In modern corporations, with their emphasis on information, speed and profits at any price, we often ignore the individualís need for respect and recognition. Yet, as Alan Briskin points out, “If the unsaid is that we can’t be human in our relationship with each other, the unconscious revolts.” This truth is seeping out of all the cracks and crevices of our organizations today. If corporations continue to focus on domination and control, they will lose the spark they need to thrive. Briskin offers the secret of keeping spiritual integrity and values intact, for the organization and everyone within it. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Alan Briskin is a pioneer in the field of organizational learning and cofounder of the Collective Wisdom Initiative.
His books include:
- Stirring of Soul in the Workplace (Berrett-Koehler 1998)
- The Power of Collective Wisdom: And the Trap of Collective Folly (co-authors, Sheryl Erickson, Tom Callanan, and John Ott)(Berrett-Koehler 2009)
- Daily Miracles: Stories and Practices of Humanity and Excellence in Health Care (co-author Jan Boller) (Sigma Theta Tau International; 1st edition 2006)
To learn more about the work of Alan Briskin go to www.ThePowerOfCollectiveWisdom.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- The two key skills you need to succeed in todayís workplace
- Is your company giving you a job but destroying your soul?
- How to cope creatively in a toxic workplace
- The importance of recognizing the individual within the collective
- Turning shadow into transformation
- How to be straight with kindness
- Ways to honor both the visible and the invisible
- How conformity compromises creativity
- How to criticize without dominating and judging
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 11/19/1998 Program Number: 2748