This short video from my UCD colleague Professor Niamh Brennan discusses culture and psychology in the board room. A useful primer for anyone sitting (or […]
…however much an organization officially celebrates out-of-box thinking, people are going to associate leadership and creativity the way they associate fish and bicycles. So being […]
I’ve been interested in Professor Michael Wesch’s teaching methods for some time and have followed his use of social media in the classroom (via social media […]
I heard the two men talking about a third old man who had recently died. One of them said, “I was visiting him at his […]
I’m looking forward to hosting the European Regional Meeting of the ISPSO at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin this week. We will have 40 […]
Super graphic from Torben Rick on what’s going on below the surface regarding change.
I keep returning to Margaret Heffernan’s TED talk on constructive and creative conflict. Her invitation (one with which I agree) is to consider conflict a […]
The second part of my conversation with Charlie Taylor at the Irish Times focussed on perks at work. Are free sandwiches, gym membership etc enough […]
Apologies for the radio silence the past few months. I put blogging on hold while I completed my doctoral thesis. My PhD was awarded at the end of May after a really engaging and interesting viva voce (defense). The title of my thesis was ‘the organization of disappointment’ and my research concerned the creative potential of disappointment in organisations. So often, disappointment is lumped under the heading of ‘negative emotion’; relegated to the sidelines as unhelpful or destructive and located within ‘troublesome’ or ‘under-performing’ individuals. I suggest that this is only part of the story and disappointment can be understood as a useful and productive insight into how fantasy is sustained and managed in organisations. Re-imagining disappointment as loss (of expectations fantasy and what we thought the world ‘should’ be, allows for a more realistic view of the future: one that is different and potentially realizable. Over the coming months I will begin to post some of the findings from my research with a view to developing workshops for organisations and leaders about how this sadly neglected emotion can be uncovered for the gem it really is.