Theory and concepts

Theory and concepts

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The history and development of this way of thinking is particularly associated with the work of Wilfred Bion (1961) who created a theory of group mentalities (‘basic assumptions’) describing the unconscious processes behind group functioning and dysfunction within a social context.

Contemporary thinking which begins with the Tavistock Institute in London -the foundational institution for the dissemination of psychoanalytic theories of group relations- aims to illuminate emotional, relational and political dynamics in organizations and institutions.

The theory and practice of Institutional Transformation have extended the impact of the approach by moving beyond explanation and analysis of group processes to address socially important questions about creating and sustaining institutional transformation and change.

The first international conferences on authority, leadership and institutional transformation were held in 1976 with the various organizations supporting this approach around the world.

Motus fits into this context: an international association, referring to the tradition of institutional transformation and developing its own original project.

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According to the tradition, work is mainly developed through what is called an “experiential” approach. Beyond the rational reflection process, there is indeed the need to experience by oneself and to anchor one’s discoveries and needs within the emotions field, which will solely allow the learning to settle and lead to transformation processes.

Thus, this learning by experience is carried out through a constant back-and-forth between experience, analysis, discernment, theoretical elements and their implementation.This approach is enriched by a significant empirical experience, developed through numerous interventions with various institutions all over the world.

Our approach always focuses on the Role taken on by the Person within a System and thus gives the priority to the articulation between: individual history; the role that the person takes on; his/her conscious and unconscious relations with the institution (company, public administration, NGO, etc), its culture; the context within which the person is performing; existing systemic dynamics and individual and collective mental representations.

Beyond simple personal development, we work on the transformation of the role to better exercise leadership and to take his/her authority inside the system.

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According to the tradition, work is mainly developed through what is called an “experiential” approach. Beyond the rational reflection process, there is indeed the need to experience by oneself and to anchor one’s discoveries and needs within the emotions field, which will solely allow the learning to settle and lead to transformation processes.

Thus, this learning by experience is carried out through a constant back-and-forth between experience, analysis, discernment, theoretical elements and their implementation.This approach is enriched by a significant empirical experience, developed through numerous interventions with various institutions all over the world.

Our approach always focuses on the Role taken on by the Person within a System and thus gives the priority to the articulation between: individual history; the role that the person takes on; his/her conscious and unconscious relations with the institution (company, public administration, NGO, etc), its culture; the context within which the person is performing; existing systemic dynamics and individual and collective mental representations.

Beyond simple personal development, we work on the transformation of the role to better exercise leadership and to take his/her authority inside the system.

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The main works related to our approach are listed in the attached bibliography.
The articles are available by contacting Motus.
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